Former coach Henry Liles, standout baseball player Steve Hudson, track record holder Carrol Merritt Lewis and members of the 1950s Garner High girls basketball teams make up the Class of 2015 in the Garner Magnet High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class was announced last week by the school. They will be recognized during halftime of Garner’s Oct. 24 football game against Knightdale.
The Garner girls basketball teams of the 1950s were among the forerunners of what girls basketball is today. They helped start to break the mold of female athletics when many deemed it unladylike, unhealthy and inappropriate for women to play sports. The team was dropped from school activities in the early 1960s due to administrative decisions.
Merritt Lewis was a distinguished graduate of Garner in 2000 who won NCHSAA state indoor and outdoor track championships. She was all-conference in track and basketball and broke numerous school records at Garner and then at Wake Forest University. She was an Atlantic Coast Conference indoor champion at 400 meters and was a three-time All-ACC selection.
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Hudson was a standout member of the Garner High (Class of 1987) and Garner Post 232 American Legion Baseball team. He went onto set school records playing for the University of Mount Olive (then Mount Olive College) and was the 1991 Carolina Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the year in 1991. He set college school records for batting average, hits, doubles, at bats and sacrifices.
Coach Liles coached at Garner for 15 years, leading football, girls basketball and baseball teams. He won 10 conference baseball championships while at Garner.
The annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be Thursday, May 7 and the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament is May 8. For information on those events, visit garnertrojans.com