“It’s been a wonderful senior year. Winning states in football and then coming so close to doing the same in basketball has been special. I look forward to carrying our successes to the next level at William and Mary.”
Those were the words of senior defensive back Airek Green upon hearing the news that he had been chosen to represent the East squad in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star game, which will be held in Hampton on July 9. Green will join teammates Michael Dudley and Greg Gallup in the mid-summer classic that has served as the cornerstone of the VHSCA Clinic for nearly 40 years.
Only a handful of Chester area players have ever been chosen to play in the game, so having three selected in one year represents quite a coup for coach Vic Williams and his staff at Thomas Dale.
Dudley, who recently signed with Virginia State University, is an all-state selection at tight end. His position coach, Dennis Jones, said, “Michael has limitless potential. He has the size, strength and hands to be a real impact player at the college level.” Dudley is a bit sad that the high school experience is about over, but “is very excited about the prospect of playing college ball close to home.”
Gallup is a true scholar-athlete. Gene Brown, an assistant principal at Dale, describes Gallup as an “Ivy League caliber student.” Greg is perusing opportunities to play and study at schools such as The University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Richmond and The College of William and Mary. An academic scholarship is most likely in the offing for Greg with the opportunity to play football as a recruited walk-on. “I love football and look forward to the opportunity of playing at the college level,” said Gallup, who plans on majoring in political science before eventually heading to law school.