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Garner selects inaugural Hall of Fame members

Garner High has named the inaugural five members of its Hall of Fame. 

The group will be introduced at the Trojans game against Harnett Central on Nov. 5 and will be inducted next spring.

The group includes:

Anthony Barbour, a football running back who led Garner to the 1987 state 4-A title and started at N.C. State. Barbour has been the head football coach at Southern Durham, Middle Creek and Smithfield-Selma and is currently an assistant coach at Clayton High.

Barbara Kelly, a girls basketball player and later a coach and athletics administrator at the University of Virginia who was instrumental in starting the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball tournament.

Hal Stewart, who built a football dynasty at Garner including the state title in 1987. Stewart is among the few coaches who has won state 4-A championships at two different schools, having led Richmond County to a state title before going to Garner.

Patrick Watkins, a baseball player who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinatti Reds and Colorado Rockies. He was a collegiate star at East Carolina where he led the NCAA in home runs.

Donald Williams, a boys basketball player who was the MVP of the Final Four when University of North Carolina won the national title in 1993.

Barbour struck, shot at

Former Smithfield-Selma High football coach Anthony Barbour was reportedly fired upon after being assaulted this week.

Barbour resigned as the SSS football coach this spring and is now an assistant at Clayton High. He was driving a driver's education car when he was assaulted.

Anthony Barbour joins Clayton High coaching staff

Former Garner legend and Smithfield-Selma head football coach Anthony Barbour has joined the Clayton High School football coaching staff. Barbour will serve as the Comets' offensive coordinator this fall, leading the remaking of longtime Clayton head coach Gary Fowler's offensive staff. The Comets have lost coaches Randy Parker and John Benson to retirement from coaching and will lose another coach, Tol Avery (the former South Johnston and N.C. State standout quarterback), from its staff when moves into an administration role at South Johnston this fall.

You can read more about the change in today's N&O or by following this link:

Barbour steps down at SSS

Smithfield-Selma head football coach Anthony Barbour resigned today, according to SSS athletics director Mike Joyner.

"Anthony has resigned," Joyner said. "He told us he just didn't want to
have the responsibility that comes with being a head coach right now.
He told us he'd be willing to stay on as an assistant, if the new head
coach would like to have him."

Barbour had been rumored as the leading candidate for other
head-coaching jobs but will not pursue those at this point, Joyner

_ D. Clay Best

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