Apex gets to share its storied athletic success in a new way as it inducts 12 members to the inaugural Apex High/Apex Consolidated Sports Hall of Fame class at halftime of Friday’s football game against Fuquay-Varina.
The oldest two members are Jim and Joe Mills, who graduated in 1938 and led Apex to the Class B championship game. Both later played baseball at N.C. State and were ACC officials. Both are NCHSAA hall of famers.
J.E. Wilson (class of 1962) is the only pick from Apex Consolidated High School. He won the NCHSAA Gold Whistle award given to distinguished officials in 2000 and was inducted into the Shaw University Hall of Fame as a basketball player in 1996.
Ricky Olive (1976) played two seasons in the NFL after playing offensive line at N.C. State and Georgia Tech.
Basketball standout Anthony Byrd (1980) later played for Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech.
Lisa Cobb Leslie (1981) was a dominant four-year player in girls basketball. Now you know where former McDonald’s All-American and N.C. State player C.J. Leslie and Maryland women’s player Kiara Leslie got their athletic gifts from.
Eileen Duley Patrick (1992) won individual diving championships all four years and helped the Cougars to the 1991 state swimming and diving team championship, the first in school history.
Amy Dodd Calhoun (2007) finished her career as the top girls basketball scorer in school history and was captain of the 2007 state championship girls soccer team.
Andie Cozzarelli (2008) was an outstanding distance runner and soccer player who won five state titles in indoor and outdoor track and was a four-time 4A runner-up in cross country. She also played on the 2007 girls soccer state title team.
Three coaches are included in the class: former AD Ed Tindal, former girls basketball coach Scott Campbell and current track and field/cross country coach Roy Cooper.
More on each selection, as provided by Apex athletics director Del Phillips, below.
Graduated in 1938 as a three-sport athlete and, with his brother Joe, led Apex into the state playoffs in football and to the Class B state championship basketball game in the 1937-1938 season. Played baseball at N.C. State in 1940, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and then went on to a distinguished career as a player, manager, and general manager in minor league baseball. Well known as an umpire and basketball official in the ACC during the 1950s and 1960s. Was President of the Carolina League from 1977-1983 and was inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999 along with his brother Joe.
Graduated in 1938 as a three-sport athlete and, with his brother Jim, led Apex into the state playoffs in football and to the Class B state championship basketball game in the 1937-1938 season. Played baseball at N.C. State in 1940, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and then went on to a brief career in minor league baseball. Well known as an umpire and basketball official in high school and served for 20 years as an ACC basketball official and for 33 years as an ACC baseball umpire. Was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999 along with his brother Jim.
James Eddie “J.E.” Wilson
Outstanding basketball player at Apex Consolidated High School (1959-1962) and Shaw University (1962-1966). Went on to become an outstanding baseball umpire and basketball official in the NCHSAA ranks and received the Gold Whistle (distinguished service) award from the NCHSAA in 2000. Inducted into the Shaw University Hall of Fame in 1996.
Three-sport all-conference athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Apex High School. Graduated in 1976 and was chosen to play in the East-West All Star game that same year. Played for N.C. State for two seasons, shifting from tight end to right offensive tackle. Transferred to Georgia Tech for his final three seasons, where he was shifted to defensive end. Signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and played two seasons in the NFL.
One of the great basketball players in Apex history. Graduated in 1980 and was selected as the conference player of the year that same season. Prolific scorer at Apex, as he averaged almost 20 points a game during his senior year and was the leading scorer in Apex history at the time of his graduation. Spent one year at Brevard Junior College and then signed with coach Bobby Cremins to play at Georgia Tech. Was a three year letterman at Tech. Is currently the boys basketball coach at Knightdale High School.
Lisa Cobb Leslie
Known then as Lisa Cobb, she was of the first stellar girls basketball players at Apex High School. Graduated in 1981 and was a dominant interior scorer and rebounder in her four varsity seasons. Was all-conference during her final two seasons and led Apex into the state playoffs in each of her final three seasons on the team.
Eileen Duley Patrick
Then known as Eileen Duley, she was a member of the swimming and diving team and softball player at Apex High School. Won the NCHSAA all-classifications state championship in diving all four years to become the only four-time state champion in one event in Apex history. Led the swimming and diving team to the state championship in 1991, which was also the first team state championship in Apex history. Graduated in 1992.
Amy Dodd Calhoun
Then known as Amy Dodd, the 2007 graduate was an all-conference basketball and soccer player while at Apex. Finished her career as the all-time career scoring leader in girls basketball with over 1,500 points. Was the conference player of the year and was chosen to play in the East-West All-Star game in 2007. Captain of the 2007 state championship soccer team and was named N&O female athlete of the year for the region. Played basketball collegiately for four years at High Point University.
The 2008 graduate was an outstanding distance runner and soccer player. Five-time individual state champion in indoor and outdoor track and field and four-time state runner up in cross country. Played on the 2007 state championship soccer team. Continued her running career at N.C. State University and earned multiple ACC and All American honors in track and field. Qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon.
Was a four-sport letterman at Apex High School, coached cross country and track and field at Apex from 1977-1980, served as athletics director, head football coach, and boys and girls track and field coach at Apex Middle School from 1981-1993, and returned to finish his career as the Athletic Director at Apex High School from 1993-2006. Named N.C. Athletic Director of the Year in 2006.
Apex High School girls basketball coach from 1989-2011 and current Apex Friendship High School girls basketball coach. Retired from Apex High School in 2011 with 377 wins at Apex and 462 wins overall. Served as the head coach of the East team in the 1998 East-West All-Star game. Received the Raleigh Sports Club Distinguished Service award in 2014.
Longtime and current cross country and track and field coach at Apex High School. His teams have an overall record of 1,062-297-1 along with 45 conference championships and 55 top-10 state finishes in his 32 years coaching cross country and track and field (outdoor and indoor). In addition, during his tenure as coach, Apex athletes have made the state championships in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and field in 90 consecutive seasons.