Colton Campbell strides through his wind-up during a Bulldogs game at Smart Collier Field. Photo by Griffin Pritchard
Colton Campbell strides through his wind-up during a Bulldogs game at Smart Collier Field. Photo by Griffin Pritchard

Campbell named Holtville’s first Bryant-Jordan state winner

Published 6:15am Sunday, April 14, 2013

Colton Campbell’s Bryant-Jordan journey didn’t end with him being the big winner, but it did set a ­precedent.
The multi-sport Bulldog with a 4.0-plus GPA was named the 4A scholar winner, providing him an additional $3,000 to go with his $2,500 scholarship for being a regional winner.
“It was awesome to accept that award, there were a lot of really deserving people,” said Campbell, who continues a Holtville tradition of having student-athletes reach at least the regional winner phase of the Bryant-Jordan process.
“I’m just so thankful for all the hard work put into it. My coaches were there and I had a bunch of family there. All of them helped me to get there and it was just awesome to be able to experience that with them.”
McGill-Toolen’s Carmen Carlos and Corner’s Blake Byrd were named the overall winners at the 28th annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet here Monday night at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel as 96 high school regional honorees were recognized and awarded approximately $1 million in scholarships.
Named in honor of late coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant of Alabama and Ralph “Shug” Jordan of Auburn, the program recognized 48 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for excellence in athletics and academics and 48 achievement winners chosen for ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school careers.

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