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Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony September 19 at 5:30pm, inside the Greensboro Coliseum


The Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame board is pleased to announce the upcoming Class of 2023 inductees and cordially invite you to attend the ceremony. We know that Guilford County Sports legends have provided the State of North Carolina with very positive representation for decades. We are working to bring awareness to the Hall, its members and their global impact on the sports world. This years class is filled with such greats as, and see the full list below our introductory remarks….
**********When you see the names, you think Kenny Carter(girls basketball), Snow Brenner(a girl football kicker), Pam Doggett(the jumper, the runner, the track athlete extraordinaire), Mike Elkins(football with Grimsley, Wake Forest and with the KC Chiefs in the strike year), David Sanford(the premiere boys high school soccer coach in the area, when soccer was just getting going around here), John Wright(Greensboro youth baseball with the Bluford Blues), and Susan Yow(a girl who could play basketball like a boy, but she still looked like a girl, and went from Gibsonville HS, to Elon, and made the transition from Elon to N.C. State women’s basketball, like it was a piece of cake.)**********

Kenny Carter
The basketball court at High Point Central is named in Kenny Carter’s honor following a 24-year coaching career in which his girls teams compiled an overall record of 573-125 and won five NCHSAA state titles (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002). His resume also includes 14 conference championships, 15 tournament championships and 10 undefeated seasons in conference play. He was selected as the North Carolina Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002 and the Nike WBCA District 3 Coach of the Year in 2010. Carter was also a four-year starting infielder at High Point College, where he earned All-Carolinas Conference honors twice and was a NAIA second-team All-America in 1982. The team finished second in the country, and he was named to the all-tournament team at the 1979 NAIA National Championships.

Dr. Snow Brenner Daws
Snow Brenner was an impressive five-sport athlete at High Point Central, as she was all-conference and all-region twice in soccer, and earned all-region honors in basketball. However, many in Guilford County remember her best as one of the first female athletes to play high school football in North Carolina. She achieved all-conference honors as a placekicker her senior year when she kicked the game-winning field goal in the Regional Championship to advance the Bison to the State Finals. She was the first female in North Carolina to play in a state championship football game, and she set a national record for points scored by a female. She went on to play soccer for four years at Duke University. She was inducted into the High Point Central High School Hall of Fame in 2017 and the George Whitfield Hall of Fame in 2022.

Pam Doggett
Pam Doggett established herself as one of the nation’s top teenage sprinters of the 1980s. An eight-time high school state champion who set six meet records, she was named the NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 (for all sports), as well as the North Carolina Gatorade Track and Field Girls Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the 1986 state 3A/4A Championships. Doggett made her mark at the international level in 1984 when she finished second at the USATF Juniors in the heptathlon and qualified for Team USA in the Pan American Junior Championships by placing third. Doggett was honored as one of “100 to Remember” at the NCHSAA Centennial Celebration in 2013 and inducted into the Dudley High School Hall of Fame in 2015 and the North Carolina High School Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2023.

Mike Elkins
Mike Elkins starred in three sports at Grimsley High School, earning all-conference in baseball and basketball in 1983 and in football, basketball, and baseball as a senior in 1984. Elkins started three years at quarterback for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and graduated as the program’s all-time leading passer with 7,304 yards and 43 touchdowns. He was voted the 1986 North Carolina College Football Player of the Year by the Raleigh Sports Club. Elkins was selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and played four seasons with the Chiefs, Browns and Oilers. He also played for the Sacramento Surge (World League) in the spring of 1991, passing for 2,068 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.

Adell Harris
Adell Harris made her mark as one of the state’s premier high school basketball players at Andrews HS in the late 1990s. She earned all-conference honors in all four years and was a two-time conference player of the year. An All-State player as a senior, Harris was named the Guilford County Player of the Year in 1998 and earned MVP honors at the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game. She finished her high school career with 1,746 points. At Wake Forest, Harris ranked 10th on the Demon Deacons’ all-time assist list upon graduation. She served as head coach at Tusculum from 2009-12, compiling a 61-30 record with trips to the NCAA Division II tournament each of the three seasons. She was inducted into the High Point Andrews Hall of Fame in 2015.

Pat Hester
Pat Hester is a pioneer, role model and guiding force in the development of high school women’s athletics in Guilford County. Graduating from High Point Central in 1955, she was able to participate in volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field, at a time when women’s sports were not a part of every curriculum. She played basketball at High Point College before beginning a remarkable coaching career at her high school alma mater that spanned more than three decades. Between 1960-1982, Hester guided her basketball teams to a 250-79 record, winning multiple conference championships and three regional titles. Her volleyball teams stood 96-62 over 14 seasons, and her softball teams were 149-64 over 13 years. She was inducted into the first class of the High Point Central Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Chancellor William E. Moran
Chancellor William E. Moran accepted the appointment as the chancellor of The University of North Carolina – Greensboro in 1979. Under his guidance, a strong NCAA Division III program was developed, leading to five national championships in men’s soccer and an excellent women’s basketball and tennis program. Moran lead the University and community to improve athletic facilities and support a transition to compete at the NCAA Division I level. The Spartans completed the transition in 1991 and athletics have flourished ever since, including hosting the NCAA Division I women’s soccer national championships in 1997 and 1998. UNCG athletic programs continue to build from the solid foundation set by Moran, demonstrated by the men’s soccer team finishing in the elite eight of the NCAA tournament in 2022.

Shannon Pope
At High Point Andrews, Shannon Pope was a member of eight state champion teams – two in wrestling, one in football, one in indoor track, and four in outdoor track. He captured six individual state titles in track – four in the pole vault, one in the 4x100m relay, and one in the 4x400m relay. In 1992, Pope set the all-time state pole vault record at 16 feet 3 inches becoming the first NC prep to ever vault 16 feet. He was named a Gatorade Academic All-American. Pope attended UNC Chapel Hill on a track scholarship where he was a four-time ACC champion and named All-American three times in the pole vault. Ever the competitor, he competed for many years in the extreme sport of Hydrofoiling, ranking in the top five in the world.

Billy Quick (Legends Class)
Billy Quick was an athlete, leader, and ambassador for Special Olympics until his passing in 2016. He competed in marathons, cycling, softball and basketball as an athlete and served on the Board for Special Olympics NC and the ’99 World Games. Billy gave speeches in NC and other countries, known for his famous quote “You might be able to out read me, but I can outrun you!” He competed in 10 marathons, his best in 3 hours, 10 minutes; cycled in the World Ride from LA to DC; cycled in the 3-day Face of America Ride, from NYC to DC; received the US Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year award; was in the “Got Milk” advertising campaign; and appeared in Time Magazine in 2001 at the White House. At High Point Central, Quick lettered for four years in cross country, wrestling, indoor track and outdoor track.

David Sanford
David Sanford became the head boys’ soccer coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point in the early 1980’s. In 18 years, his teams appeared in thirteen state championship games, winning nine state titles, including six in a row from 1990-95. Sanford’s teams compiled an overall record of 288-67-34 and were ranked sixth in the nation in 1994 and ninth in 1998 by the National Soccer Coaches Association. He was named National Coach of the Year for private and parochial schools in 1994. Sanford was also inducted into the NC Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and named to the NC High School Field of Honor. He later served with the Charlotte Eagles in their programs and administration. This work led to travels to over a dozen countries helping to train coaches to instruct, mentor and assist at-risk youth through soccer.

John Wesley Wright Sr. (Legends Class)
John Wesley Wright Sr. was one of those drawn to coaching young people. He graduated from Dudley High School and later served in World War II, winning numerous medals. Beginning in 1965, he began a 30-year association coaching the Bluford Blues youth baseball program. The Blues once compiled a 48-game winning streak and in 1968 they became the first African-American team to win the Greensboro city championship. Wright was a lifetime member of the Board of Management at Hayes-Taylor YMCA, where he was twice named Man of the Year. He received several service awards and was inducted into the Hayes-Taylor Hall of Fame. Wright passed away in 2011, and the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department honored him by naming the Penn-Wright baseball stadium in Barber Park in his memory.

Susan Yow
At Gibsonville High, Susan Yow was an all-conference and all-state basketball player, averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior, 29 points as a senior and had her No. 14 jersey retired. In college at Elon, she led her team to the state AIAW championship twice. Susan transferred to NC State and led the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage, setting a school record of 27 rebounds in one game. She was selected to the first two Eastman Kodak All-America teams, the ACC’s 50th anniversary women’s basketball team, and was named on of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s top 100 female athletes. Susan began coaching in 1978 and served as assistant coach to the 1988 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team. She was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

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