Two former basketball players with Faulkner County ties were recently inducted into the Lyon College Athletics Hall of Fame at Batesville.
Doyce Winningham, Lyon Class of 1960, and Jake Newton, Lyon Class of 1998, were inductees along with Michele Melton Barnett, Class of 1986, and Sarah Meier Wherry, Class of 2001.
Winningham played basketball for Arkansas College, now Lyon, in 1956-60. He later coached at Greenbrier, Guy-Perkins and Morrilton. He is retired and lives at Center Ridge on a 500-acre farm with 200 head of Red Angus cattle.
Winningham said basketball came naturally because he came from a ‘basketball family’. His father won a high school basketball title in 1942. He also had cousins who coached high school and college. His coach at Arkansas College was his cousin, R.C. "Dick" Winningham.
Newton was a basketball standout at Conway High before going to Lyon, where he played 1994-98. He is now a successful Dallas, Texas, attorney.
Newton holds several spots in Lyon College men’s basketball record books. He is one of the top rebounders, sitting at No. 8 with 591 during his career. He was also near the Top 10 in scoring (420) and rebounding (214) his senior season.
He scored 998 points in his career, while making 59.1 percent (398 of 673) of his field goals and 66.7 percent (222 of 333) of his free throws. He finished his four years averaging 8.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds.