Ironton's Reid Carrico finds a running lane on Friday against Wheelersburg. MARTY CONLEY/ FOR THE DAILY INDEPENDENT


Ironton junior Reid Carrico announced his verbal commitment to The Ohio State University on Tuesday on Twitter.

Carrico is a four-star recruit who is ranked as the country’s top inside linebacker by 247Sports.com for the class of 2021.

Carrico rushed for 1,376 yards last season while forcing four fumbles, four of which he recovered. He blocked three punts.

Carrico has helped lift the Fighting Tigers to a 2-0 start this season. Listed as a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, Carrico played a key role in boosting Ironton to a 30-6 win over Wheelersburg on Aug. 30. He rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns. He also blocked an extra-point attempt.

Carrico helped spearhead Ironton’s defense in a 10-0 defeat of Russell last Friday.

Carrico’s tweet read, “I’m staying home. #OH.”

Tanks celebrate

100 years


Ironton is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Ironton Tanks this week.

The team will be recognized at halftime of the Fairland-Ironton football game on Friday at Tanks Memorial Stadium. Kickoff has been moved from 7 to 7:30 p.m. due to heat in the forecast.

Former Ironton High School football players organized the semi-professional Tanks in 1919, according to ohiohistorycentral.org.

During the 1920s and 1930, the Tanks frequently played against NFL teams such as the Portsmouth Spartans, the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears. The Tanks defeated each of those teams at least once until they ceased to exist following the 1930 season.

The Spartans, which later became the Detroit Lions after the 1933 season, absorbed the Tanks in 1930.


Boyd girls

take EKC


Once again led by senior golfer Olivia Hensley, Boyd County carded a 171 to capture first place in the nine-hole Eastern Kentucky Conference Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Diamond Links Golf Course.

Hensley shot an even-par 36. She’s won six 18-hole invitationals this season.

Emily Brown chipped in a 44, Adie Caldwell scored a 45 and Morgan Kennedy recorded a 46 for the Lady Lions.

Lauren Nolty shot a 42 as East Carter earned second place with a 232. Nolty was second overall, individually. Russell’s Tessa Leibee finished third with a 43.

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