Northark Hall of Fame
Winford “Wimp” Johnson
As a member of the Pioneer Club from its early days, Wimp was the official clock man for the basketball teams, and was at most baseball games. Over the years he has been a faithful and loyal supporter of the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers.
Lisa (Pollock) Brightwell (1976-1978)
As co-captain of the first cheer squad, Lisa was a dedicated and faithful leader for promoting the athletic teams. She had often said that those times were some of the most enjoyable in her life.
Cay (Wells) Fields (1976-1978)
Also, co-captain of the first cheer squad, Cay was regarded by her peers as being one of the most enthusiastic and loyal members of the squad.
Paula (Harness) Adams (1979-1981)
A dedicated team leader, Paula was Cheer Captain and attended the National Cheer Camp in 1980.
Chris Brown (1982-1984)
Also a good baseball player, Chris, along with Doug, brought in a new element to cheering/spirit when they became the first males to join the squad. This brought in a new dimension in stunts and routines that made the squad even better when compared to other programs.
Doug Huskey (1982-1984)
A baseball player also, Doug as Captain of the squad and being one of the first males to cheer at Northark, was one of the most dedicated and faithful members. His leadership and desire to try new and creative routines made the squad one the best in the state if not the entire Midwest region.
Coach Bobby Howard (1991-2002)
The first Northark graduate to return to his alma mater to coach. He was also a two year letterman in baseball during his student years at Northark. He spent ten years at the helm of the Lady Pioneers compiling a record of 137-67 in a very tough NJCAA Division I League. Known for his intensity on the sideline and expecting the best from his players, his teams were hard nosed and offensive minded. The 1994-1995 team averaged 86 points per game and was ranked 19th in the nation. His teams reached the regional tournament every year of his stint. During his tenure at Northark he coached 3 All-Americans, several Academic All-Americans, and sent several players on to play at four year institutions. He has continued his winning ways at Bergman High School where his teams are 167-17 in his five years there.
A two-time All-Arkansas Junior College Conference selection, Myra played for the Lady Pioneers in 1978-79 and 1979-80. During her Northark career, the Lady Pioneers won 46 games in two years, including a 23-2 record and Northark’s first Arkansas JUCO Conference title during her freshman season. A guard, Myra led the team in rebounding with a 7.2 average as a freshman and was Northark’s leading scorer with 16.5 points per game her sophomore season. Myra Williams!
Vickie (Creamer) James(1977-1979)
Vickie hit one of the biggest shots in Lady Pioneer history, a buzzer beater than defeated Crowder College by a single point at the old Harrison High School gym. A two-year starter at point guard, she helped Northark to a 23-2 record in 1978-79 and the Arkansas JUCO Conference title. An All-Arkansas JUCO Conference selection, Vickie started at point guard for two years for the University of Central Arkansas. Vickie (Creamer) James!
Shelly (Ross) Carney (1979-1981)
A two-time All-Arkansas Junior College Conference selection, Shelly finished her career as the sixth all-time scorer and fourth all-time rebounder in Lady Pioneer history. She was a standout on the 1980-81 team that went 16-0 against other Arkansas two-year colleges and won Northark’s first Arkansas Junior College State Tournament championship. Shelly (Ross) Carney!
Lois (Hudson) Levesque (1980-1982)
Her coach at Northark, Jim Stockton, still remembers Lois scoring 74 points as a high school sophomore in the first area game he attended after moving to Harrison in 1977. She was the leading scorer for the Lady Pioneers on Northark’s 1980-81 team that won Arkansas JUCO conference and state tournament titles. She finished her Lady Pioneer career as the program’s all-time leader in single game, season, and career steals. A two-time All-Arkansas JUCO Conference selection, she played for Lyon College after finishing at Northark. Lois (Hudson) Levesque!
Tammy (Poor) Yancey (1979-1981)
One of the smartest players in Lady Pioneer history, Tammy was the point guard and a team leader on Northark’s 1980-81 team that went 16-0 against other Arkansas two year colleges and won the Arkansas JUCO conference and state tournament titles. She finished her career as the Lady Pioneers’ all-time leader in career assists. After leaving North Arkansas College, she played two seasons for College of the Ozarks. Tammy (Poor) Yancey!
Marianne (Dill) Tansey (AKA TEXAS) (1993-1995)
An exciting offensive scorer, Marianne averaged 17ppg and 7rpg. The valedictorian of her NorthArk class and the 1995 Graduation Commencement speaker, Marianne once scored 35 points against Connors St. after forgetting her uniform and shoes. An All-Region selection, she also received honors as an Academic All-American. Marianne received her undergraduate degree at Arkansas State University and her Masters degree at Rice University. She is married to David Tansey and resides in Houston, TX as a marketing manager for a large computer company.
Nicole (Wilkett) Reaves (1988-1989)
A dominate scorer during her tenure, Nicole wrecked havoc on any defense. As a freshman she averaged 21.2 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2.7 assists, and was named to the All-Conference team, as well as Honorable Mention All-American. During her sophomore season Nicole scored 1010 points, averaging 31.6 points, with a high game of 46 points, leading Northark to a 26-6 record. She was Player of the Year in Arkansas JuCo, and made All-American. She went on to play at Arkansas State where she received Newcomer of the Year as a junior, and as a senior scored 20.9 as her team place 3rd in the NWIT.
Tim Cooper (1977-1979)
Known for his desire, hustle, hard work, team play, and leadership, Tim made himself a great player on the hardwood. He averaged 12.8 ppg as a freshman. As a sophomore he totaled 12.5 ppg, 6 apg, and 2.5 steals. He was an outstanding defender, and was Honorable Mention All-Conference. He later played at UCA, where he made Honorable Mention All-AIC on a top 8 national power team.
Jerry Taylor (1980-1982)
One of the top guards in the history of North Arkansas College, Jerry was known for his intensity on the court. Known for his defensive effort and team play, he averaged 9.7 ppg as a sophomore. He now operates the Tri-County Veterinarian Services in Richland, Missouri.
Michael W. Paul (1985-1987)
Michael played on one of the most talented team assembled at Northark, when five of his teammates signed for Division I. As a sophomore he put in 18.5 ppg and gathered 8.5 rpg, while shooting 54% from the field. He was named to the All-Conference team both years at Northark and was All-Region as a freshman. He went on to play at Ole Miss where his team was in the NIT, and was averaging 12 ppg and 9rpg, until a broken thumb ended his college career.
Kevin McIllwain (1985-1987)
One of the most versatile players to play at Northark, Kevin could rebound, make the pass, or score. He played on one of the most talented men’s team assembled, when five of his teammates during his sophomore year (1986-1987) went on the play Division 1. On that 20-11 team, he scored 13 ppg, pulled down 6 rpg, and had five triple doubles. He shot 48% from behind the arc. During his freshman year he scored 11ppg. He was named All-Raven Classic in Coffeyville, Kansas, and was Honorable Mention All-Arkansas JuCo. After his playing days at Northark, he went on to play at Nichols State.
Darren Rhea (1987-1988)
One of the best inside/outside players to play at Northark, Darren could post up or step out for a perimeter shot. He had a great touch for a player of his size. He scored almost 25 ppg and had just under 15 rebounds per game during his sophomore year, and was named to the All-Conference team. He went on to play at Texas A&M, where he holds the three point accuracy record at 48%, and he was a GTE All-Academic Southwest Conference. He also played in the Asics Japan Classic.
Shane Compton (1990-1991)
Shane was one of the best swing men to play at Northark. His leaping ability and scoring made him a dominate player in the Arkansas JuCo during his tenure. He scored an average of 25.6 points per game and contributed 7.0 rebounds per contest. He went on the play at nationally powered University of Central Arkansas.
Mitchell Dennis (1983-1984)
Northark’s first dual sport nominee, Mitchell was known as a versatile basketball player and tenacious worker on the baseball field. He averaged 13.0 and 16.1 points in basketball respectively during his two years at Northark. He did an outstanding job on the mound, was a great hitter, and was a good defensive first baseman.
Joey James (1978-1980)
Known as a fierce competitor, Joey was one of the better players in the Arkansas JuCo during his tenure. During his freshman season he pitched a two hitter against national power Westark in the playoffs.
Dustin Tapp (1993-1995)
Chosen as an All-Region Player for two seasons, Dustin received All-American honors during the 1994-1995 season. He hit over .450, drove in over 100 runs, and hit 15 home runs during that season. Currently Dustin is in service in Iraq.
Logan Hughes (1999-2001)
In 2001, Logan was All-Region, and Honorable Mention All-American. During that season, he hit .516, with 24 doubles, had 15 home runs, batted in 70 runs, and even won 8 games on the mound
Dr. Bill Baker - Inducted 2006
Among his many roles at Arkansas Tech University, Dr. Bill Baker was a star basketball player, coach, and athletic director. When he was named President of North Arkansas College in 1974, he made the decision to start an athletic program at this college, emphasizing the importance of athletes as students and athletics as part of the academic experience. A loyal fan and supporter, he also stressed recruiting as many area student-athletes as possible. He raised the money to have these chairback seats installed in Pioneer Pavilion. His unfaltering support and sensible planning enabled Northark to sustain a successful program.
Dorm Saylors - Inducted 2006
For one quarter of a century, Dorm Saylors served as athletic director at North Arkansas College. A division chairman and a full-time mathematics instructor, Dorm worked his entire career as AD without any salary for the position. He started all of the college’s athletic teams, camps, and tournaments; hired the coaches; planned the schedules and budgets; organized the Pioneer Club; successfully bid for and directed many high school state tournaments; and built the athletic program at this college. A loyal fan and supporter, you will still find Dorm and his wife, Kay, attending most of the home games today.
Dr. Loren Aldrich - Inducted 2006
The first vice president employed by North Arkansas College, the late Dr. Loren Aldrich was an avid supporter of Lady Pioneer and Pioneers athletics. At his own expense, Dr. Aldrich joined the Lady Pioneers on their international tours and for years he kept the clock and scoreboard at all home games. His philosophy about women’s basketball, which he repeated almost daily during lunch sessions in the Faculty/Staff lounge, was, “The first team to 66 points always wins.” Since the Lady Pioneers held their opponents to an average of under 60 points a game for many years, he was usually right.
Calvin Burks - Inducted 2006
The late Calvin “Lefty” Burks was North Arkansas College’s first baseball coach. He was also a loyal and dedicated basketball fan and served as the public address announcer for many years for Lady Pioneer and Pioneer games. A great booster for the women’s basketball program, Lefty helped convince Northark officials to allow Coach Jim Stockton and his Lady Pioneers to raise the money and accept an invitation to tour New Zealand in 1983, playing games on the North and South islands, including a final contest against the New Zealand Olympic Team. That tour, and others that followed it to Europe and Australia, provided Lady Pioneer student-athletes the experience of a lifetime. Lefty’s positive attitude and hard work also helped Northark establish off-campus operations in Mountain Home and Rogers that are now two-year colleges.
Charla (McDonald) Jennings - Inducted 2006
A former student, Charla, became the Assistant Registrar in 1982. She has served as the Director of Admissions for the last ten years. She is a regular at Pioneer Club functions and supports the teams at their games. She has helped countless athletes with admission, graduating, and transferring requirements.
W. J. (Shorty) Ozier - Inducted 2006
When Shorty retired and came back home, he immediately started supporting the athletic program at North Arkansas College. He became president of the Pioneer Booster Club fifteen years ago, and has served faithfully ever since.
Steve Stafford - Inducted 2006
For ten years has been a loyal sponsor of the Scholarship Fund of the Pioneer Booster Club. Known as the First National Bank Scholarship, the fund sponsors the tuition of a North Arkansas College women’s basketball player.
James Starkey - Inducted 2006
For over twenty years has been a loyal sponsor for the Scholarship Fund of the Pioneer Club.
Steve and Judy White - Inducted 2006
For over fifteen years has been a loyal sponsor for the Scholarship Fund of the Pioneer Club.
Van Pledger - Inducted 2006
Van was North Ark’s bus driver from 1982-1994, and a faithful supporter of the teams for years later. During that time he was considered by the players as their best fan. His positive attitude and presence meant so much to the players and he was truly loved by all.
Donnie McMurrin - Inducted 2006
Started keeping the score book for home games and tournaments in 1975. Member of the Pioneer Board of Directors since the board was established.
Richard Bailey - Inducted 2006
Long time announcer of games at Pioneer Pavilion. As Richard puts it, “I’ve been butchering names for over twelve years.”
Karla Gray - Inducted 2006
For over fifteen years has been a regular at the score table. Long time member of the Pioneer Booster Club and its Board of Directors.
Tim Smith - Inducted 2006
For many years Tim has been a faithful member of the Pioneer Booster Club and volunteer for game management duties. During one tournament he either kept the official book or the clock for 24 of the 24 games scheduled.
Linda Brown - Inducted 2006
Before there was a Razorback Pom Squad, Northark had the premier basketball cheerleading team in Arkansas, the Pioneer Spirit Squad. For 12 years, from 1975 through 1987, Linda Brown coached this dedicated group of male and female athletes, who set a standard for basketball cheerleaders and dance teams in the state.
Dr. Jim Stockton (1977-1988) - Inducted 2006
Four times named Arkansas Junior College Conference “Coach of the Year,” Coach Jim Stockton led the Lady Pioneers basketball team to an 11-year record of 248 wins and 77 losses, the best winning percentage of any Arkansas college women’s basketball team during that era. His Lady Pioneer teams, which included numerous former high school valedictorians, salutatorians and honor graduates, won three state championships and reached the finals of the Arkansas JUCO Women’s Basketball State Tournament six times in the eight years it was conducted. His 1984-85 Lady Pioneers were the first women’s team from Arkansas ranked in the Top 20 in the NJCAA Division I National Poll, and three of his squads competed internationally—in New Zealand in 1983, Holland in 1985, and Australia in 1987.
Angela Davenport (1979-1981) - Inducted 2006
The captain of the 1980-81 team that went 16-0 against other Arkansas Junior College Conference teams, won the AJCC title, and captured Northark’s first Arkansas Junior College State Tournament. Angie set a single game rebounding record with 18 against ASU-Beebe. She averaged 8.5 rebounds per game that season and was All-AJCC. After signing with Arkansas Tech, she was killed in a tragic car accident prior to her junior year in college
Karen (Tabor ) Steele (1982-1984) - Inducted 2006
One of greatest shooters at Northark, Karen would have been an incredible threat in the 3-point era. She was a two-time All-AJCC selection, and when she finished her career she was the number five all-time scorer and number five all-time rebounder
Kim (Wilkins) McDonald (1982-1984) - Inducted 2006
A quick post on offense, Kim was a two-time All-AJCC pick and finished 10th in scoring and tied for ninth in rebounding for her career.
Ginger Fenter (1983-1985) - Inducted 2006
Northark’s first Academic All-American, Ginger was selected as the most valuable player in the AJCC in 1984-85. Her sophomore season she helped lead the team to a 29-4 record and the AJCC and Arkansas Junior College State Tournament titles which included a 19-game winning streak. She had 15 assists in one game against ASU-Beebe, a team record at the time.
Wendy (Davis) Mattix (1984-1986) - Inducted 2006
Wendy led the Lady Pioneers in scoring in 1984-85 and 1985-86, averaging 17.8 and 18.6 points per game, respectively. The team won 57 games and lost 9 over that two-year span In 1985-86 they were 28-5 and were AJCC co-champs. At the time of her graduation, Wendy was the all-time Lady Pioneers leading scorer with 1,148 points and held the single game scoring record with 40 points against Butler County Community College. She was the AJCC most valuable player in 1985-86, as selected by the league’s coaches, and was All-Region II and an AWSF All-American. She was a two-time All-AJCC selection.
Pam (Phifer) Mullen (1984-1986) - Inducted 2006
The only other Lady Pioneer to start on both the 1984-85 and 1985-86 teams that went a combined 57-9, Pam was selected All-Region II both years. At the time she finished her career she was the all-time leading rebounder for the Lady Pioneers with 453, second leading scorer with 1,054 points, was the leading career free throw percentage shooter at 81.5%, with a record 238 free throws. She was named honorable mention All-American by AWSF in 1985-86. She was a two-time All-AJCC selection.
Karissa (Moore) McNeil (1985-1987) - Inducted 2006
Northark’s only Kodak All-American, Karissa finished her career as the all-time leading Lady Pioneer rebounder with 473, despite playing as a backup during her freshman year. At that time she was the third all-time leading scorer with 897 points and was All-AJCC, All-Region II, and All-American. She was co-captain of the 1986-87 team that finished 28-5 and won the state tourney. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds her sophomore year.
Robin (Storey) Taylor (1985-1987) - Inducted 2006
Co-Captain and an All-Region II pick in 1986-87, Robin was a clutch shooter. As a freshman, she had a buzzer-beating shot to beat Paducah, Kentucky in the Illinois Central Classic. She played on teams that went a combined 56-10 during their careers.
Shannon (Jones) Tennison (1991-1992) - Inducted 2006
Shannon was selected All-Region and All-American while at Northark. She was the third leading scorer in the nation averaging 27.5 ppg. Shannon had a career high of 47 points in a game against Independence, KS.
Shawna (Tavaras) French (1995-1997) - Inducted 2006
Shawna was selected All-Region and All-American during her sophomore year at North Arkansas. As a 5’9” guard she had unlimited range. A deadly three point shooter and slasher to the basket, that averaged 17 ppg, Shawna contributed greatly to the Lady Pioneer program.
Angie (Cossey) Ellis (1997-1998) - Inducted 2006
Angie was selected All-Region and All-American her sophomore year while at Northark. Her great basketball instincts, smart play, knowledge of the game, and scoring ability allowed her to score over 21 ppg while at North Arkansas College.
James Elmore (1975-77) - Inducted 2006
James was a member of the first Pioneer Basketball team. As a leading scorer and rebounder during his playing days he was selected to the All-Conference Team.
Chad Hudson (1989-1992) - Inducted 2006
Tremendous competitor and relentless scorer, Chad led the team in scoring during the 1991-92 season scoring 20.1 per game. During one game with Central Baptist he poured in 46 points and in a game on the road at Independence he pumped in 40. Chad received All-Conference and All-Region awards as a sophomore.
Marcus Jones (1990-1991) - Inducted 2006
Marcus was one of the great play-makers and set up man for the Pioneers. During his sophomore year at North Arkansas he was among the tops in the nation in assists, averaging 8.7 a game. He led the nation in free throw percentage that year at 96.2% when he made 73 of 76 attempts.
Keith Cornett (1991-1994) - Inducted 2006
During his freshman season, Keith established himself as a force on the court when he scored at a clip of 17.0 points per game, handing our 4.1 assists per game, and shooting 85% from the free throw line. As a sophomore he poured in 24.4 points per game, shot 86.7 % from the line, dished out 5.0 assists per game, and shot 46.1% from three point distance. He made All-Conference both seasons and was 1st Team All-Region as a sophomore.
Travis Wood (1993-1995) - Inducted 2006
Travis had the ability to play any position on the floor. He could score from any position on the court. He could post up or play the perimeter. As a freshman he shot 62% from the field. He had great court awareness and scored 20.1 points per game as a sophomore. He received All-Conference and All-Region honors as a sophomore.
Tim Sherrill (1983-85) - Inducted 2006
Tim Sherrill pitched for the Pioneers from 1983-1985. He went on to play at the U of A. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and pitched in the Major Leagues for the Cardinals.
Clayton Dowell (1993-1995) - Inducted 2006
Clayton Dowell played for the Pioneers from 1992-1994. He was a 1st team All-Region player for the Pioneers. Clayton had outstanding years with the Pioneers and was the first North Arkansas College baseball player to become an All American in the 1994 season.
Ryan Vincent (1997-1999) - Inducted 2006
Ryan Vincent played for the Pioneers from 1997-1999. He had two great seasons for the Pioneers both as a pitcher and position player. He was a 1st team All Region player and became the first North Arkansas College baseball player to become a first team All American.
Preston Harriman (1998-2001) - Inducted 2006
Preston Harriman played for the Pioneers from 1998-2001. He not only became an All American at North Arkansas College but is the only player in Junior College history to win the national title in batting and earned run average in the same year.
Tim Bowser (2001-2003) - Inducted 2006
Tim Bowser played for the Pioneers from 2001-2003. He set a season record for homeruns at North Arkansas College in 2003 with 18 homeruns which was also good enough to win the national homerun title that year. Tim was outstanding both on the mound and in the outfield for the Pioneers. Tim was also an All American in 2003.