Cary High Sports Hall of Fame to induct five

mblake@newsobserver.comOctober 2, 2013 

— This year’s inductees into the Cary High School Sports Hall of Fame come from three distinct eras of the school’s history.

Bill Rogers comes from the White Imp Club from the early 1950s. Wrestler Philip Gray competed in the late 1980s. Jenny Sage Goodman was one of the state’s top divers of the 1990s. Zack Schilawski and Josh Adams, who played soccer and football, respectively, are from the 2000s.

Adams and Schilawski were inducted in their first year of eligibility.

The five will be inducted at a halftime ceremony during Friday’s home football game against Panther Creek.

Josh Adams (class of 2006): Adams left his mark as one of the top football players Wake County has ever seen. At the time of his graduation, Adams’ junior-year total of 2,888 yards rushing was eighth-most in state history for a single season. His 7,220 career rushing yards were fourth-most at the time.

The star running back was a three-time all-state selection and played in the N.C.-S.C. Shrine Bowl. In track and field, he was a state qualifier in the long jump and relays.

Adams went on to play at Wake Forest, where he was named ACC Rookie of the Year.

Jenny Sage Goodman (1999): Goodman racked up honors for diving while with the Imps, and she did so while also playing on the basketball team in winter. She was a three-time conference diving champion, a two-time regional champion, two-time state runner-up and three-time all-state selection.

She also maintained an ‘A’ average and made the state’s all-academic team three times.

She went on to compete at North Carolina, where she was part of two ACC championship teams.

Philip Gray (1987): Gray was an All-American and state champ during his senior year of wrestling, helping the Imps win the 1987 state tournament championship and become ranked nationally for the first time.

Gray finished his career with a 114-14 record, fourth on the state’s all-time individual-victory list at the time. Gray also graduated with 15 individual tournament titles, a school record at the time.

Gray was student body president his senior year and later wrestled at N.C. State.

Bill Rogers (1953): Rogers was part of some of the best Cary High football and basketball teams in school history.

An offensive and defensive lineman, he helped control the line of scrimmage for a team that was undefeated his senior year and outscored opponents 359-25. He also started and was a key rebounder on the state-runner-up basketball team in 1953. His best sport, however, perhaps was baseball, where he was the team’s ace pitcher.

Rogers still lives in Cary, and has been giving back to the school’s athletes for decades.

Zack Schilawksi (2006): Schilawski was an All-American soccer player for Cary his senior year. Schilawski piled up 59 goals and 38 assists during his four years on the varsity, where the Imps went 71-18-8 in that time.

He was The News & Observer’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006, after graduating with a 5.12 GPA.

He played at Wake Forest in college, where he was an All-American. He scored the winning goal in the Deamon Deacons’ 2007 NCAA national championship win. He was taken ninth overall by the New England Revolution in the 2010 Major League Soccer draft.

Schilawski now plays in Cary with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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