As part of the N.C. High School Athletic Associations 100-year anniversary, the NCHSAA formed a committee to put together its 100 to remember list for administrators, coaches and female athletes.
The group of 100 women was selected by an N.C. committee of administrators, coaches and sports media.
Local honorees were: Katherine Perry of Athens Drive; Jennie Pegram, Karen Curtis and Debbie Mulligan (Antonelli) of Cary High; Madison Bugg, Jessica Botzum and Julie and Mary Shea of Cardinal Gibbons; and Sheilah Cotten of Fuquay-Varina High.
Jessica Botzum, Cardinal Gibbons: A swimmer who finished 10th at the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 breaststroke and fourth at the U.S. summer nationals in the 2004 breaststroke. Shes also the YMCA summer national meet record holder in the 200 breaststroke.
Madison Bugg, Cardinal Gibbons: One of the top volleyball players in the country while at Cardinal Gibbons and integral in helping Gibbons win the 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCHSAA 3A state titles. Was the Most Valuable Player in title match twice and a member of the 2010 U.S. U-19 national team and the U.S. Girls Youth Olympic team. Was a two-time N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Sheilah Cotten, Fuquay-Varina: A 1971 graduate of Fuquay-Varina who excelled at basketball and softball. Scored more than 1,000 points at East Carolina and was the first female inducted into the ECU Sports Hall of Fame.
Karen Curtis, Cary: A basketball player at Cary High in the early 1990s named MVP of 1993 NCHSAA state 4A final on a team that went 29-1. She returned to her alma mater in 2000 to begin her coaching career and now is at High Point.
Debbie Mulligan (Antonelli), Cary: Played on Cary womens basketball teams coached by Carolyn Shannonhouse and at N.C. State. Now one of the nations most esteemed womens basketball analysts, working for ESPN, CBS and Fox Sports Net among others, also working mens games. She has been involved with WNBA games as an announcer since the leagues inception.
Jennie Pegram, Cary: Terrific athlete at Cary High in the days before sanctioned womens sports championships at high school level. Played in unofficial state tournament in 1951 that drew some 6,000 fans to Reynolds Coliseum and led Cary from 1947 to 1951.
Katherine Perry, Athens Drive: Now playing at North Carolina, Perry won the 2009 NCHSAA state 4A womens individual championship and helped lead Athens to two team tennis state titles. Qualified for U.S. Open while in high school and twice won N.C. Womens State Amateur title.
Julie and Mary Shea, Cardinal Gibbons: These sisters were among the best distance runners in the nation during their high school careers at Gibbons. Julie once held the national high school one-mile record and Mary held the national two-mile mark.