Who should be in that First Class of the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame???

Posted by Andy Durham on April 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm under High School | 14 Comments to Read

How big should the first class be?

Who should be in the very first class of the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame??

What females, if any should go in that first-ever class???

The word was released this past weekend, that Page High School will be coming up with their First Class of the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame…Not sure what the exact wording for the title will be, but it is something along that order….

We thought it might be interesting to see what others think about the idea, and who all should included in the very first Class of the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame…

We are going with ten names, take a look at these and see who you would add, or take away????

The opening number we came up with is ten(10) and here is who we would be putting in….

Marion Kirby-Football Coach\
Mac Morris-Basketball Coach
Haywood Jeffires-Football and Basketball Player
Tripp Welborne-Football and Basketball Player
John Isner-Tennis Athlete
Danny Manning-Basketball Player
Ray Harrison-Football, Basketball and Track Athlete
Paris Kea-Girls Basketball Star and that answers my question about what female athlete should go in with the first class, and glad I thought of her…
Todd Ellis-Football Player
Robert Clendenin-former Page High School principal and support staff for the athletics programs from 1970-1991…

What do you think about his list, and everybody has their own opinion, and this list will get us thinking….


  • Correction said,

    I know it’s been awhile, but Haywood’s last name is Jeffires, not Jeffries.

  • b black said,

    Andy GREAT LIST would take Danny Manning off, as I believe he is the only student who did not graduate from PAGE. GRADUATION should be a requirement for STUDENTS.

  • Coach Blue said,

    Tonya Jeffries
    Track athlete
    Two time State champion at 400 meters
    Haywood’s sister

  • Pirate alum said,

    @andydurham Lance Young sports agent,Tee Amaker soccer , John Braswell basketball

  • Andy Durham said,

    What do others say, should graduation be a requirement for the Page or any other high school Sports Hall of Fame???

    It is a legit question….

    I will fix the Haywood Jeffries to Haywood Jeffires….

    Jef-fires instead of Jef-fries…I think about that name every time I write it, because it is different than what you expect….No doubt…

    Should have looked him up and double-checked his spelling…I did that with Tripp Welborne looking to make sure it was Tripp with the two P’s and checking on the E at the end of Welborne…It is a never-ending study…No doubt about it…

  • Andy Durham said,

    Let’s hear from more of you…

  • True said,

    How about Lindsey and Mike Foster?

  • True said,

    Tonya Braswell also should be one of the first.

  • Andy Durham said,

    We need to decide on the locks for the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame and what is the number size for the first class…

    Coach Kirby, Coach Morris, Haywood Jeffires, Tripp Welborne, John Isner and Todd Ellis, are they the LOCKS???

    And the number of 10 original members, is that the right number??? The number Ten(10) for the first class to get in, is that right?

    Should we get our 10, settled to the 10 to get in, and then send it to Page HS and see if they go with our recommendations???

    My earlier reasoning for Paris Kea, for the Page HS Sports Hall of Fame was this…
    1)Three-Time HAECO Basketball Tournament MVP…
    2)Led her Page HS girls basketball team to a Second Place finish in the state, on the 4-A level..
    3)Earned a scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee…
    4)Transferred to the University of North Carolina and became a three-starter for Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s Tar Heels..
    5)Was drafted and played as a rookie last year, in the WNBA for the Indiana Fever…

    Are we on the right track, and just let us know back…..

  • Smitty said,

    Carey Mets and Robert Hughes both class of 64. Carey Mets was a football player, center, and played at N.C. State and in the NFL. Robert Hughes was a left handed pitcher that went on to University iof North Carolina at Pembroke. I think he was named NAIA All American his freshman year..

  • Andy Durham said,

    I have some people asking and what do others think?

    Should there be other coaches in that first Class of the Page High School Sports Hall of Fame???

    Thoughts on Luke McKeel and or, Frank Starling, their names were mentioned to me…..

  • Ervin L Ford Jr said,

    Prerequisite for this HOF is about their athlete accomplishments while in high school at Page then said athletes should be a graduate of Walter Hines Page . Also there is know cognitive way that Ray Harrison should not be listed in the top of this first class along with Philip Wise . Again this is about the athletes High School career do not screw this up like the Guilford County Hall of Fame has done for number of years .

  • Chris Jones said,

    What about Zack Osborne?

  • Andy Durham said,

    Not a bad call at all by Chris Jones…Coach Zack Osborne had huge success in both Soccer and Cross Country as the head coach at Page High School….

    Here is some of his soccer success at Page noted from and by the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame….This is what they had on Coach Osborne, even before his soccer and cross-country coaching days were complete..

    Quite the Soccer Success resume for Coach Zack Osborne, while at Page High School….Numbers up through 2003, just a part of his time, at Page High School…

    T. Zack Osborne
    Zack Osborne started both the boys and girls soccer programs at Greensboro’s Page High School, taking both programs to multiple state championships. The Pirates’ boys program began in 1974 and in 27 seasons his Page teams posted a 410-112-35 won-lost record. His girls program began in 1980 and he continues to serve as the coach of that team. The Page boys won state championships in 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1991, while the girls captured their three state titles in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Combined, Osborne’s boys and girls teams, at the time of his induction into the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame, had posted a 760-184-59 record.

    Having a vision about what makes soccer “the beautiful game” is a quality possessed by its most illustrious coaches, managers, and administrators, but having the vision serves no purpose if it promotes the game while neglecting the people who play it. True champions use their vision as a vehicle to promote healthy lifestyles, citizenship, sportsmanship, and other character traits that have life-long value. Special coaches, like Zack Osborne, possess the ability to teach winning soccer without losing perspective of the whole player.

    Zack Osborne’s outstanding career as the boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at Page High School, in Greensboro, has earned him the distinction of being selected as a member of the fifth class of inductees of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame on this, the fourth day of January, 2003.

    Zack Osborne participated in cross country and track at the University of North Carolina where he was a member of the Class of ’73. Immediately upon graduation from UNC, he accepted a teaching assignment at Page High School to begin a career that would span 28½ years. Shortly into his tenure, his visit into the office of principal Robert Clendenin began as an act of advocacy for two students who had been frustrated by a lack of a response to questions about starting a soccer team. It turned into the beginning of Coach Osborne’s tenure at the helm of the Pirate’s soccer dynasty. Despite little background in soccer, he began the boys’ program at Page in 1974. One coaching clinic led to many others, and he wound up coaching the boys through the 2000 season. His twenty-seven boys’ teams at Page amassed a record of 410-112-35. They won four NCHSAA state championships (’77, ’79, ’80, ’91) and finished second twice. He began coaching the Pirate girls’ soccer team in 1980 and, to date, has been their only head coach. So far, his twenty-three girls’ teams have a record of 350-72-24. They won three NCHSAA state championships (’86, ’87, ’88) and finished second twice. He owns the distinction of having coached the Pirates in the first NCHSAA state championship contests for both boys (1977) and girls (1986). He coached the West boys’ squad in the first NCCA East-West All-Star Game (1992) and was also appointed to that post for the West girls’ team ten years later (2002). He was a two-time girls’ State Coach-of-the-Year recipient from the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. While coaching two teams each academic year, he had an incredible run of 43 consecutive winning seasons. During that run, he didn’t receive a yellow card until the 423rd game of his career. Accompanied by his girls’ team on May 2, 2002, he coached his 1000th high school soccer contest for the Page Pirates.

    These facts provide testimony to Zack Osborne’s commitment to the Page soccer program, to the longevity of his service, and to the excellence of his players, but a full evaluation of his work necessitates recognizing other contributions. He was a beloved teacher of English and Journalism. He used those academic disciplines to inspire students of all abilities to seek truth through the written and spoken word. He professed a special affinity for working with sophomore students because they were still developing their own system of beliefs. Beyond his work in the classroom, he was a role model for many of the young teacher/coaches at Page High School. He was one of the first coaches to hold pre-season parent meetings, a practice that is commonplace today. He was one of the first coaches to involve his players in community service projects, which is encouraged for all teams at Page High School today. He took advantage of his writing ability to author weekly newsletters to the parents of the Page soccer players. And he was always on the job. He took only two sick days in his entire teaching career.

    Zack Osborne’s coaching career blossomed from an innocuous effort to help two students communicate their needs to someone, but his talent as a coach is not a matter of mere coincidence. His ability as a communicator and his appetite for life-long learning distinguish him from his peers.