Ronnie Brewer

Ronnie Brewer was a standout athlete at Woodland Junior High School and Fayetteville High School.  While in junior high, Ronnie played both football and basketball.  After entering high school, Ronnie made the decision to concentrate on basketball.  He was named to the All-Conference and All –Statein high school for three years.  Ronnie was Arkansas Mr. Basketball in 2003, and was named to the Parade All-American team.

After being recruited by various colleges , Ronnie chose to stay true to home and attend the University of Arkansas on an athletic scholarship. Ronnie played for the Razorbacks from 2003-2006.  While at the U of A, Ronnie averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks.  He also shot 75% from the free-throw line.  After college graduation, Ronnie spent the next seven years playing professional basketball.  In 2006, Ronnie was drafted in the first round as the 14th overall pick by the Utah Jazz.  In 2010, Ronnie joined the Memphis Grizzlies and then made his way to the Chicago Bulls until 2012. From Chicago, Ronnie joined the New York Knicks.  He joined the Houston Rockets in 2013 and then returned to the Chicago Bulls in 2014. 

Ronnie has touched many lives during his career.  Since entering the NBA, he dedicated himself to making a difference in each of the communities where he resided.  While playing professional basketball, Ronnie supported the Salt Lake City, Chicago, and the New York City areas.  He also continued to dedicate resources to his hometown of Fayetteville.  He established the Ronnie Brewer Foundation and is able to bless families with a holiday meal during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Ronnie’s foundation raised money to help build a new gymnasium and life center for the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club.  He is the host of an event that helps fund scholarships for high school students to attend college.

Ronnie was motivated to start his foundation because he found it important to give back to the community in the same way he felt supported while he was growing up.

Bill & Carol Brunner

In anera dominated by men’s athletics, two trailblazers began a women’s sports program at Fayetteville High School.   Bill began his coaching career in Fayetteville schools at the old Hillcrest Junior High (now Ramay) in 1964.  From Hillcrest, he eventually landed at Fayetteville High School. Bill began the women’s track program at FHS.  In 1976, he coached them to win the 4A State Meet after only a couple of years of existence.  He was named the Arkansas Activities Association’s Women’s Track Coach of the Year.  He was also a guest lecturer at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star clinic.  Bill was the Voice of the Bulldogs as the broadcaster of all the football and basketball games.  After retiring from coaching, Bill became an assistant principal, where he remained until retirement.

Carol was a physical education teacher and was the sponsor for the Peppers/ Cheerleaders.  Carol began women’s basketball in 1971-72.  She coached them to victory in the 4A state tournament.  In 1977, she was named the West All-Star assistant coach for basketball.  Carol began women’s gymnastics at Fayetteville High School in 1973-74.  She was elected Outstanding Gymnastics Coach in 1977-78.  Carol served seven years on AHSCA Girl’s State Athletic Committee, serving two years as the chairman.  She served three years as Arkansas Activities Association representative on the National Federation of High School Association’s national rules committee for gymnastics.  She also served as a guest lecturer at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Clinic.

They have continued their love and support for FHS athletics, earning them the 2015 David Lashley Bulldog 6th Man Award.  They have contributed a combined 102 years to Fayetteville athletics, and continue to support the program to this day. The wins and trophies are legendary, but their legacy of success was more than just on the court.  They prepared their students for life.

David Lashley

David Lashley attended Fayetteville High School and graduated in 1950.  While in high school, David played football and basketball.   He lettered in each of these sports and was named All-American in football.  After graduation, David attended the University of Arkansas and was a three year letterman on the Razorback football team.

David took pride in helping others achieve their full potential in athletics or their favorite interests.  He could always be seen at Fayetteville High School events cheering for everyone on the team.  David was a Public Accountant and during tax season he carried his briefcase as he followed the teams all over the state.

David was the father of five girls. All attended Fayetteville High School and all lettered in a sport in high school.  Some of David’s proudest moments were seeing his girls succeed in athletics as well as in life.  His grandchildren hold a total of 10 state championship rings. David did not just have a love for his alma mater, he loved the Fayetteville community.  He spent many hours serving on boards, coaching softball teams, coaching 7th grade football and working for the betterment of Fayetteville High School and the community.

Although David was a busy dad, he found the time to serve as Treasurer for the FHS Booster Club for twenty years.  Because of his dedication to FHS, the 6th Man Award was named for him.
David has served on numerous boards: the City Parks and Recreation, the Boys and Girls Club, the Fayetteville Community Foundation, and the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.  David was a man that could not say no to anyone or any organization if they needed help.  He always wanted to make things better for everyone.
David was instrumental in the founding of Butterfield Trail Village and served on the Board of Directors for many years.  Included in the construction project currently underway is the David Lashley Board Room.

Phil Stewart

Phil Stewart attended Fayetteville High School and graduated in 1961.  His love for his alma mater continued throughout his life. He attended all sporting events while his children were in high school at FHS and continued this dedication until his death in 2013.

Phil was a man of many talents.  He could be seen cooking hamburgers at football games or in the press box helping with spotting and assisting the PA announcer.  He might be seen working the concession stands at basketball games and was a frequent spectator at FHS baseball games.
Phil had a gift for knowing when an athlete needed shoes, food, a ride, a suit for the prom or just a pat on the back.  If Phil knew that a student needed something, he was right there, ready to help.  He would help the student who cleaned the gym floor or who was the star of the team.  He had a heart that encompassed the entire FHS athletic family.

Phil was well known by the coaches as well as the students at FHS.  When a student would see Phil on the sidelines, you could see a huge smile on that student’s face.  They knew that Phil loved all athletes from FHS.  His dedication to FHS athletes did not stop with high school; Phil would follow their careers as they played in college and in the pros.  He was so proud of the accomplishments that any athlete achieved.

Phil was an organizer and was very involved in implementing the Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament.  He spent endless hours volunteering his time just because he loved kids and loved seeing them excel.
Phil wasinstrumental in helping to get the Arkansas Coaching Clinics and All-Star games in Fayetteville.  He played a major role in getting the Saturday of Champions in Fayetteville. You could always see Phil attending meetings, cooking, asking merchants for contributions, or picking up trash at Baum stadium.  There was nothing that Phil would not do for the betterment of a program and always with a smile on his face.  Phil never wanted to receive credit for what he did, but it can safely be said that all of Phil’s contributions to FHS athletics definitely made a major impact on the success of the program.

Phil was a funny, loving man to everyone and true inspiration to the FHS community. His love for his alma mater and its students will live on in the players that were lucky enough to know him, because of what he instilled in the lives that he touched.

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Gail Striegler

Gail was raised on a farm in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which taught her a strong work ethic and that things in life do not come easy.  She learned early in life that a person had to work hard and strive to meet the goals that you want to achieve.  Gail attended Ramay Junior High and Fayetteville High School.  She excelled in track and basketball at both schools. Her amazing and consistent excellence in both sports gained her All-Conference and All State in Basketball as a junior and senior and she was named the Most Valuable Player in the 4A State Tournament as a junior although her Lady Bulldogs were defeated in the finals of the 4A State Tournament. Gail was named the Prep All-American Girl athlete in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.  She was named All-State in track in 1984-85 and Honorable Mention All American in track in 1985. Gail was elected to the Colors Day Court in 1985.

After high school graduation, Gail attended the University of Central Arkansas on an athletic scholarship.  She was a four year letter winner in basketball and track and field, AllConference for four years in track and field, and in 1989, she was All Conference and NAIA All District.  Striegler earned All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1988-89.  She was inducted into the Central Arkansas Hall of Fame in the fall of 2006. Gail holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Central Arkansas and Master of Science degree in the same discipline from the University of Arkansas.

Gail began her women’s basketball coaching career in 1990 at the University of Arkansas as a graduate assistant where she took part in on-court workouts as well as on-campus recruiting and public relations.  She was part of the University team that posted a 28-4 record en route to winning the Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Gail was named the assistant coach at Northwestern State in LA.  She remained in this position for three years before moving to Stephen F. Austin as an assistant for five years where she guided her teams to three conference championships and eight NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 run.  In 1999, Striegler was named the head coach at University of Central Florida.  During her head coaching tenure at the University of Central Florida, she was twice named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.

After seven years in Florida, Gail made her way to Georgia State as an assistant.  One year later she was named the head coach at Long Island University in New York.  She held this position for seven years and established herself as the winningest head coach in Long Island University women’s basketball history, before taking the assistant’s job at the University of Minnesota in the Big Ten conference, where she coaches today.  It is widely known among high school and college coaches, that Gail always brings with her a wealth of coaching experience, including a strong passion for the student athlete. Always aware of community and commitment, Gail has volunteered with the March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Hoops for Scholars, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Robert Wilks

Robert Wilks was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and attended Hillcrest Junior High and Fayetteville High School.  During his junior high years, he played football, basketball, and ran track.  In the summer, he played Babe Ruth baseball.  One of his favorite memories of junior high was the Hillcrest Indians beating Woodland twice for the Championship.

In track and field, he ran the 220 and was selected to attend the Meet of Champs.  When Robert moved on to Fayetteville High School, the climate was right for him to play varsity football and basketball.  As a sophomore, he was a starter on both the football and basketball team.  Robert and teammate Louis Bryant were instrumental in the success of Arkansas sports integration. Robert was considered the “star” of the team because of his speed, agility, and leaping ability.  He often led his team in scoring and rebounding.

In addition to being one of the best athletes in school history,  Robert was a very talented vocalist.  He loved music and sang in the school chorus.  He received many letters of appreciation for participating in the chorus and sports during the Honors Day program. Robert was invited to sing in the USAF ROTC choir.  He accepted the invitation and was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant.

Conditions weren’t too favorable for African Americans in the mid-sixties, but he did not let that him stop him from working hard to achieve his goals.  After high school graduation, Robert enrolled at the University of Arkansas to gain a degree in Business Administration.  The war effort in Vietnam was heating up and his draft notice came, causing him to drop out of college and join the Air Force.  Three days into basic training in Amarillo, Texas, he received a phone call from his mother, stating that the Kansas University was offering a full ride to play any sport.  This proved to be great news coming too late.

Robert’s dream was to become a Razorback and wear the red and white, but that was not going to happen because at that time the University of Arkansas did not accept African American players in the athletic system.  Although this dream never came to light, Robert remains a Razorback fan and says that he will until the day he dies.

Robert served our country for eightyears.  He served a year in DaNang Vietnam and his last duty station was in Las Vegas, NV at Nellis AFB.  He now resides in Dallas, TX, where he has worked for the Federal Government for the last 37 years.