Carroll County athletics held its combined college signing/commitment day ceremony for Class of  2013 seniors on Friday. Those indicating their college choices include (from left): front row — Ashley Gentry, volleyball, Jessica Price, cheerleading, and Megan Harris, volleyball, all to Union College; and Raenah Hawkins, sports training to University of Kentucky; back row — Zachary Beckham, cheerleading to Union College; Dallas Gibson, basketball to College of Mount St. Joseph; Trey Boles, basketball to Franklin College; Dillon Craig, baseball to Hanover College; and Jay Damron, soccer to University of the Cumberlands. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Carroll County athletics held its combined college signing/commitment day ceremony for Class of 2013 seniors on Friday. Those indicating their college choices include (from left): front row — Ashley Gentry, volleyball, Jessica Price, cheerleading, and Megan Harris, volleyball, all to Union College; and Raenah Hawkins, sports training to University of Kentucky; back row — Zachary Beckham, cheerleading to Union College; Dallas Gibson, basketball to College of Mount St. Joseph; Trey Boles, basketball to Franklin College; Dillon Craig, baseball to Hanover College; and Jay Damron, soccer to University of the Cumberlands. (Staff photo by David Hill)
As the end of another school year approaches, many students and student-athletes are making important decisions concerning their future. That was the case Friday in Carroll County as nine students elected to further their athletic and educational careers at a variety of colleges.

Carroll County High School athletic director Paul Stone named the nine student-athletes and one-by-one they gathered with their families and coaches they've had throughout their high school days.

Among the top announcements were basketball players Dallas Gibson and Trey Boles, baseball's Dillon Craig, soccer's Jay Damron and volleyball's Ashley Gentry and Megan Harris.

Dallas Gibson

Mount St. Joseph


Gibson enjoyed quite a career with the boys basketball team, finishing as one of the highest scorers in school history. His career was cut short by a knee injury early in his senior season that sidelined him the rest of the way.

Still, Gibson averaged 19.1 points to lead the Courierarea in scoring as well as 9.9 rebounds. He was a All-Courierarea First Team Selection.

Gibson, a 6-foot-5 forward/center, has decided to play college ball for Mount St. Joseph for former Hanover player and assistant coach Toby Carrigan.

Gibson likes the fact that MSJ's southern Ohio location is a short drive from home.

"It's also a small school and I like what I've seen when I have visited," Gibson said. "It's an all-around good program."

"I look forward to watch him (play college ball) as much as I can," Carroll County coach Carroll Yager said. "It's been a pleasure coaching Dallas. He has great abilities.

"Strangely, the fact Dallas got hurt early his senior year could make him mentally tougher down the road and in the college ranks."

Trey Boles

Franklin


Boles, a teammate of Gibson's on the boys basketball team, has now decided to cross the Ohio River into Indiana and play for Franklin College.

Franklin and Mount St. Joseph are both members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference - along with Hanover - and the two former teammates could face each other from the opposite side of the court.

"This could be interesting," Yager quipped. "They will be in the same conference and will be playing against each other periodically."

Like Gibson, Boles is an All-Courierarea First Team selection after averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. It was Boles who took up the slack after Gibson suffered his knee injury in late December.

"It was a great honor to coach Trey," Yager said. "He has a great attitude and has always had (college ball) as a goal. I'm sure he'll succeed. He represented the school the best he could for four years."

Boles, who wants a career in athletic training, liked what he saw at Franklin's campus.

"I'm impressed with their basketball program and could possibly fill a role my freshman year since there's a position open from graduation," Boles said.

Dillon Craig

Hanover


Craig, who has been one of the most dependable players on the Carroll County baseball team for four years, will attend college at nearby Hanover where he will join his older brother, D.C. Craig, on the baseball team.

Craig was impressed with Hanover's proximity to home and its programs

"I like their academics and their business courses," he said. "I think I have a shot at starting on the baseball team. No promises, but they have just one starting outfielder returning in 2014."

Craig plays right field and has been a very strong member of the Panthers' pitching rotation and has come up with clutch hits time after time.

"Dillon has been a team leader over the years," Carroll County baseball head coach Jimmy Ray said. "He's very motivated and should be a great fit at Hanover."

Jay Damron

Cumberlands


Damron has been a key part to the success of Carroll County's soccer program - one that has taken off the ground this season with a 15-8 mark and a district championship.

Damron has signed to play at the University of the Cumberlands.

"It has been a privilege to coach Jay and see him grow," Carroll County soccer coach Ben Crutcher said.

Ashley Gentry

Megan Harris

Union


Gentry and Harris were key members of the Carroll County's district championship volleyball team and both now will be showcasing their skills at Union College.

"Ashley (Gentry) was a great player and teammate at Carroll County," Carroll County volleyball coach Kristen Hooper said. "I'm so glad to see her push on and play at the college level.

"Megan was all over the floor here at CCHS," Hooper added. "She's a very hard worker and very dedicated," Hooper said.

Raenah Hawkins

Kentucky


Raenah Hawkins learned the ins and outs of sports medicine and training during Carroll County's football and basketball seasons. Now she will be taking an important step up as an athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky.

Zachary Beckham

Jessica Price

Union


Beckham and Price, both members of Carroll County's award-winning cheerleading squad, are headed to Union College.

"Both are very skilled and athletic," Carroll County cheerleading coach Ashley Ramsey said. "I think they will succeed at the college level."