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Raiders rock Comets: East tennis continues winning streak

The East Carter girls tennis team is now 7 – 1, after an 11-0 victory over West Carter on Friday. The boys team, with a 3-0 victory, now have a record of 5 – 3. In singles competition the Lady Raiders’ Kaitlyn Conley and Andrea Ferguson held their opponents scoreless, with Conley beating Kayleigh Rayburn … Read More

Lady Raiders undefeated: Softball team now 5-0

The East Carter Lady Raiders are now 5-0 after victories against West Carter, Paris, Martin County, and Morgan County. While they’ve had to cancel two games against Betsy Layne due to the COVID policy, they’ve shutout opponents in their last three matches, going 12-0 against Martin County, 16-0 against Morgan County, and 20-0 against West … Read More

Pitcher Stephanie Tussey tosses the ball. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Lady Raiders start strong: Beat West Carter in first outing of season

It was a frigid April 1, but the East Carter Lady Raiders didn’t let the weather cool their drive to win. After having their first scheduled match against Betsy Layne cancelled due to COVID policy, the East Carter girls faced off against the West Carter Lady Comets in a match that lasted only three innings … Read More

Sweet smell of victory: East tennis wins against Rose Hill

The Raiders tennis teams each added another win to their season on Saturday. The East Carter boys are now 3 – 3 and the girls 5 – 1 after facing Rose Hill at the Ashland Tennis Center courts over the weekend.  The girls won 5-4, breaking even at 3-3 in singles, but winning 2-1 in … Read More

West Carter’s Tyson Webb takes a shot against Raceland in this file photo. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Blazer halts Comets progress: Boys and girls both fall to Ashland

The West Carter Lady Raiders played one round of ball before having their 16th region dreams cut short. The boys did a little better, making it into the second round before losing in overtime play. But it was the Ashland Paul Blazer teams that shut both down.  West Carter GirlsThe West Carter girls started out … Read More

East Carter takes home win against Morgan Co: Tennis teams go undefeated on Friday

The East Carter tennis teams went undefeated on Friday in all of their singles and doubles matches to take home wins against Morgan County for both the boys and the girls.  The Lady Raiders won all four of their matches, with Maria Hayes triumphing over Morgan’s Terra Wireman in singles action, 8-0, and Kaitlyn Conley … Read More

Alexis Bond. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Comets 62nd District Champs: Boys and Girls advance to Regionals

The West Carter boys and girls basketball teams are both having fantastic seasons despite the damper COVID-19 has put on games.  Both teams brought home the 62nd District Championships last week for the school, with the boys beating Elliott County on Wednesday night and the girls triumphing over Morgan County to take their title the … Read More

Lady Comets end regular season play with win: Finish with 12 wins, 7 losses

The West Carter Lady Comets finished their regular season with a commanding 59-42 victory over the Elliott County Lions last week.  The Lady Comets’ Allie Stone opened the game with a three point shot, followed by a two point field goal from Elliott County’s Kiley Whitt. This was followed by two-pointers, in succession, from West’s … Read More

Teams begin district play after COVID plagued regular season

Carter County’s high school basketball players are preparing for District play after a regular season that suffered from almost as many cancelled games as games played for some teams. Those cancellations, related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and measures meant to keep teams and spectators safe, hit the East Carter teams especially hard.  The East Carter … Read More

Leetavious Cline runs the ball. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

West Carter’s Cline named Mr. Football finalist

 Kentucky’s Mr. Football award is kind of a big deal. Past winners of the award, chosen by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from across the state, have gone on to successful college and even NFL football careers. A young man could be forgiven if he was a little proud of being nominated, but … Read More

Jaelynn Steele is guarded by Shaelyn Steele. (Photo by Mason Branham, Greenup Gazette)

Bedeviled by Russell: Lady Raiders lose against Red Devil

FLATWOODS – East Carter could not solve the Russell defenses Monday, March 1. The Lady Raiders scored a season low 26 points in a 64-26 loss. The Russell press got the Lady Raider offense out of sync. Once getting the basketball into the half court, the Lady Raiders had problems getting the ball inside. They … Read More

Allie Stone (22) of West Carter dribbles by Raceland’s Aiyan Hapney (3) to beat the Raceland press in the first half. (Photo by Mason Branham, Greenup Gazette)

Lady Comets blaze past Raceland

RACELAND – Leading by a point at the half, West Carter held Raceland to only 12 points in the second half Saturday afternoon and went on to a 20-point win, 61-41. The lead was still one after a basket by Raceland’s Chloe Collins made the score, 32-31, early in the third quarter. A basket by … Read More

Connor Goodman (0) of East beats his Greenup County defender and heads toward the bucket in the first half. (Photo by Mason Branham, Greenup Gazette)

Raiders fall to Musketeers: Greenup wins over East Carter by 15

LLOYD – East Carter could not get its shots to fall Friday, March 5, especially in the first half, and fell behind big. Although the Raiders made a couple of charges in the second half, they were unable to catch up and fell, 68-53. East Carter’s Connor Goodman hit a three-point basket to open the … Read More

West Carter’s Bre Boggs has signed to play with the Midway University golf team. (Submitted photo)

West Carter athletes signed with college programs

Katie Barker, surrounded by her family – Carol, Natalie, Audrey, Bradley, and Bobby Barker – signs her intent to play soccer with Asbury University. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Barker heads to Asbury: Signs intention to play soccer with school

 The West Carter Lady Comets’ Katie Barker is going to Asbury University to play soccer, signing her intention to attend the school last week.  Asbury assistant coach Aaron Martin said Barker’s talent and hard work impressed the school.  “She was at every conditioning all summer,” Martin said. “And she was a team leader.” Barker thanked … Read More

(Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

West wins in overtime: Advances against Black Devils and wins next two against Morgan County

The West Carter Comets came back in overtime to overcome the Robertson County Black Devils last Wednesday, after ending the first half five points down and coming back in the second half to tie things up.  It was a tight, back and forth game, with both teams up by as many as six points, at … Read More

Lady Comets win against Lady Stangs

The West Carter Lady Comets won their first game in All A Classic state play against the Bishop Brossart Lady Stangs, but their next two games – a regular season game against Ashland Paul Blazer and an All A game against Walton-Verona – ended in losses for the West Carter team.  West ended their first … Read More

Kylie Gilliam signs with Kentucky Christian University

West Carter Lady Comets’ forward Kylie Gilliam signed her intention to play ball for the Kentucky Christian University Lady Knights last week.  The senior has averaged around 6.8 points per game this season, according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, scoring 68 points over 10 reported games (West Carter has played 13 games this … Read More

The West Carter Lady Comets will face Bishop Brossart and the boys Robertson County on Wednesday, February 24, in the first round of All A State Championship competition. (Photos by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Basketball scheduling returns to normal: COVID and ice storms have led to rescheduling

WestCOVID-19 and ice storms have both impacted basketball schedules this season. But things could be getting back to normal if we’re lucky. West Carter will host the first round of the All A State basketball championships, beginning tonight, if all goes to plan.  West Carter Athletic Director Corey Gee has released a schedule for the … Read More

Allie Stone (Photo by Mason Branham, Greenup Gazette)

Lady Comets win 16th Region All A Classic: Beat Lady Rams in a 73 to 36 blowout

 COVID-19 and the weather forced the 16th Region All A Classic to be cancelled three times before finally hitting the court Sunday, Feb. 14. Raceland had four steals and forced three other West Carter turnovers, and shutout West’s leading scorer, and still trailed, 21-8 as the first quarter ended. The Lady Comets led, 11-8, following … Read More

Hunter Sammons (Photo by Mason Branham, Greenup Gazette)

West Carter beat Musketeers: Strong second half leads to 15 point victory

LLOYD – Greenup County did a poor job of taking care of the basketball, especially in the third quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in a 62-47 loss to West Carter. The Musketeers trailed only 35-31 after Trenton Hannah put back a missed Musketeer shot about three minutes into the third quarter. Over the next seven minutes … Read More

The 2021 West Carter Comets are the 16th Region All “A” champions, prevailing over Raceland in a tight contest last week (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Comets are Region 16 All “A” champs

For a while last week, things were looking grim for the West Carter boys. They ended their first period down by three points against the Raceland Rams, 15-18, and in the second they just didn’t seem to be connecting on their shots, despite ample opportunity. With the Comet’s lackluster performance, and an energized Raceland team, … Read More

Allie Stone shoots a free throw for the West Carter Lady Comets. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Lady Comets zoom past the Raiders: West built second half lead for 66-50 win

The East Carter Lady Raiders and West Carter Lady Comets came into the second period fairly close in the score department, ending the first period with the Comets up three, 17-14. By the time the first half ended, though, the Lady Comets held a commanding lead that they’d fight hard to keep until the end … Read More

Lady Comets advance to regional championship round: Beat Menifee 57-50 in fast paced final period

Friday night’s game between the West Carter Lady Comets and the Menifee Lady Cats was a nail biter at times, despite West Carter’s eventual seven point victory. Menifee tried hard to rally, coming within three points of the Comets early in the third period, and within two points twice in the fourth period, but always … Read More

Trevor Cline(10) of East Carter blocks the shot of Greenup County’s Trenton Hannah (44). (Photo by Mason Branham, The Greenup Gazette)

East open season with win over Greenup: Raiders rally in second half for 57-44 victory

GRAYSON – East Carter’s defense in the opening four minutes of the second half totally changed the complexion of the game last Tuesday, January 12, as East opened its season with a 57-44 win over Greenup County. The Musketeers were leading, 19-16, after a low-scoring first half. But the East defense quickly changed things around, … Read More

Gage Leadingham, back from a serious football injury, scored 11 points for the Comets. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

Comets win over Fairview: Team is 3 for 4 on the season

The West Carter Comets played their third game of a fast paced basketball season on Saturday, triumphing over the Fairview Eagles 54 to 47. It was the Comets second victory after starting the season with a 51-77 loss to Shelby Valley. West Carter ended the first half 17 up over Fairview, with a score of … Read More

Lady Comets dominate Fairview: 59-22 win gives West Carter a 2-1 season

The West Carter Lady Comets were on fire Saturday, dominating the Fairview Lady Eagles in a game that had them up by 28 at the end of the first half and finished with a score of 59-22. The West Carter girls played a fast, passing game that frustrated the Fariview team while they built an … Read More

Comets end season with 34-35 loss to Beechwood

All good things must come to an end, and after a heartbreaking last minute touchdown and successful two-point conversion by Beechwood with just over two minutes left in the final quarter, the season ended for the West Carter Comets with a 34-35 loss to the Tigers. The loss, which left the Comets with a 10 … Read More

Leetavious Cline lifts weights on the sideline after scoring a touchdown in this file photo. (Photo by Jeremy D. Wells, Carter County Times)

More for the record book: West Carter adds to individual and team records with tenth win of season

 West Carter played their first game in regional competition last Friday, against Walter Verona, holding the visitors scoreless until the final quarter and winning the game 43-6 to advance to the next round of semi-finals.  Leetavious Cline scored the first four touchdowns for the Comets, adding 23 carries and 180 yards to his record to … Read More

Starting strong: West Carter dominates in the first game of playoffs

West Carter had a strong showing in their first game of the playoffs against Prestonsburg, holding the Blackcats scoreless until the final period, and ending the game with a score of 36-7 last Friday.  West scored their first touchdown in the first quarter with eight minutes and 16 seconds on the clock on a 79 … Read More

West Carter’s Madison Adkins signs with Tusculum University

West Carter High School’s Madison Adkins signed to play volleyball at Tusculum University last week.  “I’ve loved being a part of West Carter’s athletics,” Adkins said. “The support from the parents, school administration and students has been unimaginable.”  “Looking toward the future,” she continued, “I can’t wait to be a Pioneer at Tusculum University. I’m … Read More

West Carter’s Trevor Callahan signs with Morehead State University

West Carter senior Trevor Callahan signed his intent to play baseball for Morehead State last Wednesday.  “I’m super excited about going to Morehead,” the pitcher said. “I get to kind of stay close to home, close to family. It’s always been my goal and dream to play for Morehead State and I finally get to … Read More

Football gets a pass: Other sports and in-person instruction canceled

There was some good news for football fans during the Carter County Board of Education’s regular meeting last week, but it was bittersweet. Superintendent of schools Dr. Ronnie Dotson announced that all winter sports were being cancelled, along with all in person instruction, as the state struggles to get a grip on rising COVID-19 numbers. … Read More

West Carter triumphs over Russell: Comets have first ever win in last minute upset

RUSSEL – West Carter was down by one, with less than three minutes left in their game against Russell last Friday, when Russell’s quarterback Charlie Jachimczuk intercepted a pass on a play that West needed to win the game, taking the score to 21-13 and seemingly assuring Russell of their 28th win over the Comets. … Read More

Lady Comets falter in tournament play

OLIVE HILL – Russell took advantage of West Carter hitting errors to beat the 62nd District runners-up in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16, last Tuesday, to close out the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament.  West gave Russell its first four points of the match on two hitting errors, a serving error and a … Read More

East Carter eliminates Lady Musketeers: Lady Raiders win in tournament play

OLIVE HILL – East Carter scored the first four points of the match and never looked back last Monday, eliminating Greenup County in the opening round of the 16th Region Tournament at West Carter.  East won in three sets, 25-11, 25-7, 26-24.  After being routed in the first two sets, the Lady Musketeers took East … Read More

West wins again: Comets beat Rebels on the road

Boone County started out strong, and West Carter had two of their touchdowns called back in the second half, but none of that was enough to slow the Comets momentum as they triumphed over the Rebels for their sixth win of the season.  Boone County’s Braden McCarty scored the first touchdown of the game, on … Read More

Raiders win district championship: Miller breaks regional scoring record

Both the boys and girls East Carter soccer teams won their district championships last Wednesday, taking both teams into the 16th Regional tournament with strong records.  The East Carter High School boys won their district championship in a match against Greenup County that saw the team’s Ethan Miller break a nearly 30-year-old record for the … Read More

West snaps back for win over Greenup: Wins 3-2 after losing in first two sets

LLOYD – After dropping the first two sets Tuesday, Oct 13, West Carter faced suffering one of the biggest upsets in the history of 16th Region volleyball. Instead, the Lady Comets fought off two match points and went on to beat Greenup County, 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 29-27, 25-20, 15-12).  In the third set, Greenup County … Read More

West winning streak broken: Comets lose on the road against Paintsville

All good things must come to an end, and the West Carter High School football team’s winning streak is no exception. The Comets lost to Paintsville on Friday night, 12-34 in a game where the Tigers just weren’t willing to give any ground.  Both teams came into the match-up undefeated and the scores stayed close … Read More

Comets blaze past Blackcats: West Carter football continues winning streak

The West Carter Comets continued their winning streak last Friday, triumphing over the Prestonsburg Blackcats with a 58-7 win.  The Comets came out strong, scoring their first touchdown less than a minute into the game when Leetavius Cline made the first touchdown for West Carter on a 39 yard run with 11:46 on the clock. … Read More

Raiders take loss at Paul Blazer: Final score Ashland 54, East Carter 7

The Raiders took their second loss of the season at Ashland Paul Blazer last Friday, with the Tomcats winning over East Carter 54-7.  Blazer scored 5 rushing touchdowns and had two touchdown pass receptions, rushing for a total of 325 yards and passing for 140. Blazer also scored two field goals and were good on … Read More

West leaves Bath in the drink: 53-12 win gives West Carter a record of 4-0 this season

Bath County may have scored the first touchdown of the game last Friday, but that’s all West Carter gave them, even denying them the final touchdown of the game. Dylan Roe ran that in for the Comets with only 9 seconds left in the game.  Bath County’s Jordan Everman scored that first touchdown, on a … Read More

Red Devils win over Lady Raiders in volleyball action

FLATWOODS – After losing the second set, Russell took charge at the net and beat East Carter, 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-6, 25-6) Monday, September 28.  The Lady Raiders got of to quick starts in the first two sets.  Three kills by Jascie Greene and two aces from Kileigh Boggs got East out to a 5-1 … Read More

Raiders roll over Bobcats: Win against Betsy Layne bring record to 3-1

East Carter kept their winning streak going on the road last week, with a 70-34 win over the Betsy Layne Bobcats. The Raiders beat the Bobcats with a running game, rushing for a total of 540 yards and allowing Betsy Layne to rush for only 49 yards. Betsy Layne out passed the Raiders, with East … Read More

Grayson Heart of the Parks Tennis Classic 2020

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, The Grayson Heart of the Parks Tennis Classic Tournament was postponed in June. Ashland held the only other tournament as a part of the Appalachian Tennis Series of tournaments – all others were postponed and later canceled. After consulting with the tournament committee, the Carter County Health Department, and … Read More

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