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Six to be inducted into Hendrix Sports Hall

Posted: April 18, 2013 - 9:06pm

Six new members will be inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor during the its annual banquet on Friday.

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center. The Sports Hall of Honor recognized individuals who have a distinct and lasting contribution to athletics at Hendrix.

The inductees include Roy Wilson, class of 1917, Winfield Botts, 1928, Jon D. Guthrie, 1956, Larry Fincher, 1964, Paul Henry, 1988 and Nick Lasker, 1988

Wilson, from Atkins, led the Warriors in football, basketball and track during the World War I era.

Wilson began his Hendrix career in 1913. He served as a captain for three years and started and lettered each of his five years with the football team. In basketball, Roy was a first team center, a member of the 1914 Arkansas Basketball Champions, lettering in 1914, 1915 and 1916. In addition, he participated in hurdles, relays and the hammer throw, and was a three-year letterman in track.

After graduation, he had a long and distinguished career as an educator.

Botts, from DeWitt, was second team all-state in 1924 and all-state as a fullback in 1927, He played guard on the basketball team for two years and threw the javelin in track for two seasons, placing third in the state in 1928. After Hendrix, Winfield worked in sales for the Western Winchester Gun Company and represented them nationally in skeet shooting demonstrations.

Guthrie, from Prescott, served as chaplain of Hendrix College, where he retired in 1996. From 2000, until his passing in 2012, he served Hendrix as special advisor to Hendrix President Dr. J. Timothy Cloyd.

He was one of the founding members of the Board of the Warrior Booster Club. He was devoted fan, who seldom missed a game and often provided special support to players, coaches, and students of Hendrix College. He was the perfect example of Warrior Pride.

Fincher lettered in basketball every year from 1960-1964. He led the NAIA in free throw percentage, hitting 19 of 19 in a homecoming game in 1964. During his senior year, he made 39 free throws in a row.

After graduating from Hendrix, Larry served for 25 years as Chief Financial Officer of Truman Arnold Companies, in Texarkana, Texas. Upon his retirement in 2000, he moved to Niceville, Fla., and became one of the top senior golfers in the area.

Henry, from Fayetteville, was a four-year swimming lettermanwho held school records in the 100 freestyle (46.55), the 200 freestyle (1:44.74), the 50 breaststroke (27.64), the 400 freestyle relay (3:12.1), the 800 freestyle relay (7:10.60), the 200 medley relay (1:39.98, and the 400 medley relay (3:39.03). All but one of the records are still standing.

He was named All Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference four straight years, was an honorable mention NAIA All-American twice and was also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Lasker, a former all-conference player at Conway High, was the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference leader in free throws for three seasons. He twice earned honorable mention all-conference and All NAIA District 17 honors. He was also Defensive Player of the Year as a junior.

Lasker has received numerous coaching honors, including winning seven conference championships, five AAU national basketball championships, two All-Star game coaching appearances, two state championships, and two conference outstanding coach awards.

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