By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
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.
No. 2: Comets rally past Fleming on senior night: On a night where West’s two seniors were honored, the Comets would give them a memory that will last a lifetime. The Comets would rally not once, but twice to earn a hard fought 7-6 win over the Panthers. Senior Tanner Tackett pitched all seven innings and seventh grader Peyton Brown would reach base all four times to help aid the Comets to the signature victory. Any time Fleming would take a lead, West would jump right back until the very end and of course, Manager Brian Brown would be overjoyed with how his team played that night.
No. 1: Kyle Brown becomes the all-time leading scorer in West Carter history: West outgoing senior Kyle Brown etched his name in the history books once again. In his final home game in Olive Hill against Rowan County, Brown sank a three-pointer in the second quarter to give him 1,844 points that passed Casey Lowe for the all-time record. Brown would finish his career with 1,917 points. It is a feat that could stand a long time. With the drive and desire for the game of basketball that Brown had, West will have to find someone to fill his shoes the upcoming season. Also, that was the last time the Comets will play on that floor after West will replace the hardwood next season. I wonder if Kyle got a piece of the floor where he hit the shot …