Last updated: June 22. 2014 9:17PM - 1031 Views
By - nham@civitasmedia.com



Submitted photo | Jefferson PostMichael Graybeal (far right) earned a spot on the officiating team for the NCHSAA 2A State Championship soccer match. Pictured here, left to right: Trent Faulkner (fourth official), Luis Badillo (assistant referee), Jacob Pace (referee) and Graybeal (assistant referee).
Submitted photo | Jefferson PostMichael Graybeal (far right) earned a spot on the officiating team for the NCHSAA 2A State Championship soccer match. Pictured here, left to right: Trent Faulkner (fourth official), Luis Badillo (assistant referee), Jacob Pace (referee) and Graybeal (assistant referee).
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An Ashe County native and former sports editor of the Jefferson Post has worked his way up the soccer officiating ladder in the state.


Michael Graybeal, a 2006 graduate of Ashe County High School, was one of four referees that were tabbed to officiate the NCHSAA 2A State Championship Game.


“It was an honor to be selected for the match,” said Graybeal. “As a high school referee, being selected for a state championship is one of the highest honors.”


The game took place at Dail Soccer Field on the campus of N.C. State University.


West Stokes represented the 2A West while Washington High School represented the 2A East.


Graybeal was an assistant ref in the game, meaning he patrolled one of the sidelines for 80 minutes.


“The stadium had a great atmosphere, both teams had a solid fan base which created and exciting and entertaining game to be a part of,” Graybeal said. “It will be an experience I never forget.”


Graybeal played soccer for the Huskies and got his start in officiating working youth soccer contests at Ashe County Parks and Recreation.


*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87


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