The 16th annual Virginia High School Coaches Association games will close tonight as seniors from throughout the state square off in an East-West all-star football game at Lynchburg City Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
The game features 10 Washington-area players and ends a week of coaching clinics and player instruction.
All-Met selections Harvey Yancey of T.C. Williams High School, David Snider of Jefferson and Shon Grantz and Matt Jefferson of Mount Vernon head the area players on the West team.
The athletes, graduated seniors from the three Virginia High School League classifications (A, AA, AAA), were nominated by their coaches and selected by a committee of state coaches. The other area players on the West team are Mike Hopkins (Marshall), Terrence Brown (Hayfield), Doug Duenkel (W.T. Woodson), Terry Warren (Chantilly) and Maurice Smith and Jason Wilson (Courtland). Ken Brown, Courtland's head football coach, is one of the three coaches supervising the West squad.
The week of all-star festivities has turned this town into a mecca for coaches and athletes. Approximately 1,100 coaches and 140 athletes have gathered here, temporarily turning attention from Jerry Falwell to football.
And though most of the athletes in this year's game already are committed to colleges for the fall, scouts use the week as a chance to meet high school coaches and lay groundwork for future recruiting.
All-star games in basketball and baseball were held earlier in the week. The athletes have been housed on the Lynchburg College campus.