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Carranco lifted Badgers’ squads – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

BEEBE — There wasn’t much of a need for anyone to try and get Adrian Carranco up and going in any sport during his last year of high school.

He didn’t have to be coaxed by his teammates and no inspiration tactics were needed from his coaches. Self-motivation is his go-to and his motives for participating in everything he did were simple.

“To compete and give it the best that I have to put the team in a position to win,” said the recent Beebe graduate. “I want to succeed in what I do. I do a bunch of different events, a bunch of different sports, but if you’re not competitive, you’re really wasting your time. And I’m extremely competitive.

“So the head of it all is to compete to win, to play to win, to have a purpose.”

The basis for everything Carranco did during as a senior at Beebe was for the betterment of the Badgers, and it showed.

The three-sport standout, who’s the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Male Athlete of the Year, made an invariable impact in football, basketball and track and field, all of which yielded positive results at the highest of levels for Beebe.

After playing big roles on both the football and basketball teams, Carranco delivered majorly in track and field. He helped the Badgers win the Class 5A state indoor title in February and nab a fourth-place finish in the outdoor meet nearly three months later. But he saved his best for last when he won the state decathlon – a week after breaking the Meet of Champs record in the triple jump.

“When it’s time for him to focus, he focuses,” Beebe track and field Coach Mark Pinkerton said of Carranco. “When it’s not time to focus, he’s a fun kid to be around so he’s really good at compartmentalizing. Young kids nowadays, sometimes they have a hard time doing that. They either want to play all the time or they’re too serious all the time.

“But with Adrian, he locks in when he needs to, and he’s a beast when he gets going.”

Carranco’s stout numbers helped the Badgers get going and eventually position themselves to earn a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs last fall before a nasty arm injury forced him to miss the final three games – two of contests resulted in losses that knocked the team out of contention. He still managed to catch 860 yards worth of passes with 12 touchdowns in just 7 contests.

But Carranco was forced to take a step back after dislocating his elbow the week after he hauled in a pair of touchdowns against Jacksonville in October.

“It was severely snapped,” said Carranco, who still earned all-conference honors. “It was actually two days before a game, and it happened in practice. If I would’ve continued to play, I could’ve broke the school record for most receiving yards in a season, but sometimes things happen.”

Carranco would recover from that injury and jump straight into basketball, where he played an integral part in the Badgers finishing 14-11 overall and 7-7 in a tough 5A-Central Conference. That was good enough to tie for third place, but tiebreakers kept Beebe from earning a state tournament spot, which meant the team’s 49-22 win over Little Rock Hall on Feb. 25 was Carranco’s last in a Badgers uniform.

Still, there was no time for him to reflect on what could’ve been because less than 24 …….

Source: https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2022/jun/12/carranco-lifted-badgers-squads/?sports

BEEBE — There wasn’t much of a need for anyone to try and get Adrian Carranco up and going in any sport during his last year of high school.

He didn’t have to be coaxed by his teammates and no inspiration tactics were needed from his coaches. Self-motivation is his go-to and his motives for participating in everything he did were simple.

“To compete and give it the best that I have to put the team in a position to win,” said the recent Beebe graduate. “I want to succeed in what I do. I do a bunch of different events, a bunch of different sports, but if you’re not competitive, you’re really wasting your time. And I’m extremely competitive.

“So the head of it all is to…….

BEEBE — There wasn’t much of a need for anyone to try and get Adrian Carranco up and going in any sport during his last year of high school.

He didn’t have to be coaxed by his teammates and no inspiration tactics were needed from his coaches. Self-motivation is his go-to and his motives for participating in everything he did were simple.

“To compete and give it the best that I have to put the team in a position to win,” said the recent Beebe graduate. “I want to succeed in what I do. I do a bunch of different events, a bunch of different sports, but if you’re not competitive, you’re really wasting your time. And I’m extremely competitive.

“So the head of it all is to…….

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