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Walnut Ridge High School senior Staci Spargo (center) signs a letter of intent to play softball at Williams Baptist College. With her is her father, Jeff Spargo, her mother, Margie LeBlanc, and (standing) Williams softball coach Eric Newell.

WR's Spargo inks with WBC

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge High School softball standout Staci Spargo will get to continue her playing career in front of her hometown fans. Spargo signed a letter of intent with Williams Baptist College on Monday during a ceremony on the WBC campus.

She is the first WRHS softball player to earn a scholarship offer.

"I'm excited about coming to Williams," said Spargo. "I've known Coach Newell for a while, and I'm happy to be able to play close to home."

During her high school career, Spargo earned All-State and All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore. She suffered a torn ACL playing basketball, which caused her to miss her junior softball season. Honors for this season have not yet been announced.

"We're excited about Staci. We have very high hopes for her," said Williams softball coach Eric Newell. "She's very versatile and can play a number of positions."

At WRHS, she also played basketball and volleyball. She was active in Student Council, Journalism, Drama Club and Spanish Club. She is a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She is the daughter of Jeff Spargo and Margie LeBlanc, both of Walnut Ridge.

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