Hudson graduate Michelle White inducted into Baldwin Wallace Athletics Alumni Hall of Fame

FRANK ACETO Reporter
Michelle White

She is one of the greatest female basketball players in Hudson High School history.

Nowadays, Michelle White can add another lofty achievement to her already impressive résumé.

Hall of Famer.

White, a 2003 Hudson graduate, was inducted into the Baldwin Wallace University 2020 Athletics Alumni Hall of Fame earlier in the summer.

The 35-year-old White, who graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 2007 and now lives in Medina, played four years for the Yellow Jackets, who won three Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season titles during her tenure.

“I found out that I got into the Hall of Fame at the beginning of June,” she said. “I was very surprised and felt very excited to receive such an honor. I am in good company with many other athletes in the Hall of Fame at BW.”

The standout guard/forward finished with 838 career points, 434 rebounds, 136 steals, 119 assists and 67 blocks for Baldwin Wallace, which makes its home in Berea. White also was a three-time All-OAC pick and a three-time Academic All-OAC selection.

“I had a great experience playing at BW,” White said. “It definitely took a lot of hard work and even more dedication, but I am proud of myself for the accomplishments that I have made. I played with some great teammates that made the experience a lot of fun.”

The Yellow Jackets won the OAC Tournament championship in 2005 to qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament. Baldwin Wallace advanced to the Elite Eight in 2006.

“Overall, I had a great experience at BW with both my basketball career and my college life,” White said. “I loved the close-knit community at BW and when you walked around campus, you pretty much knew everyone. I made some great friends while at BW and continue to have some of those life-long friendships.”

White had even more success during her days with the Explorers.

With White and point guard Leah Getz leading the way, Hudson reached the Division I state championship game in 2003. White, who scored 32 points in the Explorers’ state-semifinal victory, earned All-Ohio honors that season.

White, who is now a fifth-grade language arts teacher in the Exempted Village School District, was a four-year varsity player for Hudson, which also advanced to the regional competition three times, including the elite eight twice. White scored 1,116 career points for the Explorers.

“Playing at Hudson was a lot of fun,” she said. “We worked hard and always set our goals and standards high.

“Looking back, playing in the state championship game was a very fond memory. Playing at Value City Arena in front of thousands of people was an awesome experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to play in a state championship.”

White also was a three-year standout for the Hudson girls soccer team, which captured a Division I state championship in 2000. White, an outside midfielder, was a member of the 2001 state runner-up team too.

White spent three years as a sprinter for the Hudson girls track and field team as well.

In the end, though, White’s first love was basketball, which she began playing when she was in third grade.

“I think I fell in love with it pretty quickly and I guess I thought I was pretty decent at it,” White said.

With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony has yet to be scheduled.

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @Faceto_Gannett.