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Blaze Bowlers continue to impress on the lanes

Week 3 of the elementary school bowling league is in the books as athletes took to the lanes at the Clinton Community Center Wednesday, March 27.

The Turkeys won last week’s meet with an average score of 83. That team had two bowlers post scores over 90. Jackson Barrett posted a league high of 107 and Matthew Denton carded a 94.

The Pinheads took second (70), followed by The Green Machine (61), The Walking Tacos (58), Lightning Strikes (49), Blazing Strikes (47) Strike and Spare (41), Jack’s Hammers (38) and DOT (31).

Other Team Leaders: Individual leading scorers were: Emily Silcox (Lightning Strikes, 58); Shea Cooper (Strike and Spare, 57); Raymond Gray (The Pinheads, 98); Addison Toler (Lightning Strikes, 55); Callie Johnson (DOT, 41); Jack Wilson (Jack’s Hammers, 72); Braden Wolfe (The Walking Tacos, 80) and Brock Green (The Green Machine, 70).

Upcoming Schedule: Competition will resume Wednesday at the Clinton Community Center after school.

Team Captains: Each of the nine bowling teams in the league has named a captain.

The captains are: Emily Silcox (Lightning Strikes); Shea Cooper (Strike and Spare); Jared Johnson (The Pinheads); Addison Toler (Blazing Strikes); Callie Johnson (DOT); Jackson Barrett (The Turkeys); Jack Wilson (Jack’s Hammers); Keaton Cook (The Walking Tacos) and Brock Green (The Green Machine).

Blaze bowling sponsors will include Bingham Tire, Melton Heating and Air, C &D Desktop Publishing and Clinton Drug Store.

Soccer Clinic: The Clinton City Schools Soccer Clinic is back for the spring semester.

After a successful fall clinic, Knoxville soccer pro Chris Carroll decided to come back for a third time this spring. The latest installment will begin today (April 3).

The clinic has sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Clinton City Schools high school football stadium.

Players in grades 1-6 meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Players should wear athletic clothing with tennis shoes or soccer cleats and balls will be provided for players during the clinic sessions.

The clinic will emphasize all areas of the game including rules, speed, agility, soccer skills and techniques, coordination, teamwork and sportsmanship.

The clinic provides players with the opportunity to improve upon their game and also serves as another way for young players to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

For more information about the clinic, contact Carroll at

Cross Country Tryouts: Stamey said that the Blaze will conduct cross country tryouts sometime soon.

Track clinic and meet set for April: Clinton High School will host a track clinic for the Blaze on April 18 at the Clinton High School track. The camp will be run and instructed by the Dragons track coaching staff and athletes and Stamey noted that the elementary school athletes would compete in a meet following the clinic.

The Blaze’s inaugural track season will begin in March. Teri Kerley will coach the team this spring. The track team is open to student athletes in grades 1-6. Practice sessions will be held at Clinton Elementary School and at the Clinton Community Football Stadium.

Clinton student-athletes can also participate in the Knoxville Youth Athletics summer program upon completion of the school year.

CCS intern Mary Kate Longmire will serve as Kerley’s assistant coach. Longmire is a former track athlete at Lincoln Memorial University.

Registration fee for the Blaze track team is $15. Those athletes wishing to compete in the summer program will have to register directly with Knoxville Youth Athletics. Fee is $45. If athletes register before April 1 will receive a $5 discount.

The next practice will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Clinton Elementary School.

Clinton High School provides shot put and discus to Blaze Track Program: Clinton City Schools Athletic Director E.T. Stamey recently announced that the Dragons track coaches have donated both a shot put and a discus to the elementary school program.

“Clinton High School is a great partner,” he said.

Blaze Basketball Camps: Stamey recently announced that the Blaze and Lady Blaze will host basketball camps in May at the Clinton Elementary School Gym.

The boys camp will be held May 6-8 and the girls camp will be May 20-22.

Camp is open to rising third, fourth and fifth graders. Cost is $60 and the camps will stress fundamentals.

The boys camp will be run by coaches Jeff Little and Garrett Little. New coaches Christin Webb and Lauren Murphy will run the girls camp.

Camp sessions will be from 3-5 p.m.

The Lady Blaze went 13-4 last year while the boys went 11-6.

The girls camp will be directed by new head coach Christin Webb and her assistant Lauren Murphy.

During her high school playing days, Webb was a standout at Powell High School and made multiple trips to the Class AAA State Tournament. She was also a head coach for the Lady Panthers. There, she also served as an assistant to Caitlin Hollifield, one of her high school teammates.

She was promoted to head coach after Hollifield (now head coach at Knoxville’s West High School) departed to take the head coaching job at Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Webb has also been an assistant coach at Powell Middle School.

Murphy, currently an assistant softball coach at Knoxville Catholic High School, played basketball through middle school. She is the daughter of Mike Murphy, the longtime coach at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge.