Basketball, Football, Baseball, 1955-56
City High School
Class of 1956
Baseball: pitcher, outfield
All-State-Football, 1st team, 1954, 1955
All-State-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-State-Baseball, 1st team, 1956
All-Regional-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-Regional-Baseball, 1st team, 1955, 1956
All-Regional-Football, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Football, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Baseball, 1st team, 1953, 1954, 1955
All-District-Basketball, 1st team, 1956
All-State Tournament 1st team, Basketball, 1956
Without a doubt Pascal Benson is the most talented athlete to
ever hail from Henderson, KY. Pascal Ray Benson still stands today as the only athlete in Kentucky
history to be named to the 1st team all-state in 3 sports in one year. A feat that is so rare, I was not able to
find any other athlete that accomplished that feat in Kentucky or any state.
Pascal was a southpaw pitcher-first baseman on the City High Flash
baseball team that went undefeated in regular season, and finished 3rd in the state baseball tournament after losing
to Murray High School, and then defeating Bell County 7-3 in the consolation game. Pascal finished his junior year
with a 9-1 record, which included a rare perfect game in a 12-0 victory in the district tournament over rival Henderson Holy
Name. Pascal also went 5 for 5 at bats in that victory, knocking in 3 base runners to help his own cause.
Pascal was a forward/guard on the 1954-55 Barret Manual basketball
team that finished third in the state with a 29-4 record, and was a center-linebacker on the undefeated City High team in
1955 (10-0) that won the "mythical" Kentucky state football title. Pascal was a starting guard/forward
on the City High basketball team that finished 29-3 and runner-up in the state tournament.
He went on to become a starting lineman at the University of Kentucky
and later coached baseball and football at the consolidated Henderson County High School.
Pascal turned down a contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956, so
he could play football for Blanton Collier at the University of Kentucky. Pascal said his only two regrets were not winning
the state basketball title, and not playing basketball for Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. He says he was just
too beat and tired up to try to play basketball too.
Pascal received his bachelors degree in Physical education at UK
and obtained his masters degree at Murray State, and his first rank also at Murray State. Elaine, (a 1960 Henderson Holy Name
graduate) & Pascal married in 1962 and have 3 children. They have two sons Tracy, Edward, and daughter Jodie. Both
sons reside in Henderson and daughter Jodie resides in Louisville KY. His favorite memories of Henderson as a student were
obviously his sports prowess and the sock hops at City High Gymnasium after the home games.
Benson said that Bill Haley & his Comets were his favorite
singing group. Pascal retired as a teacher at Henderson County High School in 1988, and opened his own driving school the
same year. Pascal and his wife Elaine teach ballroom dancing today.
This web-site is dedicated to the Barret
Henderson City High Sports teams from
Especially the Henderson City High 1955-56 sports
that had so many great gifted student/athletes.
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The contents of this web site are intended to be used
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An alumni of Henderson City High School stated to me:
"Once a Flashman, always a Flashman".
Truer words have never been spoken.
Many thanks to the people listed below for their contributions.
Adams (HHS '59),
Elaine Benson (HNHS: '59),
Pascal Benson (HHS '56)
Don Gish (BMTHS '55),
Glenda Alexander Guess (HHS '57),
Shirley Hagan (HHS '56),
Billy Haynes (HHS '59),
Keach Nolan (HHS '56),
Dr. Fred Schuette (HHS '56),
Sammy Joe Shelton (HHS '56),
Bud Bayard Walters (HHS '59),
Coach T. L. Plain
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