The Skyline football team will be wearing the number 30 on their helmets in honor of a senior whose last season of high school football was cut short by a knee injury.

Carter Craigo, a senior defensive linebacker, tore his ACL in the Eagles win over East essentially ending his season on the field. The personal disappointment didn't keep the gregarious teen from still finding a way to support his teammates.

"It was really unfortunate for us," said Skyline coach Roger Dupaix. "Every team has injuries, but it's hard when they're seniors. He still comes to practices, team meetings, dinners. He's still completely involved."

Craigo earned five sacks in his game and a half this year, but Dupaix said they won't just miss him defensively. Craigo was earning time in the lineup offensively as a halfback.

"We'd planned on using Carter on offense too," the coach said. "He played offense as a sophomore and was a really explosive runner for us."

Craigo is a fast, athletic player that the Eagles will miss on the field. His engaging personality and willingness to support his team on the sidelines are the reason his teammates asked Skyline coaches if they could honor the senior by wearing his number on their helmets.

"He's just a fun guy to have on the team," said Dupaix.

Craigo works just as hard off the field maintaining a 3.78 GPA.

FALL SHOWCASE: High school basketball players will have the chance to play in front of college coaches at the 2008 Intermountain Hoops Fall Evaluation Showcase next month.

The event is an NCAA-certified tournament held during the open evaluation period for women's college basketball coaches. The showcase, now in its fourth year, will be held Oct. 4, 2008 at The Factory (formerly Open Court) in Lehi.

More than 60 players who have participated in the showcase have moved on to play college basketball. Registration is now open and will be limited. Those interested in signing up to play in front of college coaches and scouts can do so at intermountainhoops.com.


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