The White Hall Sports Hall of Fame inducted three new members on May 14 at their annual banquet held at the White Hall James “Jitters” Morgan Community Center.
Inductees are Suzanne Lively Ferrell, Matt Woodruff and James “Jitters” Morgan.
In addition to the inductions, White Hall High School seniors Clara Taylor and Devon Koonce were recognized, and each received a $1,000 scholarship for essays they wrote about themselves and their participation in school athletics, activities and their financial need, according to a news release.
The scholarships are made possible by the Jerry Lybrand Memorial Scholarship fund. Lybrand was a former basketball player, coach, teacher, assistant superintendent and superintendent in White Hall School District.
According to the news release, Ferrell’s induction into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in recognition of her accomplishments as an athlete while at White Hall High School. During her sophomore year, Ferrell was named to the Southwest All-Tournament Basketball Team. The following year she was named All-State Class AAA, Outstanding Player, All-County 5AAA South, MVP, All-Conference and Christian Athlete of White Hall.
During her senior year, Ferrell was selected FCA Christian Athlete of the Year, Class AAA All-State, County All-Conference 5AAA South, MVP 5AAA, and All-Region. She also received the free-throw award scoring 99 percent. After graduation from WHHS in 1987, Ferrell accepted a basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University where she played for two years. After earning a masters’ degree in Biology from Henderson State University, she taught and coached girls’ basketball at Parkview High School.
Ferrell's served as a faculty member at Joliet Junior College in Chicago and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also coached in the White Hall Elementary basketball program. She currently serves as vice president of Hunter’s Refuge, executive board chairman of Nation’s Best Sports and is a member of White Hall’s Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Military Affairs Committee.
The induction of Woodruff into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in recognition of his achievements as an athlete while attending White Hall High School and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, the news release said. A 1986 graduate of WHHS, Woodruff began his football career as a member of the 1983 Bulldog football team that won the district 5AAA South title for the second consecutive year, and played in the state playoffs.
The following year Woodruff and his team again advanced to the state playoffs. In 1985 Woodruff was honored by being named to the All-District football team.
Following his graduation from WHHS in 1987, Woodruff was awarded a football scholarship to Henderson State University, where he was a four-year letterman.
In 1989 he was named All AIC. After his graduation from HSU in 1990, Woodruff continued to play an active role in sports in his home town of White Hall. He served on White Hall’s Little League Baseball Board and assisted in the school’s elementary basketball program. Woodruff also served on the White Hall Chamber of Commerce Board. He currently owns an auto dealership in White Hall.
The induction of Morgan into the White Hall Sports Hall of Fame is in appreciation of his many contributions to athletics and to the city of White Hall, the news release said. Morgan served as athletic director of the Pine Bluff Boys Club from 1961-1968. He then served as an insurance agent until 1995 when he became mayor of White Hall, a position he held until 2010. Noted for his long tenure as a sports official, Morgan refereed high school football for over 30 years as well as high school and college basketball.
Morgan also coached, refereed and judged State AAU Boxing Tournaments, State Golden Glove Tournaments and Amateur Wrestling Tournaments.
He served as Clerk of the Course and Starter for district and state track meets and umpired state high school baseball tournaments, Babe Ruth and American Legion state tournaments. He coached White Hall Little League for eight years and served on the Board of Directors for the city’s Little League. In 2011 Morgan was inducted into the Referee Hall of Fame. Morgan is a charter member of White Hall’s Noon Lion’s Club, a charter member and past president of White Hall’s Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the White Hall School Board.