June 19, 2013 — With the sports seasons over for both East Carter and West Carter, let us take a trip down memory lane to relive some of the best moments that I have witnessed in my six months on the job as sports editor of the Journal-Times.
I am going to count down the top four moments I covered for both the Comets and the Raiders.
Because there are two schools to cover, I am going to break this down into two editions. I will start with West Carter and have East Carter’s version next week.
No. 4: West Carter Girls Basketball wins 16th Region All “A” Tournament: In his first year at the helm, Bart Stevens brought intensity on the sidelines it had not seen in quite some time. His style of play worked brilliantly on Jan. 17 in the 16th Region All “A” Championship against Elliott County.
Having to take the toughest road to win the title (four wins in seven days), the Lady Comets held on to defeat Elliott County to represent the 16th Region at the All “A” State Tournament in Frankfort. Led by Lexie Berry’s 22 points, she paced three West players in double figures to give the Lady Comets its fifth appearance in the small school tournament.
No. 3: Lady Comets take defending 16th Region Champion Ashland to the wire: The West Carter softball team had lost to the Kittens 10-0 and 17-1 in two regular season games. But in the 16th Region Tournament, The Lady Comets played with nothing to lose and almost came away with a monumental upset of Ashland. Megan Centers and Leatha Reynolds each had RBI base hits to lead Ashland 2-0 in the first five innings of the game. Offensively and defensively, everything was going right for West. But the sixth inning proved costly as Ashland’s McKenzie Vanover hit a three-run homerun to put the Kittens ahead for good. But you cannot take anything away from how West played, who put their most complete game together when they needed it.