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WRHS to have players, coach
and umpire at All-Star games



Participating in the All-Star baseball and softball games in Fayetteville next week from Walnut Ridge High School will be (seated, from left): Logan Gaither and Staci Spargo, players; and (standing) Derek Bramlett, coach, and Charles Lee, umpire.
Familiar faces from Walnut Ridge School will be evident next week at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball and softball games in Fayetteville.

May 2010 WRHS graduates Logan Gaither and Staci Spargo have been selected to play in the All-Star baseball and softball games, respectively. Charles Lee, WRHS principal, has been selected as an umpire, and Derek Bramlett, WRHS assistant principal and baseball coach, has been selected as an assistant coach for the East team.

The doubleheader All-Star baseball game is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the University of Arkansas' Baum Stadium. The All-Star softball game is also a doubleheader and will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, at the UA's Bogle Park.

Lee said this will be his first time to umpire an All-Star baseball game. However, he has umpired the state high school baseball finals two times, as well as other state-level contests. There are four umpires for both games.

Bramlett, who has served as WRHS baseball coach for the past 12 years, will be coaching for the second time in an All-Star baseball game. He served as head coach of the East team when 2006 WRHS graduate Ben Engelken played in the game.

Bramlett will be reporting to Fayetteville on Saturday, where he will stay at Pomfret Hall on the U. of A. campus, where players and coaches will be housed.

Gaither is one of the 44 All-Star baseball players who will be reporting to the U. of A. on Sunday to begin preparations for Tuesday's All-Star game. "Only 44 players get to go, so it is pretty tough to make the team and an honor to be included," Bramlett said. Gaither said he hopes to play college baseball and is still visiting college campuses.

Spargo said she is excited about playing in the All-Star softball game. Spargo, a high school softball standout, recently signed a letter of intent with Williams Baptist College. She is the first WRHS softball player to earn a scholarship offer.

"It's an honor for all four of us," said Lee.

Also playing in the All-Star games from Lawrence County are Derek Wooten and Miranda Doyle from Hillcrest High School.

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