NEWS

Golden Eagles' announcer nears golden anniversary

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Dennis Henderson is a fixture at Mercer County High School & Junior High School sporting events.

Dennis Henderson is known by some as "The Voice of Mercer County Sports." Now in his 45th year of announcing Westmer, Aledo and Mercer County High School sports, the retired teacher has seen a lot of athletes over the years.

"A lot of games, football, basketball, even track," Henderson said of his tenure. "The years we made state were exciting years to be an announcer. … Those seasons we went to state were fun."

Still as organized as he was while teaching history and geography at Westmer Junior High for 34 years, Henderson carries a canvas bag full of files that are a virtual history of his time announcing everything from sports, to spelling bees and scholastic bowls. He also DJ'ed class reunions, weddings and other events for 23 years.

One paper Henderson carries with him includes the playoff records of Aledo, Westmer and Mercer County high schools. The season records of all the playoff teams, the name of the coach and how they did in the playoffs are included.

Given the long, rich history of playoff appearances by the Aledo Green Dragons and the Mercer County Golden Eagles, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to see that Aledo made the playoffs in 1975, lost in the first round, and didn't return until 1988 when the Dragons were 13-1 and were state runner-ups.

Aledo was state champions in 1998, 2001, and 2002, while Mercer County took the big prize in 2012.

Henderson's goal is to announce the various sports, which now also includes wrestling, for 50 years.

"I would be 71," he said. "If my health would allow it, I would continue."