It’s been a long journey for West Marion alum Colby White, but the hard-throwing Mississippi State righty is about to get his chance to reach the biggest stage in baseball.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the sixth round of the MLB draft June 4, and White said he had been dreaming about that moment since he was kid.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Foxworth First Baptist Church Pastor Tyler Chavis.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Flowood Nov. 16, 1982. I was raised in New Hebron and spent the first 30 years of my life there.
Q: Where did you attend school?
West Marion’s Shelby Terrell ushered in a new era of Trojans baseball and led the program to two south state championship appearances. Now the graduate has several more awards to add to his resume as both The Columbian-Progress Most Valuable Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
For the second consecutive season, Columbia Academy slugger Slade Wilks has earned The Columbian-Progress Offensive Player of the Year.
Wilks, a rising senior with light tower power, said it’s an honor to receive the award in back-to-back years.
The state of Mississippi is taking notice of the collection of athletic talent in Marion County. Nine players from the four area schools will be competing at various events that are sure to be littered with the eyes of college scouts.