BIC honors past state champions

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Buffalo Island Central honored the 1960 Leachville Lions State Championship team, unveiling a banner saluting their state title.
Members of the 1960 State Champion Leachville Lions pose during the Night of Champions held Saturday at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette. Leachville won the Class AA/AAA title with a 37-5 record. The team was coached by Doy Pannell and featured State Most Valuable Player Don Shatley.

Buffalo Island Central honored its four state championship teams as well as hanging a new banner for the 1960 Leachville Lion state squad Saturday during the Night of Champions at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.

Gaylon Taylor's 1991-1992 and 1992-1993 teams won back to back state titles, as did Bill Taylor's 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 squads.

Members of the 1991-1992 state champions included Todd Higginbotham, Jeff Austin, Tony Pace, Wade Spikes, Matthew Clark, Michael McFarlin, Jason Stewart, Kyle Lomax, Heath Rose, Bryan Kirby, Brice Wells, Allyn Ladd, Ronnie Hitt, James Paul McCord, along with state Most Valuable Player Chip Layne. Managers included Brian Rose, Jessica Jackson Hurst, Nicole Roddy Stewart and Kendra Lomax McFarland. Gaylon Taylor's team completed the season with a 36-8 record.

The 1992-1993 state champs included Blake McFarland, Wyeth Spikes, Jason Wallace, Chad Hutchison, Heath Rose, Brice Wells, Allyn Ladd, Bryan Kirby, David Flannigan, Scott Carmichael and state MVP Chip Layne. Managers were John Fox and Kenneth Brandon. Assistant Coach was Les Davis. Coach Gaylon Taylor's team finished with a 28-10 mark.

The 2004-2005 state champions, coached by Bill Taylor, completed the season with a 43-3 record. Team members were Lance Davis, Garrett Qualls, Terry Roach, Blaine Fry, Nick Birdno, Jordan Phillips, Hunter Smith, Eric Wallace, Cord Rose, Derek Rolland, Larry Reed, Max James, Matthew Ibanez, Josh Nettles, Arkansas' Mr. Basketball Brandon Ballard and State MVP Brooks Taylor. Managers included Brian Whitlow, Randy Ibanez and Anthony Sims. Assistant Coach was Mark Hurst. Volunteer assistant was Aaron Cobb while the trainer was Johnny Grooms.

Bill Taylor's 2005-2006 state champs had a record of 36-5. Team members were Trevor Metheny, Jordan Griggs, Shane Barnes, Lee Birdno, Blake Smithee, Lance Davis, Garrett Qualls, Jordan Phillips, Brian Whitlow, Nick Birdno, Terry Roach, Cord Rose, Larry Reed, Randy Ibanez, Hunter Smith, Eric Wallace, Derek Rolland and state MVP Brooks Taylor. Managers were Shane Harville, Spencer Carroll and Anthony Sims. Videographer was Cortney Thomas. Assistant Coach was Mark Hurst while the trainer was Johnny Grooms.

Members of the 1991-1992 BIC State Champions pose with their trophy during Saturday's Night of Champions held at the Mustang Athletic Complex. Coach Gaylon Taylor's squad finished with a 36-8 mark and claimed their first of two consecutive state titles.

The 1960 Leachville Lions were coached by Doy Pannell and featured state MVP Don Shatley. Assistant coach was Ronnie Kennett. The Lions won the 2A-3A state title with a 37-5 mark. Team members included: Calvin Towell, R.C. Alexander, Butch McHaney, Jan Weinberg, Ronnie Bridges, Lloyd Thomas, Butch Smith, Brice Weinberg, Don Shatley, Nelson Henry and Buie Ray.

Pictured are members of the 1992-1993 BIC State Championship squad. Coach Gaylon Tayor's Mustangs won their second straight state title with a 28-10 record and featured two-time State Most Valuable Player Chip Layne.
Members of the 2004-2005 BIC State Champions pose with their trophy Saturday during the Night of Champions at the Mustang Athletic Complex. Coach Bill Taylor's Mustangs completed a 43-3 season and featured Arkansas' Mr. Basketball Brandon Ballard along with State MVP Brooks Taylor.
Members of the 2005-2006 BIC State Champions appear with their state title trophy Saturday at the Night of Champions in Monette. Coach Bill Taylor's team won their second straight state championship while Brooks Taylor took home State Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive year.
Brothers Bill Taylor (left) and Gaylon Taylor (right) flank Ronnie Kennett during Saturday's Night of Champions. Kennett was an assistant coach for Leachville's 1960 State Championship team. The Taylor brothers led BIC to back to back state titles. Gaylon's championships came in 1991-1992 and 1992-1993, while Bill turned the trick in 2004-2005 and 2006-2006. They are the only brother combo in state history to accomplish the feat.
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