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Fall season proves record-breaking for six at CCHS

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By Kristin Beck

Six Carroll County High School student-athletes re-wrote the history books this fall.

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Junior Michael Hall and senior Brandon Stewart set offensive records on the soccer field, while seniors Megan Harris and Caitlyn Burke and sophomore Kelly Layton likely broke records on the volleyball court. Senior Tyshaun Embs was featured in the Nov. 21 edition of The News-Democrat for breaking six school records on the football field.

Hall set the school record for most goals scored in a season with 21, averaging one goal per game. The previous record was 17, set by Juan Badillo.

Hall also became the school’s career scoring leader with 35 goals, a total he will likely add to in his senior campaign next year.

 “Michael Hall is a junior setting those scoring records. It’s going to be interesting to see him as a senior,” head coach Ben Crutcher said. “… It’s been interesting to see him grow up and develop since he was a freshman.”

Hall was in the top 15 in the state for most of the season and likely finished in the top 20, Crutcher said.

Stewart set the school record for most assists in a season with 13. The previous record-holder was Marvin Davila.

“Brandon is a senior and a great player. It will be tough to replace him,” Crutcher said. “He is a leader on the field.”

The head coach said both players create opportunities for themselves and for their teammates on the field and that the two of them worked together well.

Volleyball head coach Kristen Hooper began coaching at Carroll County in 2009. She and athletic director Paul Stone said records from previous head coach Wilbert Lowe’s tenure and earlier cannot be located. However, Hooper said it is likely that Harris, Burke and Layton set school records this season.

Harris recorded 256 digs, while Burke had 351 assists and Layton registered 88 blocks.

“This is the first time in my coaching career there have been records broken, and for it to happen with three of my players is exceptional,” Hooper said. “I know these records couldn’t have been broken without the teamwork that goes behind them, and I’m proud of not only Megan, Caitlyn and Kelly, (but also) the seven players that did their part to help these individuals be recognized.

“For Caitlyn and Megan, this is a culmination of four years of hard work and persistence. I’m happy to see their efforts are being recognized. For Kelly, it’s exceptional for her to be breaking records when she’s only halfway through her high school career.”