High School Sports

  • The athletic field construction project is coming along
  • Confidence still high despite season-opening loss at Grant County, 48-8

    Carroll County struggled on the road at Grant County Friday night, trailing 40-0 heading into the fourth quarter, ultimately falling 48-8.

    The Panthers gave up three fumbles in the Braves’ red zone and a completed pass to the 11-yard-line was called back due to a personal foul penalty. The Panthers also struggled on special teams, allowing two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

  • Cross country blends athletes from other sports into one team

    Carroll County boys and girls cross country teams each return a runner that competed in the state tournament last fall and new Carroll County head Coach Molly Shirley expects to lean heavily on juniors Guillermo Cruz and Haley Dermon.

    Cruz participated in an international program last summer where he ran two races in Australia and one in Hawaii. He finished 48th out of 3,318 runners in the 5.7 km race July 4, and 34th in his 15-17 year old age group.

  • Warming up for the season

    Carroll County High School volleyball hosted Shelby County in a scrimmage game Aug. 12.

  • Six seniors lead Lady Panthers soccer team

    Defense and conditioning have been the themes of the summer for the Lady Panthers soccer team. And so far, head coach Greg Damron likes what he sees.

    “We’ve been really pushing a new defense and a lot of conditioning,” he said. “We’re running a lot in the preseason so we can last longer during the game.”

    The Lady Panthers will have 13-14 players on varsity, so it cannot afford to have any injuries. The players need to be “in tip-top shape,” Damron said.

  • Girls golf searching for one more to fill squad

    The Carroll County girls’ golf team is populated with new faces this year as first-year head coach Josh Grooms takes over the program that returns one player from last year, sophomore Ciara Hamilton.

    Hamilton will begin her fourth year on the team. Grooms said she is stroking the ball well and has consistently scored below 50 for nine holes during the practice rounds. “If she is on her game, Hamilton can compete at the Eighth Region All “A,” NCKC conference and the regional tournaments,” Grooms said.

  • New faces will help volleyball defend its 31st District title

     Carroll County’s 31st District champion volleyball team lost four three-year starters to graduation last spring, opening up the floor to a group of inexperienced players to fill some big shoes.

    Carroll County head coach Lynn Eaglin said that only Allie Simmons, one of the six seniors on this year’s team, saw significant varsity time last year.

    Seniors Lee Lee Rabago, Taylour Brown, Makayla Lillard and Sarah Holloway all played on the junior varsity team last season and the other senior Carmen McArter is back after not playing last year.

  • New coaches, new system for Panthers football

    It’s the beginning of a new era for the Carroll County Panthers football program. The 2015 season brings a new head coach, an almost entirely new coaching staff, new offensive and defensive schemes and (eventually) a new athletic complex. The players will look different on the outside, sporting new uniforms and new helmets, head coach Lee Downey also wants to see a difference on the inside, as well.

  • Panthers soccer seeks its fourth straight district title

    Carroll County High School’s boys soccer team is gunning for an unprecedented fourth consecutive district title.
    Carroll County head coach Ben Crutcher is excited about the potential of this year’s team. The team is junior and senior heavy, and the players have been in the program a long time.
    “They will bring a lot of leadership and experience to the field this year,” Crutcher said.

  • Carroll County boys’ golf season to begin August 18

    Carroll County High School’s boys’ golf team has a new coach when Duke Boles accepted the position early this summer after school was over.

    Boles takes over for Josh Mefford who resigned after coaching the team for three years.

    The team currently has two seniors, Justin Ray and Dru Walker, and two sophomores, Blake Belcher and Caleb Stephenson on the roster. Boles had the first look at his team at its opening practice on August 4.