Cary News: Sports

Green Hope launches sports hall of fame

Green Hope High isn’t an old school, so athletics director Colin Fegeley is keeping his fingers crossed that the community rallies around a new sports hall of fame, an addition that’s usually reserved for older institutions.

“It was one of things I was really hoping to get put in place my first year,” Fegeley said. “A lot of the success of it depends on members of the community getting involved and being engaged with it. We really need them to nominate.”

The school has won 25 state championships since opening in 1999 and has individual state champs in gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, swimming, cross country, track and field and golf. Fifteen years should lead to plenty of nominations, but there are some ground rules.

Nomination forms will be available April 1 in the main office and online. They are due by the end of June for that year’s consideration.

There are no rules against nominating persons from the original Green Hope school. Green Hope School opened in 1927, won the 1940 boys basketball championship but burned in 1963 and closed. All but one student went to Apex High, according to former Cary athletics director Guy Mendenhall.

One of those Green Hope students who ended up at Apex was Clay Council, who turns 78 Sunday. Council drew national attention in 2008 when he threw batting practice to MLB star Josh Hamilton – the two had known each other for years – in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

“That’s something we kind of left open. I love the nostalgia of that,” Fegeley said. “Absolutely, members of the original Green Hope High School would certainly be eligible for induction. There was nothing stipulated in the bylaws on old versus new, and we’re kind of curious to see what the public would do with that. I’m really hopeful that we have some of the folks from the original Green Hope nominated. That would add a really nice dynamic to it.”