Meet the inductees

Meet the inductees


Meet the inductees


The Mountain Home High School Athletic Hall of Honor will induct its sixth class at a reception at noon Saturday at the Mountain Home High School cafeteria, with a banquet to follow at 1 p.m.

Each year the Hall of Honor inducts players, coaches, teams or supporters who have made an impact on Bomber athletics. This year’s class includes one team, three athletes and one media outlet.

1960 Mountain Home High School football team

1960 Mountain Home High School football team

1960 Bomber football team

When the 1960 Bombers defeated nonconference foe Cabool, Mo., in their final game, they became the first and only undefeated high school team in Bomber football history.

The Bombers piled up an impressive 242 points while only allowing 50 to their 11 opponents. They won the 1A District title, which was the highest award possible at the time. After starting the season with a shutout victory over Clinton, 32-0, the Bombers defeated a very good West Plains, Mo., team, 18-6.

The Bombers hosted the Harrison Goblins for their home opener in front of what was described as “standing room only” crowd and played Harrison to a 0-0 tie. The Bombers then destroyed Ava, Mo., 31-6, and Pocahontas, 58-13, before taking on the Siloam Springs Panthers.

The Panthers had a tough team but the Bombers prevailed, 13-7. This victory was followed by another shutout, 14-0, over Corning. The Bombers then defeated Berryville 19-6 and Huntsville 13-12 before shutting out Bentonville, 12-0, and Cabool, 32-0.

The 1960 undefeated team members include:

• Seniors Dick Ahrens (deceased), James Alexander, John Boogaart, Jim Curry, Dickie Dickerson, Lansing Hewitt, Jerry Lechtenberger, Ken Martin, Leon Pendergrass, James Rhein, Roy Rogers (deceased), and Tommy Sharp.

• Juniors Jim Brown, Bruce Crawford (deceased), Jim Ellis (deceased), Don Hawksley, Jim Hawksley (deceased), Larry LeSueur, George Ross (deceased), Ralph Schumacher (deceased), Dick Schwanz, Don Shipley, and Leon Smith.

• Sophomores Johnny Ahrens, Charles Chaney, Rank Cochran, Terry Edwards (deceased), Bob Knight, Butch Neal, Kenneth Perry, Dennis Pharr, Tommy Snow, Jeff Stockton, and Joe Vaughn.

Two freshmen were brought up to the team — Bobby Buchanan (deceased) and Glen Tregle. The head coach was Don Riggs, and his assistant was Marvin Bishop (both deceased).

Supporting the Bombers were cheerleaders Arlyss Cooper (captain), Paula Cooksy, Bette Jean Kough, Sharon Barnes, Barbara Johnson, Dawn Trammell, Sharon Nilson and Dorothy Goodwin. The 1960 Homecoming queen was Carolyn Wood.

Gary Pitts, a three-year letterman in four sports at Mountain Home High School.

Gary Pitts, a three-year letterman in four sports at Mountain Home High School.

Gary Pitts, Class of 1971

Pitts lettered three years in four sports at the high school and still graduated with scholastic honors. He was a three-year starting quarterback and All-State defensive end while playing for D.A. Dahlke and Russell Sims.

Pitts was All-State two years in baseball and probably has the distinction of being the only left-handed All-State shortstop. He was All-District in basketball, lettered in golf, and was runner-up Most Valuable Golfer in 1971.

He received the Outstanding MHHS Athlete for 1971 and the student-voted “Most Athletic” in 1970 and 1971. Gary was recruited by several schools for football and baseball, including the West Point Military Academy and the University of Arkansas, but chose to play baseball at Arkansas State University.

Tommy Fowler, Class of 1958

Fowler loved all sports, playing center field in baseball, but truly excelling in football. He was a four-year letterman, and started three years at quarterback under Don Dempsey as the team compiled a 29-5 record.

Tommy Fowler

Tommy Fowler

The team won the first two district championships in Bomber history in 1955 and 1957. The 1957 team had an 11-1 record, which still stands today as one of only two teams to ever win 11 games. In his career, he scored 102 points and threw 16 touchdown passes.

In 1957, Fowler made all-district, all-state, and outstanding back in district 1-A. He won the KTLO backfield award, and at graduation he received the Most Outstanding Athlete. He was selected to play in the High School All-Star game in 1958 and earlier had received a football scholarship from the University of Arkansas. He was the first Bomber to ever become a Razorback.

Duane Pitchford, Class of 1954

Pitchford’s love of sports caused a few problems early in life, because his father wanted him to be a farmer. And farming required staying home and minding the farm.

Thankfully, he persevered and ended up on the football, basketball and baseball teams in high school. He loved the game of football, and upon high school graduation in May 1954, received a full scholarship to Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Pitchford also loved basketball, and his prowess on the court was impressive, but no scholarships were forthcoming.

Duane Pitchford

Duane Pitchford

The Baxter Bulletin

The Baxter Bulletin published its first edition on December 20, 1901, at a time when Baxter County had fewer than 10,000 residents. Since its inception, the paper’s history has been indelibly intertwined with that of the community.

The Bulletin has covered Mountain Home High School football since its very first team in school history, and it extensively covered the 1966 State Champion Bomber basketball team, which was the first team to be inducted into the MHHS Athletic Hall of Honor.

The Baxter Bulletin has been committed to covering all sports at all Twin Lakes Area schools, including all 15 Arkansas Activities Association sanctioned boys’ and girls’ sports at Mountain Home High School. In addition to football and basketball, The Bulletin covers volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country, cheer, dance, swimming, wrestling, bowling, soccer, track, baseball and softball.


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