MOUNT HOLLY – Mason Graham and McKenzie Webster recently made Mountain Island Charter School history, becoming the first Raptors’ soccer players to earn scholarships to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Graham, the goalkeeper for the boys team, and Webster, goalkeeper for the girls team, will each continue to mind the net at the next level.
Graham will continue his soccer career at Gardner-Webb University, signing with a Bulldogs team that posted a .500 record in conference play last season. Graham was a four-year starter in goal for Mountain Island, earning PAC 7 Player of the Year honors following his senior season. Graham recorded nearly 150 saves during 1,450 minutes in goal in his final season at Mountain Island.
In addition to his skills on the soccer field, Graham is also a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do. He’s a star in the classroom as well, graduating with a 4.1 grade-point average, with plans to major in business administration at Gardner-Webb.
Webster signed to play at Catawba College in Salisbury. Known for its academics, the school’s women’s soccer team finished 13-6 last season, earning a postseason berth.
Webster played all but 60 minutes in goal for the Lady Raptors, helping lead Mountain Island to a 13-9-1 overall record, a 7-5 mark in league play, and an appearance in the West Regional final as a senior. Webster saved 140 shots during more than 1,600 minutes in goal, recording three shutouts in her final season at Mountain Island.
Like Graham, Webster excelled in the classroom also, as the two athletes were offered more than $250,000 combined in scholarship funding for their achievements in the classroom and on the field. Both players have been lauded for their leadership as well, as each were named as a team captain prior to their senior seasons.