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Wake Forest inducts 2020 Hall of Fame class

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest High School announced its 2020 Athletics Hall of Fame class Sept. 17. The Cougars had to postpone the induction ceremony to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school recognized three state championship teams, including the 1968 Dubois High School football team, the 1973 Wake Forest-Rolesville High School boys basketball team and the 1996 Wake Forest-Rolesville High School boys soccer team.

The school also inducted five individuals who represented Wake Forest athletics. The first was Bob Ford, a longtime athletic trainer at the school from 1974-1994. Ford was the president of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association (NCATA), a Shrine Bowl trainer in 1990, NCATA Trainer of the Year in 1985 and was inducted into the NCATA Hall of Fame in 2002. He started the student trainer program at Wake Forest High School.

Sarah Graham was a 2011 graduate and an accomplished track and field athlete. She was a three-time state champion in the high jump and placed second in the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the heptathlon. Graham holds the school records in high jump, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, and the 4×400-meter relay. She is a member of the High School OT All-Decade Track and Field team. Graham was also a varsity cheerleader for four years. She was a Trentini Scholarship winner and competed in track and field at the University of South Carolina where she specialized in high jump and multi-events. 

Mike Justice was born and raised in the Rolesville area and graduated in 1971. He was a three-sport athlete in football, boys basketball and track and field. Justice was a member of the 1968 Dubois High School state championship football team and a member of the 1971 Wake Forest High School state championship basketball team. He was named to numerous all-conference and East/West All-Star teams and played in the East/West All-Star game. He went on to play college basketball at Campbell University.

Richard Lee was a 1965 graduate who earned 17 varsity letters in track, cross country, golf, basketball, and baseball. Lee went on to play golf at N.C. State for four years and was an NCAA qualifier for the Wolfpack. He is a three-time Raleigh Amateur golf champion and participated in the 1973 U.S. Open, was a 1981 Carolinas PGA champion and participated in the 2003 U.S. Senior Open.

Bryan Woodlief was a 1996 graduate and a superstar boys soccer player. Woodlief was a first team all-state soccer player and the Triangle 3A conference player of the year, regional player of the year, and a member of the News and Observer Old Reliable Soccer team. He played in the East/West All-Star game and was a key member of the 1996 state championship team.

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