Friday, September 24, 2021

Dragon Golfers Take Third at UIL State Tournament

Cole Fisher

GEORGETOWN – The Dragon golfers earned an impressive finish at the UIL Class 6A golf tournament on Tuesday.

The Dragons finished third in a highly competitive field at the Legacy Hills Golf Club. The Dragon team included Max Kettler, Caden Honea, Jacob Kelber, Cole Fisher and Evan Paquette.

Austin Westlake won the title with a score of 572, Plano West was second with 579 and Carroll scored 591.

The top Dragon golfer was Kettler, who shot 69 and 72 for a two-round total of 141.

View photos from the state tournament on the Carroll Golf Twitter account here.

Dragon Swimming, Diving Teams Capture Region 2 Championships

The Carroll Dragons boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams both earned Region 2-6A championships last weekend in Lewisville.

The Dragons qualified all six relay teams, five divers and 20 swimmers for the Class 6A state meet in Austin. Diving coach Carolyn Hryorchuk was chosen 2-6A girls’ coach of the meet.

The state swimming and diving state meet will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Texas Swim Center on the University of Texas campus.

Regional Relay finishes for the Dragons:  (ALL to State)
1st 200 med relay 1:47.25 with Kit Kat Zenick, Rachel Luevit, Anya Ittruck and Spencer Dockal
2nd 200 free relay 1:37.56 with Natalie Whalen, Amelia Rusli, Sydney Balint and Spencer Dockal
1st 400 free relay  3:32.56 with Natalie Whalen, Kit Kat Zenick, Amelia Rusli and Sydney Balint
1st 200 med relay 1:32.53 with Jack LeVant, Evan Kolde, Gus Karau and Landon Armstrong
1st 200 free relay  1:25.31 with Evan Kolde, Alex Zettle, Landon Jensen and Colter Carman
1st 400 free relay 3:02.79 with Jack LeVant, Alex Zettle, Landon Armstrong and Colter Carman

Top 3 medalists for the Dragons included:  (Top 2 are State Automatic Qualifiers)
1st Alex Zettle 200 free 1:38.17   State
2nd Gus Karau 200 free 1:40.92   State
3rd Kevin Repice 200 free  1:41.00  State  Call-UP
1st  Natalie Whalen  200 IM  2:02.81  State
1st  Colter Carman  200 IM  1:50.22   State
2nd Daniel Balint 200 IM  1:52.53  State
3rd Jaykob Williams  200 IM  1:53.36  State Call-UP
1st Spencer Dockal  50 free  24.47  State
1st Jack LeVant  50 free   20.52   State
3rd Landon Armstrong  50 free  21.36  State Call-Up
1st Kit Kat Zenick  100 fly  55.19  State
3rd Anya Ittiruck  100 fly  56.85  State Call-Up
1st Jack LeVant  100 fly  48.24   State
3rd Logan Davis  100 fly  50.17   State  Call-UP
2nd Evan Kolde  100 free  46.04  State
3rd Landon Armstrong  100 free  46.24  State  Call-Up
1st Natalie Whalen 500 free  4:58.37  State
2nd Ashley Zettle  500 free  5:05.45  State
1st Alex Zettle  500 free  4:25.20  State
2nd Colter Carman  500 free  4:28.68  State
3rd  Chris Lindley 50 free  4:33.10  State  Call-UP
2nd  Kit kat Zenick  100 back  56.36  State
3rd  Kevin Repice  100 back  52.94
1st Logan Davis  100 breast  57.17  State
2nd Evan Kolde  100 breast  57.89  State
1st Bridget O’Neil Diving  State
2nd Allison Ward  Diving  State
3rd Katie Crown Diving  State
2nd CJ Durant Diving  State
3rd Phillip Kleiman  Diving State

4th Sydney Balint 200 free  1:55.11
5th Ashley Zettle  200 free  1:55.38
5th Chris Lindley  200 free  1:43.07
5th Rachel Luevit 200 IM  2:10.02
8th  Anya Ittiruck  200 IM  2:14.28
7th Brian Hochman  200 IM  1:56.31
5th Amelia Rusli  50 free  25.18
6th Tina Karl  50 free  25.19
11th  Lana Jeter  50 free 25.89
5th  Landon Jensen  50 free  21.74
10th  Griffin Rea  50 free  22.35
4th Madelynn Tung  100 fly  58.20
4th  Gus Karau  100 fly  50.44   State Call-UP
5th Daniel Balint  100 fly  50.83  State Call-Up
4th Sydney Balint  100 free  53.72
5th  Amelia Rusli  100 free  54.52
13th Abby Cosenza  100 free  56.19
4th Landon Jensen  100 free  46.58  State Call-Up
7th  Logan Henry  100 free  48.39
5th Ashley Woods  500 free  5:09.57
6th  Eric Hart   500 free   4:40.52
4th Ashlee Shepherd  100 back  59.97
5th Miranda Faust  100 back  1:00.74
8th  Brooke Guerra  100 back  1:02.20
5th  Jack VandeBerg  100 back  53.16
6th  Logan Henry  100 back  53.43
9th Jaykob Williams 100 back  54.86
4th  Rachel Luevit  100 breast  1:06.94
5th  Lillian Duma   100 breast  1:07.87
7th  Tina Karl  100 breast  1:09.83
10th Natalie Gessner  100 breast  1:11.66
5th JP Reppeto  100 breast  59.56
8th Chris Ta  100 breast  1:01.94


SKIL Students See Leadership in Action

Last summer, the City of Southlake in collaboration with the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce began discussions to create a joint leadership program for the community’s youth.

After several months of planning the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (S.K.I.L.) program was formed and the first twenty students, all Carroll Senior High School Juniors, were selected to be the first in this program.

This program in its first year has proven to be very successful. Both the City and the school district have received numerous inquiries from interested parents and the current students have found the topics discussed in the program to be engaging, useful and interesting.

The S.K.I.L. programs success is primarily due to the contributions that each organization has committed and demonstrates the capabilities of a partnership with a common goal.

An example of the great results of this partnership was demonstrated this week, at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The S.K.I.L. students in addition to representatives from the Carroll Independent School District and the City of Southlake all met for a day of leadership learning with various leaders in the state including State Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, TxDot Chief Engineer Bill Hale, Justice Don R. Willett and City of Southlake’s very own, Mayor Laura Hill.

The students heard from all these experienced leaders and the challenges facing the state at all levels that not only affect the City, but also the school district, the chamber of commerce and our region.

All three organizations are looking forward to partnering together and collaborating next school year and are beginning discussions on what the program is going to look like next school year for even greater success.





Carroll Brother and Sister Selected to be Honorary Pages in Austin

Harding (2)Bluebonnets, lassos, cowboy hats and boots are just a few of the Texas-style details you’ll see painted on the walls at Johnson Elementary School and next month, two students will have an opportunity to experience the state Capitol in Austin.

Houston and Hayden Claire Harding were two of just 10 residents living in District 98 selected to serve as a Page for a Day for Representative Giovanni Capriglione.

Houston is a third grader and Hayden Claire is in second grade and both are JES students. The siblings say they are excited about getting to go to Austin later this month.

The page for a day program allows participants to experience the legislative process up close as they assist members on the House floor. Each page is eligible to serve one half-day shift during a legislative session.  The Texas Legislature is currently in it’s 84th regular session.

Capriglione-011Rep. Capriglione’s office says the page program offers a unique opportunity for students to witness the Texas Legislature in action and allows them to participate in the process.

“Working as a page is a valuable educational experience and it is always a pleasure to see student pages from my district visiting the Capitol,” said Rep, Capriglione.

Pages will be responsible for delivering messages throughout the Capitol, as well as performing other administrative tasks. Pages may keep their ID badges at the end of their service with the House.  Male pages must wear a coat and tie, while female pages are required to wear dresses, slacks, or other appropriate attire (no jeans, shorts, etc.). The application process for this session is over. A valid applicant must be a  resident of District 98 and submit a 300 word essay summarizing why they would like to be a page. Due to the 10 limited spaces available per member, applicants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

Lady Dragons Take Second, State Bound

girlsgolfLUBBOCK – The Carroll Lady Dragon golfers added another team bound for Austin and the Class 5A state tournament.

Carroll finished second overall at the Region I meet on Thursday and qualified for the state meet. The team shot 303 and 313 for a 616 total. The team was led by Leah Meza and Adriana Morillo. Both golfers shot a two-day total of 150. Ellie Youree shot 157, Allison Alonzo finished at 159 and Lexi Smith shot 185.

The Lady Dragons join two Dragon boys bound for state. The state tournament will be held April 28-29 in Austin.


Boys' Golf Qualifies Two Teams for 5A State

DragonStateGolfLUBBOCK – The Carroll Dragon boys’ golf teams dominated the leaderboard at the Class 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock earlier this week. The Dragon teams earned the top two spots and are headed to the Class 5A state tournament in Austin on April 28-May 1. “Green” won the Region I title and “Black” finished 12 strokes behind.

Dragon “Green”
Willie Hammond 81-69=150
Triston Fisher 82-73=155
Jorge Morillo 79-76=155
Ben Fernandez 83-77=160
Trent Hill 76-88=164

Dragon “Black”
Mason Greenberg 75-80=155
Colin Kober 81-75=156
George Gardner 76-80=156
Colin Hamilton 80-79=159
Hunter Glenn 81-79=160

JES Students Tour Texas History

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Johnson Elementary fourth grade students take a day-long field trip to Austin to learn about Texas history.

Johnson Elementary fourth graders recently traveled to Austin with Education in Action’s “Proud to be Texan” field trip.

Teachers and students took their classrooms on the road Friday, March 28. Students visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Capitol to experience what they are learning in fourth grade Texas History.

On the charter bus ride to Austin, students discussed why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their visit. In Austin the students visited the Texas State Capitol where their legislators, The Honorable Kelly Hancock, State Senator, District 9 and The Honorable Giovanni Capriglione, State Representative, District 98, office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum students explored exhibits about Texas’s earliest inhabitants, the Texas Revolution, and events that created our Lone Star identity. The students’ visit to the museum concluded at the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theater with the Star of Destiny where they saw and experienced the history of our great state including a gusher exploding from an East Texas oil derrick and the takeoff of Saturn V as seen from Mission Control at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“Education in Action’s field trips are based on the understanding that the most effective way for students to learn is through experience,” stated Lori Duncan, Education in Action’s School Programs Director. “Student activities during Education in Action’s Proud to be Texan” field trip reinforce and supplement fourth grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills learning objectives with a focus on why Texans are so proud of their unique heritage.”

Education in Action’s Travel, Explore, and Learn field trips make it easy for teachers to take their 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms on organized, fun, and meaningful site-based learning experiences. Education in Action handles all details, including round-trip charter bus transportation, reservations, and TEKS-based program curriculum, so participating teachers can focus on their students and making connections between the experience and what students are learning in the classroom.

In addition to Travel, Explore, and Learn field trips to Waco/Georgetown, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Education in Action also offers spring break and summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camps for outstanding 4th-8th graders. During the weeklong, overnight camps, participants experience significant Texas sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston with Texas educators and a focus on leadership.

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educated and involved young people. For more information about Education in Action visit

Carroll Produces Another Golden Finish At State

AUSTIN – The Carroll Dragons boys’ swimming and diving team did it again.

The Dragons earned their fourth consecutive Class 5A state title and became just the third school in UIL history to accomplish the feat. The Dragons scored 192 points, 35 ahead of second-place San Antonio Brandeis. The Lady Dragons finished with a silver medal, ending one point behind state champion Austin Westlake.

Dragon swimming Jonathan Roberts became back-to-back 500 freestyle state champion with a dominant state record finish winning by 10 seconds. He posted a time of 4:16.90. Roberts added more gold with a state title in the 100 backstroke in a time of 48.65. Roberts was also part of Carroll’s state title in the 200 medley relay. He joined team members Austin Arkes, Gus Karau and Kris Kolde to post a time of 1:34.93.

In the 500 freestyle, Dragon swimmer Conner Dobbs earned a bronze medal and diver Nate Hernandez6 earned a bronze medal in 1-meter diving. The boys’ 400 free relay also finished on the medal stand with a bronze finish.

The Lady Dragons earned gold in the 400 free relay. The team of Casey Rose, Rebecca Upton, Alexas Baran and Emily Gibson posted a time of 3:28.61. Gibson added two silver medals with her finishes in the 100 buttefly and 200 IM.

1.  Carroll                                    192
2.  San Antonio Brandeis        157
3.  Klein                                      139
4.  Plano                                     130
5.  Woodlands College Park    113
6.  The Woodlands                  93
7.  Katy Cinco Ranch                91
8.  Dallas Jesuit                       73
9.  Katy Seven Lakes               71
10.  El Paso Eastwood             63

1.  Austin Westlake                160
2. Carroll                                 159
3.  Kingwood                         148
4.  Keller                               147
5.  Keller Central                    146
6.  Atascocita                         111
7.  San Antonio Churchill         107
8.  Houston Memorial               91
9.  Woodlands College Park      87
10.  Katy Cinco Ranch              76

Individual Top 3 medalists for the Dragons included:
Jonathan Roberts        1st 500 free  4:16.90  PR, Texas State Record, All-Amer Automatic
Jonathan Roberts        1st 100 back   48.58   PR,  school record, All-Amer Automatic
Connor Dobbs             3rd  500 free  4:29.15  PR, All-Amer Automatic
Emily Gibson               2nd  200 IM   2:03.36  PR,  school record, All-Amer Consideration
Emily Gibson               2nd  100 fly    54.44  PR, school record, All-Amer Automatic
Nathaniel Hernandez   3rd  Diving     496.35

Individual Scorers for the Dragons included:
Rebecca Upton           5th  200 free   1:50.63  PR,  All-Amer Consideration
Rebecca Upton           5th  500 free   4:54.94  PR,  All-Amer Consideration
Taylor Willenbring      9th  100 breast    57.6   PR,  All-Amer Consideration
Connor Dobbs            10th  200 free  1:41.82  PR
Casey Rose                12th  100 free     52.58
Austin Arkes               12th  100 breast  59.7
Carson Klein               12th  200 free  1:42.43  (1:40.40 PR @ Regions, All-Amer Consideration)
Carson Klein               12th  500 free  4:37.81  (4:34+ @ Regions, All-Amer Consideration)

*Jonathan Roberts was selected as the Boy’s 5A Swimmer of the Meet

Relay Top 3 Medalists for the Dragons included:
1st  200 medley relay  1:34.93  with Jonathan Roberts, Austin Arkes, Gus Karau and Kris Kolde
1st  400 free relay      3:28.61  with Casey Rose, Rebecca Upton, Alexa Baran and Emily Gibson – season best
3rd  400 free relay      3:05.61  with Jonathan Roberts, Carson Klein, Taylor Willenbring and Austin Whalen – season best

Additional Relay scorers for the Dragon included:
4th  200 medley relay   1:46.45  with Emily Gibson, Olivia Coffey, Elizabeth Nedrow and Casey Rose – season best
8th  200 free relay        1:38.47  with Casey Rose, Rebecca Upton, Alexa Baran and Jennifer Owston – season best
9th  200 free relay        1:26.83  with Kyle McCall, Carson Klein, Kris Kolde and Taylor Willenbring – season best