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’15 Preview: Carroll Bulldogs Boys/Girls

Carroll Bulldogs

2014-15 Record: 16-11

Lost to John Curtis in 2nd round of playoffs

Head Coach: Jesse Burnette

Carroll High School Head Coach Jesse Burnette is a living legend in Northeast Louisiana. With four state championships bulleted on his resume (Delta High School 1995 and Carroll High School 2002, 2011 and 2013), the Bulldogs look to make another championship run this season. Even more impressive Coach Burnette led Delta in 1980, 1982, 1993 and 1997 to the big dance. The Bulldogs also finished State Runner-up in 2010.

Coach Burnette has been the head man at several basketball programs around the state including West Ouachita, Sterlington, and River Oaks as an Assistant Coach under friend and former teammate Roger Stockton. Stockton is regarded as one of the best coaches in the high school game.

Carroll has produced some talented big men over the years. Who can forget players such as Benoit Benjamin (Creighton University) No. 3 NBA Draft Pick in 1985, Maurice Bell (University of Louisiana at Monroe), Terrance Henry (Ole Miss), Jason Jeter (Alabama A&M), and Theo Tarver (Georgia Tech). It should be no surprise that there’s a new kid on the block turning heads and destroying rims by the name of Larry Owens 6-foot-8, 240 pound man child.

Owens is one of the most physical players in the state with an array of low post moves and monstrous dunks. Owens averaged 18 points per game and 12 rebounds per game last season. To be honest Owens could leave his imprint on Carroll as one the best ever. Early on in his career Owens has already received recognition, All-Northeast Honorable Mention as a freshman and 2nd Team All-State in 2014-15.

Evaluating and ranking kids early in the game becomes a bit more difficult as you’re still getting to know them, their games, but it’s obvious that players like Owens stand out from the rest. The Bulldogs will return 14 out of 15 players this season and are poised to make a run for the LHSAA Boys Class 3A State Championship.

Players to Watch:

  • Senior Jameon Green at 6-foot-5 is one of the tallest small forwards in the area. Green is a threat from the 3-point mark.  
  • Jarrell Gundy: A “Super Sophomore” guard who can light up the score board quick. Good shooter/slasher.
  • Kendarrius Cherry: Senior guard who has showed flashes over the years. Very long and athletic with good ball handling skills and strong floor presence.

Carroll will get a couple of guards from the football team in Jerry Brown and Marcus Bruce. Coach Burnette has all the pieces to add another ring to his collection.

Carroll Lady Bulldogs

2015-15 Record: 5-20

No playoff appearance last season

Head Coach: Patrick Sumbler

The Lady Bulldogs key player is Steveniqua Wilson,  2014-15 All-Northeast Honorable Mention. Wilson is a flat out scorer. She can carry the Lady Bulldogs when needed with her aggressive demeanor on the court. The Lady Bulldogs lost a couple seniors and sophomore guard Judnissa Straughter, who is now at Wossman. The Lady Bulldogs are a young team and lack depth.

The Lady Bulldogs have produced some of the best talent in Northeast Louisiana. Players such as Elaine Powell, Chelsea Newton, Kiara Johnson, and “The Twins” Elexar and Alexar Tugler. The Lady Bulldogs hope to get back to their winning ways and should be much improved from last season.

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