16 From The Triad Make NCHSAA "Top-100 Male Athletes of NC" List

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  CHAPEL HILL-As part of the celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA has released the fourth and final list of its "100 To Remember" series.

            The list of "100 To Remember: Male Athletes" highlights one hundred of the top female athletes in NCHSAA history.  A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings.

            Many people made nominations for the lists on the NCHSAA web site. Association records and archives were also consulted, as well as members of the committee offering names for discussion.

            "Coming up with a list of '100 To Remember' was a tremendous challenge," said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. "So many individuals have participated, coached or been involved with the rich history and tradition of the first 100 years of the NCHSAA. This group of distinguished individuals not only served their schools, school systems and communities in an exceptional fashion, but our Association as well."

            During the 2013 year in which the 100th anniversary is celebrated by the NCHSAA, four "100 To Remember" lists have been released. The first involved administrators, including athletic directors, principals, superintendents or others involved with the administration of athletics at a local or statewide level. The second list was coaches, followed by female athletes. The male athletes list was the final one released.

                The development of the lists and the discussions certainly fit in with the slogan for the centennial: "Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present and Shaping the Future.

                 All of the 100th anniversary lists are posted on the NCHSAA website under the special 100th portal.


These are players from Triad high schools to make the list:

E.J. Abrams                                                    Thomasville
     Earned prestigious NCHSAA Male Athlete of Year in 2007-08 academic year as football, basketball and baseball player...played linebacker and QB for Bulldogs, rushing for 1,288 yards and throwing for more than 2,000 as senior as school won three straight NCHSAA titles...led Thomasville to regional basketball finals (20 ppg, 8 rpg) as senior...went to Tennessee to play football but wound up leaving school...is now on Winston-Salem State football roster.
Ethan Albright                                               Grimsley
     Was NCHSAA Male Athlete of Year in 1988-89, playing football, basketball and baseball at Grimsley...he was conference Player of the Year as a senior in basketball...outstanding football player at the University of North Carolina who went on to great 16-year career in the National Football League... spent the majority of his professional career with the Washington Redskins but also played for Miami, San Diego and Buffalo, primarily as a long snapper...has coached high school softball since his football playing days.
Luke Appling                                                    High Point
      Had amazing 20-year career in major league baseball, spanning 1930 to 1950...grew up in High Point and then attended Oglethorpe College before embarking on baseball career...spent entire playing career with Chicago White Sox and had amazing career batting average of .310...had sizzling .388 mark in 1936 which led American League and also took AL batting crown in 1943...selected to baseball Hall of Fame in 1964...seven time All-Star...nicknamed "Old Aches and Pains"...died in 1991 at age of 83.
Scott Bankhead                                               Reidsville
      Played for University of North Carolina after outstanding high school career at Reidsville before heading into professional baseball...pitched for five different organizations during his MLB time, from 1986 through 1995...drafted in first round by Kansas City and debuted with the Royals...pitched five years with Seattle Mariners and won 14 games in 1989...played for team USA in 1984 Summer Olympics.
Jeff Bostic                                                 Ben Smith
      A graduate of Greensboro Smith who had great collegiate football career at Clemson...was not drafted but played 13 years in the National Football League for Washington Redskins, playing center almost that entire time...one of the famous "Hogs" in Washington lore...participated on three Super Bowl championship teams and chosen one of 70 greatest players in Redskin history...started 149 games for Washington...played in Pro Bowl in 1983...member Clemson Hall of Fame and South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ted Brown                                                 T.W. Andrews
     Great career at High Point Andrews followed by a tremendous stint at North Carolina State...rushed for a school and Atlantic Coast Conference record 4,602 yards from 1975 through '78...jersey retired at N.C. State and he was a first-round NFL draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings...played eight seasons with the Vikings, scoring 53 touchdowns and rushing for a total of 4,546 yards in the professional ranks...inducted into North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Na Brown                                                             Reidsville
      Winner of the NCHSAA Male Athlete of the Year honor for 1994-95 academic year...played football, basketball and baseball at Reidsville, finishing grid career as second all-time leading receiver in state history in receptions and third all-time in yards...played on 1994 state basketball championship team...had 165 catches for 2,086 yards and 14 scores while playing for University of North Carolina...spent three years with Philadelphia Eagles of NFL, debuting in 1999, and has also played in Arena Football League.
Carl Eller                                                    Winston-Salem Atkins
      Led Atkins to North Carolina High School Athletic Conference football title in 1959...all-American defensive lineman at University of Minnesota...drafter in first round of both AFL and NFL drafts in 1964...spent 15 years in National Football League, 14 with Minnesota Vikings...named to Pro Bowl on six different occasions and was considered great pass rusher...played in four Super Bowls for Vikings...started 209 NFL games in career...inducted into North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1991...joined Pro Football Hall in 2004.
Johnny Evans                                                  High Point Andrews
      Great football player at High Point Andrews, playing in the 1973 Shrine Bowl and the '74 East-West all-star game...played for Lou Holtz at North Carolina State from 1974 to '77, where he was a quarterback and a punter who still holds some State records...Peach Bowl MVP in 1977...played three years for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and three years in the Canadian Football League...broadcaster on the N.C. State football network and director of Eastern North Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Torry Holt                                                    Eastern Guilford
      Star football and basketball player at Eastern Guilford who caught 129 passes for 2,573 yards and 42 touchdowns during prep career...played for North Carolina State from 1995 to '98where he was ACC Football Player of the Year and wound up with State record 3,379 career receiving yards...first round draft pick of St. Louis Rams in NFL and led league in receiving in 2000...920 receptions for whopping 13,382 yards in pro career with 74 TDs...named to Pro Bowl seven times...member of St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and Guilford County Sports Hall.
Haywood Jeffires                                                Page
      Great football and basketball player at Page...MVP of 1983 NCHSAA state 4-A basketball championship game as Pirates were unbeaten under coach Mac Morris...also outstanding receiver and defensive back at Page who went on to star at North Carolina State...first receiver chosen in 1987 NFL draft and three-time Pro Bowl selection with Houston Oilers...caught 515 passes during NFL career for 6,334 yards in 10 seasons...member of Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.
Rusty LaRue                                                 Northwest Guilford
      Earned the designation as NCHSAA Male Athlete of year for 1991-92 academic year after great Northwest Guilford career...played football, basketball and baseball during his career at Wake Forest...broke eight NCAA records for passing as quarterback during senior year at Wake, including one game with 55 completions...finished hoops at Wake first in career three-point field goal percentage...played for Bulls, Jazz and Warriors in NBA as well as overseas in eight-year pro career...has coached at high school and college levels...member Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.

Danny Manning                                                    Greensboro Page
      Great basketball player at high school, college and pro level...one of great players in University of Kansas history, who left school as all-time leading scorer and rebounder...college Player of Year in 1988 as Jayhawks won NCAA title...lengthy NBA career after being drafted by Clippers...longest stints with Clippers and Suns, scoring 12,367 points in NBA from 1998 through '2003, averaging 14.0 ppg...assistant coach at Kansas for several years and was part of a national title as an assistant, and then head coach at Tulsa after retiring as player.
Bob McAdoo                                                    Greensboro Ben Smith
      Basketball star at Ben Smith before going to junior college and then playing one year at the University of North Carolina, leading Tar Heels to Final Four in 1972...second pick overall in NBA draft by Buffalo Braves, for whom he played from 1973 through '77...played for six other teams before retiring in 1986...was NBA Rookie of Year in '73 and league MVP two years later...led NBA in scoring three times, averaging more than 30 ppg each year, and had career average of 22.1 ppg...scored 18,787 points in NBA... inducted into North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Freddie "Curly" Neal                                            Greensboro Dudley
      Played on Dudley team that won 1961 North Carolina High School Athletic Conference championship and went on to great career at Johnson C. Smith, averaging 23 points per game in college...joined Harlem Globetrotters in 1963 and became known worldwide for his dribbling prowess...played in more than 6,000 games in 97 different countries and the Trotters retired his number 22...member of 2008 class of North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and 2006 class of Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris Paul                                                     West Forsyth
     Tremendous basketball player at West Forsyth, averaging better than 30 ppg and 9.5 assists as senior and scored 61 points in a game as tribute to grandfather, who was killed at age of 61...went on to star at nearby Wake Forest for two years, where he was consensus All-American and had his number retired there...has won two Olympic gold medals as member of USA team...has been star in NBA for New Orleans Hornets and then Los Angeles Clippers...MVP of NBA all-star game in 2013...has averaged 18.8 ppg and 9.5 assists for first eight years of pro career.





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