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High School Sports

  • Lady Panthers show improvement in offseason for new head coach

    Juan Fernandez will be pulling double-duty this year as the head coach of both the boys and the girls tennis teams. This will be his first year coaching the girls, but he has had previous experience helping former head coach Larry Morgan with the team.

    Fernandez said he has had to develop a new coaching style with the girls versus the boys. More than anything, he has found that the girls need more encouragement from him during practices.

  • Seasoned Panthers ready to compete for NCKC crown

    With the addition of a lifelong tennis player to the roster, the future looks bright for the young but already-experienced Panthers.

    Head coach Juan Fernandez said senior Sergio Pascual, who transferred to Carroll County High School from Christian Academy of Carrollton, has been playing tennis since he was little and both of his parents also play. “I don’t see anyone from the NCKC tournament that is going to beat him,” he said.

  • Elementary track sign-ups

    The deadline has been extended for elementary students interested in participating on the Carroll County High School track and field teams to March 30. Players will begin practice on the Monday following Spring Break.
    Students will need to have a KHSAA physical on file at the high school with Coach Joe Creager before they can practice. Students will also need to have a permission form with parent/guardian contact information and signature before they can participate. Practices will be Mondays at CCHS from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Seniors lead youthful track team

    Carroll County High School’s track and field team returns five state-qualifiers from last season to this year’s squad: seniors Andrea Hardesty, Devin Gray, Evan Mefford and Dylan Jack and sophomore Taylor Byrd. However, the team overall will be very young and smaller in numbers than usual.

    Head coach Joe Creager said he has 35 students signed up so far this year, including three middle school students. Last year, he had 80 students, not including any middle school students. Until this year, the team had increased every year of Creager’s tenure.

  • Track team competes in Mason-Dixon Indoor

    The Panthers Track team was in action Saturday at the 52nd annual Mason-Dixon Indoor Games. Andie Hardesty led the Lady Panthers with a third place finish in the high jump.

    The Panthers were led by Austin Blankenship, who finished in seventh place in the pole vault, and Devin Gray, who set a new Panther 1500 meter indoor record with a time of 4:56.76.

    This was the final 2012 indoor meet for Carroll County. The full Panther team will be back in action on Tuesday, March 13 at home for the first outdoor meet of the season.

  • CCHS softball returns with one senior, new coaching staff for 2012 season

    Dennis Hawkins moves up from assistant coach to take the reins as head coach of the Lady Panthers softball team this season. The team has just one senior leader, pitcher Kayley Perry, and will rely heavily on a class of experienced sophomores. The team also has two freshmen and six seventh graders.

  • Cheerleaders compete at state
  • Rebels defeat Panthers in 31st District tournament

    The Owen County Rebels diminished Carroll County’s hopes of reaching the 31st District championship, defeating the Panthers 56-33 in Owenton Thursday night. The Panthers finished the season with a record of 14-14, the most wins for the boys’ team since the 2005-06 season when they finished 15-15. This year’s squad was 7-12 in the region and 3-9 in districts.

  • Lady Panthers’ season ends

    For the second year in a row, the Gallatin County Lady Wildcats eliminated the Carroll County Lady Panthers from the 31st District Tournament, winning 66-31. Later that evening, Carroll head coach and athletic director Randy Mefford announced in an email he was retiring from both positions. He will remain as athletic director through the end of the school year. Mefford just completed his 32nd year of coaching. He coached the Lady Panthers for nine years after coaching the Panthers’ team for 11 years.

  • Basketball honors | Feb. 29, 2012

    Gibson, Hill named to all-conference team

    Carroll County’s Dallas Gibson and Nikki Hill were named to the North Central Kentucky Conference All-Conference Team. Owen County’s Sawyer Williams and Rianna Gayheart received the Most Valuable Player awards.

    The Lady Panthers finished fourth in the conference. Carroll and Trimble both held 2-4 records, but Carroll finished ahead of Trimble because they defeated Trimble in a conference game.

    The Panthers finished in fifth place with a 2-4 record.