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High School Sports

  • Carroll wins home opener vs. Trimble

    The Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and managed to hold off a late-surging Raiders squad to get the win, 5-4, in their home opener Thursday, March 22.

    “I’m really happy about that because we’ve had trouble with (closing out games) in the past,” Carroll first year head coach Josh Mefford said. “We’ve had those bad innings where we’ve kicked the ball around, but this time they hit the ball … We kept our heads in it, and we made the plays we were supposed to make.”

  • Lady Panthers come close, but just short against Lady Raiders

    The Carroll County Lady Panthers battled back from a two-run deficit, but ultimately fell 3-2 to border rival Trimble County Wednesday at home.

    Trimble first-year head coach Tanya Black was overflowing with excitement following the game. “Our first two games we hit the ball pretty decent, but just couldn’t get over that hump and this time we fought hard and did well, very proud of them,” she said.

  • Tennis teams fall to Anderson

    The Carroll County High School girls and boys tennis teams battled Anderson County Monday in their first matches of the season. Head coach Juan Fernandez said, overall, he felt his teams played well, but were outmatched by two stronger Anderson clubs. The girls lost 1-4 while the boys lost 0-5.

    In the girls match, Fernandez said it was a little closer game than the score reflects. He said Anderson’s team is experienced and mature, while Carroll has one of the youngest rosters in the region.

  • Baseball juniors counted on to lead

    The Carroll County High School baseball team has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years and this year’s squad hopes that tradition will continue under the tutelage of first-year head coach Josh Mefford.

    Mefford, a 1998 CCHS graduate and baseball alum, previously coached the Panthers’ JV team and also assistant coached for a year at Trimble County High School.

  • Softball opens season with win over Grant County

    It’s been a long time since the Carroll County softball team notched a season opening win or defeated regional foe Grant County in a game. The 2012 edition of the Lady Panthers did both Tuesday, March 13, winning 3-1 at home.

    First-year head coach Dennis Hawkins said he could not remember when the last time either of these things had happened. A quick check on the KHSAA website shows neither have happened since at least 2002, the earliest full season statistics shown online.

  • CCHS 4x400 team wins first in home track meet

    The Panthers 4x400 meter relay team, made up of senior Evan Mefford, sophomore Michael Burns, sophomore Taylor Byrd and senior Devin Gray, finished in first place with a time of 3:48.24 at Carroll County’s All Comers meet on Tuesday, March 13. Carroll County hosted Switzerland County, Trimble County, Ludlow, Holy Cross (Covington), Williamstown, Bishop Brossart, Henry County and Owen County at the meet.

  • 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.