Green Hope will induct its second sports hall of fame class at halftime of this Friday’s home football game against Holly Springs. The Falcons are welcoming in six new members this year including three from the school’s most successful football team that reached the 2004 final four.
Stephen Bickford (class of 2005)
Bickford was the 2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s national player of the year, a two-time N.C. Gatorade state player of the year a two-time All-American in boys soccer. He had a school record 124 career goals – 48 in his senior year. He went on to play at North Carolina.
Marcus Brown (class of 2005)
On the football field, Brown still holds school records in receiving yards, receiving touchdonws, kickoff return yardage and kickoff return touchdowns. During his senior year he tallied 68 receptions, 1,217 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He is also the school’s 10th all-time leading scorer in boys basketball and played on the baseball and track and field teams. He went on to play football at Western Carolina.
Cade Holliday (class of 2005)
Holliday could play any position on the football field and was also a member of the Green Hope basketball and baseball teams. He went on to play for his father, John “Doc” Holliday, who was an assistant at Florida. Holliday played special teams on two Tim Tebow-led national championship teams.
Brittany Johnson (class of 2006)
Johnson was an all-state cross country runner her senior season, won the 4A 3,200-meter title in outdoor track and was part of a state championship 4-by-800 relay team. Also in the 3,200, she finished eighth in the country amoungst high school girls at the Penn Relays. She went on to run cross country and track at Furman.
Dustin Prusik (class of 2005)
Prusik amassed 33 touchdowns compared to only 2 interceptions in his senior season, being named conference player of the year while guiding the Falcons to the 4A East final.
Jon Willard (class of 2003)
Willard still holds school records in career batting average (.459), on base percentage (.548), slugging percentage (.903), home runs (18) and RBIs (73). In 2003, he recorded the only three-home-run game in Green Hope history. He an all-state pick in 2002 and 2003 and went on to play at South Carolina.