MANSFIELD – The Carroll Dragon baseball team’s offense came alive in the second tournament of the season.
The Dragons went 4-1-1, which included victories against Seguin, Plano East, Arlington and Amarillo. The Dragons outscored opponents 41-11 in the final four games.
In the final game of the tournament, the Dragons edged Amarillo 3-2 in eight innings to improve to 7-4-1 overall. Senior Jake Murphy hit a game-winning home run in the top of the eighth. Erik Friedel earned the victory in relief and didn’t allow a hit and had four strikeouts in 2 and 1/3 innings.
The Dragons return to action this week with a big matchup Thursday at rival Coppell. Start time is 11 a.m. in the Dragons final tournament of the season. Carroll follows the Coppell game with a 1:30 p.m. game against Plano East.
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The District 7-6A track and field meet was held earlier this week at Coppell High School.
The Dragons and Lady Dragons both finished second in the standings and both produced several area qualifiers. The area track meet will be held next Thursday at Coppell.
LADY DRAGON QUALIFERS
Madysen Hunter – 100H, 300H
Serena Eboh – 100
Taylor Legan – 200
Alison Esparza – 3,200, 1,00
Kate Tracht – 3,200, 1,600
Gillian Mortimer – 3,200, 1,600
Sarah Odneal – 800
Arianna Lopez – 800
Ali White – 800
Iris Maryland – 100
The Lady Dragons withstood Coppell’s attacking offense for a 1-0 victory in the Class 5A Region I Semifinal at Northwest ISD Stadium Friday afternoon.
Carroll’s defense held off Coppell and produced its third consecutive shutout in the playoffs. Coppell’s last flurry came with 10 minutes left, but the Lady Dragons’ defense held as goalie Jamie Phelps recorded her 15th shutout.
Carroll (23-1-1) produced the game’s only score with 11:53 remaining in the first half. The Lady Dragons didn’t get many scoring chances in the first half, but still capitalized. Alli Gardner scored on an assist from Nicole Sloan. The Lady Dragons advance to meet the Hebron (20-2-2) at noon Saturday at Northwest ISD Stadium for a state berth. Last year, the Lady Dragons reached the state championship before falling to Plano West.
Click here to view photos from the game on Carroll ISD’s Facebook page.
Four good friends and peers packed their bags and drove north last May to start Memorial Day weekend.
It was a trip that forever changed their lives and many others, earning them the President’s Award for Outstanding Service by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).
The school communication veterans from North Texas, long trained in helping their respective own districts, rallied to the aid of one outside the state.
Julie Zwahr of Little Elm ISD, Angela Shelley of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Julie Thannum of Carroll ISD and Tamerah Ringo of Coppell ISD joined forces to help Moore Public Schools following the devastation left by an EF5 tornado. The tornado ripped through the town, killing 24 and left the school district decimated by family tragedies and destruction of school buildings.
Moore PS, which did not have an employee dedicated to school communications, needed help. It needed a plan. It needed support. The North Texas team arrived five days after the tornado hit Moore, which is located 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.
The experience and selfless act of kindness and compassion by these four women helped ease some of the communication stress and workload as they joined forces with members of the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association (OKSPRA) and other members of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).
Zwahr, Shelley, Thannum and Ringo provided their helping hands and years of experience handling tragedies in their districts. Because of this compassion, helpfulness and dedication, TSPRA president Patti Pawlik-Perales honored them with the award at this year’s conference in Austin.
“School communications professionals are wired to respond in times of need – no matter the situation,” Zwahr said. “Traveling to Moore, Okla. and assisting OKSPRA was one of the most inspiring experiences I’ve had in my career, and getting to experience it alongside three of my peers made it even more rewarding.”
They assisted OKSPRA and the NSPRA teams at the command center for Moore PS. Zwahr, Shelley, Thannum and Ringo came to the aid of school employees, giving them needed breaks to help deal with their own losses.
Crafting daily messages for the superintendent, prepping her remarks for her speech at graduation, facilitating interviews with reporters, documenting the clean up as the National Guard arrived, monitoring social media during a community –wide prayer service and Presidential visit, holding a daily press briefing to continue the Moore PS story of recovery were all part of their duties during the five days. Dispelling misinformation that comes during a crisis became routine.
“In my mind we were more blessed by the experience and came away with a greater appreciation for the resiliency of public educators and the community of Moore,” Thannum said. “They are true heroes in my book and I’m humbled by the honor of helping them in my own small way. I am especially proud of their Administrative and School Board leadership team for hiring a full-time school communications professional for MPS. I continue to follow news of their recovery as they rebuild and commit themselves to serving the children of Moore. They are an inspiration.”
The TSPRAns worked out of a school library and helped communicate by monitoring social media sites, developing electronic newsletters and press conferences.
“Working alongside fellow TSPRA members in Moore, Oklahoma was life –changing,” Shelley said. “I am humbled to receive the TSPRA President’s award but more importantly, I am honored to serve the public school students across Texas and our nation with my TSPRA colleagues and friends.”
Also, the team took pictures to help document the horrific destruction at Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary. Both schools were beyond repair and were eventually demolished.
The impact of the trip will be memorable for those who offered help in Moore’s time of need.
“The President’s Award was an amazing gesture of affirmation and encouragement for a time that forever changed the lens through which I view my job, myself, my world,” Ringo said.
Pascual Gonzalez, Executive Director of Communications at Northside ISD in San Antonio, presented the award at the luncheon.
“Certainly what these school PR pros did was an act of kindness and courage,” Gonzalez said. “They saw a need. They were compelled to act and they did. They represent the best of TSPRA.”
The Dragons will join Trinity, L.D. Bell, Coppell, Colleyville Heritage, Richland and Haltom in the newly-aligned District 7-6A. This new district combines two state football powerhouses in Carroll and Trinity. This the official alignment for football and basketball.
The UIL retooled the conferences and created a new 6A this year, which is basically composed of 5A teams due to the UIL creating Class A for Six-Man schools and moving each classification up. Carroll is currently in 4-5A and will move to this new district for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
This will mark the first time in school history that Carroll will share the same district as Trinity and Bell. The most intriguing part of this new alignment is Carroll and Trinity now as district rivals. The two schools have met three times in the football playoffs in front of large crowds and provided dramatic finishes.
But to those long-time Carroll followers, rejoining district with Coppell is also intriguing since the Cowboys have been the Dragons’ rival since the 1970s.
Carroll’s bi-district is District 8-6A which includes, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian and South Grand Prairie. The first round of the playoffs will be matched against this district.
The Carroll Dragon baseball team overcame a 1-2 start in District 7-5A by bouncing back with consecutive victories last week against rival Coppell and Keller Central. The Dragons, who were struggling at the plate, came alive in both victories. Carroll’s offense exploded with a 12-10 win against Coppell and 10-2 victory last Friday at Keller Central. With the hot streak, the Dragons improved to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in 7-5A.
The Dragons return to action Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m. against Saginaw at Dragon Field. The first 50 fans arriving to the game will receive free Dragon baseball T-shirts. On Saturday, March 31 the Dragons host Flower Mound at 1 p.m. and Carroll will honor veterans before the game.