Recent events at FHS have gotten me to thinking about my school's sports history. I am going to list the greatest male and female athletes in FHS history and talk about some who I consider contenders in each category. I am curious to hear from others what they think about this question.
Male-Leon Johnson: All-State in football (eventually starred at UNC and played seven seasons in the NFL), state champion in long jump as a senior, starter on a regional qualifier basketball team, baseball starter drafted by the Giants (almost certainly on pure athletic potential). Probably the record holder for dunks in a season despite being no taller than 6'2, won something like five events in the conference track meet as a senior.
Contenders-BJ Emmons: All-State in football (scholarship to Alabama), ran a leg on a state champion 4X100 team, played parts of three seasons in basketball, played one season of baseball. Danny Johnson: made it to the D league in basketball, at one time held the scoring record for a state championship basketball game in the 1994 state title game, star soccer player, Matt Briggs: Pitched for Wake Forest, starter on a regional finalist baseball team, starter on the 1994 state champion basketball team (forbidden from playing footballl due to medical reasons), still holds the Post 21 record for most home runs in a season.
Female-Ali Ford: State female athlete of the year as a senior, four year starter in basketball, lettered in five sports (basketball, softball, golf, cross country and track), lettered in basketball and softball at Elon, selected to SOCON all-conference team multiple times, playing basketball professionally in Iceland.
Contenders-Kerri Gardin, N.C. Miss Basketball her Senior year (won state title that same year), 4 year starter at Va. Tech, played three seasons in the WNBA. Also played on a state champion volleyball team. Natalie Watts: 4 year basketball starter, two time state champion, three state title game appearances, four straight regional appearances, also starred in soccer, successful dentist in Morganton today.