Remember back when the News and Record used to have the Athlete of the Year, the Team of the Year, the Coach of the Year and the Story of the Year for the entire state and they would print it on News Year Day……
Remember Brad Evans of Durham High School, as the Athlete of the Year for high school football and basketball….He went on to play both at Duke….
Bobby Jones(South Meck) and David Thompson(Shelby Crest) as the Athelte of the Year….
Richard Petty from NASCAR and Level Cross, as the Athlete of the Year…..1967 I think it was….
Dean Smith(UNC) as the Coach of the Year….
N.C. State 1974 as the Team of the Year….UNC hoops Team of the Year in 1982 and Duke in 1978….
UNC-Charlotte as the Team and Story of the Year in 1977 when they made it to the NCAA Final Four with Cedric ‘Cornbread’ Maxwell, Melvin Watkins, Lee Rose and others…
Tony Waldrop(Runner) as Athlete of the Year….
John Lucas from Durham Hillside High School, as Athlete of the Year for basketball and tennis….
Norm Sloan(N.C. State), Lefty Driesell(Davidson) and Jack Jensen(Guilford College) as Coach of the Year…
Guilford College Quakers basketball as Team of the Year in 1973 with their NAIA Championship….
Phil Ford(Rocky Mount High School) as the Player of the Year….
Richard Petty’s NASCAR team with crew cheif Ray Inman as Team of the Year…..
The Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association move to North Carolina and begin play in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh, as the Story of the Year in say 1971….
The Greensboro Generals as the Team of the Year when they won the old East Coast Hockey League title, with victories over the Charlotte Checkers in the finals…..
Ron Muir or Wally Spong(Sprange?) of the Generals as the Athletes of the Year….Was their a Warren Spong and was it Wally Sprange?? Remember When back on Pat Kelly, Bill Young and Ron Hindson later last night…
Wake Forest football as Team of the Year when they won the ACC Title with Cal Stoll as Coach of the Year at around 1973….
N.C. State with Team of the Year and Coach of the Year when Lou Holtz was there with Dave and Don Buckey, plus Stan Fritts, Willie Burden, Roland Hooks and Charley Young, plus Tom Higgins in the early 70’s….
Bill Dooley as the Coach of the Year at North Carolina in the late 60’s and the death of UNC football player Bill Arnold as the Story of the Year during that same time frame….
Many, many ‘Remember When’ memories here…….