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January 27, 2014

Carroll carries on

Fairview’s lone senior has made significant strides


Andrew Carroll understands his role requires more than just putting the ball in the basket.
Carroll, listed as a 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard, is the lone senior on Fairview’s team, which stands at 3-11 with slightly less than half the season to go.
But the young Eagles have shown occasional promise, and Carroll is trying to help them mine it.
“This season, they’re still so young and they’re still learning,” Carroll said Thursday of his teammates, “but with me being there and just trying to guide them and help them, it leads into next season.”
Fifth-year Fairview coach Derek Cooksey and Carroll both pointed to the Eagles’ 2012 senior class as an example of effective upperclassman leadership.
That 2011-2012 Fairview club, for whom Carroll played in 10 games as a sophomore, went 17-14 and took eventual state quarterfinalist Rowan County to the wire in the region quarterfinals before losing, 54-49.
“He got to learn from (2012 Eagles senior) Mike Terry, and that’s what takes place when you have kids that have success,” Cooksey said. “They basically learn from one another.”
Added Carroll: “They showed me how (teammates) should be treated (by) the way they treated me — Mike Terry, Mikey Felty, Ty Lowe, guys like that.”
Now Carroll is the rudder for a team which would struggle to find leadership and direction anywhere else.
The Eagles had four seniors on their roster entering the season. For various reasons, Carroll is the only one still donning the red and black.
“We’ve been through a lot of change in our program, and Andrew has been the most consistent player that we’ve had,” Cooksey said. “With a lot of inexperience and a lot of youthful kids getting the opportunity to play, he’s had to lead by example.”
That is Carroll’s preferred style, he said, since he’s not much of a talker.

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