Only Barret High, 1916 stood
as the only undefeated Henderson team in the school history for 47 years (Barret opened in 1908).
Henderson City went on to win the mythical state football championship (there was no playoff
system until 1959). The City High Flash repeated another undefeated season four years later, with a 12-0 record in 1959, again
winning the state championship by defeating Ft. Thomas Highlands.
This was the first year for the new Henderson
City High School Flash. This was the 3rd season for Coach Don Shelton and head assistant Coach Don Chapman, as he took a ragged
team from the old Barret Manual Training High School to a new era. His first two seasons he managed to win a total of but
8 games, and was able to turn the program around in 3 years.
The Barret Manual High School Purple Flash had
been the cellar dwellers of the Western Kentucky Conference for the last few years. Now, with a team full of talent from top
to bottom, City High had no weaknesses.
With all-state performers Quarterback Ronnie Sheffer,
Lineman Pascal Benson, and fullback Sonny Watkins, they managed to go through a perfect season. They also had superb
running backs in future all-state performer junior Petie Bryant and senior Sammy Joe Shelton. Sammy was later a punter &
running back for SMU., while Petie became a star running back at University of Louisville.
They beat three teams by a point in each game
and cruised past their WKC foes in fashion.
The Flash easily handled both
opponents from neighboring Owensboro. The games against Daviess County Panthers & Owensboro Senior Red Devils
set the stages for the Litkenhaus #1 ranking in the final polls for the season. The other big rivalry were the Madisonville
Maroons, which the Flash handled easily 25-7. The Sturgis Bears stingy defense held the Flash to their season low of 7 points.
In the Litkenhaus state ranking in the Louisville
Courier-Journal the City High Flash was ranked #1, with the undefeated Prestonburg Blackcats (10-0) ranked # 2 in the Litkenhaus polls.
Both teams claimed the state title. The KHSAA did not utilize a state playoff system until the 1959 football
season. Because of the #1 ranking in the Litkenhaus polls, the Henderson City School Flash claimed the state championship
title outright. Prestonburg also claimed title, but they still were only ranked #2.
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
only for the educational value and entertainment enjoyment.
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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