The Lady Tigers’ track and field coach recently received the Gill Athletics/USA Track and Field Girls South Regional Coach of the Year award. Carpenter is one of eight high school boys and girls coaches nationally to be honored.
From that group, two national winners were selected who received $5,000 worth of equipment for their programs. Those winners were Redondo Union High School (Calif.) girls coach Bob Leetch and Episcopal High School (La.) boys coach Claney Duplechin.
Other girls regional finalists were Barry Hayworth of Assumption High School (Ky.) and Keith Woods of Hickory High School (Penn.). Boys regional finalists included Chris Cohen of Minnetonka High School (Minn.), Stephen Carson of Chandler High School (Ariz) and Kevin McEvoy of East Brunswick High School (N.J.).
Carpenter, who’s coached the Lady Tigers since 1996, guided the program to its sixth straight Class 1A state championship in May. He said he was surprised by the honor.
“I just got a package in the mail with a certificate in it. It didn’t have a letter with it or anything. It was just between two pieces of cardboard, and I was like ‘What is this?,’” Carpenter said. “It’s a great tribute to our school to be in that top four (girls coaches). I’m sure there’s a lot of applicants turned in for that.”
Carpenter said credit for him earning the regional award goes to a lot of people.
“I think it has a lot to do with the kids we have and the school we’ve got,” he said. “It’s something to achieve six (state championships) in a row, both boys and girls. It’s a testament to a lot of people – (Boys) Coach (Mark) Mitchell, Coach (Kevin) Porter, Mr. (Bobby) Mintz and all the faculty and staff at Cedar Bluff, and our athletes. It’s not just for me. It’s a true team effort at Cedar Bluff. It’s a great place to be.”
The Sand Rock softball team is sponsoring a 4-man golf scramble at the Cherokee County Country Club in Centre on Aug. 11. The entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per person.
Prizes are based on 20 teams. First prize is $400. Second prize is $300, and third prize is $200. Closest to the pin par-3 and door prizes will also be given.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with tee off set for 8 a.m. Lunch will be served.
For more information, contact Sand Rock coach Josh Bates at (256) 523-2098 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Summer is coming to a close, but there are still a couple of local camps to get involved with.
Cherokee County High School will be hosting a basketball camp Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a tennis camp on Aug. 6-7 and 9-10.
The basketball camp is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Centre Middle School Gym. The cost is $35.
Another basketball camp for kids in grades 6-9 will be held the same days from noon until 3 p.m., also at the Centre Middle School Gym. The cost for that camp is $40.
Camp participants will be instructed in the basic fundamentals. Each participant will receive a camp t-shirt.
The tennis camp will be held at the City of Centre tennis courts from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The camp is for children ages 5-16, and the cost is $40.
The tennis camp is designed to teach the basics of tennis. Drills, games and daily prizes are also part of the camp. Participants are asked to bring their own racket. Tennis balls will be provided.
If you have any questions on either camp, contact Brooke Tallent at (256) 458-5376.