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2014 Inductees

George Crumbley
Crumbley served 16 years as head of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department from 1950-66. During those years he organized baseball leagues for children from little league through junior and senior league. He was also in charge of softball leagues. Other sports he oversaw included those for men and women, as well as little league football.  Instructional leagues were provided for those youngsters who did not make a regular youth team.  Crumbley also handled organizational meetings for the various sports, as well as field supervision.

Randy Ledford
Ledford was a star athlete at Seventy-First High School in both baseball and football. He briefly attended Clemson before transferring to what is now UNC-Pembroke to play baseball.
He built Westover High School's baseball program into a top contender before moving to South View as baseball and assistant football coach. He took over the football program in 1993. Ledford guided the Tigers to the state 4-A baseball title in 1991 and took his team to the football finals twice, in 2000 and 2004. He has coached in both the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game. He is by far the career leader in football wins at South View, with a 21-year record of 178-86, including 24-15 in the state playoffs.

Thomas Pope
Pope, a Fayetteville native, joined the Observer staff in 1978 with motorsports as his primary beat, and was named sports editor in 2011. His awards for racing coverage include: the Henry McLemore Award in 2013 for lifetime contributions to motorsports journalism; the Russ Catlin Award for the best national story of 2012 in the print/daily division; the George Cunningham Award as the National Motorsports Press Association's Writer of the Year in 1994; and three North Carolina Press Association writing awards. In addition, Pope was a panelist who helped select the top 50 drivers in NASCAR and National Hot Rod Association history. He is the co-author of three NASCAR-related books, including the biography of the late Davey Allison. He is a four-time recipient of the International Hot Rod Association's Media Person of the Year award.

Gary Robinson
Robinson has been a dominant figure on the Cumberland County golf scene for years. This past year he won his seventh Cumberland County Golf Championship, the only golfer in the history of the event with seven titles.  He has teamed with daughter Lauren Robinson to win the last three Carolinas Golf Association Parent-Child Championships.  Robinson also won the 2007 Mid-Amateur championship.

John Weaver
Weaver is a former high school track and cross country coach who has gone on to greater success at the college level. A 1967 graduate of Seventy-First, Weaver graduated from Appalachian State and returned to Fayetteville to coach at Douglas Byrd in 1972. His cross country teams were 71-11 in dual meets and his teams won six conference titles while competing in four state meets. His track teams produced numerous confererence and regional champions along with state qualifiers. At Appalachian, his teams have men and women who have won 73 Southern Conference titles. He has had one NCAA individual champion and 15 All-Americans. He has won 42 conference coach of the year awards and three Southeast Region coach of the year awards.

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2013 Inductees

Brenda Jernigan
Jernigan was a star basketball player at old Central High School in the late 1960s under another Hall of Famer, Doris Howard. She was named the first girls' basketball coach at South View in 1972 and retired in 1996 with 200 career wins. She coached in the 1979 East-West All-Star Game. Her volleyball teams won nine straight conference titles and she once had a string of 48 consecutive conference wins. She retired from coaching volleyball in 1999. She died at the age of 53 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident

Ben Martin
Martin coached boys' and girls' basketball at the original Gray's Creek High School. Following his successful coaching career he became a principal, serving at Reilly Road Elementary School, which was eventually renamed in his honor.Martin also served 20 years as a high school basketball official. He was honored with a lifetime membership to the Fayetteville Sports Club.

Arnold Pope
A Methodist minister and former Dean of Students at Methodist University, Pope is a charter inductee in the N.C. Weightlifting Hall of Fame. He won 27 state titles and six Southern titles in the Open Division. In the Masters Division, he won the 1988 World Championship, 11 consecutive national titles, and was inducted into the National Masters Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 1998. He was a high school football official for 43 seasons, and officiated in the Atlantic Coast Conference for 13. He now serves as supervisor of officials for the Southeast Football Officials Association. He also competed in the Scottish Games as a pro for 20 years and was the North Americah caber toss champion in 1976.  He was the first American to win a caber-tossing title in Scotland in 1976. 

Arthur "Monk" Smith
Smith is best known for the role he played in the opening the door to a bright athletic future for some of the biggest names in the E.E. Smith community. He began work with the Parks and Recreation Department in 1946 and was responsible for developing an athletic field for the community. In 1953, he was named program director at Seabrook Recreation Center, which would one day be named after him. He organized numerous programs for young people. Some of those who took advantage of those programs included sports club Hall of Famers Jimmy Raye, Charles Baggett, Doug Wilkerson and Joe Harris. Smith left his job with Fayetteville in 1971 and moved to Pender County

Doug Watts
Watts began playing baseball in 1951 in Whiteville. He was a walk-on at East Carolina and was eventually elected team captain. He moved to Hope Mills in 1964 and coached various sports at both Hope Mills and later South View high schools. He began his work with American Legion baseball in 1966 with American Legion Post 32. Since that time, he has continued to work with American Legion baseball every summer and has helped keep the sport alive in Cumberland County. In recent years, Watts fielded the only American Legion team left in Cumberland County. His best team was 1984, when his Hope Mills squad finished second in the state to Salisbury. He is a member of the state American Legion baseball Hall of Fame.

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2012 Inductees

Howard Cheshire
Cheshire played quarterback and running back on Fayetteville High football squads that claimed back-to-back state championships in 1947 and 1948. Over a four-year varsity career, his teams produced a 35-6-4 overall record. Cheshire scored two touchdowns as Fayetteville beat Charlotte, 39-0, for the 1947 state title. He was an All-East selection as a junior in '47 and All-East, All-State and All-Southern as as senior in '48 when Fayetteville defeated Burlington, 14-13, for its second straight crown. Cheshire scored 16 of his 24 career touchdowns as a senior. He played collegiately at Wake Forest and later served as head of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department.

Steve Conley
Conley is in his 25th year as head coach of the men's golf program at Methodist University. He has directed the Monarchs to 10 NCAA Division III national titles, 20 conference crowns, produced nine individual national champions and 40 All-Americans. He has been selected conference coach of the year 17 times and has been named Division III national coach of the year on four occasions. Conley also serves as assistant director and professor of Methodist's nationally respected professional golf management program.

Eddie Dees
Dees spent 25 years as softball coach at South View High School, retiring in 2007 as North Carolina's winningest active coach. He compiled a career record of 538-144 with the Tigers and took his teams to the state playoffs 23 times in 25 seasons. The 1993 South View team captured the state 4-A slow-pitch softball crown, defeating Hickory two games to one on the championship series. Dees directed South View's transition from slow pitch to fast pitch in the mid-1990s while continuing the school's success. His teams won 18 conference championships, won four 4-A East Regional titles and more than 35 of his former players went on to play college softball. Dees recently got back in the coaching game, taking over the new program at Freedom Christian Academy.

Earl Vaughan
Vaughan joined the staff of The Fayetteville Observer in a part-time role in the summer of 1972 and has been one of the state's leading authorities on high school athletics since. He was the first recipient of the N.C. High School Athletic Association's award to the media for contributions to high school athletics and in 1995 received the association's Distinguished Service Award. In 2008, he was the winner of the Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award presented by the NCHSAA and the Southern Football Officials Association. Vaughan has been honored with numerous awards for his stories on high school sports, most recently in 2010 when he received a first-place award from the N.C. Press Association for Sports News Reporting. He will be the first media member inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame.

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2011 Inductees

Earl "Moose" Butler
Butler was a high school football star at old Massey Hill High School where his teammates tagged him with the nickname Moose. He was named to the National High School All-American football team in 1955 and went on to play for the University of North Carolina. He was named to the N.C. College All-Star team in 1960 and went to Pittsburgh to play briefly for the NFL's Steelers before an injury ended his professional career. He later became involved in local politics and currently serves as Cumberland County's sheriff.

Joe Horn
Horn was a star football player for another Hall of Famer, former Douglas Byrd coach Bob Paroli, when the two were at the Ireland Drive school. Horn played briefly at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi but managed to attract the attention of the NFL. He spent 12 years in the NFL, seven of them with the New Orleans Saints, where he scored a team-record 50 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl four times and finished his career in Atlanta. He had 603 career catches for 8,744 yards and 58 touchdowns. He was praised for the role he played in helping the city of New Orleans recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. He has frequently returned to Fayetteville in the summer to work at the Jimmy Raye football camp for local youngsters.

Latanya "Dee" Hardy
Hardy has been a local standout as both an athlete and a coach. She began her successful career as an athlete at E.E. Smith High School. Upon graduation, she attended what was then Pembroke State and is now UNC-Pembroke. She played volleyball and basketball and was outstanding in both sports at Pembroke. She was a second-team NAIA All-American in basketball in 1985 and All-District in volleyball in 1982 and 1983. She still ranks fifth in career points at the school in basketball with 1,555. After graduating, she joined the faculty at her high school alma mater where she remains today as volleyball and girls' basketball coach. She has guided teams to conference titles in both sports, and her basketball teams have advanced to the 4-A Eastern Regional tournament. This year her girls' team has already won its third consecutive Holiday Classic title and is still unbeaten in Mid-South 4-A Conference play.

Mike Stanbridge
A graduate of Pembroke State, Stanbridge joined the coaching staff at Cape Fear High School in 1972 and built the Colts into a state wrestling power. At least six of his wrestlers over the years have won state titles. Stanbridge coached Cape Fear to the state wrestling championship as a team when wrestling was still an open classification sport in 1983-84. The Colts finished second in the state the following year. Stanbridge eventually left Cape Fear became wrestling coach at South View, where he recorded his 300th career dual match win in 2001-02. His us currently the wrestling coach at Terry Sanford High School.

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2010 Inductees

Elmer Arnette
Arnette was a three-sport standout at Massey Hill High School, playing baseball, football and basketball.  He was all-county in baseball and basketball and earned all-state recognition in football.  He was a member of Massey Hill's state championship football team in 1954. Following high school, Arnette became one of the best fast-pitch softball pitchers in the county history, capable of throwing the ball at close to 100 mph.  He worked for the county parks and recreation department.  Arnette Park on old N.C. Highway 87 is named in his honor. 

Don Clayton
Clayton is best known as the founder of Putt-Putt Golf Courses in 1954.  It grew into an international success with franchises located around the world.  In addition to his success in the business world, Clayton was also a standout high school athlete in football and track at Fayetteville High School and earned a football scholarship to the University of North Carolina.

Bobby Poss
Poss served as football coach at Seventy First and South View high schools. He led Seventy First to a pair of state 4-A titles, in 1984 and 1986. He took over a South View program that was one of the worst in the state of North Carolina at the time and guided the 1991 South View to an improbable state 4-A title. He left South View two years later and went on to coach at Asheville Reynolds, where he would win two more state titles.  He is thought to be the only coach in North Carolina high school history with state championships at three different schools. Poss is currently retired from coaching and live in Asheville.

Ike Walker
Walker, a 1950 graduate of E.E. Smith High School, joined the Smith faculty in 1960 and became the school's boys basketball coach in 1973.  Over the years, his teams consistently contended for local and state honors. In 1974, his team qualified for the final eight in the state in Greensboro.  His 1985 team, led by future Duke player Robert Brickey, lost to Greenville Hunter Huss in the state title game. The following year, the Golden Bulls reached the 4-A Eastern Regional finals for a second straight season.  Walker's son, Ike Jr. is currently coach of the successful program at Jack Britt High School. Basketball was only one of the sports Walker was involved in at Smith.  He also coached football and helped found the track and field program at the school. After 31 years as teacher and coach at Smith, Walker retired in 1989.

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2009 Inductees

Tom Austin
Austin recently completed his 29th season as Methodist baseball coach. He has a career record of 902-371-9 and is only the eighth coach in NCAA Division III baseball history to reach 900 wins.

Gil Bowman
Bowman has a 28-year record of 463-278 coaching girls' basketball at Terry Sanford.  His teams have played for three state championships.  He has a record of 339-36 coaching girl's tennis and 532-40 coaching boy's tennis.  He has had multiple state champions in team competition, singles and doubles.

Joe Harris
Harris holds the honor of being the first Fayetteville high school football product to play in the Super Bowl. He was a reserve linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, and appeared in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Rose Bowl in 1980. Harris holds the honor of being the first Fayetteville high school football product to play in the Super Bowl. He was a reserve linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, and appeared in Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Rose Bowl in 1980. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, elected in 2000.

Reggie Pinkney
Pinkney was selected to the East Carolina Hall of Fame this year. He was an All-Southern Conference defensive back for the Pirates in 1976 and set a school record for interception return yardage with 197. He intercepted six passes that year. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the NFL draft and played five years as a pro.

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2008 Inductees

Charlie Baggett
Charlie Baggett is best remembered as one of the best scrambling high school quarterbacks in Fayetteville history.A star at E.E. Smith High School, he was originally recruited by the University of North Carolina, but he transferred to Michigan State where he followed in the footsteps of another E.E. Smith star, Jimmy Raye. He played three years for the Spartans, enjoying his best season in 1974 when he accounted for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. Michigan State was 7-3-1 and finished the year with five straight wins. The Chicago Tribune named him the Spartans’ MVP that year. After graduating from Michigan State in 1976, Baggett played briefly for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and then returned to football as an assistant coach. He worked at Bowling Green and Minnesota before returning to his alma mater in 1983 and staying there until 1992. He spent a year with the Houston Oilers and then returned to Michigan State for three years. He followed that with three tours in the NFL, one at Green Bay, one at Minnesota and one at Miami. He left Miami in 2006 and joined the staff of Tyrone Willingham at the University of Washington, where he remains today.

Luther "Nick" Jeralds
Luther “Nick’’ Jeralds was a star football player at E.E. Smith High School in the mid-1950s. He went on to play at N.C. Central in Durham from 1957-60 and was elected to the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He played briefly in the NFL with Minnesota and the Dallas Texans before a knee injury in a preseason game ended his career. He spent some time in the Canadian Football League with Edmonton before returning to Fayetteville and entering business. Jeralds became involved in local politics and won a seat in the North Carolina legislature in 1982. He became an effective and respected legislator until his death in 1992. Both the football stadium at Fayetteville State University and a middle school on Ramsey Street are named in his honor 

Terry Luck
Luck was a star athlete at Massey Hill High School. He was recruited to play for the legendary Bob Devaney at the University of Nebraska at a time when the Cornhuskers were one of the best college football teams in the country. His career at Nebraska was slowed early by a knee injury. He recovered to come off the bench and lead Nebraska past Florida 13-10 in the 1974 Sugar Bowl. The following season, he shared quarterbacking duties and played in the Fiesta Bowl, which Nebraska lost to Arizona State, 17-14. In that game, Luck completed 12 of 22 passes for 90 yards. In the game’s waning minutes, Luck threw a pass to fullback Tony Davis that put the ball on the Arizona State 21, but Davis was hit hard by two Sun Devil defenders and fumbled. Arizona State recovered and ran out the clock. Luck was not drafted but managed to land an NFL contract with the Cleveland Browns, playing with them for a couple of seasons before leaving pro football and entering the advertising business.

Dwight Miller
A World War II veteran and a prisoner of war, Dwight Miller Jr. spent his entire 36-year career in teaching and coaching at Seventy-First High School. Over the years, he coached nearly every sport the school had to offer. He was best remembered for his years as the school’s tennis coach, a program he headed almost the entire time he was at the school. His final year in coaching, he was honored as conference coach of the year by his peers. Miller continued to stay active in tennis in the community after his retirement. He and his wife of 53 years, Margaret, were regulars in local tennis leagues. Miller became involved in the Fayetteville Area Tennis Association, and was recognized by that organization with its media award for his efforts to promote news about tennis. He also continued to give private lessons. Miller died in January.

Shea Ralph

Shea Ralph didn’t win a state championship while at Terry Sanford High School, but that was one of the few things she didn’t accomplish in her high school career.She led her team to two second-place finishes in the state tournament. When she graduated from Terry Sanford in 1996, she held or shared 17 N.C. High School Athletic Association records. USA Today named her its national high school player of the year. She went to the University of Connecticut, overcoming a knee injury her freshman year to eventually lead the Huskies to the NCAA title in 2000, beating Tennessee in the championship game. That year she was named the Big East’s Player of the Year, MVP in the Final Four as well as Kodak All-American. She was drafted by Utah of the WNBA, but continued problems with her knees prevented her from ever playing pro basketball. She briefly served as an assistant coach with the Springfield Spirit of the National Women’s Basketball League and then joined the University of Pittsburgh staff in 2003 as an assistant coach. She continues to work there today.

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2007 Inductees

Chris Cammack
Cammack was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s baseball Player of the Year in 1969. He is among a small number of players to make the All-ACC baseball team all four years.
He lead the conference in batting as a sophomore with a .429 average. He was selected to represent the United States in the World Amateur Baseball Championships in the Dominican Republic. In addition to baseball, Cammack was a basketball standout during his high school days at Fayetteville High. He was a member of the state championship teams coached by Len Maness in 1965 and 1966.

Junior Edge
Edge was a three-sport star at old Massey Hill High School. He played baseball when the school won back-to-back state titles in 1958 and 1959. But he is best remembered for his football skills, going on to play quarterback and defensive back at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to a Gator Bowl win over Air Force in 1963 and was named first team All-ACC at quarterback. 
He later became a proprietor of a local bowling lanes. He is a former member of the Cumberland County Board of Education and recently has been doing radio color commentary for Terry Sanford High School football games as part of the DK Sports, Inc., announcing crew.

Dr. Franklin Clark
Clark was a member of the 1965 state championship basketball team at Fayetteville High. He played college basketball at North Carolina and has been referred to by former Tar Heel coach Dean Smith as the first true big man in Smith’s program. The Tar Heels made the NCAA Final Four all three years Clark played there, losing the 1968 title game to UCLA and Lew Alcindor. Following his college days, Clark became a successful surgeon before retiring from the medical profession to help found Dark Branch Racquet and Swim Club.

Vann Williford
Another member of the Fayetteville High state basketball championship teams of 1965-66, Williford went on to play for Norm Sloan at N.C. State. In fact, he was the first player Sloan recruited after being named Wolfpack head coach. In 1969 the Wolfpack upset heavily favored South Carolina to win the 1970 ACC tournament with Williford playing guard. He is the only Fayetteville native to be named MVP of the ACC tournament. Following college, he became one of only a handful of former Fayetteville players to reach the professional ranks, playing with the Carolina Cougars of the old ABA.

Tom Jackson
Jackson retired as girls’ basketball coach at Pine Forest in 2004 after 44 years in the sport. He spent his entire coaching career at the school, starting there in 1957.  At the time of his retirement, his record of 650-391 made him the winningest active girls’ basketball coach in North Carolina. He won 14 conference championships, qualified for the state playoffs 30 times and had a winning record in 36 of his 44 seasons. He was twice named The Associated Press Coach of the Year in North Carolina. He also won three conference titles in girls’ softball and 11 conference titles in junior varsity football.

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2006 Inductees

John Daskal
A 1953 graduate of Fayetteville High School, Daskal had the most wins of any active football coach in Cumberland County when he retired in 1990.  His 31-year record was 211-100-4. He spent most of his career at Reid Ross and Terry Sanford high schools, although he also coached briefly at Pine Forest. He guided teams from Reid Ross and Terry Sanford to the state 4-A finals. His 1981 Reid Ross team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A Division II state title. He worked as a hearing officer for the county schools after retiring. In 1994, he joined Mack Edwards as color commentator on the local television broadcasts of high school football games. The stadium at Reid Ross Classical School is named in his honor.

Lloyd Foster
Foster, who died earlier this year, spent 51 years broadcasting local high school football games. He began his career at WFNC and became known as the voice of Fayetteville and Terry Sanford high schools. In 1989, he began a game of the week broadcast with Mid-South Sports Inc. His final broadcast was a doubleheader as South View and Jack Britt played for the 4-AA and 4-A state titles, respectively, in 2004.

Harry Sydney
Sydney was known for his athletic skill and his refusal to give up on a pro football career. A 1977 graduate of Seventy-First High School, he played college football at Kansas. He played quarterback and running back for the Jayhawks and led the team in rushing as a junior. After college, he bounced around a number of jobs, playing in the old USFL and the Canadian league. He sent video of himself to a number of NFL teams and was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers in 1987. He was with them five years and was on two Super Bowl teams, serving as special teams captain in 1989. He played one season with the Green Bay Packers, then coached with the Packers from 1995-99, getting his third Super Bowl ring as a coach. He writes for a Packers Web site and runs a mentoring organization he founded for young men.

Donnell Woolford
Woolford was a two-way star at Douglas Byrd, graduating in 1984. He went to Clemson, where he earned All-America honors as a defensive back. This fall he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears and spent 10 seasons in the NFL. He retired in 2000 and eventually returned to Fayetteville, where he now helps coach the semi-pro football team the Fayetteville Ruffriders.

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2005 Inductees

Chip Beck
Beck was a standout golfer at the high school, college and professional levels.  As a pro golfer he finished as runner-up in the Masters and the U.S. Open.  He still shares the PGA record for lowest round in competition, a 59. He won four PGA Tour events and competed for the United States in the Ryder Cup three times. He was unbeaten in singles play in the Ryder Cup, and his win in 1989 over Barry Lane at the Belfry clinched the cup for the U.S. He was second in earnings in 1988 and won the Vardon Trophy for lowest stroke average the same year.

Brad Edwards
Edwards was a quarterback and defensive back on Bob Paroli's first state championship team at Douglas Byrd. He went to South Carolina, where he was an All-American and later named to the school's all-time team. He started his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, but his most memorable season was with the Washington Redskins in 1991. In Super Bowl XXVI, he picked off two passes and was second to Washington quarterback Mark Rypien in voting for the MVP award as the Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24. He is an assistant athletic director at the University of South Carolina.

Len Maness
A coaching contemporary of Miller's, Maness was a star athlete at Massey Hill High School and then Campbell College. He first coached basketball at Fayetteville High School, which later became Terry Sanford. Maness won back-to-back state 4-A titles in basketball in 1965-66. He later took over the school's football team and guided the 1981 squad to the state 4-A finals against South Mecklenburg.

Ron Miller
Miller retired in 2001 as the winningest active high school basketball coach in North Carolina. He finished with 624 victories and a state 4-A championship in 1993. His team that year was led by Jeff Capel, currently the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I basketball at Virginia Commonwealth. In 2003, South View named its gym in honor of Miller.

Jimmy Raye
Raye was a star quarterback at E.E. Smith High School and later at Michigan State. Since leaving the playing field, Raye has enjoyed a long career coaching in the NFL. He has been with a dozen NFL teams since 1977 and is now offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. For the past three years he has put on a benefit football camp in the summer for youngsters in Fayetteville.

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2004 Inductees

Leon Brock
Coached basketball, baseball and football at Stedman High School and basketball at Cape Fear High School

Young Howard
 Coached football, basketball and baseball at Massey Hill High School

Raymond "Buddy" Luper
 Coached football at Fayetteville High School and was athletic director for Fayetteville City Schools

Bob Paroli
 Current football coach at Douglas Byrd High School who has more victories than anyone in the history of North Carolina high school football

Marvin Powell
 Former Seventy First High School football standout who went on to become an All-American at Southerh Cal and an All Pro with the New York Jets of the NFL

Jerry Richardson
 Owner of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, played football at Fayetteville High School, college football at Wofford College and later played with the Baltimore Colts in the NFL

Rita Wiggs
 Voted to the All-City/County basketball team along with nine boys as a senior at Cape Fear High School before being a four year starter at UNC-Greensboro and then head women's basketball coach and athletic director at Methodist College

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2003 Inductees

D.T. Carter
High school coach who served as head football coach and athletic director at E.E. Smith High School between 1952-81

L.B. Floyd
Club pro and golf teacher who is a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame

Ray Floyd
Golf Professional golfer who won the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA

Doris Howard
High school coach who directed the Cape Fear High softball team to three state finals and the 1978 state championship between 1976-81

Calvin Koonce
Professional baseball pitcher who spent 10 seasons in the major leagues

Doug Wilkerson
Professional football player who played offensive line for 15 years in the NFL

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