A Sandy Valley High School student was killed in a single-car crash Thursday morning in Carroll County, according to the school district.
William “Chipper” Grogg, who was entering his junior year at Sandy Valley, was a passenger in the car, said Sandy Valley Superintendent David Fischer.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on State Route 171, near the county line, said Carroll County Coroner Dr. Mandal Haas.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return calls seeking information about the crash.
Fischer said counselors and pastors will be available at noon Friday in the high school library for any students, parents or community members who need to talk with someone.
“We’re gonna miss him,” Fischer said. “Whether you saw him out there wrestling ... or as No. 35 on the football field, he’s going to be missed.”
Fischer said Sandy Valley’s new football coach Brian Gamble addressed the football team Thursday after learning about Grogg’s death. He told the team the best way to honor their teammate was to do their best, Fischer said.
Sandy Valley’s wrestling team posted a message on its Facebook page Thursday expressing condolences to Grogg’s family and friends.
“Chipper will be dearly missed by everyone in our program,” the post read. “I cannot explain how unique of an individual he was. Everyone knew Chipper and Everyone loved Chipper. He had a huge heart and if you are one of the individuals to experience knowing Chipper you are very lucky.”
A cousin has started an online fundraising campaign (www.gofundme.com/unexpected-loss-of-chipper-grogg) for funeral expenses.