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Former student-athletes inducted into NWHS’s Athletics HOF

Since its debut last year, 21 former studentathletes, coaches and contributors to Northwest Guilford High School’s athletic program have been inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame


NW GUILFORD – Northwest Guilford High School (NWHS) inducted six former athletes to its Athletics Hall of Fame last Friday, Jan. 12, during halftime of the boys basketball game. The recent addition of new members brings the total count to 21 inductees since the establishment of a board in the fall of 2022 that was tasked with creating NWHS’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The primary goal is to honor former athletes and coaches who achieved remarkable feats during their time at the school and beyond, as well as individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the school’s athletic program.

The first 15 inductees into the Hall of Fame were honored at a ceremony in January 2023, and the six athletes listed below were inducted last week:

Hayley Barber: basketball

Named the 2015-16 Piedmont Triad 4A Player of the Year, Hayley Barber led Northwest High School to a 30-1 record and a state runners-up finish. She was named to the NCBCA (N.C. Basketball Coaches Association) All-District team twice and to the NCBCA All-State 2nd team in 2016. She was a three-time all-conference player, and a News and Record All-Area Player of the Year in 2016. While in high school she scored 1,120 career points and garnered additional accolades while playing at Campbell University.

After earning her undergraduate degree from Campbell, Barber received her master’s in Intelligence and Security Studies from the Citadel in South Carolina. She now lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she is an en-route air traffic controller at Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center (located in Nashua.)

Jay Goldsmith: lacrosse

Jay Goldsmith was a four-time all-conference, four-time Piedmont Triad 4A Player of the Year, and four-time all-state selection. He was also named an All-American in 2010 and 2011.

Goldsmith led the state in scoring his senior year and ranks 4th overall in points in state history. He was the NCHSAA Championship Game MVP while leading the Vikings to their only lacrosse state championship.

After high school, Goldsmith attended Lynchburg College before transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in health and physical education. During his time at Lenoir-Rhyne, he was a two-year starter for the university’s lacrosse team; he finished his career with the school’s single-game goal record with seven and was drafted by the Charlotte Hounds of the MLL. He went on to coach lacrosse at the collegiate level at various universities and was hired as assistant coach/ offensive coordinator at the University of Tampa last fall.

Matt Price: basketball, baseball, football and soccer

During his time at Northwest, Matt Price was all-conference four times in soccer, three times in football, twice in was also named &basketball to the and once baseball. He News and Record  All-Area team in soccer and football and was a 1997 Triad 3A player of the year in soccer and All-state selection for soccer in 1996 and 1997.

After being accepted to Wake Forest University, the four-sport athlete placed his focus on baseball, and was a three-year starter for the Deacons’ baseball team, ending his college career with a .300 batting average. During his college career he was a member of three ACC Championship teams.

Ron Shelton: basketball, baseball, football

Ron Shelton was a two-year starter in basketball, a team member of the 1966 NCHSAA 2A State runner-up team and a starter on the 1967 NCHSAA 3A State Championship team. In his senior year, he scored a then-school-record 542 points. He was named All-Conference and All-County two years in basketball, and was a three-year starter in basketball for Catawba College.

While in high school Shelton was also a three-year starter in baseball and was all-conference and all-county his junior and senior seasons. He was a key contributor on the 1968 NC American Legion State Baseball Championship team.

Shelton was a three-year starter in football as well, and played quarterback, wide receiver, safety, and handled all kicking duties. He had 10 career interceptions during his high school career and was named All-Conference and All-County his senior year.

Traci Stewart: volleyball and basketball

Traci Stewart was an All-Area Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 in volleyball, a Metro 4A player of the year in 2006 and 2007 and two-time tournament MVP. She led Northwest to a 30-4 record her senior year as the team advanced to the 4th round of the state playoffs. She was a member of the 2007 Piedmont Junior Olympic Volleyball Team.

Stewart received a full scholarship to play at Elon, where she was conference rookie of the year, two-time all-conference, and SOCON All-Academic.

Tre Turner: football and basketball

Two-sport athletic standout Tre Turner had 123 career receptions, 2,614 receiving yards, and 31 touchdowns while playing football at Northwest. He was a two-time High School Extra All-Area receiver, three-time All-Conference, and All-State player his senior year.

Turner averaged 17 points a game playing basketball for Northwest and was a three-time all-conference player. He was selected to the News and Record and High School Extra All-Area teams in 2016.

He received a full scholarship to play football at Virginia Tech. While at VT, he amassed 134 career receptions and 2,292 receiving yards, both ranking fifth in the school history. He was named ACC wide receiver of the week as well as Reese’s Offensive Player of the week and earned All-ACC 2nd team in 2020.

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