Was 95-16-1 as BHS coach.

The playing surface at Bearcat Stadium was officially recognized as Doug Scheel Field at Bearcat Stadium Friday night before the 2018 season opening game against Clarksville.

Scheel came to Booneville in 1981 and over the course of nine seasons directed the Bearcats to a 95-16-1 record, which included seven conference titles, eight playoff appearances, with six of those reaching at least the semifinals and five of them going to War Memorial Stadium for a chance at a title. Scheel’s 1986 Bearcats also won the school’s first state title.

The Booneville School Board approved the naming of the field in its April meeting on a motion by Eric Jones and second by Anthony Napier, who both played for Scheel.

Scheel had been elected to the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. He was formally inducted into the Hall in a banquet in Hot Springs in July.

A reception was held for the former coach prior to the naming ceremony. Scheel said he was honored.

“It’s really all the guys you see standing around here,” he said during the reception which drew former players from as far away as Jonesboro and Owasso, Okla. “Their names are on it more than mine. The things that I asked them to do I don’t know if you could get by with today.

“They had great work ethic, better than any I’ve been around. My Camelot.”

When Scheel came to Booneville for the 1981 season the school was coming off a 3-7 season and was replacing a coach who had resurrected the program and was responsible for the building of Bearcat Stadium in Gene Bradley.

Scheel’s first game as Booneville’s head coach was a win over Charleston but the Bearcats lost the next three games by 2 to Mena, by 1 to Clarksville, and in double overtime to Ozark. The Bearcats would rebound to win the next five games to finish the year 6-3.

His second season would end with a conference title but a first round playoff loss and a 7-4 record.

The 1983 Bearcats completed the school’s first unbeaten regular season in 30 years and eventually reached the playoff semifinals.

Scheel’s 1984 and 1985 Bearcat teams also completed 10-0 regular seasons with the 1985 team reaching the state finals.

A year later, the 1986 team was 3-2 at the midpoint of the season, but finished the year with five straight wins and went on to win the school’s first state title. Along the way there were five straight shutouts.

A streak of four straight conference title seasons ended in 1987 but the Bearcat playoff appearance streak continued.

The 1988 and 1989 teams both finished the regular season unbeaten, making it five times in seven years, and both would reach the state title game as well.

Including the field, the pressbox (Donal Elmore), fieldhouse (Ken Rippy), and the street (D.J. George Drive) which runs in behind the scoreboard, around the fieldhouse and out to Plum Street, have all been named for men who left, or continue to leave, a mark on the program.