100 years

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS -

Hardin, Mus­cles Camp­bell and Euell “Tater” Sweeten, to name a few.

Later in his ca­reer,

Fite coached the Ben­ton Pan­thers for 15 years. Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from coach­ing, Fite served a term as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Arkansas Gen­eral As­sem­bly. He and wife, Lou, live in the Baux­ite area.

Jon Wat­son served as head coach at Baux­ite for 20 sea­sons, dur­ing which time the Min­ers brought home the one and only Arkansas High School State Football Championsh­ip in 1996.

Wat­son’s out­stand­ing coach­ing records are ranked among the high­est in the state. He re­signed as head coach at Baux­ite in 2009 and ac­cepted an ad­min­is­tra­tive staff po­si­tion with the school district. Wat­son re­tired in 2014 and now re­sides in Lit­tle Rock.

Sto­ries of football days gone by were shared through­out the evening as for­mer play­ers and stu­dents greeted th­ese spe­cial guests. Be­ing a part of this event was a thrilling honor for the for­mer coaches. This was also es­pe­cially true for Hu­bert Spann, a for­mer player, as he shared mem­o­ries of his play­ing days with the many Baux­ite Miner greats.

Once a Miner, al­ways a Miner, the say­ing goes. It seems 1920 was not so long ago af­ter all and those Miner Mem­o­ries are not so mi­nor.

TONY GATLIN/TONY Gatlin Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ben­ton ju­nior quar­ter­back Gar­rett Brown gets set to pass in a loss to Arkadel­phia in Week 1. Af­ter a bye this past week, the Pan­thers are get­ting health­ier.


A Baux­ite Miner runs dur­ing a 33-20 win over ri­val Glen Rose Beavers this past Fri­day at The Pit in Baux­ite. The 100th Football Sea­son cel­e­bra­tion was held as Baux­ite played the Beavers for the last time.


For­mer Baux­ite Coach Dwight Fite at the 100th Football Sea­son cel­e­bra­tion for the Baux­ite Min­ers at The Pit Fri­day in Baux­ite.

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