HSHS All-Decade Team: 1950s

The 1950s era of Heber Springs football saw some success in the early part of the decade, some struggles in the middle part of the decade and a rebirth with a familiar face in the latter part of the decade as players still played both ways.

New coach Leland Myers guided the Panthers to one of the best marks in school history in 1950 with a 6-2-1 record. Heber Springs opened the season with a loss to Augusta but won six straight with wins over Clinton, Bald Knob, Ola, Cotton Plant, Arkansas School for the Deaf and Sloan-Hendrix. The tie came on Nov. 24 over a heavily-favored Morrilton squad. A loss to McCrory on Thanksgiving closed out the season.

The Panthers would win five games in 1951, the best two-year stretch in school history up that point, with wins over Mountain Home, Harding Academy, Hickory Ridge, Arkansas School for the Deaf and Clinton.

Former Heber Springs Panther standout Robert Fisher would take over as coach in 1952 guiding the Panthers to their first conference title in school history with a 5-3-1 mark — it would be 23 years before Heber Springs would win another conference title. The Panthers defeated Augusta, Harding Academy and Cotton Plant to earn the conference crown and also picked up victories over Mountain Home and Hickory Ridge. On Nov. 21, the Panthers traveled to Earle for a Class B playoff game (with only eight teams in the playoffs at the time). Heber Springs had two weeks off before the game while the Bulldogs had beaten county-rival West Memphis a week earlier and handed the Panthers a 25-6 setback. A Thanksgiving Day loss five-days later to McCrory set the final mark.

A new coach took over the reigns of the Panther program in 1953. Bernis Duke would go on to hall of fame career winning a state basketball title at Newport and later coaching the Oral Roberts University (in Tulsa, Okla.) tennis team for 33 years. Duke was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and the ORU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 — the tennis center on the ORU campus is named in his honor, but at Heber Springs his only attempt at coaching football resulted in a one-win campaign in 1953 (a win over the “B” team from Conway).

The 1954 squad had the same fate as the 1953 squad, a single win over the “B” team from Conway. The assistant coach for that squad, Elmer Gathright, would also have building named after him, the basketball gymnasium at West Side High School in Greers Ferry.

In 1955 and 1956, another future Hall-of-Famer took over the reigns of the football program as Bald Knob High School graduate Carl Steward would guide the program to a 4-14 mark (a pair of wins over Bradford, a win over Conway “B” and Clinton). Steward would later make his mark as a track coach and a track official.

The decade closed with another HSHS graduate, Cecil Alexander, guiding the program for three season. Alexander, who had starred on the gridiron at Hendrix College after graduating from HSHS, would guide the program for the rest of the decade going 9-12-4. His first squad in 1957 defeated Harding Academy, Bradford and “B” teams from Batesville and Jacksonville to finish 4-4. In 1958, the Panthers would go 3-3-3 with wins over Newport “B”, Augusta and Sylvan Hills and ties with Carlisle, Mabelvale and Conway “B”. His 1959 squad would beat Clinton and Harding Academy and tie Danville.

The 1950s HSHS All-Decade Football Team

(Position, Player and Last Season Played)

End – Pete Benbrook (1950)

End – Sherlon Martin (1959)

Line – Elwood Cooper (1952)

Line – Roy Ferguson (1953)

Line – Dale Ramsey (1951)

Line – Richard Stark (1951)

Line – Tommy Whitaker (1952)

Back – Cecil Alexander (1952)

Back – Mickey Barnett (1951)

Back – Jimmy Davis (1952)

Back – Victor Davis (1959)

Back – Jerry Pilkington (1950)

Back – Keith Pilkington (1957)

All-Purpose – Lovell Davis (1953)

All-Purpose – Jim Alexander (1958)


The 1940s HSHS All-Decade Team

The 1930s HSHS All-Decade Team

The 1910s/20s HSHS All-Decade Team

Bremmon named Conference Player of the Week

September 9, 2019

CONWAY – After incredible performance Saturday in the Warriors’ season opener versus Lyon College, sophomore defensive back Jacob Bremmon has been honored as the Southern Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

Bremmon, a graduate of Heber Springs High School, picked off the Scots’ quarterback Isaiah Bradford in the second period Saturday and returned it 39 yards to the house. In addition to the defensive touchdown, Bremmon registered a second-best eight tackles in Hendrix’s 28-20 victory over the in-state rival Scots.

Jacob Bremmon

Bremmon played in 10 games last season as a true freshman, starting nine of them at safety. He recorded 26 solo tackles and 12 assisted tackles for a total of 38 tackles. He also had two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Bremmon wasn’t the only former Panther on the field on Saturday. Former Heber Springs Panther Blaze Nelson, who is playing linebacker for the Scots (1-1), played but did not record any stats during the contest.

Blaze Nelson

Sitting at 1-0 on the year, Bremmon and the rest of the Warriors will head west to Seguin, Texas, to battle Texas Lutheran at 6 p.m. Saturday. Nelson and the rest of the Lyon College Scots have the weekend off before traveling to Tyler, Texas, on September 21 for an 11 a.m. contest with Texas College.

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Hendrix Women take Early Bird Invitational

August 31, 2019


CLARKSVILLE – Men’s and women’s cross country teams opened up the 2019 season by taking part in Ozarks’ Early Bird Invite at Clarksville Saturday morning.

On the men’s side, the Warriors finished in second place as freshmen Gideon Drake finished in eighth-place individually with a 19:09.3 mark in the 5K (3.11 miles) field.

On the women’s side, Hendrix topped Philander Smith and host Ozarks to win the meet. Senior Mackenzie Gearin finished first and recorded a 14:02.3 mark in the 3K (2 miles) field while sophomore Rachel Allen finished second and recorded a 14:33.0 mark.

Event: Early Bird Invite
Date(s): Aug. 31
Host: University of the Ozarks | Clarksville
Site: U of O Cross Country Course

– Gideon Drake – 8th place – 19:09.3 
– Michael Miller – 11th place – 19:28.6
– Connor Escajeda – 14th place – 21:00.6
– Ian Campbell – 20th place – 15:52.9

– Mackenzie Gearin – 1st place – 14:02.3
– Rachel Allen – 2nd place – 14:33.0
– Victoria Ortega – 3rd place – 14:51.5
– Tali Ramirez – 7th place – 15:55.1
– Liesl Krone – 10th place – 17:03.4
– Bailey Brya – 12th place – 17:42.7

The Warriors will return to Conway Sept. 7 to take part in the Central Arkansas Invite across town.

Hendrix completes Opening Weekend sweep

August 31, 2019


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – One day after knocking off the no. 14 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis Bears, the Warriors remained in St. Louis, for the final two games of the Bear Invite.

First up, the Warriors battled Webster before taking on Westminster (Mo.) in the first doubleheader of the season. The Warriors took an early 2-0 set lead but it took all five sets for Hendrix to defeat the Gorloks. In the final game of the day, Hendrix cruised to a 3-0 set sweep of the Blue Jays to sweep the opening weekend of the season. The Warriors currently sit at 3-0 on the young season.

Final:Hendrix 3, Webster 2  [25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 19-25, 15-9]| Hendrix 3, Westminster (Mo.) 0 | [25-20, 25-9, 25-13)
Records: Warriors 2-0, Gorloks 1-2    |    Warriors 3-0, Blue Jays 1-2
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
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– After Hendrix trailed 9-2 early in the opening set, a 7-0 run gave the Warriors its first lead of the match at 11-10. 
– Leading by a point, a 6-0 run allowed for a commanding 22-16 lead for Hendrix.
– Hendrix won the first five points of the second frame and won 12 of the first 14 points in the set. 
– Lauren Dwyer recorded four kills in the second frame, Sadie Walker tallied three, Mallory CartyKiersten Huitt and Allison Long recorded a pair of kills while MaKenzie Presley accounted for one.
– After hitting .024 in the first two sets, Webster took the next two sets to even the match at two sets apiece.
– The Warriors won the first four points of the fifth frame to force a Gorlok timeout.
– Leading 8-3, Huitt and Dwyer recorded a block assist before each player recorded a kill on the next two plays to take the commanding 11-3 edge.
– After a 5-0 Webster run, the Warriors scored four of the next five points to record another five-set victory; capped off with a block assist from Carty and Sesalie Satterwhite.
– Satterwhite notched her second double-double in as many days after accounting for 18 digs and 15 assists.
– Molly Kingston recorded a career-high 20 digs and five assists in five sets played in.
– Dwyer also accounted for a double-double after registering 17 digs and 15 kills while McGrath recorded 17 digs in the win as well.

– After being knotted up at 2-all, the Warriors never trailed in the opening set as Hendrix took the set, 25-20, and hit .400.
– In the second set, Hendrix trailed 3-1 early on, but an impressive 15-1 run by Hendrix gave the Warriors the 21-6 advantage as the Warriors hit a game-high .485 and limited the Blue Jays to an even .000 as Hendrix took the set, 25-9.
– In the third and final frame, the Warriors hit. 484 with 16 kills and only one errors as Hendrix swept Westminster (Mo.) for its third-straight win to open up the season.
– Satterwhite accounted for 21 assists and five digs in the win while Claire Smith added 20 assists, three kills and a dig while hitting .600 herself.
– Dwyer added 14 kills and six digs while hitting .500.
– McGrath recorded 15 digs while Kingston registered 14 as the Warriors continued its dominance in Missouri this weekend.

“Coach MC Rogers and I have been challenging the team to play with confidence and never give up,” coach Brittany Newberry said. “They did that this weekend. In addition, we are a more experienced team this year and that helped us achieve a three-game sweep for our first tournament. We grew a lot this weekend and I couldn’t ask for a better start to the season.”

The Warriors will remain on the road with a pivotal road trip to Illinois next weekend in another tournament. Hendrix will face University of Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. from Bloomington before facing no. 13 Illinois Wesleyan Saturday at 10 a.m. and Otterbein 12:30 p.m.

Hendrix looks to Rebound in 2019

August 17, 2019


CONWAY – After guiding Hendrix to a 2015 Southern Athletic Association Championship and leading the Warriors to an impressive 8-2 record in 2017, head coach Buck Buchanan looks to continue to revitalize the Hendrix football program following a 2-8 effort in 2018.

Buchanan, who was hired immediately after Hendrix football ended its 52-year hiatus, enters his seventh season as the head man for the Warriors. Buchanan currently holds a 34-27 (.557) mark while at Hendrix with a 23-21 (.522) record in SAA play and also has guided Hendrix to finishing in the top three in the SAA three different seasons in his six years here.

After an injury sidelines him for over 75 percent of the 2018 season, one of the top quarterbacks that Hendrix has seen is back and will be wearing the black and orange this fall. After being one of the top quarterbacks, statistically, in the entire country in 2017, Miles Thompson played just more than one full game before getting injured and missed the rest of the 2018 season. Thompson, who has throw for more than 4,400 yards and 46 touchdowns, will be one of several Warrior players who bring back several years of collegiate experience.

Offensively, Thompson is joined again by Kip VanHoose. VanHoose, who led the entire SAA in rushing yards a season ago, is looking to build off a season in which the Kansas City, Mo., product rushed for 860 yards and three scores.

On the offensive line and returning for this season year is Xavion Gardner. Gardner is a two-time All-SAA First Team selection and was part of the offensive line that led the NCAA with 600 yards of total offense per game.

Defensively, Ronnie McShanTanner Hartsfield and Jared Bazley return for the Warriors. All three obtained All-SAA Honorable Mention honors a year ago while Hartsfield led the team in tackles with 31 solo and 70 total tackles and Bazley earned D3football.com National Team of the Week honors once. On the special teams side of things, kicker Sandy Burks returns for his senior year. A native of North Little Rock, Burks has successfully made 14 field goals, 70 PATs and has logged 56 kickoffs for 2,973 yards as a Warrior and earned D3football.com National Team of the Week honors once, as well, last season.

Coach Buchanan was able to welcome in more than 25 new Warriors to the Hendrix football program. Of those 25-plus newcomers, one of those names should be familiar to Conway residents.

Multi-sport sport athlete Jacob Wood shined as the star quarterback for Conway Christian, a guard for the men’s basketball team and also played baseball for the Eagles.

Wood, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback who holds several school records, led the Eagles to a 10-3 record on the 2018 season that ended in a two-point loss in the state quarterfinals to Mount Ida.

Other notable newcomers who could have a sensational freshman campaign include: wide receiver Tyler Rodriguez who earned Texas 3A Player of the Year honors and recorded 42 touchdowns at quarterback from Bonham, Texas; Thayne Garnett who is an all-around half back, tight end and running back and is a Weatherford, Texas, native running with the first-team offense; and also freshman wide receiver Harrison Campbell a native of Bentonville. Wood and Campbell both played in the Arkansas All-Star Game in June at University of Central Arkansas. Defensively, notable players to look for include defensive back’s Canon Roeder of Frisco Wakeland, Texas; Gus Asle from Frisco Reedy, Texas; and Riley Strey of Flower Mound, Texas.

Hendrix opens the 2019 season Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. with another nonconference contest against Lyon College in Conway in a classic “Battle for ScotZilla” rivalry; looking for its third victory over the Scots in Conway in three attempts. The Warriors will hit the road for the next two games; taking on Texas Lutheran in Seguin, Texas and battling Birmingham-Southern in Birmingham, Ala., to open up SAA play. Hendrix returns back to Conway Oct. 5 to look for another victory against SAA rival Rhodes. Other notable games include the annual Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony Nov. 2 versus Trinity and Senior Day Nov. 16 against the Sewanee Tigers from Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.

Warriors fall in Season Opener

August 30, 2019


CONWAY – Hendrix men’s soccer opened up the 2019 season Friday evening with an evening showdown against the Huntingdon Hawks in the 2019 Hendrix Invitational from Warrior Field. After trailing 1-0 at the intermission, the Warriors conceded three second half goals as Hendrix fell to the Hawks, 4-1.

Final: Huntingdon 4 , Hendrix 1
Records: Hawks 1-0, Warriors 0-1
Location: Warrior Soccer Field | Conway
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– After giving up one goal in the first 45 minutes, the Warriors gave up two more goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half before sophomore Ricky Barrientos got the home team on the scoreboard.
– The Hawks scored one more goal in the 89th minute to hold the 4-1 advantage.
– Sophomore Arron Sahlman recorded a pair of saves against Huntingdon.
– Freshman Luis Lara recorded a team-best four shots in the loss.
– Five other Warrior players tallied one shot each while Barrientos and sophomore Jackson Goodwin landed the lone shots on goal for Hendrix.

“I thought we played well for large portions of the game but we gave the ball away cheaply in the middle third which led to three goals,” stated head coach Matt Kern. “Our team shape in defensive transition moments, was simply not good enough tonight. Huntingdon were very organized an punished us on the counter attack. We will learn from this and look to be more organized.”

The Warriors remain in Conway for its next contest; facing Hardin-Simmons Sunday from Warrior Field at 2 p.m. in the final game of the 2019 Hendrix Invitational.

Hendrix upset No. 14 Washington, Missouri

August 30, 2019


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the first time since early November, Hendrix volleyball was back in action, opening the 2019 season in St. Louis, Mo. against no. 14 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis.

After winning the opening set, 25-19, the Warriors lost the next two sets to sustain a 2-1 set deficit. The Warriors held off the Bears in the fourth set, 25-22, to force a decisive fifth frame. Hendrix never trailed in the final set, winning the fifth set, 15-8, to finish the upset against the nationally-ranked Bears. Lauren Dwyer recorded a team-high 19 kills while Sesalie Satterwhite recorded the double-double after tallying 22 assists and 11 digs.

Final: Hendrix 3, Washington (Mo.) 2   |   [25-19, 19-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8]
Records: Warriors 1-0, Bears 1-1
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
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– Trailing by a point in the opening set, Hendrix underwent a 6-0 run; capped off by a service ace from Satterwhite.
– The Warriors scored six of the final eight points in the first set.
– Late in the second frame, the Warriors led 18-17 but 7-0 Bear run allowed for Washington to take the 25-19 set victory.
– Leading 2-1 in the third set, Hendrix gave up six-straight points as the Bears grabbed the 7-2 lead.
– Dwyer tallied five kills in the third frame but the Bears snagged the 25-16 set win.
– Trailing by a point, the Warriors tallied a 10-1 run to take command of the set to force a decisive fifth frame.
– Starting out on defense, Hendrix won the first four points and forced a Bear timeout after leading 6-2 to start the frame; Warriors won five out of the last eight points for the come-from-behind victory.
– Claire Smith produced a team-best 25 assists Friday night while Jeanette McGrath registered a team-high 20 digs.
– Allison Long accounted for 13 kills in the huge upset while Mallory Carty landed a team-high four blocks on the night.

“What a great win to start off the season,” stated a happy head coach Brittany Newberry. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. I definitely want to give credit to a great team in Washington University. It was a hard fought win. We’ve got to get some rest and come back tomorrow and bring three wins home.”

The Warriors remain in St. Louis, Mo., as Hendrix continues to take part in the Bear Invitational. Hendrix will face Webster Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Westminster (Mo.) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the final game of the invitational.

Hendrix downs Concordia

August 30, 2019


AUSTIN, Texas – Hendrix women’s soccer played a regular season contest for the first time in over 10 months after the Warriors battled Concordia (Texas) Friday from Austin, Texas. The Warriors took the early lead as Hagan Griffith tacked on her first goal of her senior campaign in less than three minutes into the match. After taking a 1-0 lead into the break, the Warriors scored two more goals in the final 35 minutes of regulation to hang on to the 3-1 victory. With the win, the Warriors improve to 1-0 on the young year. 

Final: Concordia (Texas) 1 , Hendrix 3
Records: Tornados 0-1, Warriors 1-0
Location: Austin, Texas
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– After Griffith scored just two minutes and 11 seconds into the game, Concordia did not tie the game up until the 56th minute.
– Claire Huchingson put the Warriors back on top just 66 seconds after the Tornadoes knotted the game up at 1-all with her first collegiate score of her young career.
– Mary Helen VanHoy iced the game in the 84th minute as she connected on her first goal of the young season with six minutes left to give Hendrix the 3-1 lead and ultimately the victory.
– VanHoy carded two shots on the evening while Griffith and Huchinson each tallied one each.
– Griffith picked up a pair of assists in the win while Khenli Harp scooped up one assist as well.
– Anna Claire Lewis (1-0) carded two saves while playing all 90 minutes for Hendrix in goal.
– Despite the win, the Warriors were outshot 8-4 to Concordia.
– The Tornadoes did not record any saves Friday evening and only recorded one corner kick while Hendrix landed three corner kicks.

“It really looked like a first game for us tonight,” explained head coach Jeff Trimble. “We started off slow and looked like we were a bit lost We got a goal early from Griffith and that really helped. After halftime, we looked much better. A lot of credit to Concordia; they were very organized and played really well. We were much better defensively in the second half and we played much better soccer. Lewis, in goal, did a good job keeping us organized defensively. It was a good start and we will learn from our mistakes.”

The Warriors remain out in Texas to continue the two-game road trip out west to open up the 2019 season. Hendrix faces McMurry Sunday at noon from Abilene, Texas.

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Grilling Practice given Razorbacks

Coach Pickering seeks to Prepare His Team for Game with Hendrix

October 6, 1913

FAYETTEVILLE – The 23 Razorbacks who reported for practice today were put through a grueling scrimmage.

G. A. Vincenheller, star quarterback of the Arkansas team of 1899, took charge of the second team today. He will develop the offensive playing of the scrubs in order that the first team may get practice on defense.

Coach Headrick of Hendrix saw the Arkansas-Henderson game last Friday and no doubt will prepare for the Razorbacks’ attack. However, it is rumored that Coach E.T. Pickering has several surprises for the Conway bunch.

Dan Estes and E.M. Ratcliffe, both first team tackles, were out of practice today on account of injuries. Ford Dubs and Moore played their positions. A.A. Poff, fullback on last year’s eleven, who has been playing guard this year, was at fullback today. With a little practice he should get back in form. Harry Bryan, substitute guard on the 1912 team, reported from practice this afternoon. Coach Vincenheller played Hill at right guard. Night blackboard practice was started again tonight.

Little Rock High Squad has Practice Game

Picked Teams Play 11-to-11 Battle – Little Rock College Eleven Fails to Show Up

October 24, 1911

The Little Rock College team failed to show up for scrimmage practice yesterday afternoon at Seventeenth and Main streets, and the Little Rock High School squad had a game between picked teams known as Yale and Harvard, the score resulting 11 to 11. The game bore all of the earmarks of a big battle and some classy forward passes and drop kicks were made.

The squad is working hard for the game with Fordyce High School at Fordyce next Saturday. The Little Rock College team is scheduled to play Hendrix College at West End Park next Saturday afternoon.

The following is the line-up in the game yesterday (October 24) afternoon:


  • Martin – Right End
  • Muller – Right Tackle
  • Himstedt – Right Guard
  • Weidemeyer – Center
  • Harb – Left Tackle
  • Steele – Left End
  • Falk – Quarterback
  • Alexander – Left Half Back
  • Apperson – Right Half Back
  • Hammons – Fullback


  • Harris – Right End
  • Curran – Right Tackle
  • Kupferie – Right Guard
  • Coleman – Center
  • Matthews – Left Guard
  • Brown – Left Tackle
  • J. Murray – Left End
  • C. Murray – Quarterback
  • Stillman – Left Half Back
  • Jackson – Right Half Back
  • Moore – Fullback

Source: Arkansas Gazette, October 25, 1911