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THE TOP 20 WAS SELECTED IN CONSULTATION WITH COACHES, SPORTS
WRITERS, OFFICIALS AND ATHLETES FROM THE ROANOKE VALLEY.

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ll-star teams by their very nature are argument-starters. The one we're presenting here
could start some fist fights. Below are 20 of the best athletes in the past 25 years in the
Roanoke Valley, listed in alphabetical order, and the first response many of you will have
is, "Why in the world didn't (insert name) make it?!?"
We'll immediately go on defense and tell you that former pro basketball player George Lynch and former
international track star Monica Cabbler (Patrick Henry and William Fleming High respectively) were too old by a year or so.
People like football players Mike Hamlar (Cave Spring) and Chance Hall (Northside) and track star Brittany Cabbler were just
outside the 20. There are quite a few others who could arguably have been included. However, what you see-as the late comedian
Flip Wilson would contend-is what you get.
Examples: Catherine White won a remarkable 15 state championships and five all-state designations in track. Dennis Haley
won state titles in football and basketball and Brandon Semones, an all-state football player, won three Virginia wrestling titles.
Carrie O'Keeffe played six different varsity sports in high school, lettering in all of them. Thirteen of the 20 played a professional
sport. Three played in men's college basketball's Final Four and one played in the English Soccer League. Three have written books.
Many of these athletes weren't just good on the field, they were and are contributing members of their communities. Luke
Hancock, for example, has worked extensively with autistic kids; the J.J. Redick Youth Foundation benefits the Children's Miracle
Network and CHIP of the Roanoke Valley; and Tiki and Ronde Barber have made a $1 million gift to the University of Virginia.
Several members have become college coaches. One was a convicted criminal, but bounced back and redeemed himself.
It's a good group, though you are invited to disagree and tell us who you believe we left out and why. Argue your case well. Here
are our Top 20.
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