Legacy of the Cyclone: Jason Carter’s induction into the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame

Published 5:58 pm Monday, March 18, 2024

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BY C.Y. Peters

Elizabethton will be abuzz with excitement as the date for the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony approaches. Among the distinguished honorees is Jason Carter,  whose achievements on the football field and track left an indelible mark at Elizabethton High School.

Friends, family, and fans will gather to honor the man who had once donned the Cyclones jersey with pride. Jason’s journey to the Hall of Fame began on the gridiron. In his junior year, he emerged as a two-year starter at free safety, earning honorable mention All-Big 9 Conference honors. However, it was his senior year that truly solidified his place in local sports lore. Jason’s defensive skill earned him accolades such as Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State defensive back, Associated Press All-State defensive back, and UPI All-State honorable mention, all in Class AAA.

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His achievements extended beyond statewide recognition. Jason’s exceptional skills were acknowledged closer to home, with first-team All-Big 10 Conference safety and All-Northeast Tennessee first-team honors. In a standout season, he contributed to Elizabethton’s 8-3 record with an impressive stat line: 7 interceptions and 14 pass breakups, showcasing his ability to impact every game.

But Jason’s talents weren’t confined to the football field. In his senior year, he also excelled in Elizabethton High’s Track & Field team, showcasing his versatility and athleticism. At the Big 10 meet, he played a crucial role in the 400-meter relay championship unit, securing a third-place finish in the 400 dash, fifth in the triple jump, and fifth in the 200 dash. His performances continued at the District 2 meet, where he contributed to another 400 relay victory and placed second in the 200, fifth in the long jump, and fifth in the triple jump.

As Jason’s accomplishments accumulated, so did the awards and recognition. The Hall of Fame committee acknowledges his impact on Elizabethton’s sports legacy by enshrining him among the greats. But Jason’s journey didn’t end with high school; he went on to play football at East Tennessee State University, where he maintained his stellar performance as a two-year starter at free safety and a two-time letter-winner.

Beyond his athletic achievements, Jason’s contributions to local sports extended to coaching. He became a mentor and guide for aspiring athletes, serving as the former Happy Valley Middle football and basketball coach, as well as the former T.A. Dugger baseball coach. His commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a love for sports solidified his standing as a pillar of the community.

The ceremony will take place at Milligan College on May 18th at 6 pm. Jason Carter’s induction into the Hall of Fame is not just a celebration of his athletic ability, but a recognition of the enduring impact he had on Elizabethton’s sporting heritage. His legacy, is engraved in the records and memories of Elizabethton, will inspire generations to come.