By any standard, Mount Airy High School had a remarkable season of athletic competition.
Student-athletes representing the Granite Bears won nine state championships during the 2016-17 academic year, including two team championships. With all the athletic success of this school year, MAHS has landed in the running for the Wells Fargo Cup. The Wells Fargo Cup, formerly the Wachovia Cup, has become the symbol of overall sports excellence among high schools in North Carolina. The award has not been won at the 1A level by a traditional school since 2007.
To celebrate the year’s successes, the Mount Airy City Schools are hosting a Parade of Champions on Saturday, June 3. The parade will include all MAHS student-athletes.The event will begin at the school starting at 9 a.m. The parade route will begin in the MAHS parking lot and enter onto Orchard Street. The parade will turn left on Taylor Street and right on North Main Street. Student-athletes will continue on North Main Street until they arrive at City Hall. From there they will make their way to the Blackmon Amphitheatre. Once the parade has arrived at the amphitheatre, everyone will enjoy a brief presentation followed by a ring ceremony for the fall and winter state champions.
“Mount Airy High School has had one of its most successful athletic years ever,” said MACS Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison. “Thanks to the administration, staff, and coaches for all of their hard work and dedication. Our students excelling at academics and athletics are what make our schools great. Congratulations to everyone on such a successful season.”
Before the beginning of the school year, the rock outside Wallace Shelton Stadium was painted with the message “Ring Chasin’,” and although it was painted over later in the year, the Bears never stopped chasing rings. Eight different teams won conference titles, and five Mount Airy teams (football, girls’ tennis, both basketball teams and boys’ track) reached the West Regional finals. Of those, three of them won the regional title, and two of them ended up as state champions. On March 11, the MAHS girls’ basketball team won the state championship for the first time in the program’s history. On May 20, the school’s boys’ track team repeated as state champions, a year to the day that the Bears had won their first-ever team title in that sport. In addition, seven other championships were won in individual events.
Ring recipients will be:
• 4×400 relay girls’ indoor track — Madeline Mayfield, Shalin Revels, Jo Snow, and Jessica Bevard
• Indoor shot put — Gabriel King
• 126 lbs wrestling — Jacob Hogue
• 195 lbs wrestling — Cody Smith
• Women’s basketball team — Jo Snow, Madeline Mayfield, Sarah Lankford, Shaunae Sawyers, Bailey Flippen, Megan Fleming, Lexi France, Amber Arnett, Asherah Smith, Shalin Revels, Arry Ward, and Tatyana Long.
Additional championships were won in the spring, but their rings will be awarded later. The boys’ track team won the state title, where King added outdoor titles in the shot and discus, and Austin Tumbarello, Grayson Corbin, Donavon Greene and Malik Frost ran to victory in the 4×200 relay.
“It has been an amazing year! To watch our student athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom has been a pleasure,” said MAHS co-athletic director Jonathan Wilmoth. “Their success can be attributed to hard work and dedication, along with great guidance from our coaches, community, and administration. This truly is the best place in the world to be!”
Mount Airy City Schools and MAHS encourage everyone to come out and support these Granite Bear student athletes one final time for the 2016-2017 school year.