GREENSBORO — Mount Airy senior Gabriel King was named to the roster for the 69th annual East/West All-Star Game on Wednesday.
King, a member of the Granite Bears’ football and track and field squads for all four years of high school, earned the honor after a 2016 season in which he amassed 110 tackles, 23 for losses, had nine sacks, four hurries, forced two fumbles and recovered one. The 6’1”, 240-pound senior helped Mount Airy to a 13-2 overall record, including a share of the Northwest 1A Conference title and a trip to the state semifinals, where the Bears finished as West Regional runners-up.
Following the season, King was named to NCPreps.com’s 1A All-State Team. He is an all-state performer in two different sports, having earned the honor in track and field during last year’s 1A state track championships by winning the shot put and discus titles.
The East-West Game, which has been contested every year since 1949 and which has seen many Mount Airy football players in the past, will be played at 8 p.m. on July 19 at the Robert B. Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro. More than 3,400 high school football players have taken part in the event during its history, including many that have gone on to win national championships in college football and the Super Bowl as pros.
The West roster was dominated by players from larger schools, and King was the only player from Surry County to earn an invite. Out of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, linebacker Devan Hairston of West Stokes was named to the team, with his coach Jimmy Upchurch as one of the assistants.
King has already signed a scholarship to continue his athletic career as a member of the track and field team at N.C. State University. He was one of four MAHS student-athletes to sign an offer during a ceremony at the school on Feb. 1.