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Year of Dragons

Jun 17, 2013 12:35PM ● Published by tina

Dragon Sports by Rick Herrin

Carroll Athletics continues to thrive 

The 2012–13 school year marked another year of athletic excellence for the Carroll Dragons, but this year there were some new headlines that marked places in the program’s long-standing history. Among the news-making moments include a runner who left her mark in two sports and Carroll Senior High School coming alive at night. The following are the top news-making moments in Dragons sports for the past school year.

Lady Dragon Front Runner
Senior Courtney Kriegshauser leaves behind a long-distance running legacy at Carroll that will be hard to match. The Vanderbilt-bound runner owned the 1,600-meter event at the UIL State Track and Field meet the past two seasons. She repeated as the Class 5A state champion, becoming the school’s most accomplished distance runner in the state’s highest classification. Kriegshauser leaves as Carroll’s record holder in the 1,600-meter (4:49) and 800-meter (2:13) events and finishes her career with eight state medals from track and cross-country in her four years.

Under The Lights
For the first time in the history of the school district, the varsity baseball and softball teams played under the lights on their home campus. Lights were installed on the Carroll Senior High School fields, allowing for long-standing day games to be night games and playoff games to be played under the lights. In the past, the Lady Dragons played home games in the afternoon at CSHS or at night at Bob Jones Park in Southlake. The Dragon baseball team shifted its start times from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. after the lights were installed.

Powerhouse In The Pool
The Dragon swimming and diving dynasty is currently reigning over Class 5A. Carroll coach Kevin Murphy has led the Dragons to three consecutive state championships, and the Lady Dragons have won back-to-back titles. The run of dominance has been hard to stop for the rest of the state with Carroll’s overwhelming talent pool. The tradition continued this year with state champions in the boys 400-meter free relay and Jonathan Roberts’ individual titles in 200- and 500-meter free. Diver Bryce Klein concluded his outstanding career with his second state title and a UIL record point total.

Tennis Sets Record For Qualifiers
The most decorated year in Carroll tennis happened this season. The Carroll Dragon tennis team, led by coach Corey Aldridge, set a record by qualifying two doubles teams and one singles player for the Class 5A state tennis tournament in Austin. Girls singles player Kelley Anderson won the Region I title, and Eshan Dave and Collin Alexander qualified in boys doubles. Meredith Hope and Brittaney McCasin qualified in girls doubles.

Leaders Of The Pack
With high expectations coming off a banner year, the Carroll cross-country teams delivered under pressure. After winning the Class 5A boys and girls titles the previous year and with many of the top runners returning, Carroll was the state favorite. They met expectations and earned back-to-back state titles behind another powerful pack of runners built through intense training and dedication. The reward of their hard work will live on in the Carroll Senior High School trophy case and in memories of their amazing two-year run.

Lady Dragons Return To State Tournament
The Carroll Lady Dragon soccer team combined great talent, leadership, star seniors and youthful standouts. It nearly led to a Class 5A state title. Coach Matt Colvin’s team finished as the state runner-up in the team’s first return trip to the state tournament since winning the state championship in 2008. The team that produced a school-record 30 victories included multiple college-bound players and the school’s all-time leading scorer, Sophie Groff.

See more about Carroll Athletics and its pursuit of the Lone Star Cup

Photo Credit - Rex Teter Photography

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Rick Herrin is the Carroll ISD Communications and Marketing Department's Video Webmaster.  He also works closely with the athletic department covering events and managing sports news for the district.  He is a long-time follower of Dragon athletics and formerly covered Carroll as a sports reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Grapevine Sun. 

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