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Like Father, Like Daughter

Mooneyhan sets 4A state pole vault mark

April 30, 2019

By Philip Seaton

BATESVILLE – There has to be something about Pioneer Stadium at Batesville High School for the Mooneyhan family.

In 1987, then Heber Springs junior Walter Mooneyhan set a then personal best when he cleared 15-6 in the pole vault at the Pioneer Relays. Mooneyhan would go on to break the AA and state overall pole vault record a few weeks later at the AA state meet at Beebe when he cleared 15-4 and half inches. He bettered Heber Springs’ Mark Rezanka’s AA state record of 14-9 set in 1983 and Fort Smith Northside’s Greg Pickett’s overall mark of 15-4 set in 1975.

Flash forward to Tuesday at the 4A state track meet at Pioneer Stadium, Walter’s daughter, Pea Ridge junior Cassidy Mooneyhan, cleared 12-7 which is a new personal best but more importantly also set the new standard in 4A shattering the old mark of 11-6 set by Mena’s Staci Yahn in 2006.

She missed out on clearing 13-feet on three attempts.

“I have wanted to jump 13-feet since seventh-grade,” Cassidy said and though she didn’t get that height on Tuesday she was still elated to get the state record. “It think it’s so awesome.

“It’s something I’ve worked so long for and especially to get it my junior year instead of senior year really surprised me … that means a lot to me.”

The record also meant a lot to her vaulting coach, her father.

“I’ve been inside the ropes with her since she started in the seventh grade,” Walter said. “I have got to watch her progress all the way through. She’s incredibly coachable, incredibly aggressive, and incredibly competitive. On top of that she is a nice person. So that combination makes me incredibly proud.”

Walter, who works at the home office of Wal-Mart in Bentonville, has been a volunteer coach for the Pea Ridge track program since his daughter took an interest in the sport.

“I went through the registered volunteer program through the AAA (Arkansas Activities Association),” Walter said. “You have to specify a sport you are going to help with, and obviously I choose the vault, so I’ve gotten to be inside the ropes.”

Pea Ridge built a new track five years ago.

“The coaches didn’t have any experience in the vault, because they never had the vault,” Walter said. “Somehow everything just came together. (Pea Ridge) coach Heather Wade is the senior high girls track coach and she has been gracious enough to let me inside the ropes.”

While Walter’s vaulting exploits are legendary in the track and field circles, Cassidy was unaware of her father’s accomplishments.

“I didn’t even know he was a good vaulter,” Cassidy said. “He’s the most humble person ever. He rarely talked it, so I didn’t even know he was a good vaulter. All through the years, he slowly started talking about it more. I realized after the first year (that I was vaulting that) he was very good.”

If Cassidy didn’t know of her father’s exploits, how did she get started in the sport?

“A girl I knew in the was doing it when I was in seventh grade, so I tried it,” Cassidy said. “So I came home, told him I wanted to try it and he just came and helped us out.”

Cassidy’s also finished second in the 100 and 200, behind teammate Blakelee Winn in both races, to help her team accomplish something her father’s never did, win a state title.

“It means so much,” Cassidy said. “I think it’s so cool to follow in his footsteps and to have him here with me.”

Ouachita takes Second Game

April 8, 1912

Conway Log Cabin Democrat

CONWAY — In a contest marked by loose fielding and erratic pitching, Ouachita took the second game with the State Normal, 15 to 9. Neither Savage nor Ellis had any control, the former passing four and hitting three, while Ellis walked nine and “beaned” two. The visitors, however, outbatted the Normal team, and this accounts in the main for their victory. Savage’s wildness was responsible for five scores by the locals in the fifth, when he allowed but one hit.

The Normal team held their own until the eighth, when they blew up and five errors, two bases on balls and three hits were bunched for a total of eight runs. With the game stowed away, the visitors eased up again in the ninth, when a single, a base on balls and a triple resulted in three runs. Ellis showed the effects of his Saturday’s game and was easy for Ouachita, while Savage, barring his lack of control, mystified the Normal batsman. Landers’ catch of Sammons’ line drive to center was the redeeming feature of the game.

Final Game is Won by Normal

April 10, 1912

Conway Log Cabin Democrat

CONWAY — Going after the with a determination not to allow the visitors to make a clean sweep of the series, the State Normal defeated Ouachita, 4 to 1, in the final contest at Hendrix park yesterday afternoon. The Pedagogues showed a remarkable reversal of form, playing an almost perfect game in the field and bunching their hits effectively. Landers pitched splendidly. While allowing more hits than Sammons, he kept them scattered in all except the eighth, when the visitors made their lone tally. The Ouachita infield was unsteady. H. Muse, their first-baseman, accumulated four errors.

Ouachita … 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 8 7

Normal …… 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 x — 4 5 2

Batteries — Normal, Landers and Sipe. Ouachita, Sammons and Easterline. Umpire — Parker.

The Ouachita team left this morning (April 11) for Russellville, where after two games with the Second District Agricultural School, they go to Cumberland and to Fayetteville to play the Razorbacks.

On account of the unsettled weather, Coach Nixon of the Normal canceled the games today (April 11) and tomorrow with Cumberland College. This team has been playing at Batesville and passed through Conway today on their way home.

Hendrix Baseball Team Disbanded

Players are Disciplined

Champions of 1911 Cancel All Games and Will Not Play This Year

April 5, 1912

Conway Log Cabin Democrat

CONWAY — As a result of the failure of several players to meet the rigid requirements fixed by the faculty, the Hendrix College baseball team has been so badly “shot to pieces” that Coach W.O. Wilson today canceled all games on the Hendrix schedule and announced that the team had been disbanded for the year. Through this action, the team, which won the state collegiate championship last year, will not participate in a single game during 1912.

The announcement was received with the greatest regret by local fans. Coach Wilson stated that the team was already weak in the pitcher’s box and the failure of the players to qualify, left only one dependable twirler. The team was further weakened by the loss of catcher W.W. Parker, who decided several weeks ago not to play this year. In all, about five other regulars on the team were disqualified for failure to make the required grades or for other irregularities. The standard at Hendrix for participation in intercollegiate events of any kind is very severe, the requirements being a passing daily grade and examination grade on at least 10 hours of college work per week, besides a strict conformity to the discipline of the institution.

Coach Wilson today wired coach Miller of Ouachita of the disbanding of the team and has written the other colleges in the association to the same effect. Ouachita was scheduled to play here tomorrow and Saturday.

Coach R.L. Nixon of the State Normal, however, has arranged to play Ouachita here next Saturday and Monday and Tuesday of next week. He said today’s Saturday game will be played at Hendrix park.

Much sympathy is felt for Coach Wilson, who happened to the same misfortune last year, when in charge of the Normal team, at which time his men “fell down” and he was forced to cancel all of his games.