Sinko Named to RHS Sports Hall of Fame
Don Sinko joins a stellar 2014 class for induction into the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame. Sinko is known to many longtime fans for his abilities as a player on the court, while he later made the transition to coach.
A 1957 graduate of Rector High School, Sinko is considered one of the top players from the "Jess Bucy era," in which the basketball program was helmed by legendary coach Jess Bucy. A 5'9" guard, Sinko averaged 13.3 points per game, which is third best for the era; scored a total of 1,178 points in high school, fifth best for his era; netted 24.1 points per game as a senior, the third best tally; finished with 580 total points in 1957, fourth highest in that era, and sank 171 free throws in 1957, the third highest total for the era.
Many feel Sinko did not receive enough credit for his skills on the court, having played at a small school like Rector.
"The Arkansas high school rules on divisions of schools was only two classes (at the time)," coach Jess Bucy pointed out. "That put the Rector Blackcats in with larger schools in Class A and smaller schools in Class B. Thus, the chance to go to state was difficult, and if not in the state tourney, players could not be selected as All-State."
In 1957, Sinko was recruited and signed a basketball scholarship to play at Arkansas College, now known as Lyon College. He lettered in basketball at the college in 1958, 1959 and 196. He was voted All-Conference in 1959 and 1960, and was also selected to the All-NAIA District 17 Team. Many of his contemporaries referred to Sinko as the fastest guard in the AIC.
Sinko returned to Rector as an assistant coach under Jess Bucy in 1962-63. During this time, the Junior Blackcats won the state championship. Sinko went on to serve as head coach of the Greenway Tigers from 1963 to 1968.
Sinko is joined by Paul Temerian, Rudy Pruett and Les McKeel in the Induction Class of 2014. The induction ceremony will be part of the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Rector High School gym, at which time representatives of the individual inductees will be presented with a plaque. The luncheon will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 30, with the induction ceremony immediately following the meal. Details regarding the luncheon may be obtained by contacting Owen B. Moseley at (870) 935-4039.