Rogers Ceremony Cements Stadium Name

Posted: September 7, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Whitey Smith, right, shakes hands with Rogers High defensive line coach Mike Bush during a dedication ceremony renaming the Rogers High stadium after Smith before the football game between Rogers High and Mountain Home on Friday September 6, 2013 in Whitey Smith Stadium in Rogers.

Whitey Smith Stadium officially got its name during the Mounties’ first home game Friday night.

At A Glance

About Whitey

Whitey Smith graduated Rogers High School in 1956 and played football for five years and was a tackle for the Mounties. During basketball season he played guard. Sports were underfunded and some were dropped when he was in high school. Other facts:

• There were 99 students in his graduating class.

• He picked up his nickname in junior high school when his hair was blond and longer.

• Whitey, he went by Alvis.

• He married his wife, Janice in 1958.

• The first chicken cook he worked was at Lake Atalanta for a big celebration. There was a queen contest and he cooked all night for “The Chicken of Tomorrow.”

• He ran the clock for Mountie football home games from 1959 to 2002 and at basketball games from 1980 to 2002.

• He was in the first class of inductees in the Mountie Athletic Hall of Fame.

Source: Staff Report

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The world needs a lot more men like Whitey Smith. What a great tribute to a man who has poured his life into so many young people.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 7, 2013 at 12:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whitey has put up many fences and separated many people.

Posted by: JailBird

September 7, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You have to love the person who comes in with some vague unfounded statement to try to bring negativity to a positive story.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 7, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Damn, Elite, he owned Ozark Fence Company for 40 years. Lighten up.

Posted by: JailBird

September 7, 2013 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sorry, thought you were being serious. I apologize.

Posted by: EliteEdge

September 8, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )