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Highlights of Fleming-Neon H. S.




Pastor talks at Fleming graduation

Fleming- Neon High School seniors heard an address by Dr. R.E. Jaggers at their commencement exercises Wednesday night.

Patricia Lee May gave the salutatory address, and John M. Compton gave the valedictory address. The Rev. J.C. Harris, pastor of the Neon and Seco Methodist churches, gave the invocation and benediction.

Seniors received their diplomas from William B. Hall, county school superintendent. Roy T. Reasor, school principal, presided at the program.

Members of the senior class are Polly Ann Adams, Donna Rose Adkins, Clyde C. Back, Carol Hope Bentley, Enoch Bentley, Jr., Gary Wayne Bentley, Jimmy Wayne Bentley, Mary Lou Bentley, Sharon Anita Bentley, Gary Raynor Blevins, Joyce Ann Brown, Jesse Franklin Burchwell, Mary Lou Donels Case, Ida Marie Collins, John Morgan Compton, Delmar Cook, Patrina Sue Cook,



Shirley Faye Cornett, Bernice Evans, Jackie Fields, Willard Lee Fleming, Sollie Gillespie, James Alvin Graham, Edward H. Haddix, Jr., Acie Hall, Donald Hall, Phyllis Ann Hall, William Errol Harlow, Patsy Ann Harrah, James Arthur Harris, Patricia Ann Hilemna, James Daniel Hill, Zella Faye Hogg, Mary Louise Holbrook, James William Holt, Charles Isaac, David Darrel Jones,

Freda Mae Kincer, Billy Jeanette Lewis, Frances Louise Mahan, Aster Martin, Ritter Ann Martin, Patricia Lee May, Bobbie Annette Moore, Ruby Jean Nichols, Julia Faye Pass, Arnold Ray Pike, Mary Ann Potter, Phyllis Dean Potter, Lawrence Carroll Presnell, Georgia Geneva Rose, Peggy Lynn Short, Judy Sharonne Simms, Sandra Sonja Skaggs,

Betty Jo Smith, Dewey W. Spears, Dora Mae Stevens, Nancy C. McKinney Sweeny, Charles Edwin Taylor, Walter Thomas, Jr., Mary Belle Tilley, Geraldine Tolliver, Anna Ruth Warf, Monell Webb, Nannie Faye Webb, Willa Iris White, John Andrew Wright, Charles Edward Yonts, Henry Fonso Yonts, Patricia Carol Yonts, Stanley Lawrence Yonts and Janet Young.

(The above article from the May 22, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Classes start at Fleming

Pupils at Fleming-Neon School started attending classes on a double-shift schedule today. The doubleshift is necessary to provide schooling for students from the Fleming- Neon High School, which was destroyed by fire last Tuesday night.

Grade school pupils will be in class from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. High school students will attend classes from 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hall said Saturday classes are necessary for grade school pupils to get in the required amount of time to complete their work. Some of the buses will have to make double runs, Hall said. He did not know yet how many, or how much the extra operation would cost the school system. Lunch will be served at the Fleming- Neon lunchroom from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. Hall said he did not know yet how many grade school pupils would stay for lunch or how many from the high school would come in to lunch.

(The above article from the Feb. 20, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Fleming-Neon wins Wallins Invitational

Coach Rex Chaney’s Fleming Pirates added two more victims to their list in capturing the Wallins Invitational Tournament at Wallins Friday and Saturday night. Hall and Wallins became the sixth and seventh teams to fall before the precision attack of the Pirates.

In Friday night’s first round action Fleming disposed of a good Hall “Five” 66 to 59 with Ross Chaney getting 19 points for the Pirates. Hall’s Shepherd, however, led all scorers with 20 points.

Fleming took the lead early in the ball game and was never headed although it was anybody’s game until the final seconds when the Pirates went in front by seven. Scoring for Fleming was Hall, 15; Hill, 6; Baker, 16; Tackett, 10; and Chaney, 19.

Chaney and Baker All-Tournament

In the finals Saturday night, Fleming had an easier go of it in whipping the host team Wallins 66 to 49. The Pirates were never seriously threatened as all and Chaney registered 14 points respectively. Chaney put on quite an exhibition of dribbling throughout the second half. Wallins’s Jarvis led all scorers with 22.

Fleming’s Chaney and Baker were selected to the All-Tournament team along with Hall’s Shepherd and Collier, and Wallins’s Jarvis.

(The above article from the Jan. 2, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Fleming High School graduate named coach at Iowa State

Iowa State College appointed Clay Stapleton of Oregon State, another single-wing stylist, as its new head football coach Saturday.

Stapleton’s appointment concluded a 10-day search by the Cyclone Athletic Council for a successor to Jim Myers, whose controversial departure to Texas A& M. Jan. 22 created the coaching vacancy. The 36-year-old Stapleton had been considered the leading candidate for the position, although the council interviewed six coaches on the campus in the past three days.

Stapleton played guard at the University of Tennessee in 1940 when Myers was at the other guard position.

He has served a coaching apprenticeship at Wofford, Wyoming and Oregon State.

All through his career, Stapleton has been associated with the balanced-line single wing, which the Cyclones employed successfully under Myers last fall.

Stapleton, known as “Stud” to old cronies since his high school days at Fleming-Neon High School, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stapleton of Haymond. His wife is the former Edith Tucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Tucker of Neon.

Given three-year tenure at $24,000 a year, he plans a staff of five assistants.

(The above article from the Feb. 6, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Clay Stapleton dedicated his life to athletics and from 1958-70, Iowa State bore the fruits of labor. He was ISU head football coach (1958- 67) and athletics director (1967-70). Stapleton’s most famous Iowa State team was the “Dirty Thirty” squad of 1959. Stapleton’s second team, the Dirty Thirty had just 30 players but posted a 7-3 record and finished one win from the Orange Bowl. The Cyclones were 7-3 again in 1960 running the singlewing offense. Stapleton’s players included All-Americans Dwight Nichols (QB/ RB, 1959), Dave Hoppmann ( RB/ QB, 1961- 62), Tom Watkins (RB, 1960), Tom Vaughn (FB, 1963) and John Van Sticklen OT, 1964).

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