Published: Feb 09, 2013 03:09 PM
Modified: Feb 09, 2013 04:18 PM
After years of updating its roadside sign under the golden arches from "1 Million Hamburgers Sold" to "1 Billion" then 2 and 3, McDonald's finally gave up and just said "Billions and Billions sold."
Whatever plaque Chapel Hill High School wants to erect some day to honor coach Sherry Norris, perhaps it should just read: "Hundreds and hundreds of game won."
Head coach of two programs at Chapel Hill, Norris topped 700 victories in volleyball last October and became the sport's North Carolina all-time leader in wins. That led to her 1,200th win total in two sports earlier this year.
Norris recorded her 500th win in girls basketball Tuesday with a 57-37 victory at Southern Vance.
Despite the 20-point margin and the fact that Chapel Hill was still undefeated in Carolina-6 Conference game after paying every league opponent at least once Norris said in typical fashion: "We trailed by one at the half. It was a tough game for us."
Getting to 500? Not so much.
"What it really says about me is that I have staying power," said Norris, who also credited sons John and Jason and husband Ronny for their support.
Norris improved her basketball record to 501-374 with a 101-27 victory Wednesday at Northern Vance, setting a team record for points scored in a game. The Tigers played Friday night at Oxford Webb.
"It is an outstanding accomplishment, but not just for me," Norris said. "When I look back at all the years I've been at Chapel Hill High School, it's really about the great athletes and all the assistants over the years who have been so loyal and have worked so hard to help this program accomplish what it has."
Sandy Rasnake has worked with Norris for 20 years, serving as head coach of Chapel Hill's (still undefeated) junior varsity. "He's done an outstanding job all these 20 years, especially at getting the younger girls ready to move up to the varsity," Norris said.
Chapel Hill's current assistants are relative newcomers. John French who doubles as head football coach next door to CHHS at Smith Middle School is in his second year working with the Tiger front court players. Chapel Hill alum Jurica Hargrave, who earned state honors in 2007 under Norris before playing at High Point University, works with the Chapel Hill guards and reaches shooting.
Norris coached Chapel Hill volleyball teams to NCHSAA state championships in 1994 and 2003, and the CHHS girls basketball team to a state championship in 1981.
Last year, the N.C. High School Athletic Association has named Norris as its 2012 womens Toby Webb Coach of the Year, recognizing her as the states best coach in girls high school sports.
Norris's wins rank her among the top five coaches in North Carolina.
Sandra Langley of Southwest Edgecombe had at least 689 victories at last count, making her the winningest active girls basketball coach among N.C. High School Athletics Association programs. Shes within eyesight of the all-time mark for wins -- 702, by Tom Pryor, who coached most of his years at Edneyville.