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Jan. 14, 2016

Two soccer players chosen for 2015 fall All-Met

by Divya Rajagopal, Managing Editor
For the fall 2015 season, the Washington Post All-Met sports staff chose Blair seniors Jesse Griff-McMahon and Jimmy McMillian for the first team All-Met and second team All-Met respectively. Griff-McMahon and McMillian are both starters for Blair's Boys Varsity Soccer Team. Griff-McMahon, a defender, plays center back, and McMillian is a forward.

The Washington Post annually chooses teams composed of the top 11 players in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for different high school sports.
(Left to right) Jimmy McMillian and Jesse Griff-McMahon were both named all-met athletes by The Washington Post. Hannah Rapp
(Left to right) Jimmy McMillian and Jesse Griff-McMahon were both named all-met athletes by The Washington Post.

The players were chosen through a selective process conducted by the Washington Post. Washington Post high school soccer reporter Dillon Mullan contacted Griff-McMahon and McMillian after a multi-faceted selection process. "The Washington Post interviewed high-school coaches and asked these coaches to vote on players they thought were able. Representatives from the Post also visited different games," Griff-McMahon explained. Although the two are not related, the Post-selected All-Met team closely resembles that of the all-state team, which is chosen by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Griff-McMahon believes that Mullan most likely used the all-state team as part of the selection criteria.

All-Met athletes have the privilege of attending honorary events sponsored by The Washington Post. For Griff-McMahon, the first event was a photo shoot in Virginia for all members of the first team. "I drove down to Virginia and took pictures to be featured online and got to meet the other All-Met athletes," Griff-McMahon said. McMillian believes that the All-Met experience was a rewarding way to end his high-school soccer experience. “Since I’m playing college soccer next year, it’s nice receiving recognition for all my hard work in high school.”

According to McMillian this is also the first time in a while that Blair has had two All-Met athletes in one sport. “Coach Haigh said that it’s been a long time since we’ve had two All-Met from Varsity Soccer, or from any sport for that matter,” he said.

To see all the All-Met athletes, including Griff-McMahon and McMillian, click here.

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