North Forsyth High School is another step closer to dedicating two sports facilities after longtime Vikings coaches.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools considered proposals for the naming of the track that surrounds the field of Nifong-Crafford Stadium and baseball complex during a board meeting on Nov. 13. According to Brent Campbell, a spokesman with the school district, North Forsyth was granted approval to move forward with its dedications.
In August, a proposal was submitted to name the track on campus after Scott Brent, a former history teacher of more than 30 years at North Forsyth who entered the Vikings' athletics hall of fame in 1987. He won three state titles and five conference championships during a more than 40-year tenure as coach of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, along with the cross country team.
Brent also founded the Forsyth County Championships, which is an annual track and field competition held in the spring for area teams. He directed the meet for more than 15 years.
The baseball complex will be named after the late Gene Bowles, a former student who went on to become a teacher and coach at North Forsyth for 32 years. He led the baseball team 1990-2001 and again from 2010-11, ending his career with an overall record of 175-108. Bowles also was an assistant and head coach of the football and wrestling teams during his tenure with the Vikings, in addition to assistant athletics director from 2008-13 before his retirement.
Bowles died in 2015 at age 63. According to Sean Vestal, the athletics director at North Forsyth, the school's baseball facility will be named Gene Bowles Memorial Stadium.
Vestal said tentative dates have yet to be set for the naming dedications, though a ceremony for the stadium will most likely take place during a baseball game in the spring. There are no home meets for track a field, since North Forsyth doesn't have a pole vault pit. A date for the track is still being scheduled.