Joey Morris enjoyed a distinguished career in three sports at Harrisonburg High School between 1972 and 1976. He was a two year starter and earned All-District honors as a safety on the Blue Streak Football teams that won regional championships in 1974 and 1975. In four years as a wrestler, HHS teams won two district championships as well as a 3rd place regional and 4th place state finish. Individually, Joey was a two time district champion, two time regional runner-up and 4th place state finisher while compiling a career record of 50 wins, 25 losses and 1 draw. He was team captain during his senior year.
Joey was also a four year letterman on the Blue Streak track team, where he specialized in the pole vault. He was a two time district champion, a regional champion and two time regional runner up, and his senior year was state runner-up. During his senior year he set the school pole vault record of 13 feet, 3 inches. He was presented with the Blue Streak Award as a senior in recognition of his all-around excellence as a Blue Streak student athlete.
After graduation from HHS, Joey attended Virginia Tech where he competed in track for two seasons, finishing 3rd in the pole vault in the state meet in 1977 and 4th and 5th in the indoor state meets in 1977 and 1978.