Robert Washington

2021 Football Preview: Mountain Island Charter Raptors


While every team in the state dealt with one-of-a-kind circumstances last season, Mountain Island Charter dealt with another first: a losing season. Despite the uncharacteristic 2-5 mark, veteran coach Robert Washington believes the blowout win over Union Academy to close out the season was more indicative of who the team really was in a bizarre year. “It gives us a […]

Raptors’ Washington named NC track and field coach of the year

After leading Mountain Island Charter to a 1A state championship in June, Robert Washington was named state boys Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Raptors dominated in the sprint events at the N.C. A&T stadium June 26 to outscore PAC 7 conference foe and second-place Pine Lake Prep 91.5 to […]

2020-21 Football Preview: Mountain Island Charter Raptors


Gotta practice what he’s been preaching was a motivation that carried Robert Washington through a football offseason unlike any other. When team workouts were scarce and Zoom meetings replaced blocking drills, the Mountain Island coach suited up in a semi-pro league as a cornerback. Washington competed for the Iredell Warriors in the Carolinas Elite Football Alliance in the fall – […]

MICS track newcomer among athletes facing uncertainty under COVID-19 stoppage


With her performances in the shot put and discus throw March 6, Mountain Island Charter’s Kaitlin Knight qualified for the regional meet. Doing so in the wheelchair division, the senior and first-time track athlete also was named MVP of the pre-conference meet. Coach Robert Washington said it wasn’t anything physical that had been preventing her from those accomplishments, though. “She […]

Raptors Burris, Pledger named Southern Piedmont players of the year

Robert Washington named Coach of the Year

With a league-leading 2,231 rushing yards, Mountain Island Charter running back Elijah Burris was named Southern Piedmont 1A Offensive Player of the Year. The senior was among 11 Raptors named to the all-conference team after their 11-3 season. Burris also led the Southern Piedmont with 38 rushing touchdowns. It was his second consecutive season with more than 2,200 rushing yards, […]

Johnson, Raptors’ secondary shine during win streak

MOUNT HOLLY – Possessing a secondary with plenty of speed, size and quickness, the Mountain Island Charter defense has been paramount in an eight-game winning streak that has extended into the playoffs. For the Raptors, coming off a 42-35 overtime victory over Mt. Airy Nov. 22, 2,000-yard running back Elijah Burris gets much of the attention, but defensive back Durrell […]