Hodge, Palmer, Armwood, Leake honored by NCHSAA
As part of its celebration of the centennial of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA has released the third list of its “100 To Remember” series.
The list includes four athletes from The Herald-Sun readership area, including Riverside great Megan Hodge, Durham School of the Arts star Katrelle Armwood, Roxboro Person standout Wendy Palmer and Chapel Hill star Pam Leake.
The list of “100 To Remember: Female Athletes” highlights one hundred of the top female athletes in NCHSAA history. A special committee, including school administrators and coaches from across the state as well as sports media, put together the list in a series of meetings.
“Coming up with a list of ‘100 To Remember’ was a tremendous challenge,” said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. “So many individuals have participated, coached or been involved with the rich history and tradition of the first 100 years of the NCHSAA. This group of distinguished individuals not only served their schools, school systems and communities in an exceptional fashion, but our Association as well.”
Here’s a look at each of the four area honorees:
— Katrelle Armwood (DSA): The former three-sport star at Durham School of the Arts ed her team to a 1-A state volleyball championship and was named MVP. Also a Tar Roanoke Conference Player of the Year for volleyball. Won several state championships in outdoor track, including the triple jump, 300 meter intermediate hurdles,100 meter high hurdles and long jump. Averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals for her basketball career. Named NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year in 2002.
— Megan Hodge (Riverside): Perhaps the best high school volleyball player in state history. Four-time Pac-6 All-Conference performer at Riverside. Two-time Pac-6 Player of the Year. Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006. Key member of Penn State’s national championship squads, earning all-American honors four times. NCAA championship Most Outstanding Player twice. Member 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
— Pam Leake (Chapel Hill): Starred in basketball at Chapel Hill and UNC in the 1980s. Star of NCHSAA 4-A state title team (24-2) in 1981. Won ACC regular season and tournament title with UNC in 1984. ACC Player of the Year in 1985 and 198. Kodak All-America selection in 1986. Scored 2,001 points during her Carolina career and played in 124 games.
— Wendy Palmer (Roxboro Person): Named NCHSAA Female Athlete of Year for 1991-92. One of the top high school basketball players in country (35 points, 19 rebounds, 3 blocks per game as senior). Player of the year in conference in volleyball and held share of state high jump record at one point. Played four years at University of Virginia, where she was an all-American and ACC Player of Year, and went on to a lengthy pro career in the WNBA and overseas.