The 8th Hall of Fame Class: Former Coach and Athletic Director Nelson Smith, Two-time State Champion Cheer Coach Helen Sommerville Stephens (’80), Professional football player Anthony Blaylock (’84) & Two-time National Champion soccer star Kasey Monroe Monaghan (’92). The 2018 class was inducted in ceremonies at the Grand Marquise Ballroom, May 3rd:
|2018 Hall of Fame Class|
|2018 Trojan Club Scholarship winners|
The Hall of Fame Class of 2017: 3-time CFL All-Star Brandon Banks (’06), US Paralympic Swim team member and 4-time medalist Tucker Dupree(’07), two-sport star and Coach Mickey Faulk (’60), and two-sport athlete and professional sports psychologist and author Dr. Shaun Tyrance (’96). The inductees were recognized at the Grand Marquise Ballroom May 4th
7th Annual Trojan Club Golf Tournament, was held Friday May 5th at River Ridge Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the student athletes of GMHS, including annual scholarship awards.
The 2016 Hall of Fame class was honored May 5th at the Grand Marquise Ballroom. A wonderful evening of recognition, heartfelt speeches and trip down memory lane to honor our esteemed alums: Educator and administrator Wayne Bare, professional baseball player Johnny Beck (’90), multi-sport athlete and World War II veteran B.A. Corbett (’41), softball standout Lauren Pleasant Bridgers (’03) and Team Physician and long-time GMHS volunteer Dr. Greg Pleasants (’87).
“Garner remembers athletic past, prepares to move forward” by HOF Tim Stevens ('70), N&O 5/9/2016
- Dr. Greg Pleasants (’87): Team Physician for the Trojans; Athletic trainer for N.C. State and Philadelphia Eagles; Director & Head Trainer for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas since 2003 and was inducted into the Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in 2015.
- Lauren Pleasant Bridgers (’03): All-state selection 2002 & 2003; 3-time All-Conference, Garner softball all-time strikeout leader; played at Peace College, setting career records for wins (45) strikeouts (425), shutouts (15) & doubles (39); Named the 2007 Most Outstanding Athlete; 2004 & 2006 Pacer MVP, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year ; 2004 USA South Rookie of the Year; 2005 & 2006 All-conference; Single season record for K’s (165 in 2005 & 3rd highest total with 124 in 2004); Lowest single season ERA (2.02 in 2004; also 2nd lowest 2.12 in 2005); 2006 NCCSIA All-State College Division Softball Team ; Named to the USA South Conference 50th anniversary team.
- B.A. Corbett (’41): Lettered in baseball, basketball, football and boxing. He played basketball at Mars Hill College for a year before joining the Army Air Corps and serving as a B-29 gunner for four years.After playing at graduating from East Carolina, he returned to Garner and taught math and coached from 1953-59, winning conference championships in basketball and baseball. He went back into aviation in 1959 and worked with NASA for more than 30 years.
- Johnny Beck (’90) Four-year letterman in baseball and the conference and News & Observer area player of the year in 1990; career ERA of 1.19 and had an ERA of 0.21 in 1990. 4-year starter at East Carolina, earning all-conference honors as a freshman. He won 12 games as a senior, tying a school record and set career records at ECU for innings pitched (383) and starts (54); He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
- Dr. Wayne Bare served as principal of Garner from 1967-71 and played a key role in the integration of Garner High School and Garner Consolidated schools. His extraordinaire achievements in uniting Garner were documenting my HOF writer Tim Stevens ('70) in "68:Our Finest Hour" Dr. Bare was principal at the combined Garner Senior High until 1971 when he was named assistant superintendent of Wake County Schools. He served in that post until 1990.
- Coach Henry Liles, (posthumously) Coach, ’50, ’60s, ‘70: A native of Roseville, NC, Coach Liles played baseball and basketball at Wake Forest University.He coached and taught for over 30 years in the middle school, junior and high school levels and spent 15 years at Garner High School, coaching football, girl’s basketball and baseball. Coach Liles was one of the areas most successful high school baseball coaches in the late ‘60s and ‘70s winning Garner High School’s 10 Conference Baseball Championships, and often made the state playoffs, losing only to the state champions.
- Steve Hudson, ’87: Outstanding Senior, 3-year letterman, Basketball and Baseball, member Garner American Legion Post 232 Baseball team; Mount Olive College Graduate,‘91, Hall of Fame inductee (2010); Carolina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Year, 1991, Set MOC school records for batting average, hits, doubles, at-bats and sacrifices, Mount Olive College Male Athlete of the Year, 1991
- Carol Merritt-Lewis ('00): Graduated with Distinguished Honors, NCHSAA Indoors (300m 1999) and Outdoors (400m, 2000) Champion, 4-time All-State selection, 3-year letterman Track and Basketball, All conference in Track and Basketball, Most Valuable Track Athlete, Broke numerous school Track Records; Graduated Wake Forest University 2004, Wake Forest University Athletics Scholarship, Broke seven University records as a freshman, ACC Indoor 400m Champion, setting new school record; 2001 All-American, 3 year All-ACC Honors
- The 1950s Garner High School Girl’s Basketball Teams: The teams of the 1950’s were the forerunners of what girl’s basketball is today. In many ways these young female athletes exceeded the expectations of successful competition during those challenging times when it was deemed unladylike, unhealthy and inappropriate to play sports. These women proved to be up to the challenge of competing in a tough environment by winning year after year, without the opportunities readable available to today’s female athletes and athletics programs.
Nomination criteria and form for the Class of 2016
- Coach James Farris: first varsity basketball, golf & cross-country Coach for Garner Senior High School. Two-time state qualifier as Coach of Garner Consolidated High School, prior to the integration of the two high schools; With Ms. JoAnn Watkins selected the BLUE & GOLD and Trojan logo for the combined school, featuring a color from each school; Coached as Shaw University until returning to Garner 1976 until his retirement in 1992
- Raymond Miller ('73): 4-year letterman with Trojans, All-State, All-Metro, area leading scorer in 1971 & 1972 for Cap-8 Champions; averaged 30 points and 15 rebounds for Brevard Junior College; career 28 points and 14 rebounds average at Furman. Drafted by the Lakers and eventually became a noted basketball official and was one of the top wheelchair basketball officials in the U.S
- John Leach ('90): 4 year letterman in football and track; Starting linebacker (as a sophomore) for the 1987 State Championship team; Compiled a record of 37-2 while at GSHS; 8.9 yards per carry as a Junior running back; All-Triangle team for 2 years (Junior and Senior); All-State team (Senior); Cap-9 Player of the Year; Defensive MVP for the 1989 Shrine Bowl; East/West All-Star game participant; Graduate of Wake Forest University 4 year letterman; 2nd team All ACC (senior year); ACC single game rushing record holder – 329 yards; Led the ACC in rushing – 1089 yards (senior year); Wake Forest record holder for All Purpose yards in a game– 411 yardsn; Canadian Football League – 3 years
GHS Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet & Ceremony
Stacy Betts ('88), Carl Franks ('79), Amos West representing David West ('98), Coach Paul Faulk
- Stacy Betts ('88) QB for the 1987 NCHSAA 4A Championship team 15-0, All-Conference football & baseball; Selected to NC East All-Star team; Who's Who of American High School Students; NC State baseball, member of 1992 ACC Championship team, All-Academic ACC selection 4 years; Magna Cum Laude graduate in Communications
- Coach Paul Faulk: NC Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; 10 Conference titles in 13 seasons, Garner baseball lifetime record 145-51 in 8 years at the helm; 33 players received baseball scholarships, 2 MLB draftees; 16 All-State & All-America selections; 9-time Conference Coach of the Year; JV football coach (first 10-0 season); Professional MLB scout, currently with the Washington Nationals
- Carl Franks, Jr. ('79): All-State, All-Metro and All-Cap 8 selection 1978; 1979 Outstanding Male Athlete; Outstanding Senior selection; Academic All-American; Duke University All-ACC and All-Academic ACC in 1982, "Mike Suglia Award" recipient; played professionally with Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL; Head Coach Duke University (1998-'03); Head Coach of the Gray College All-Star team 1999; Assistant Coach VMI, Florida, Bethune-Cookman, coached in 15 college bowl gamesl Served on Executive Board of Directors for the Spencer Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries
- David West ('98): All-State, All-Conference 1998; Xavier University, 2003 NCAA, AP & US Basketball Writers Association "Player of the Year", 20.1 scoring average & 11.8 rebounds per game; 2001, 2002 & 2003 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year; Xavier school record for blocked shots; 2003 Adolph Rupp award, 2003 Oscar Robinson award; 18th draft selection of the New Orleans Hornets 2003; 2006 NBA "Most Improved Player"; Sports Illustrated All-Decade team (2000's); 2008 & 2009 NBA All-Star selection; led Indiana Pacers to franchise record 56 wins in 2013 & Eastern Conference top seed
Billy Stuart; Tim Stevens ('70), Laurie Bailey ('79), Mrs Teresa Johnson, representing her late husband Coach Sherrill Johnson, and his sons, Gary and Sherrill Johnson Jr., inductee Eric WIlliams ('78) did not attend[/caption]
- Coach Sherrill Johnson: (posthumously) coached football, baseball, softball, men & women's basketball and track during +30 year career at all 3 Garner High School locations; 14 conference titles;
- Tim Stevens ('70) member of the National High School Sports and NCHSAA Hall of Fames; Town of Garner James R. Stevens Award for public service; Tim's stellar career is one of the outstanding high school sports writers in the state. graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan, Stevens has written for the Raleigh Times and the News and Observer since 1973 and has won a number of awards for his coverage. He has been the driving force behind such outstanding events as the Holiday Invitational basketball tournament in Raleigh and the Triangle Pigskin Preview. He has served as a member of the McDonald¹s All-American basketball selection committee and was co-author of the original North Carolina High School Record Book. One of only four North Carolinians in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, he has held membership on a number of NCHSAA committees during his career
- Laurie Bailey ('79): led Lady Trojans to 1978 NCHSAA 4A Championship 26-0, leading scorer 20.8; All-State selection in basketball, volleyball and softball; member of 1979 NCHSAA 4A runner-up softball team; All-Conference selection in basketball, volleyball and softball; Triangle All-Metro basketball selection and outstanding player 1978 & 1979; 3-time All-Conference; Triangle Outstandig Female Basketball (co-recepient with teammate Gail Pittman Walton); Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Female Athlete 1979; East All-Star team selection 1979; UNC softball, selected to AIAW (preceded NCAA for women's athletics) 1st team All-American, finalist for Broderick Award as top female athlete
- Eric Williams ('78): All-State selection in baseball and football; member 1978 NCHSAA 4A Baseball championship team; 3-year All-Cap 8 selection in football; All-conference football; NC State All-time career interception leader, 3-year letterman; professional football with Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions 1983-'87
- Billy Stuart: +40 year volunteer with Trojan athletic department, Pop Warner and various community and civic organizations; National Award recepient for Civitan Club; founding Board member of The Garner Trojan Club
2011 GHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductees:
Hal Stewart (Coach), Anthony Barbour ('88), Barbara Kelly ('56), Pat Watkins ('90), Donald Williams ('91)
- Anthony Barbour ('88): lead Garner to 1987 NCHSAA 4A title, 15-0 with 3,125 yards national record 47 TD's & NC record 15 100-yard rushing games; All-State selection, school record 5,806 career rushing yards; Selected to Top 100 NC High School Athletes; NC State football, 5th All-Time leading rusher; 2nd All-Time yards per carry (5.43); Head Coach Middle Creek & Smithfield-Selma Senior High Schools, currently assistant coach Clayton High School
- Barbara Kelly ('56): one of the first female athlete athletic scholarships in Wake County; Basketball team captain, leading scorer; 1st female member of the University of Virginia Athletic Department, served as Asst Athletics Director; 1st Woman's Basketball Coach at UVA; Founder of ACC Women's Basketball Tournament; First female selected to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, member of Board of Directors
- Coach Hal Stewart: led Garner to 1987 NCHSAA 4A title, 15-0; career 159-47-1 in 17 seasons, won +10 games 12 times, 11 conference titles, Wake County and NCHSAA Coach of the Year; 1988 NCHSAA 4A runner-up; legendary for motivation and historic halftime speeches; served as Garner Athletic Director
- Pat Watkins ('90): 1990 Triangle Player of the Year, All-State Baseball team; Outstanding Senior; East Carolina, Hall of Fame inductee; 1993 CAA Player of the Year, 1st team All-American; .445 as a junior with 19 home runs and 57 RBIs, career .352 batting average, still 6th highest career average in ECU history; led the Pirates to NCAA Regional appearances in 1991 and '93, and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Championship in '93; Cincinnati Reds draft pick in the Major League Baseball Draft (only ECU player ever to be taken in the first round)
- Donald Williams ('91): 1991 "Mr. Basketball" for NC, McDonalds All-American, All-State team, NC record 961 points & 35.6 ppg (still NCHSAA record points for senior year); UNC 1993 NCAA Championship team, Final Four MVP; jersey retired in the Dean E. Smith Dome; played professionally in Cyprus, Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Sweden, Finland, Greece and the Philippines, won a championship in 1998 with Formula Shell; Assistant Coach with Trojans and operates the Donald Williams Academy