Category: Sports

Teens competing this week at National High School Finals Rodeo

Tana Drew, of Malvern, earned a position on the Ohio National High School rodeo team and is competing this week in Lincoln, NE, in the 73rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). A sophomore at Malvern Hornet Digital Academy, she is competing in girls cutting, breakaway roping and goat tying. Also competing at the NHSFR, are Dalton Walling, Isaiah Tullius , Chance Fryer and Cooper Smitley. Walling, the 2021

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Alumni plans return to CHS for July 16 basketball fundraiser

Rosters are taking shape for the inaugural Carrollton Basketball Fundraiser Alumni Game. The games are scheduled to take place July 16 in the high school gym. Action begins at 6 p.m. with a girls alumni contest followed by the boys game. Those scheduled to play in the girls game as of July 9 includes Abby Laizure (class of 2021), Rachel Devine, Jessica Ujcich, Ali Poole, Cailee Husted, Tessa Isom (2012),

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2021 football divisions, regions announced

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season last week. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs. Divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports. In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days

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Trap shooters impressive at state singles tournament

Coach pleased with performance High winds and rain greeted members of the Carrollton Shooting Club who participated in the State SCTP Trap Singles Tournament, held June 21 at the Cardinal Center in Morengo. “For the high winds and rain we had, all the kids did a great job!” commented Coach Mike Rummell. “I am ecstatic on how well they performed, especially with the weather conditions they had to deal with.

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Local weightlifter sets national mark

Several area weightlifters recently competed in the World Raw Federation competition. Dustin Kempf set national records for the Open Abs 165 lbs. Sub Master with the following:  Squat, 540 lbs.; bench 308 lbs.; deadlift, 600 lbs.; for a total of 1,448 lbs. Mike Buckey won first in the 198 lbs. open. His results were: Squat, 606 lbs.; bench 308 lbs.; deadlift, 672 lbs.; for a total of 1,586 lbs. Nick Perorazio

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Pro Football Hall of Fame to host state football championships

The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a three-year agreement for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton. The games, across Ohio’s seven divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium beginning in 2021. Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief Administrative Officer Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute outlined the partnership at a news

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Trap shooters to participate in state tourney June 21

Several members of the Carrollton High School Shooting Club are slated to participate in the state SCTP Trap Singles Tournament at Cardinal Center in Marengo June 21. The list includes: Lane Barna, Richard Johnson, Cooper Haun, Grady Gansheimer, Mack Gansheimer, Paul Eshler, Kaylee Joseph, Wyatt Dolvin, Aiden McNutt, Dakota Ketchum,  Brody Casper, Devon Ulman, Dustin Ulman, Dylan Ulman, Ben Stoneman, Hayden Risaliti, Connor Lowdermilk, Brody Gonda, Brody Moore and Nicholas

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Baker’s shot put toss holds up for state title

Adds two runner-up, one third place award in seated track events By Carol McIntire Editor Jacob Baker capped off his high school track and field career with a state championship and four All-Ohio certificates at Hilliard Darby High School Friday, June 4. The 2021 graduate won the seated shot put with a throw of 19-feet, 4.5 inches, one inch better than Jaydon Jenkins of Elmwood High School. For Baker, the

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Warriors, Lions earn state track berths

By Carol McIntire, Editor Carrollton and Minerva each qualified a boys 4×100 and a girls 4×800 relay team to the Division II state track meet June 4 and 5 at Pickerington North High School. Carrollton’s 4×100 relay team includes sophomores Brock Smith and Nathan Baker, junior Austin Colletti and senior Talen Timberlake. Minerva’s team includes seniors Demetrius Evans, Chance Martineau, Deston Kropf and Garrison Markins. Timberlake also qualified in the

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Division II Regional Track Results from May 27

Several area relay teams and a high jumper punched their tickets to the state track meet during the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Chillicothe May 27. The Minerva and Carrollton girls 4×800 relay teams qualified by placing second the third respectively. The Lions team of Jenna Cassidy, Aubrey Dunham, Cailyn Bright and Hera Hoffee clocked a time of 9:52.19. The Warrior foursome of Josie Burgett,

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Peshina wins Div. III district track title

Malvern senior Paige Peshina won the Division III district title in the 400 and was the runner-up in the 1600 to earn berths at regional competition at Massillon this week. Peshina had times of 1:02.48 in the 400 and 5:38.82 in the 1600. She also anchored the 4×400 relay team which placed third in a time of 4:21.31 to earn a regional berth. Other members of the relay include Lanie

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Lions, Warriors earn berths in regional track meet

Compete Thursday, Saturday at Chillicothe for state meet slots By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton and Minerva qualified athletes to this week’s Division II regional track meet at Chillicothe. Carrollton qualified two girls relay teams and three individuals and the boys team qualified two relay teams and one individual during the Division II district meet last week at West Holmes High School. Minerva, which also participated in the district event at

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Lady Rockets to compete for district title

After becoming the first team in Conotton Valley Schools history to be sectional softball champions, the Lady Rockets continue their quest as they face Tuscarawas Central Catholic May 19 at the Carrollton Field of Dreams at 5 p.m. for the district championship. The Lady Rockets played Caldwell in the district tournament at Franklin Park in Strasburg May 10. They scored two in the first inning and never looked back. They posted

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Lady Rockets make history with sectional championship title

The 2021 Lady Rockets softball team wrote their page in school history defeating Toronto 8-2 May 13 to score the school’s first sectional championship. The Lady Rockets battled back from a two run deficit for the win. They had eight hits on the night lead by Emily Siedel with a triple and single. Masyn Baker, Chloe Stuber, Jordyn Braun, Sarah Schaar, Ellie Bower and Delaney Peters each had a hit.

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Warriors, Lions earn individual league titles

Eastern Buckeye Conference championships wrap up league season Carrollton senior Talen Timberlake and Minerva junior Connor Shingleton each won two titles and Minerva junior Abby Wheeler and Garrison Markins each claimed one during the Eastern Buckeye Conference Track and Field Championships May 14 at Canton South High School. Carrollton senior Jacob Baker won the 100 seated (17.74), 400 seated (1:00.15) and 800 seated (2:04.77). Timberlake returned to the high jump

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Baker qualifies for next month’s Paralympic trials

CHS senior breaks his own 100 seated state record at Fairless Invitational Carrollton senior Jacob Baker broke his own Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state record in the 100 seated dash at the Fairless Invitational May 7. His time of 16.45 also qualified him to the Paralympic trials this June in Minnesota for a chance to compete for team USA. He currently is the second fastest wheeled high school athlete

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Warriors, Lions, Hornets shine at Cogan Invitational

Clayton, Barker, Baker earn MVP awards for hosts By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton claimed the lion’s share of the top awards at the Larry Cogan Warrior Invitational April 30 at Community Field on a windy, cool day. Freshman Arianna (Ari) Clayton won Girls MVP after winning the 100, 400, 200 and was a member of the winning 4×2 relay, Senior Jacob Baker was awarded the Boys MVP after setting records

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Lady Rockets win OVAC title

The Lady Rockets won the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) championship May 1 shutting out the number one seed Weirton Madonna 11-0. Conotton scored four in the first inning with three of those from a triple by Delaney Peters. The Lady Rockets put up 11 hits in the contest to shut out Madonna. Masyn Baker had a big game for the Rockets with two home runs, one of which came

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Hornets pick up IVC win over TCC

The Malvern Hornets baseball team defeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic 8-1 at home April 19. Top hitters for the Hornets included Ethan Bush with three singles and three runs; Noah Ball, two doubles and two RBI’s; Adam Moser, three singles and Connor Lefevre, two singles. The Hornets scored one run in the first and fifth innings and two runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Derk Hutchison was the winning

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Baker sets new state mark in 100M

Jacob Baker continues to excel in track and field events. The Carrollton senior, who was a state runner-up in two events at the 2019 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state meet, set a new state record in the 100M seated athlete event April 17at the Lidderdable Invitational, held at Sandy Valley High School. His new mark of 16.76 bested the old mark of 16.97 set by Casey Followay in

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Malvern relay team sets new school record

The Malvern boys and girls track teams participated in the Sandy Valley quad with East Canton and Tusky Central Catholic (TCC) April 6 at Sandy Valley. Boys results The 4×200 relay team set a school record of 1:37.4 during the competition. The team is comprised of senior Adam Moser, junior Landyn Huffman and sophomores, Xavier Watson and Shane Rodgers. Moser placed third in the 100 (12.10), 2nd in the 200

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Bats on fire as CHS diamond team cranks out 38 runs in three wins

Coach Brian Connelly’s Carrollton Warriors varsity baseball team continued its strong offensive output over the last week by picking up three non-league wins. The Warriors soundly defeated United Local 21-6, New Philadelphia 9-3 and Indian Creek 8-3. The team lost to Canton McKinley 11-2 in a non-league game. United Local The Warriors traveled north to Hanoverton April 8 where they erased  a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the

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CHS freshman earns West Holmes Invite MVP award

Arianna Clayton wins three running events in first varsity competition Carrollton freshman Arianna Clayton won two events, placed second in another and was named the MVP of the West Holmes Knights Invitational Track Meet April 10 at Millersburg. Clayton won the 400M in a time of 1:01.23 and the 200 (26.72). She also placed second in the 100 (12.86). The Warrior girls placed fourth in the 17-team field. Highland won

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Pidgeon throws one hitter; softball team blanks Beaver Local

Offense explodes for seven runs in second inning By Carol McIntire Editor A seven-run second inning propelled the Carrollton softball team to a 10-0, five-inning shutout over Beaver Local in the season opener March 30 at the Carrollton Field of Dreams. Sunny skies and exceptionally warm temperatures greeted the team as they took the field for the first time since the 2019 season. “It felt amazing to be back on

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Warriors win opener

Strong offensive effort, aggressive base running add up to 13-3 win over Tusky Central Catholic By Carol McIntire Editor Opening day for the Carrollton Warriors baseball team looked more like the first day of summer than the last day of March as temperatures surpassed the 70-degree mark and sunglasses and shorts were appropriate attire for the game. The host Warriors gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as they blew

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Spring sports preview

The Carroll County Messenger is featuring its annual Spring Sports Preview in the March 31 issue available on newsstands now. Find out what lettermen are returning, who coaches think are promising newcomers and when and where your favorite teams are playing. The preview features Carrollton, Conotton Valley, Malvern and Minerva teams.

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Fowler to become Golden Eagle

Carrollton senior Carenda Fowler signed a National Letter of Intent recently to bowl for the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Golden Eagles for her former Carrollton Coach Vera Fox, who now leads the Kent State program. Fowler is a three-year letter winner for the Warriors and bowled at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in the 2021 Division II state championships with the Warriors, who placed seventh. She is shown above seated

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Work continues at Edison sports facilities

Plans to unify sporting activities at Edison High School are progressing and officials received the latest update on the project. Superintendent Bill Beattie informed school board members during the March 16 session that work was continuing on the new facilities, which will boast a fieldhouse and softball and baseball fields in addition to the football field that is already in existence. Leaders are also excited to utilize the new track

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CHS athletic official compiling basketball history

Can you help fill in the gaps? Carrollton High School Assistant Athletic Director Ron Colaprete is nearing completion on a comprehensive history of boys and girls basketball teams since the program’s inception in 1908 to the present time. “It’s taken quite a bit of research and time to put this together,” Colaprete noted. “Most everything is complete with the exception of some missing team pictures of both boys and girls

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On the podium

Burress, Carman stand at the state wrestling tournament By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The state wrestling tournament was heartwarming for one wrestler and heartbreaking for the other. Minerva senior Jarrett Burress and Carrollton freshman Josh Carman placed second and fourth, respectively in the 84th Ohio State Wrestling Individual Tournament. Both wrestlers left everything they had on the mat. Burress, a senior at Minerva, came into the tournament as a

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Hawks outscore Hornets late, win district title

Another Hiland-Malvern classic  By Bob Evans Correspondent Over the years the Malvern Hornets and Hiland Hawks have played some classic basketball games. Last Friday’s Division IV district championship will find its way into that category. In a game in which the lead changed hands many times, the Hawks outscored the Hornets 8-2 in the final minute-and-a-half to pull away for a 48-43 victory and a trip to the Sweet

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STATE BOUND: Barker, Carman, Pidgeon; Walker; Burress, Norris, Norris

Different look to state tourney for 2021 The Ohio School Athletic Association’s 84th State Wrestling Tournament is scheduled March 13 and 14 at three separate venues across the state. Due to COVID-19 regulations, each division will be held at a separate location. Division II (which includes wrestlers from Carrollton and Minerva) will take place at Highland (Marengo) High School in Marengo, in Morrow County. Area wrestlers competing in Division II

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Nearly 30 area wrestlers move on to second day of district competition

The first day of district wrestling competition for Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) wrestlers has concluded. Division II is being held at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis. Division III is at Coshocton. Division II Carrollton and Minerva are competing in D2. In the first session (106 lbs. – 145 lbs.), Carrollton freshmen, Kolton Barker, Josh Carman and Levi Pidgeon, and junior Dom Speelman will compete in the championship

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From Carrollton, Malvern and Minerva Six champions, 19 sectional placers head to district competition

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Twenty-five area wrestlers continue their quest to the state tournament after competing in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OSHAA) individual sectional tournaments held Feb. 27. Carrollton and Malvern wrestling teams each have eight wrestlers advancing to the district tournaments March 5 and 6. Minerva has nine wrestlers advancing. The top four finishers in each bracket advanced to district competition. Due to COVID-19 restrictions,

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Pasiuk brothers, Peters, Warner qualify for NCAA national tournaments

By Todd Rutledge CCM Contributor The Pasiuk brothers continue to dominate the college wrestling ranks. In his first match of the season, Carrollton native and Army West Point freshman Ben Pasiuk recorded his first collegiate victory at 174 lbs., with a commanding 20-11 major decision over Jake Logan of Lehigh. Pasiuk had been out for the first few matches with an injury. Lehigh edged Army in the dual 18-16. The

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Bright wins Division II state bowling title

By Carol McIntire Editor Cailyn Bright saved the best for last. The Carrollton High School senior bowled the best three-game series of her high school career to win the Division II girls state bowling tournament individual title Feb. 26 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Bright rolled games of 239, 256 and 200 for a 695 series, which is third best in state tournament history. Her score was 30 pins better

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Cardinals, Warriors earn state berths

By Carol McIntire Editor Two area girls bowling teams and one individual are bound for the state bowling championships, slated for Feb. 26 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Sandy Valley and Carrollton qualified as teams after placing one-two at the district event Feb. 17 at Legacy Lanes in Coshocton. The Cardinals and Warriors also placed first and second at the sectional event one week earlier to qualify for district competition.

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Lady Rockets lead contingent headed to district bowling events

Conotton Valley leads a contingent of five area bowling teams and three individuals competing in district action this week. The Lady Rockets won the Division II East District Sectional at St. Clair Lanes in St. Clairsville Feb. 11 in a field of nine teams.  Sandy Valley won the girls Division II  East District sectional at Boulevard Lanes at Dover and Carrollton placed second. The Minerva and Carrollton boys teams punched

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Lions clinch EBC title in showdown at Carrollton

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Like any Carrollton-Minerva athletic event, the Feb. 11 wrestling match between the two teams was filled with tension, cheers and a tinge of anticipation. Both teams were undefeated when they met in the Carrollton gym for the last varsity match of regular season with the Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) championship on the line. The Warriors took an early lead and led the majority of

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EBC CHAMPS!

Carrollton is home to the 2020-21 Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) seventh grade girls basketball champions! The Warriors won the title Feb. 9 when they hosted Salem in the championship game in the Bell-Herron Middle School gym, posting a 31-19 win. Carrollton won the right to play in the championship game by defeating Minerva 29-14 in a semi-final contest Feb. 6. “The girls knew they had to play as a team

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Malvern continues dominance on court, tops East Canton 96-49

Malvern was just shy of doubling up the final score when they traveled to East Canton Feb. 6 to face their Inter Valley Conference North Division foe, also known as the Hornets. Malvern returned home with a 96-49 win. Malvern junior Michael Minor recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four others reached double figures, led by senior Derk Hutchison with 23. Junior Johnny Browning contributed 18 points,

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Warriors top Marlington, set up showdown for EBC title

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The Carrollton wrestling team returned to the mat Feb. 4 after a COVID-19 hiatus, traveling to Alliance for an Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) match with the Marlington Dukes. The Warriors travel to Salem to face Salem and West Branch  this Tuesday, Feb. 9. They host Minerva for senior night in the final regular match of the season Feb. 11. As of Feb. 6, both

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Hutchison joins 1,000-point club in win over Crusaders

Derk Hutchison is the second Malvern Hornet to join the 1,000-point club this season. The senior reached the honor early in a Jan. 23 contest with Steubenville Central Catholic. He joins teammate Johnny Browning, who reached the milestone earlier this season and is the 22nd player in school history to surpass 1,000 points in his high school career. “Congratulations to Derk. It is quite an accomplishment,” noted Malvern Coach Dennis

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Laizure sets new 3-point mark in Warriors win

Carrollton senior guard Abby Laizure set a new mark for the most 3-point shots made in a game Jan. 27 at Steubenville Central Catholic. Laizure sank seven 3-pointers to surpass the previous mark set by Mandy Babe against Canton South and then again against Louisville, both in 1997. Carrie Swinford matched the effort twice in 1995, against Canton South and Akron Springfield. Laizure also tied the mark her sophomore season.

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Sectional pairings announced

Carrollton boys and girls bowling teams both earned No. 1 seeds when sectional pairings were announced Jan. 31. The Warriors boys team will compete in the East District Division II sectional Feb. 13 at Boulevard Lanes in Dover beginning at 2 p.m. The girls will travel to Boulevard Lanes in Dover Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Minerva will also compete in the East District sectional. The Lion boys team, seeded

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Hornet wrestlers on a roll

The Malvern Hornets mat men won a triangular with Harrison Central and Edison Jan. 19 at Harrison Central. Now 14-2 on the season with 19 dual wins, the Hornets defeated the Edison Wildcats 66-12 and Harrison Central 48-20. Edison The Hornets came out strong and claimed the win by pin or forfeit. Those pinning their opponents included TJ Proctor (113 lbs.) over Pittman in 1:14; Johnny Walker (120 lbs.) over

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CLEAN SWEEP!

Lady bowlers finish one-two at sectional preview tourney The Carrollton girls bowling team is at it again. The Warriors swept the top two places at the 14th Rootstown Rover Sectional Preview tournament Jan 16. The varsity squad won both the top team and individual honors and the junior varsity team placed second in the eight-team field. “I’m so incredibly proud of this group of lady warrior bowlers!” said Varsity Coach

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WARRIORS 52, LIONS 38

In hard-fought, foul-filled rivalry contest By Carol McIntire Editor Last week’s rivalry game between the Carrollton and Minerva girls basketball teams was everything a rivalry game should be: a hard-fought, intense, filled with three-point shots, riddled with fouls and a tale of two halves. Minerva owned the first half, winning the opening tip and holding leads of 12-10 and 20-19 after the first two quarters. Carrollton owned the final two

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Mission accomplished!

Grapplers finish busy week with unblemished mark By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The Warrior wrestlers had a bustling week participating in a triangular, a conference match and a quad in the same week. Carrollton was the winner, defeating every team they faced on the mat. Seven wrestlers went undefeated through the competitions. They included seniors, Troy Lane and Evan Lewis, and freshmen Kolten Barker, Josh Carman, Levi Pidgeon and

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