There were two inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame, John Gore and Tim Pollett. Both gentlemen credited other coaches in the community for helping them achieve the successes they did.

The 6th Annual White Hall Sports Hall of Fame Banquet was held Monday night at the James “Jitters” Morgan Community Center.

There were two inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame, John Gore and Tim Pollett. Both gentlemen credited other coaches in the community for helping them achieve the successes they did.

Gore coached baseball in the WH Youth Leagues for over 20 years, then volunteered as an assistant coach under Skip Carr for 18 years, was an honorary basketball coach in the King Cotton Basketball tournament for 14 years and officiated high school football for 19 years.

Pollett was inducted for his outstanding athletic achievements while at WHHS, during his junior and senior years he received many honors including All Conference, Simmons Athlete of the month, PBC’s all SEARK Top Ten, Outstanding Conference Defensive Lineman, All Conference Defensive Lineman, All Conference and All State, a member of the State’s All Star Team an the Arkansas Democrats All Star Team. He was a founding member of the WH Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He coached pee wee basketball, softball and baseball for 12 years.

Doug Dorris, President of the WH Sports Hall of Fame, and WH Middle School Principal introduced John Gore saying, “John and I decided a long time ago note to tell stories on each other.”  Wes Booker of the Wes Booker Agency introduced Tim Pollett.

Both gentlemen shared stories about the men who made a difference to them by being leaders in White Hall.

Dorris also named the Jerry Lybrand scholarship winners and speaking of Lybrand he said, “He affected a lot of peoples lives. He was one of a kind.” The $1,000 scholarship recipients were Taylor Akins, Myles Jolly and Allison Morgan.

Craig Dupuy, Athletic Director presented Outstanding Athlete awards to Allison Morgan, Cheering; Sydney Zuber, Steppers; Lance Smith, Track and Football; Julia Taylor, Track; Taylor Akins, Basketball and Volleyball; Tre Hall, Basketball; Sofia Zarazua, Soccer; Blake McDaniel, Soccer; Ethan Bridgforth, Tennis; Ansleigh Odom, Softball and Chase Bryan, Baseball. Each student was given a plaque.

Clara Taylor sang the National Anthem following the WHHS JROTC presentation of colors. At the close of the program Taylor and Josie Tomboli sang the Alma Mater.

A catfish dinner was catered by Dorry catering.

EAST Lab students Leah Hendrix, Hunter Holcomb, Rachel Thrash and Ethan Bridgforth, along with EAST Lab facilitator Meredith Wilkins put together a video of the inductees and the honorees for the crowd’s enjoyment.

Photo cutlines:

1-John Gore and Tim Pollett

2- Scholarship recipients Allison Morgan, Myles Jolly and Taylor Akins

3-Outstanding Athletes Lance Smith, Blake McDaniel, Myles Jolly, Allison Morgan, Sofia Zarazua, Chase Bryan, Julia Taylor, Sydney Zuber, Ansleigh Odom, Ethan Bridgforth and Taylor Akins  not pictured Tre Hall