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Four former coaches, including two who were also athletes, are part of the 10th induction class into the Fike High Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 2.
Will Flowers, class of 1972, was a standout baseball and football player at Fike under Gilbert Ferrell and Bob Paroli, respectively, before returning to his alma mater as an assistant baseball coach. Flowers was named head coach in 1983 and remained at the position for 31 seasons. With more than 400 victories, Flowers, who played baseball at Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College and is in its athletic hall of fame, is easily the winningest coach in Fike history. His 1999 Golden Demons won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A championship.
Art Miller, who graduated from Fike the year before Flowers, was the school’s first great pole vaulter. He helped the Cyclones finish as runners-up at the state championship meet in 1970 as a junior by placing second in the event. As a senior, he set a school record of 13 feet, 10 inches and didn’t lose until the state meet, where he finished fifth. Miller went on to vault at East Carolina University before returning to Fike as a teacher and coach. His 1994 Lady Demons won the NCHSAA 3-A track and field championship. Miller coached 18 individual state champions and eight state championship relay teams.
Two former Fike football coaches — Gus Andrews, the assistant coach on Fike’s three consecutive state 4-A championship teams in the late 1960s who returned as head coach for four seasons in the early 1980s, and Dick Knox, who was athletic director and head coach in the 1970s — will also be enshrined. Andrews, the only assistant to head coach Henry Trevathan on all three state title football teams, also coached wrestling and golf during his first tenure at Fike. He returned to Wilson in 1981 and led the Demons until 1985. Knox, who was a basketball and track standout at Atlantic Christian, went on to become the assistant director of the NCHSAA. A member of both the Barton and NCHSAA halls of fame, Knox was named one of the top 100 athletic administrators in NCHSAA history.
Kenny Pridgen, class of ’69, was part of two football state championship teams and a central figure on Fike’s 1968 4-A baseball state title squad.m Pridgen returned an interception for a touchdown in the state semifinals in 1967 and, a year later, caught a 29-yard pass for the go-ahead TD in Fike’s state final defeat of Gastonia Ashley at Cyclone Country Stadium. Pridgen was named to the All-East baseball teams in his junior and senior seasons. He went on to play baseball at Atlantic Christian.
Roslyn “Roc” Canady, class of ’97, was a three-sport star at Fike but basketball was her top spot, earning all-state acclaim as a senior while helping the Lady Demons of head coach Eddie Summerlin reach the NCHSAA 3-A championship, where they lost on a late basket by High Point Central. Canady, who earned 11 varsity letters while also playing volleyball and running track, was a four-time all-conference selection and trice was named MVP in basketball. She set a then school mark for 41 points in a game. Canady also was part of Fike’s 4x100-meter relay team that won the state championship.
Canady went on to play collegiately at Louisburg College and later ECU before playing professionally in Europe.
Stephanie Otteson Corona, class of ’02, was the only four-time MVP in Fike girls golf history. A three-time team captain at Fike, she went on to play at Appalachian State and UNC Wilmington, twice earning all-conference acclaim. She played professional golf for three years on the Duramed Women’s Professional Tour, finishing as high as 16th in earnings in 2008. She won the Duramed Championship in her only pro tournament victory.