Thursday, October 22, 2020

District Announces This Year’s Hall of Honor Class

The Carroll ISD Athletic Department created an Athletic Hall of Honor to celebrate excellence and salute the contributions of individuals whose advancement of athletics in Carroll ISD and beyond has made a profound difference in the lives of our young people and the community.

Each year, nominations are taken and multiple members will be selected to the Athletic Hall of Honor by a Hall of Honor committee. Once nominated, an individual will stay on the nomination list. Nominees can be coaches, teachers, administrators, athletes, fans, or booster club members who have contributed significantly to Carroll ISD athletics programs. Once nominated, individuals remain indefinitely on the nomination list for future consideration.

The following is the Class of 2015, which was honored at the Oct. 8 Homecoming Game at Dragon Stadium…

E.L. “Shup” Shuping, Dragon supporter/announcer
There were very few Dragon football or baseball games E.L. “Shup” Shuping didn’t attended during the 80s and 90s. Shuping, who passed away in 1995, was an announcer at the Dragon baseball games and famous for his crying dog whistles when a foul ball was hit into stands. The famous whistle came from years of experience as a former kanine and horse trainer in the Army. Shuping also had a regular seat at Dragon football games on Friday nights. Shuping, who everyone called “Papa Shup,” eventually had a seat dedicated to him with his name at old Dragon Stadium. The Dragon legacy lived on through his family with three children and two grandchildren who were all Dragons.

Aaron Luna, Football, Baseball, Track Athlete
One of the greatest athletes in Carroll history, Luna left his legacy as one of the schools’ running backs. As a three-year starter, Luna was an offensive cornerstone in the backfield during the Dragons’ championship reign after moving to Class 5A. Luna wasn’t only a speedy and powerful running back, he was one of the best baseball talents in the nation. The power hitter was also the centerpiece of Carroll’s lineup for three years leading the Dragons postseason each year. Following high school, Luna focused on baseball and became a freshman All-American at Rice University. He was drafted in the 9th round in 2008 by the St. Louis Cardinals and played five years in the minor leagues before retiring in 2012.

Chase Daniel, Football, Baseball Athlete
Daniel was another standout who helped the program return to dynasty status in Class 5A. As starting quarterback, Daniel led the Dragons to back-to-back state championship games and title in 2004. He was a two-time Class 5A state offensive player the year. He finished his high school career 31-1 as a starting quarterback and earned two rings, the other as a starting sophomore receiver in 2002. Daniel was also a standout pitcher for the Dragons. He followed with a star-studded career at the University of Missouri and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007. Daniel plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and earned a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints.

Colby Lowe, Cross Country & Track Athlete
Few distance runners have come through Carroll more successful than Lowe. He was an elite runner and one of the best in the nation and considered the school’s best male distance runner. Lowe was a five-time individual UIL Class 5A state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter distance events. He was also a leader on the Dragons’ cross country team and was a two-time individual champion at the state meet. In addition to these accolades, Lowe also still holds the record for the fastest two-mile time in the state. The 2007 graduate carried his success to Oklahoma State and helped lead the Cowboys to back-to-back NCAA Cross Country National Championships where he was a five-time All-American.

Kristi Eveland, Soccer, Basketball, Track Athlete
Eveland is regarded as one of the most talented female athletes in Carroll’s history. She was a multi-sport standout for the Lady Dragons and earned four letters in three sports — soccer, basketball and track. She helped lead the Lady Dragon soccer team to the playoffs and a district title in 2002. In basketball, she was a two-time all-district defensive player of the year. Eveland was also blessed with speed and was part of a record-setting 4×400 relay team that placed fourth at the state track meet. She also ran the 400 meters and 200 meters. After high school, Eveland played soccer at North Carolina and was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels and was part of three college national championships and set an NCAA record with 107 games played. Eveland also went on to play professional soccer for the Washington Freedom.

Todd Dodge, Football Coach
In seven seasons as Carroll’s head coach, Dodge returned Dragon football back to state powerhouse status. He went 98-11 and led the Dragons to four undefeated state championship runs in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and two mythical national titles. Over his final five years as head coach, the Dragons lost one game. In 2002, the Dragons became the first program in the state to win a championship in their first year in Class 5A. Dodge revitalized the program with a no-huddle, pass-based offense that became a model across the state. Dodge left Carroll for the University of North Texas and spent four years with the Eagles. He also coached at the University of Pittsburgh and returned to high school coaching in 2012 at Marble Falls. He is currently in his second year at Austin Westlake.