At the end of the year I normally write my column and list the top sports stories for the year and most of the time it is a Huntingdon sports story list and sometimes it involves stories around the county and this year there were too many great stories to ignore what happen in Carroll County for the year in the world of sports.
Most of the top sport stories this season revolve around Huntingdon’s neighbors to the north, McKenzie. McKenzie High School had some great accomplishments not to list them at the top. Two state championships, so, you can’t say one gold ball is more important than the other. The year started for McKenzie with the Lady Rebels winning the Class A state championship in basketball for the first time. Then on top of that, Savannah Davis was named Miss Basketball for the state of Tennessee.
The McKenzie Rebel basketball team also made it to the state tournament which was a rare accomplishment for a school to have both girls and basketball teams at the state tournament. Later in the spring the McKenzie Rebel baseball team almost brought home a gold ball as they finished second in the state after losing in the state championship game to bring home a silver ball.
The fall saw the McKenzie Rebel football team complete a 15-0 season and win a state championship after finishing as the runner-up the year before. It was the third trip to the finals for the Rebels and the third time turned to gold. A week after winning the state championship, QB Jackson Cassidy was named as Mr. Football for Class 1-A.
The next big story came from Huntingdon as Colton King dominated the area in cross-country and for the second year in a row made it to the state finals. King who finished in front in a lot of meets throughout the season, went on to finish fourth in the state meet out of over 400 runners. The fourth-place finish capped off a great career for King.
The last big story of the season centered around the Huntingdon Mustang football team. The Mustangs came within one game of making to the state championship game and lost in the semi-finals to end a 11-3 season with only six seniors on the Mustangs squad. The young Mustang football team could very well bring another gold ball to Carroll County in the future.