Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

October 3, 2012

East boys and girls soccer celebrate seniors in style

Oct. 3, 2012 —     A driven East Carter soccer program kept the scoreboard moving last Thursday night in their matches against Bath County.  

    Fair weather and an excited atmosphere welcomed the seniors of East to their night of recognition.  Nearly 17 seniors started in what would be their last regular season home game ever. Not only were the seniors honored this night, but they also performed exceptionally well.

    The girls kicked things off with a high-scoring first half of their game. Goal scorers in the first half included the following: Taylor Burnett, Jennifer Adams, Ashley McDowell, Macy Dyer, Addie Damron, and Skyler LeGrande.  

    The second half would paint a similar picture with three more goals.  

    Senior Lexie Cline ended the match with a rocket from outside the 18 that made the final score of the match a 10-0 mercy. Coach Ben Fritz was very pleased with the girls’ performance. “We came out, took care of business, and did the things we needed to do to end the game early,” said Fritz.

    The Lady Raiders’ male counterparts would not breeze by so easily, but in the end they proved resilient against Bath County.  

    Each senior was able to step onto the pitch; even the injured got to start the match before being subbed out.  

    Quinn Huddle struck first with a juke and low shot, ending the Raiders’ unlucky streak of barely missed shots. Elijah Green also scored in the first half.  

    A bit of rough play lead to an East Carter penalty kick in the last moments of the first half.  

    Ushering from fellow teammates and the crowd finally convinced senior Dalton Gifford to take the shot. Gifford has been a starting defender for the Raiders since his freshman year, but had never scored in his high school career. Nerves were high as the crowed hushed for the PK. Gifford was able to easily place the ball in the back of the net in a very fitting moment for the team’s senior night.

    Elijah Green would also score in the second half, ending the game for a 4–2 Raiders’ win.  

    When asked about the direction of the season, Fritz said, “the boys have had a rough stretch, but at the same time they are starting to play better and come together. We are getting over a lot of injuries, but once we do that I think we’ll be ready.”

    And as for the girls, Fritz kept it positive.

    “These girls want to repeat and I feel like they have worked hard enough to be able to accomplish that.”

    The East Carter soccer program will be losing 17 seniors after this season. While this may be disheartening for the coaches to think about, the excellence of the program should aid in rebuilding the team for next season.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • F-1 Ben Jordan.JPG West Carter’s Ben Jordan

    West Carter sophomore Ben Jordan likes the spotlight on his team more than just himself. However, the two-sport athlete in Olive Hill turned heads throughout the 16th Region whether it is on the hardwood or on the diamond.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Cole Boggs.JPG Carter County Wildcats shutout by Cincinnati

    With the start of high school football preseason practices, college and professional just right around the corner, one team in Carter County has been throwing the pigskin around for almost two months.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-3 Jalen Simmons.JPG KCU football releases 2014 schedule

    Kentucky Christian University will play in four different states during the 2014 football season. The KCU Knights will kick off the 2014 season with an out-of-state trip to Cookeville to face Tennessee Tech on Aug. 28 in a Thursday night clash.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-1 Taylor Hickle.JPG Area teams compete in 7-on-7 passing camp

    Several area football teams are not wasting any time after the dead period to see how some kids compete.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Kristen Mayo.JPG Pass the ‘Mayo’

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-3 Conner Robinson.jpg Former Raider Robinson to play baseball at Northern Kentucky

    After sitting out just two games over the past two seasons, Connor Robinson is perfectly fine with having to prove himself yet again to earn playing time.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Running the Point: The countdown is on

    The dead period is over. For anyone who might not know what that means, it’s the mandated two-week layoff for any high school function.

    July 16, 2014

  • F-1 Trace Tackett.JPG 11-12 Morehead All-Stars claim area championship

    The 11-12-year-old Morehead All-Stars were not used to playing from behind. Down two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, they hit four straight singles to pull ahead for good as they defeated the Olive Hill All-Stars 9-7 to claim the Area 1 District 6 Championship.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-2 Ben Wilburn.JPG Olive Hill forces rematch in Area 1

    The 11-12-year-old Olive Hill All-Stars already had one loss to Morehead heading into Wednesday’s elimination game.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Three KCU programs earn NAIA Scholar status

    Three programs at Kentucky Christian University were named NAIA Scholar Teams for the 2013-14 academic year, the school’s athletic program announced.

    July 9, 2014