NCHSAA Day Set For Kenan Stadium On Saturday


CHAPEL HILL– The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will be recognized by the University of North Carolina this Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

The North Carolina-Boston College football game, which has a kickoff time of noon, has been designated as the 24th annual NCHSAA Day. The university actually spearheaded the founding of the NCHSAA in 1913.

Special halftime activities will highlight NCHSAA Day. The winners of the Wachovia Cup for the 2007-08 academic year, symbolic of the best overall interscholastic sports program in the state, will be honored. The winners include Hendersonville in the 1-A classification, with a record 13th Cup; Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh among 2-A schools; Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A classification; and Myers Park High School of Charlotte in the 4-A class.

In addition, the newest members of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame will be recognized. They include:

• Charlie Adams of Chapel Hill, the long-time executive director of the NCHSAA who has been on the Association staff for 42 years and executive director since 1984

• the late Bill Bost of Catawba, whose teams won 614 games during his basketball coaching career, primarily at Bandys High School, where for years he coached the men’s and women’s varsities simultaneously

• Ken Browning of Durham, whose teams earned 214 victories during his tenure as a high school football coach and since 1993 he has served on the University of North Carolina staff

• Richard Hicks of Durham, a former basketball coach who coached Phil Ford in high school and later served as principal at Hillside; he is a previous president of the NCHSAA Board of Directors

• Mac Morris of Greensboro, current co-executive director of the North Carolina Coaches Association who compiled a brilliant record of 446-141 as head basketball coach at Greensboro Page

• Jan Stanley of Hendersonville, the head volleyball coach at West Henderson High School who is the state’s all-time leader in terms of coaching victories in that sport

• Tim Stevens of Raleigh, one of the nation’s most prominent prep reporters who has been with the Raleigh Times and then the News and Observer since 1973

• Billy Widgeon of Morehead City, who enjoyed great success as an coach at Bailey and then West Carteret; at one point his women’s basketball teams won 107 consecutive games

This is the 22nd group of inductees to join the prestigious hall, bringing to 118 the number of individuals enshrined.

These eight will formally be inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame next spring during the Hall’s annual banquet and induction ceremonies at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center in Chapel Hill.

“We are certainly appreciative of the university and its willingness to recognize the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on this special occasion,” says Charlie Adams, executive director of the NCHSAA.