Seven honorees have been named to he Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame for 2013. The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Cleveland High School. The dinner will begin at 6:30 in the cafeteria.
Members of this year’s induction class include:
Gary Fowler (Clayton)—a 1973 graduate of Smithfield-Selma who posted a career coaching mark as head football coach at Clayton of 215-123-1 and an NCHSAA state championship in 1989. He was also athletic director at Clayton for many years.
Raymond Massengill (South Johnston)—outstanding athlete at Four Oaks and South Johnston, averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds in his senior basketball season. Played collegiate basketball at Guilford on a team that won the NAIA national championship.
David Bagwell (North Johnston)—a 1973 graduate of Garner who began coaching at North Johnston in 1987. His women’s basketball teams have won 454 games in his 24 seasons and he also began North Johnston’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter
Jim Montague (Cleveland)—a graduate of South Johnston who played baseball at UNC-Wilmington and has coached at Charles B. Aycock, Havelock and then for many years at North Lenoir; won two state baseball championships at North Lenoir and has a career baseball coaching mark of 351-183. Also has served as assistant football coach, head soccer and head women’s cross country coach.
Dr. Joseph Barber (Princeton)—graduated as valedictorian at Princeton in 1982 and played football and basketball there; a graduate of the UNC school of dentistry, has been an avid supporter of Princeton since returning in 1991. He has been an member of the Princeton High School Advisory Council for 20 years and presently serves as its chairman.
Charles Hooks (Smithfield Selma)—a 1963 graduate of Selma High, he basically started the cross country program as a coach at Smithfield-Selma after coaching at Smithfield High. In addition to coaching track and field, he also coached junior varsity and varsity basketball.
Marion Frazier (at large)— graduated from North Johnston in 1978, where he was a three-sport star including track football and basketball. In the spring of 1978, Frazier received the Panther Award which is given to the most outstanding athlete annually at North Johnston. Frazier went on to play basketball at Elizabeth City State University and was on the CIAA conference winning basketball team in 1981.