Garner football great Anthony Barbour and the late Clayton baseball legend Vic Sorrell have been named to the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s top male athletes of all time on the association’s “100 Male Athletes to Remember.”
The list was compiled by a committee of school administrators, coaches and sports media from across the state.
“Coming up with a list of ‘100 To Remember’ was a tremendous challenge,” said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. “So many individuals have participated, coached or been involved with the rich history and tradition of the first 100 years of the NCHSAA. This group of distinguished individuals not only served their schools, school systems and communities in an exceptional fashion, but our association as well.”
Sorrell was a standout high school pitcher at both Clayton and Cary in the early years of the NCHSAA. He was a star on Clayton High’s first state championship team – the 1926 baseball team. From there he went onto pitch at Wake Forest University and the Detroit Tigers.
Sorrell pitched for the Tigers for 10 years, winning 92 games, two American League championships and the 1935 World Series.
After his playing days ended, Sorrell went into coaching and spent 21 years as the head coach at N.C. State. He was elected to the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Sorrell passed away in 1972.
Barbour, now an assistant football coach at Clayton High, had one of the greatest seasons ever by a running back in 1987 at Garner High. He ran for 3,125 yards and 47 touchdowns that season, which was the year the Trojans won the state 4A championship.
Barbour, a former head coach at Smithfield-Selma, Middle Creek and Southern High in Durham, finished his prep career with 5,806 yards rushing. He went onto be a star at N.C. State as well, becoming the Wolfpack’s fifth leading runner of all time.
The list is a who’s who of national legends, including Hall of Famers: Luke Appling (High Point), Jim Hunter (Hertford), Gaylord Perry (Williamston), Enos Slaughter (Roxboro), Sonny Jurgensen (New Hanover), Pete Maravich (Broughton), David Thompson (Shelby Crest) and Michael Jordan (Wilmington Laney).
Local legends on previous NCHSAA “100 to Remember” lists include coaches and administrators Doc Harrell (Garner), Shelly Marsh (West Johnston, Johnston County Schools), Glenn Nixon (Clayton), and female top 100 athletes Genia Beasley (South Johnston), Tresa Brown (Sanderson, current Clayton High assistant coach) and Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh).
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