Ogi Overman at Jamestown News has the word on the Bill White Scholarship winners

from Ogi Overman editor Jamestown News…..Ogi can be reached at (336) 841-4933 or jtowneditor@northstate.net.

This year’s winners of the Bill White Scholarship have been announced, and 10 former Colt League baseball players have been selected. They will receive their scholarship checks on July 28 at a ceremony at the East Zone Colt League Tournament at Stoner-White Field.

The recipients include four players from Ragsdale, two each from Southwest Guilford and Dudley, and one from both Page and Southern Guilford.

The four from Ragsdale are outfielder Chris Armwood, catcher Walt Sparks, pitcher/infielder Billy Stone and infielder Michael Whited.

The two from Southwest are pitcher/infielder Brock Hudgens and catcher Elliott Slack.

Rounding out the honorees are Dudley’s Alex Moore and Tevin Neal, Southern Guilford’s Daniel Doss and Page’s Trevor Brackett.

Whited is the only Ragsdale grad of the group who will play baseball in college. He is headed to Catawba. Sparks accepted a full scholarship to Richmond to be the long snapper for the Spiders football team. Stone is slated to be a linebacker for Campbell University. Armwood is headed to UNC-Charlotte but does not intend to play on the collegiate level.

Southwest ace Hudgens is headed to UNC-Charlotte on a baseball scholarship. Batterymate Slack is also going to UNC-Charlotte but will not play baseball. His brother Warren, incidentally, is a former Bill White winner now pitching at UNC Greensboro.

Dudley’s Moore was an all-state quarterback who is being courted by N.C. A&T and N.C. Central but has not made a decision. Infielder Neal graduated 14th in his class at Dudley and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill on an academic scholarship.

Page ace Brackett will attend Maryville (Tenn.) College where he is expected to join the pitching staff.

Doss was captain of the Southern Guilford baseball team, and locals will be able to see him further develop his talents for GTCC next season.

Since its inception in 1981, over 150 athletes have received Bill White Scholarships, worth either $500 or $1,000 apiece.

“We’ve given away over $100,000 in college scholarships,” said Colt League director Ned McMillan. “The three criteria are financial need, academic excellence and community service, in addition to being a former Colt player. All 10 of these young men clearly meet our high standards.”

Bill White was a pioneer of youth sports in Greensboro and Guilford County. He will be inducted posthumously into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 20 in ceremonies at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Ogi Overman can be reached at (336) 841-4933 or jtowneditor@northstate.net.