Coaches named for March 2 First Responders game

The coaches for the annual Clinton City First Responders game were named recently.

The game will pit the Clinton Fire and Police Departments against each other on the basketball court.

Clinton City Schools athletic director E.T. Stamey announced last week that Chance Houck would coach the Clinton Fire Department’s team and that Lieutenant Scott Gregory will coach the Police Department’s squad in the game, which will be Saturday, March 2 at Arowood Arena.

Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.

The game will serve as a fundraiser for the Clinton Blaze athletic program, which now fields five sports teams and a dance team.

Clinton City Schools fields boys and girls basketball teams. The Blaze also gives students the opportunity to compete in cross country, swimming and bowling.

The Blaze will also have a track and field team this spring.

Bowling coming soon: The Blaze will field bowling teams this spring beginning in March.

Bowling will be open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders this season.

Bowling matches will be after school on Wednesdays in March and April.

Blaze team sponsors will include Bingham Tire, Melton Heating and Air and C &D Desktop Publishing. Stamey said that the district is seeking students from its three schools to compete in the sport and noted that those interested could contact him via e-mail at

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

Players in grades 1-3 meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

The clinic for players in grades 4-6 is on Fridays 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.

Sessions began earlier this month but new players, both boys and girls are still welcome to sign up.

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 in March.

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.