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Blaze get mixed results at Norwood play day: Lady Blaze still perfect

The Clinton Blaze basketball teams had a day of mixed results at Norwood Middle School at a play day Saturday.

The Lady Blaze kept their perfect record intact with a 17-5 victory over Norwood. Clinton (4-0) got six points from Abby Phillips and three points from Kenzlee Hutchison.

The Blaze boys, meanwhile, had a tough afternoon as the lost a pair.

Clinton (3-2) opened the game with a 23-22 sudden-death overtime loss to Oliver Springs. That contest was decided when OSMS scored first in overtime.

In that game, Jaxson Alcorn had eight points and Jaylon Daniels finished with four.

The Blaze also came up on the short end of a 48-37 decision against Norwood, despite getting 11 points from Daniels, nine from Camden Nelson and four from Alcorn.

The Blaze made things close late, cutting their deficit to three points with four minutes remaining. Clinton, however, was plagued with foul trouble and that would prove too much to overcome.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Blaze and Lady Blaze swept Andersonville. The Lady Blaze won 44-9.

Phillips led Clinton with 10 points while Topanga Easterday and Jailie Rodd scored eight points each.

The Blaze and Lady Blaze First Baptist Academy of Powell on Monday but results were not available at press time.

Clinton’s boys routed Andersonville 49-3.

Xavier Gallaher scored 14 points for the Blaze. Alcorn and Aiden Campbell each had eight points.

Upcoming Schedule: The Blaze and Lady Blaze will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 when they host Grace Christian Academy. The Lady Blaze and Lady Rams will tip off at 6 p.m. The boys game will follow.

Clinton hosts Andersonville on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Blaze Hoops Remains a Hot Ticket: Clinton has now played 13 consecutive games in front of capacity crowds after selling out its last home date.

Lady Blaze Basketball Roster: New head coach Christin Webb set her roster recently. The roster is comprised of four sixth graders (Eden Hancock, Emily Silcox, Leah Hernandez and Kenzlee Hutchison); seven fifth graders (Bethany Lowe, Abby Phillips, Alison Mullins, Jailie Rodd, McKinley Stanton, Callie Johnson and Topanga Easterday) and one fourth grader (Tegan Bunch). The manager is fifth grader Molly Boler). Webb will be assisted by Lauren Murphy.

Blaze Basketball Roster: The Blaze boys hoops roster has been announced.

Fourth graders on the team include: Landry Sharp; Xavier Gallaher and Brendan Hayden.

Fifth graders: Andrew Sanders; Kaden Webber; Aiden Campbell; Isaiah Williams; Grant Hannah; Jaylon Daniels; Hudson Edenfield and Jaxson Alcorn.

Sixth graders: Camden Nelson, Matthew Denton and Zayden Ford.

Apparel update: Adidas recently fitted the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams for shoes. The company will also provide shooting shirts for both teams and they will provide swimsuits for both swim teams.

The Blaze swim team: The swim team will have its first meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 against Clinton Middle School.

at the Clinton Community Center Pool.

Blaze and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce: The Clinton Blaze athletic program has taken the community by storm and now, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is chronicling the program and other day-to-day happenings in Clinton City Schools.

Clinton Blaze fans can keep up with the program and other happenings in the Clinton City Schools on the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The chamber shot video clips recently and will be posted at

Swim Team Roster: The Clinton Blaze recently announced the swim rosters for the 2019-20 school year.

This will be the second season for the program. The athletes who will compete will include: Josiah Shelton; Haden Harrel; Leah Sharp; Madden Whitson; Lily McMahan; Lauren Farmer; Ollie Stoutamire; Christian Lopez; Fletcher Kitts; Abby Bennett; Demi Moore; Ava Smith; Kaitlin Emerson and Sophia Chapparo.

Blaze Athlete of the Week: The Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 21 is basketball player Zayden Ford. The Blaze Athlete of the Week is sponsored by C&D Printing.

Soccer Clinic is back: The Clinton Blaze after-school soccer program has returned. Sessions are at 3:30 p.m. The Clinic is every Wednesday after school and camp is open to students in Grades 1-6. The camp is a great way to teach fitness and teamwork while giving players of all abilities to develop and polish their soccer skills.

The camp, which is directed by Knoxville Area Soccer Pro Chris Carroll, teaches skills such as dribbling, passing and other soccer fundamentals. It also teaches the rules of the game. The coed camp is conducted at the Clinton City Football Stadium. Balls will be provided but athletes should wear appropriate athletic attire.

For more information, contact Carroll at or by phone at (865) 566-8948. Cost is $105 for the seven-week program.

Blaze Academic Clubs: In addition to its athletics programs, CCS has invested in both a reading society and H2O science clubs. These programs were successful last year and Stamey announced that they will continue in 2018-19.

Track Renovations: CCS Athletics Director E.T. Stamey said that improvements on the Blaze’s home track at Clinton Elementary School are planned soon.

CCS Teachers to Compete in Blaze Teachers Bowling League: Area elementary school teachers will compete in a bowling league at Clinton Community Center. League play begins after the Christmas Break.