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As a alumnus of Petersburg High School, I think I’m qualified to say that Frank Mason is one of the greatest players in Crimson Wave history, based on his team leadership and the results of him taking the Wave to the State Tournament three straight years. Despite heartbreaking losses in two title games, Mason established his legacy as an unstoppable force on the court and has been selected as the Metro Player of the Year.

Mason finished his career second in scoring only to the Crimson Wave’s living legend Moses Malone, who led Petersburg to two state titles in the 70’s. Unfortunately, the state championship has eluded the Wave ever since for various reasons, but lack of talent has never been the issue. Mason’s dad, Bernard Gregory, was once the point guard on one of those explosive Petersburg teams that placed many of the gazillion banners on the walls of Lawson Gymnasium.

Frank is headed to Towson University in Maryland, where the Tigers have one of the better incoming freshman classes in the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the nation, and surely Mason is a huge part of their plans. The All-Metro banquet is scheduled for next Monday evening at the Short Pump Hilton, where the Touchdown Club of Richmond will also honor Huguenot’s Daeisha Brown, the Metro Girls Player Of The Year as well.