The third annual White Hall Sports Hall of Fame banquet took place on Tuesday inside a packed White Hall High School cafeteria.
Three inductees — Steve Edwards, Ted Jenkins and Darrell Rhodes — were inducted. Each inductee received a standing ovation and spoke around 10 minutes about the memories and stories they had while attending White Hall.
Edwards was the first inductee and talked about the many blessings in his life along with his journey to becoming a coach at White Hall. Edwards also kept the audience laughing with some quips about his time at White Hall.
Edwards graduated in 1965 and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and track, but he is most notably known for being a coach at many sports during his time at White Hall.
“I always wanted to be a ball coach,” Edwards said. “I came back to White Hall to be a ball coach and it lasted 30 years. I had the opportunity to work with so many great athletes. It’s been a real blessing and an honor for me to be inducted in this hall of fame.”
Jenkins was the next inductee and said he could hardly recognize White Hall because of all the positive changes while thanking everybody in the crowd. Along with sharing his favorite memories from White Hall, he mentioned his family and friends for their support with some members making the trip from Texas and Georgia.
Jenkins is a 1956 graduate and lettered for three years in football, basketball and men’s fastpitch softball.
“It’s a very humbling experience,” Jenkins said of being honored. “It was just wonderful. I’m 75 years old and it gets better every year that you are recognized for anything. To have had the nice words said about me was a little beyond expected … and I’m just very thankful they felt that way. I enjoyed it.”
Rhodes was the final inductee and was emotional at times during his speech. He mentioned how great it was to visit White Hall and even re-enacted some of his favorite football memories that drew laughs from the audience.
Rhodes graduated in 1978 and lettered in baseball, basketball (where he averaged 32 points per game without a three-point line) and football. He attended Arkansas-Monticello, and to date, he is the only two-sport All-American in the university’s history.
“It’s an honor coming back to White Hall,” Rhodes said. “Even though we live in Dallas now, a large part of me will always call this place home. I’m proud to be from White Hall.”
Rhodes also mentioned the late Frank Lightfoot when he talked about his memories playing at White Hall.
“He wrote so many good articles about me and my playing time at White Hall,” he said. “I credit him for the number of scholarship offers I got later in the year.”
Along with the inductees, White Hall named its 2014 outstanding senior athletes: Jae’Lisa Allen, Paeyton Arnold, Aaron Burdine, Baley Elkins, Courtney Hendricks, Aaron Johnston, Kinzie Kight, Jordan Lawson, Jeffery Manning, Kaseem Smith Jr., Sarah Smith, Abigale Weaver, and Alexis Winston.