The Fayetteville High School Athletic Hall of Greats

The 2016 Inaugural Inductees...

 
 
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Betsy Broyles Arnold

Betsy was born in 1958 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Frank and Barbara Broyles.  She and her husband, David, have five children, Carmen, Ramey, Whitney, Molly, and Jake, and two grandchildren, Violet and Milo.

Betsy’s high school athletic career began when the school had only had basketball for three years. She helped to lead the team to a 62 win-14 loss record three seasons. Betsy’s leadership, conduct, and sportsmanship as a representative of FHS helped to lay a strong foundation for the many great teams that followed.

While in high school, Betsy earned Class AAA All- District honors for three years and All State for two years.  She was named to the Arkansas Activities Association’s West All-star team in 1977.  Betsy won the FHS shooting award for three years.  Records have been lost, but no doubt, she holds the career shooting record through the six on six era.  Betsy was also a member of the State Championship Track team in 1976. 

After high school graduation, Betsy attended the University of Arkansas, being the first Fayetteville girl to play on a basketball scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Finance.   After college graduation, Betsy lived away from Fayetteville for a number of years, but returned to help care for her mother during her years of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.  This decision proved to be life-changing as she is now CEO of the Broyles Foundation which was formed to share what they learned with other caregivers’ to Alzheimer’s patients.

Betsy was a board member for The King Cotton Classic in 1984-85. In 1996-98, Betsy coached AAU Girls’ Basketball for three years.  

Along with her father and daughter, Molly, The Broyles Foundation is celebrating ten years of service.  Betsy is a certified counselor, which is a large part of her role at the Foundation.  The Broyles Foundation serves caregivers, both professional and at home, and families in five main areas.  Betsy was recently appointed as member of the Arkansas Governor’s Task Force.  She is a host on “Better Way Radio”.  A show dedicated to caregivers and the aging population looking for community resources.

Betsy resides in Fayetteville with her husband David and her two dogs, Emma and Dickson. 

 
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Louis Perry Bryant

Louis Bryant was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He attended grade school at Lincoln Elementary, junior high at Woodland and then spent his high school career at Fayetteville High School.  While in high school, Louis lettered in baseball, football, track, and basketball.  In 1966, he was named to the All-Tournament team at Arkansas Tech University and All-State in basketball.

 

Louis was the very first African American athlete to be recognized and honored at Fayetteville High School for lettering in all four sports. In 1964, Louis was the first African American to play in the Arkansas basketball state tournament and he was on the first integrated team to play basketball against high schools such as Conway, El Dorado, and Texarkana.  Like other African Americans in Arkansas, who were the first to break color barriers, Louis Bryant was a pioneer.  He was a hero not only for his accomplishments on the hardwood that won the admirations of his teammates, schoolmates, and much of the community of Northwest Arkansas, but also for his role in the integration of high school sports in Arkansas.  Besides starring in all four sports and being known for his huge hands, Louis was an accomplished pianist.  He performed in piano recitals in Fayetteville.

 

Louis walked on at the University of Arkansas to run track and then transferred to the College of the Ozarks.  Later, he joined the Air Force where he had a stellar career.  Louis returned to Fayetteville after his stint in the Air Force to join the Fayetteville police force.  In December of 1974, Louis joined the Arkansas State Police. Ten years later, on June 30, 1984, Trooper Bryant was shot and killed by a member of a terrorist group during a routine traffic stop.  He will forever be remembered as a hero to his high school teammates and fellow police officers.

 

Louis is survived by his wife, Wynona Bryant Williams and his two children, Louis Perry Bryant, II and daughter, Kimberly Nicole Bryant Gardner, and grandchildren, Camille and Olivia Gardner and Abigail Bryant and his mother, Mrs. Jesse Bryant.

 
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Lisa Cornwell

Lisa Cornwell was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She attended Butterfield Elementary and Woodland Junior High before moving to Fayetteville High School.

Lisa was very active in school activities, but her main interest was in basketball and golf.  Lisa played basketball at Woodland and golf on the high school boys’ golf team.  In high school, Lisa continued her basketball career where she earned All-Conference and All-State during that time.  Lisa continued to play on the high school boys ‘golf team, coached by Coach Kyle Adams.  In 1992, Lisa was named the Arkansas Female Athlete of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for her accomplishment on the golf course and the basketball court. One of Lisa’s proudest achievements in sports was being a three-year starter for Coach Mary Frances Kretschmar’s Lady Bulldog basketball team.

After high school, Lisa played collegiate golf at the University of Arkansas.  She was very instrumental in helping to get a women’s golf team established at the University.  She was also a three-time All-American junior golfer and four-time Arkansas Women’s State Amateur champion. Lisa was the youngest man or woman to win both junior and women’s titles in the same year in state history.  Lisa qualified to compete every year in the Wyndham Cup for the nation’s top junior golfers.

After graduation, Lisa won the fourth and final Arkansas women’s amateur golf title at the age of twenty-four.  She then pursued a career in sports broadcasting.  She joined the Golf Channel in 2014 as a host for Golf Central. Prior to joining the network, she served as a studio host, reporter and play-by-play announcer for the Big Ten Network.  She has also worked as a sports anchor and reporter for NBC, CBS and ABC affiliated in Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio.

Lisa is the daughter of Thomas and Eva Cornwell and sister to Tracy Simpson.

Delano Cotton

Delano Cotton was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, and he was raised on a fifty acre farm in Cave Springs, Arkansas until 1952.  He was born the day that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to his third term, so his parents named him Delano.  His family moved to Fayetteville in 1952.  Delano attended Washington Elementary, Hillcrest Junior High and then Fayetteville High School.

Delano played football, basketball and baseball and was selected All-district, All-Conference and All-State in all three sports.  He was named Football High School All American in 1958 and was the only football player from Fayetteville High School to be selected for the Arkansas All-Star Football Game in 1959. As a junior in high school, Delano was a member of the FHS undefeated football team in 1957, with a record of 10-0.

After graduation, Delano entered the University of Arkansas on a 4-year scholarship.  He graduated with a BSBA degree in 1964.  After college graduation, Delano signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Athletics, where he played with the Daytona Beach Florida Islanders as a pitcher.  A shoulder injury ended his career and he then served in the Army Reserves for six years.

After leaving the Reserves, he became a Masters electrician and began Northwest Electric Company where he remains active today.

Delano is married to Ginger Marple Cotton.  He has four children:  daughter K.C. Pummill and son-in-law John, daughter Ashley Mattingly and son-in-law Bo and Julie Smith and son-in-law Sean.  He has one son, Tim and daughter-n-law Janet.
Delano has fourteen grandchildren:  Addison, Emerson, and Paxton Pummill, King, Payton, Ty, and Lenox Mattingly, Ella Grace, Anna Claire, Amery Rose and Amelia Jane Cotton, and Brighton, Berkeley and Boston Smith.

Joe Kretschmar

The late Joe Kretschmar was born in Jefferson City, Missouri and graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1952. He attended Jefferson City Junior College where he was a two-year letterman in basketball. He then attended the University of Arkansas on a basketball scholarship and graduated from Arkansas in 1956.  While at Arkansas, Kretschmar was a two-year letterman in basketball and baseball.  Kretschmar played professional baseball in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, for the Boston Red Sox.  In 1955, he played baseball in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and played shortstop in the first baseball Global World Series, representing Canada in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduation from the U of A., Kretschmar signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City Royals. 

Coach Kretschmar returned to Fayetteville in September of 1962 as the junior high baseball, football, and track coach at Hillcrest Junior High, now known as Ramay Junior High. From 1965-66, he was the assistant basketball and football coach at FHS.  From 1966 until his retirement in 1992, he was the head men’s basketball coach and athletic director. 

Over a brilliant thirty year career with Fayetteville Schools, first as coach and later as coach and athletic director, Joe Kretschmar set the standard for excellence in Arkansas high school basketball.  His teams won ten conference titles, three state championships and the “Tournament of Champions” in 1987. He was a master of strategy for he final minutes or seconds of play. While amassing 535 victories (over 20 wins per season), Coach Kretschmar sent thirty eight athletes on to college athletic scholarships, six of whom were all-Americans.  He was voted AAAA West “Coach of the Year” ten times, head coach for the Arkansas High School All-Star game in 1975, and was the Consensus Arkansas “Coach of the Year” in 1987. His teams played in 24 of 26 state tournaments. He was selected to the Arkansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Among Coach Kretschmar’s ground breaking accomplishments was the first high school basketball game to be aired on prime time television.  He was the first Arkansas coach to take his teams to the “next level” of National High School Tournaments.  He was the first active basketball coach in Arkansas to become athletic director of an AAAA high school. In 1975, Coach Kretschmar was the assistant to Arkansas assistant coach Pat Foster in the Arkansas College Senior All-Star Game.

Kretschmar is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Kretschmar and his children Mike Kretschmar and daughter-in-law, Pam; Kelly Smith, Christi McKnight and son-in-law T.J., Jason Daugherty and daughter-in-law, Mary Kate, and grandchildren Lauren Smith, Ryder McKnight, Finley McKnight, Halle Daugherty, and Hendrix Daugherty.