Photo by Jamie Plain
Dre’Mail (Dre) Carothers is an elite athlete at Owensboro Catholic Middle School, playing the “big 3” for the Aces. Whether it is baseball, basketball, or football, Carothers offers an unparalleled level of athleticism.
Carothers said whatever sport he’s playing at the moment; that’s his favorite.
“I find so much enjoyment in playing sports,” Carothers said. “I like the challenge and the competition. It’s always nice seeing my skills improve and reaching new personal goals.”
Elite athletes surround Carothers, with several of his family members holding high school athletic records and playing collegiate sports.
Many consider Carother’s grandfather to be one of the best two-sport athletes from Bowling Green High School, rushing for over 1,000 yards in football and earning all-region honors in basketball.
The hall of fame family also includes former Hilltopper basketball star George Fant who transitioned to football at the professional level and now plays in the NFL. Other relatives include Kentucky State Sweet Sixteen MVP Brock Whitney and former Mr. Football Jamal Carothers.
“My family inspires me,” he said. “They make me realize that I need to and want to be better than them.”
Carothers maintains a hectic training schedule, training for all three sports year-round. Right now, he’s focused on basketball, with practice three times a week and games two to three days per week.
To stay crisp in his other sports, he attends pitching and hitting lessons on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and quarterback lessons on Sundays. He modifies this schedule as the seasons shift.
Carothers has one goal, and it’s simple: “To be one of the best athletes to ever come out of the state of Kentucky.”