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Hendrix Hall of Honor to induct five more

Posted: March 29, 2014 - 5:55pm

Five new members will be inducted into the Hendrix College Sports Hall of Honor during the annual Sports Hall of Honor Banquet on Friday.

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center.

The inductees are Wes Crawford ‘65, John Kane ‘76, Millard Williams “Dub” Phillips ‘38, Frank Poff ‘79 and Kim Ralston Kelley ‘97.

Ralston Kelley came to Hendrix from Mount Vernon-Enola High School, where she was a four-year basketball letterman, all-conference team member and led the conference in steals. At Hendrix, she was a four-year basketball letterman and all-conference second team selection in 1994-1995. She was named SCAC Player of the Week and received the Sears Collegiate Champions trophy in 1995-1996.

Crawford, from Blytheville, was a multi-sport letterman, including basketball and track and field. He was a four-year basketball letterman at Hendrix, leading the team in scoring two years and was a four-year starter on a team that opened Grove Gymnasium in 1961 with a record of 63-37 during his career.

Kane is central California native who was a four-year swimming letterman and a member of three AIC championship teams. As a freshman in 1973, he set a 200-yard breaststroke conference record and was a member of a record-setting 400-yard relay team.

In 1974, Kane was high point man in the AIC meet, where he set a 200-yard breaststroke record and won the 100-yard freestyle and 1,000-yard individual medley. He was high point man again the next year and won the 200-yard breaststroke.

Phillips, from Imboden, came to Hendrix College in 1934, he was the state pole vault champion and record holder, and he was the state’s best pole vaulter during his four years at Hendrix.

Hendrix won the state championship in 1937, Phillips’ junior year. Phillips finished at the state meet by setting a state record in the pole vault of 13-6. In 1938 at the state meet, He was first in pole vault and shot and second in discus. The Warriors won the state track title for the second year in a row.

Phillips was also active in baseball and football and was only the third athlete in Hendrix history to letter all four years in three different sports.

Poff was a four-year swimming and diving team letterman. Hendrix won AIC conference championships in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was an all-conference team selection for three years, as well as conference and Hendrix record holder. Poff was an NAIA national qualifier in 1978 and 1979, the year he captained the team and received the Carl Babcock Leadership in Athletics Award. He was a three-year member of the water polo team, which he captained his senior year.

After Hendrix, Poff practiced law, litigating throughout Arkansas and Texas.

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