Blaze to make more history in May

As the school year enters its home stretch and the calendar has been flipped to May, The Clinton Blaze will make a little more history.

Several athletes have participated in soccer camps throughout the academic year and those athletes will get the chance to showcase their skills today (May 1) when they travel to Norris Middle School for a match.

Kickoff time was not set at press time.

As soccer officially begins competition, the Blaze bowlers will have the Staff vs. Students tournament today at 3 p.m. at the Clinton Community Center.

Following today’s competition, the Blaze will celebrate the 2019 season with a banquet.

Bowling Results: The bowling season continued last week. The Turkeys won in Week 7 with an average score of 84.

Grant Hannah finished with a 102. Jackson Barrett posted a 98 and Matthew Denton finished with 91.

The Walking Tacos and The Pinheads finished in a second-place tie as both averaged 69. Jack’s Hammers took fourth (65). Green Machines bowled a team average of 63, followed by Lightning Strikes (57), Blazing Strikes (42), Strike and Spare (42) and DOT (30).

Other Individual leading scorers: Jack Wilson of Jack’s Hammers bowled a league-high 109. Emily Silcox (Lightning Strikes) posted a 62. Shea Cooper (Strike and Spare) carded a 55. Blake Raines (The Pinheads) finished with a 79. Addison Toler (Blazing Strikes) finished with a 55. Callie Johnson posted a 41 for DOT and Braden Wolfe, of The Walking Tacos, had a 98.

Track Play Day: The Blaze will have a Play Day track and field meet on May, 18 at Clinton High School.

Cross Country Tryouts: Clinton City Schools athletic director E.T. Stamey said that the Blaze will conduct cross country tryouts sometime soon.

Summer Track and Field Program: Clinton student-athletes can participate in the Knoxville Youth Athletics summer program upon completion of the school year.

Those athletes wishing to compete in the summer program will have to register directly with Knoxville Youth Athletics. Fee is $45.

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 14-16 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.

Anyone for tennis: Stamey said that the Blaze may look to add tennis teams soon.