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Stacy calm despite slow start for Dragons

Clinton High School’s baseball team has had its share of struggles this season.

The Dragons have lost 12 of their first 19 games in 2024.

But Coach Rob Stacy hasn’t hit the panic button.

“We’re looking forward to the future because we’re getting everybody healthy and we’re excited,” Stacy said. “I would rather peak later than peak too early. In the past, we’ve peaked too early.

“This year, we’ve played an extremely tough schedule” he said. “The rankings just came out and just about everybody we’ve played is ranked in their classification.”

The Dragons (7-12) closed their stay in the East Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Tournament with a 10-0 loss to Division II-A powerhouse Christian Academy of Knoxville, coached by the legendary Tommy Pharr.

The Warriors’ Brody Waller and Tyler Bennett pitched a combined no-hitter against Clinton, which had just five base runners. Waller, who started and went five innings, hit two batters and walked three, while coming up with nine strikeouts.

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Smoky Cup

Tough weekend on Rocky Top . Chunn optimistic about Dragons’ future


Clinton’s Cristian Gutierrez advances the ball downfield against a tough Unicoi County defense during Smoky Mountain Cup play. - Tony Cox
When the 2024 boys high school soccer season began early last month, Clinton High School Coach Gene Chunn said he knew that his side would struggle as it endured some growing pains.

He was right, as the Dragons are off to a 2-6-1 start this season after suffering through a tough weekend in the Smoky Mountain Cup matches Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend began with a 3-2 loss to Lee-Scott Academy (Auburn, Alabama) Saturday morning at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg.

In that match, Osmar Vasquez and Angel Venegas scored for the Dragons.

Later on Saturday, the Dragons were shut out by Unicoi County.

Clinton was short-handed due to injuries in its tournament finale as it fell to West View (Jackson, Tennessee) 8-1 on Sunday.

The Dragons got their lone marker of the match from Christian Honeycutt.

Chunn was distraught after the tournament.

“We had a bad weekend,” he said. “We had a lot of injuries and we had four starters [who] didn’t even make the trip (Sunday).

“We literally played kids [who] hadn’t really played before.

“For the second half of our second game and for the whole game on Sunday, I had 10 freshmen and sophomores on the field, and those young guys are going to make up the team next year,” Chunn said. “So if you look at it, those guys will be pretty good over the next few years.”

The Dragons opened the week with a 3-1 victory over Harriman on Monday, April 1.

Julio Del Valle scored twice for Clinton against the Blue Devils and Will Targonski added a marker for the Dragons, who return to the pitch Friday night when they host Maryville Christian School.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

‘Highly competitive weekend’

Mavs show grit despite Rocky Top losses


Anderson County’s Caiden Miller breaks through the defense as he moves the ball into Sequatchie County territory on Saturday afternoon. - Tony Cox
Anderson County played some tough competition on the soccer pitch over the weekend at the Smoky Mountain Cup.

The Mavericks lost two of their three matches at the Rocky Top Sports World complex in Gatlinburg. But Head Coach Chris Curtin found plenty of positives after a highly competitive weekend.

“We had a great weekend of challenging play and learning,” Curtin said. “We scored three goals on the weekend.”

ACHS closed its stay in Sevier County with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Haywood, a top team from the Memphis area.

Muller Gudino and Charlie Pemberton had goals for the Mavs (3-4) in their tournament finale against Maywood.

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Lady Mavs fall to Eagles, beat Panthers

Anderson County experienced both ends of the spectrum on the softball diamond as it split a pair of District 4-AAA games last week.

The Lady Mavericks dropped a 15-0 decision to state powerhouse Gibbs Thursday night as their young lineup managed just two hits against the Lady Eagles.

Miranda McCracken and Alexis Siebers singled off Gibbs pitcher Lacy Keck in Corryton.

On Wednesday, April 3, Anderson County (3-10 overall, 1-2 in the district) defeated league newcomer Cumberland Gap 10-0 at home.

The Lady Mavericks pounded out 10 hits against the Lady Panthers.

Marlea Finstad went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and one RBI, while Ella Varner was 2-for-4. She drove in two runs and scored another for Anderson County.

ACHS took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before scoring five runs in the bottom of the third and ending things early with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

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Lady Dragons bag first district win

Throughout the 2024 softball season, Clinton High School has battled more than its share of adversity.

The Lady Dragons have yet to play on their new home field due to construction of the facility running behind schedule.

Clinton has also had its share of injuries this season.

But as the Lady Dragons continue to become healthy, things look to finally be coming together for a team that entered the campaign with some lofty expectations.

“The big thing for us is to get everybody healthy,” Coach Leonard Sams said before his team embarked on a busy week. “We’re getting Bree McKamey healthy, and she hasn’t been 100 percent all year.”

Clinton (5-10 overall, 1-1 in District 4-AAA) struggled out of the gate, falling to Class 4A powerhouse Farragut 10-0 on Wednesday, April 3, at Bellamy Field in West Knox County.

The Lady Dragons came up with five hits in the contest as Lynlee Adkins doubled, while McKamey, Heaven Britt-Kimbriel, Tomi Taylor and Sara Bishop all singled against the Lady Admirals.

The following day, the Lady Dragons bounced back to capture their first district victory as they shut out Cumberland Gap 9-0. McKamey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, a home run and a run scored.

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Perry’s bat comes alive for Lady ’Cats in loss to Rebels


Oak Ridge’s Morgan Perry, seen here versus Campbell County at home, went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and one home run against West last week. - Tony Cox
The 2024 season has been a struggle for the Oak Ridge High School softball team.

The Lady Wildcats (3-9, 1-4) had another tough week on the diamond.

After falling to Midway at home, 14-0, on Monday, April 1, the Lady Wildcats made the trip to Knoxville to take on West High in a game between a pair of seemingly even matched teams on Wednesday, April 3.

Things started well for the Lady Wildcats, but seven errors would prove costly in an 11-6 loss.

Oak Ridge got off to a fast start as it scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Lady Wildcats took a 2-0 lead after an infield groundout by Morgan Perry plated Brenna Bradshaw, who led off the contest with a single, stole second and took third on a hit by Kaylee Hickman.

Hickman would cross the plate with the second run of the game on a passed ball.

The Lady Rebels would answer in the bottom of the frame when their lead-off hitter, E.B. Bibee, reached and came home on a four-base error.

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Oak Ridge splits series with Central

After splitting its home-and-home District 3-4A series against Knox Central early last week, the Oak Ridge High School baseball team also won one of its two non-district tilts.

On Wednesday, April 3, the Wildcats topped Clinton 8-4 at Jaycee Park.

Richie Ferriera went 2-for-3. He recorded two hits, including a double, and had two runs and two RBIs.

Peyton Witter, who picked up the win on the mound for the Wildcats, also singled and drove in a run at the plate.

He pitched four innings and gave up four runs (three earned), two hits and four walks, while striking out five Clinton hitters.

Mikee Teasley went 1-for-3 and scored a run, while Warren East singled, drove in one run and scored another.

John Ulerich also appeared on the mound for the Wildcats. He threw three innings and gave up three hits and one walk. He struck out two Dragons.

On Friday, the Wildcats dropped an 8-7 decision against Maryville. It was their second loss to the Rebels this season.

Kam Welch was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Oak Ridge, which outhit Maryville 10-9.

Ferriera went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Witter was 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Parker Free went 1-for-4 and scored two runs. He also had an RBI.

Teasley was 1-for-2. He walked, stole two bases and scored three times.Alex Franklin was 1-for-1. He doubled, drove in

a run and scored another.

On Monday, April 1, the Wildcats defeated Central 5-4 at home. They lost, 3-2, on the road on the following day.

’Cats defeat Rebels, drop district game

Oak Ridge High School’s soccer team honored its seniors Friday night and celebrated with a 2-1 comeback victory over Maryville.

The Rebels (5-5) scored first in the match when senior Seth Meade found the back of the net in the first half.

The Wildcats pulled even just before halftime when Eli Lynch tallied the equalizer with 16.5 seconds remaining when he buried the ball into the back of the net from 40 yards out.

He would also score the eventual game-winning goal in the second half.

That victory came two days after Oak Ridge and Knoxville Halls tangled in a thrilling District 3-AAA match at ORHS.

That game’s outcome couldn’t be decided in 100 minutes of play, including 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.

The game was deadlocked 0-0 heading into a penalty kicks shootout before the Red Devils, who made a run to the Class AA state tournament in Murfreesboro last season, prevailed 5-4.

Hawks beat Yellow Jackets

Clinton Middle School’s baseball team found its way into the win column Monday night as it topped Coalfield 5-3 on the road.

The Hawks notched the victory despite coming up with just three hits in the contest.

Easton Gilliam went 1-for-3 and scored a run, while Erick Tirado was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Pitcher Jarrod Pacinos started and picked up the win on the mound for Clinton, which scored one run in the second inning and added three more in the third, before scoring its last run in the fourth and final inning.

Pacinos threw 3.2 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and five walks, and struck out four. He also contributed at the plate as he singled and drove in a run.

Jayden Cuevas took the mound in the fourth and got the final out.

Monday’s victory followed a tough week on the diamond for the Hawks, who dropped a pair of games last week.

The Hawks lost to Oneida 8-6 Friday despite getting two hits from Erick Tirado, who went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Pacinos was 1-for-2 and scored a run, while Heriberto Tirado was 0-for-2 with a run scored.

Clinton had four hits against the Indians.

On Thursday, the Hawks fell 3-1 to Wartburg Central despite a solid performance by two of their pitchers.

Eric Newport and Cuevas combined to throw a one-hitter in the game.

Cuevas pitched 3.2 innings. He gave up three runs (one earned), one hit and five walks. He recorded nine strikeouts. Newport threw 1.2 innings, walking two and striking out two.

Erick Tirado went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Colton Wright drove in a run, and Newport was 1-for-3.

Norris Senators still perfect on season

The Norris Middle School baseball team kept its perfect record intact with a pair of victories on the diamond late last week.

The Senators defeated Norwood Middle School 24-2 on Thursday on the road in a game that was called after two innings due to the run rule.

Norris scored four runs in the first inning before plating 20 in the second. The Senators had 10 hits and took advantage of seven Norwood errors.

Norris pitchers Aiden Walker and Aiden Wilson pitched a combined no-hitter as Norwood managed to score two unearned runs.

Walker threw one inning and yielded two unearned runs and two walks. He struck out the side in his one inning pitched.

Williams also struck out the side in his inning on the mound. He walked three and struck out three.

Walker had a big night at the plate as he went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Wilson was also 2-for-2. He drove in four runs and scored two more. Reese Young doubled, scored three runs and knocked in two.

Jack Wilson doubled, drove in a run and scored another. Preston Williams was 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs.

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Hawks beat Yellow Jackets

Clinton Middle School’s baseball team found its way into the win column Monday night as it topped Coal- field 5-3 on the road.

The Hawks notched the victory despite com- ing up with just three hits in the contest.

Easton Gilliam went 1-for-3 and scored a run, while Erick Tirado was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Pitcher Jarrod Pacinos started and picked up the win on the mound for Clinton, which scored one run in the second inning and added three more in the third, before scoring its



last run in the fourth and final inning.

Pacinos threw 3.2 in- nings. He allowed three runs (two earned), five hits and five walks, and struck out four. He also contributed at the plate as he singled and drove in a run.

Jayden Cuevas took the mound in the fourth and got the final out.

Monday’s victory followed a tough week on the diamond for the Hawks, who dropped a pair of games last week.

The Hawks lost to Oneida 8-6 Friday despite getting two hits from Erick Tirado, who went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Pacinos was 1-for-2 and scored a run, while Heriberto Tirado

was 0-for-2 with a run scored.

Clinton had four hits against the Indians.

On Thursday, the Hawks fell 3-1 to Wart- burg Central despite a solid performance by two of their pitchers.

Eric Newport and Cue- vas combined to throw a one-hitter in the game.

Cuevas pitched 3.2 in- nings. He gave up three runs (one earned), one hit and five walks. He recorded nine strike- outs. Newport threw 1.2 innings, walking two and striking out two.

Erick Tirado went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Colton Wright drove in a run, and Newport was 1-for-3.