Area athletes honored by city youth ministries
Several area athletes were honored at the third annual City Youth Ministries Best Under the Sun Sports Banquet held Tuesday evening at the First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.
Manila’s Bradey Woodall and Joel Burrow were honored for boys basketball while Riverside’s Haven Robertson was a girls basketball honoree.
Buffalo Island Central was represented on the boys baseball team by Canon Walling and Andrew McFarlin, along with Manila standouts Brady Clark and Michael Jorgensen.
Guest speakers were Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, executive director, Scott Ford Center of Entrepreneurship and Community Development, and Jonesboro resident Steve Cox, former University of Arkansas kicker and a member of the 1988 Super Bowl Champion Washington Redskins.
Hill was an assistant football coach at the University of Arkansas from 1989-2000, and the head football coach at San Jose State from 2001-2004. A native of Arkadelphia, Hill was the president of Arkansas Baptist College from 2006-2016.
Cox, a Charleston native, was a two-time All-Southwest Conference punter and was named a consensus All-American in 1980 when he led the nation with a 46.5 yards per punt average. Cox was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and is also a member of the Razorback Hall of Honor. Cox shares the second longest field goal in National Football League history, booting a 60-yard field goal while playing for the Cleveland Browns.
City Youth Ministries is a high quality after school program for the youth of Northeast Arkansas.