Three to be inducted to WH sports HOF


Three former student-athletes will be inducted to the White Hall High School Sports Hall of Fame for their accomplishments and contributions to the school.

Darrell Rhodes, Ted Jenkins and Steve Edwards will be honored with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the White Hall High School cafeteria.

Rhodes, who graduated from WHHS in 1978, was a three-sport star for the Bulldogs. He earned all-state recognition in football, basketball and baseball in both his junior and senior years. Rhodes also garnered all-conference honors three years in both basketball and baseball and two years in football.

After graduating, Rhodes attended Arkansas-Monticello to play both basketball and baseball. He is, to date, the only two-sport all-American in the university’s history and was inducted to the school’s sports hall of fame in 2001. Out of college, he was a seventh-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rhodes is currently Vice President of Commercial Underwriting for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Chrysler Capital Corporation.

A 1956 graduate of WHHS, James (Ted) Jenkins lettered three years in football, basketball and softball at the school. Jenkins was part of three district championship teams, two in basketball and one in softball, at WHHS and one in basketball while at Plainview Junior High. His sophomore year he earned all-district honors in football.

After college, Jenkins spent 30 years working in education with the University of Georgia Extension Service.

Edwards was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and track during his time at WHHS, but many Bulldogs remember him for his 30 years spent coaching at his alma mater. After coaching stints at Pine Bluff, Rison, Stuttgart and Jefferson Prep, the 1965 graduate of WHHS returned to his old stomping grounds in 1982.

Over the years, Edwards was a head coach, assistant or coordinator in nearly every sport the school offered, including football, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, track and golf. Edwards, who retired in 2013, served as a coach in the Arkansas Girls’ Basketball All-Star Game in 1995.