Winslow High School senior-to-be Jordan Payne has been named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District Seven team and to the third team of the Louisville Slugger All-American Team.
Payne was one of only four juniors selected to the Louisville Slugger All-American Team. The other 47 players who were selected for that honor were seniors.
Payne plays centerfield for the Winslow Bulldogs and has been a three-year starter. He has finished among the leading hitters all three seasons and is possessed of blazing speed that makes him a threat to steal anytime he reaches base. He is also an excellent defensive outfielder. Payne is also an outstanding three sport athlete who was the starting quarterback on the football team and point guard on the basketball team.
Other Arizona players selected to the Louisville Slugger All-American Team were senior Ike Davis of Scottsdale Chaparral High School, who was selected to the second team, and seniors Matt Hall of Horizon High School and Brian Matusz of St. Mary's, who were also selected to the third team. Davis and Hall are infielders. Matusz and Jacobson are pitchers. Yount was selected as a utility player.
The District Seven Team was selected from players from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. Other Arizona players selected to that team included Davis Hall and Austin Yount of Chaparral High School, Matusz and Brett Jacobson of Cactus Shadows High School. The only other non-senior player selected to the District Seven Team was sophomore pitcher Tanner Robles of Cottonwood High School in Murray, Utah.
This information was provided by Winslow High School baseball coach Art Griffith, who has long been active in the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.