Blaze play day; upcoming camp information

The Blaze will have a Play Day track and field meet on Thursday at Clinton High School.

Action begins at 4 p.m. and coach Terri Kerley is seeking parent volunteers to work the meet.

The track program received its shot put, discus and stopwatches. Those items were recently donated by Clinton High School.

Also, Clinton City Schools athletics director E.T. Stamey said that he is looking at plans to repave and re-mark the track at Clinton Elementary School. He also announced that a broad jump pit would likely be installed in time for next season.

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.

CCS Student Athletes Tour Neyland Stadium: Several first graders and some members of the Blaze track teams toured Neyland Stadium last week. The tour was guided by University of Tennessee media students.

Tour stops included the Verizon Wireless Media Room, the Official Visitors Room and the Peyton Manning Dressing Room.

“This was a great day for future Blaze athletes,” Stamey said. “I would also like to thank all the teachers who attended.

Girls Basketball Camps: Stamey recently announced that the Lady Blaze will host a basketball May 20-22.

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

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 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.

Cross Country: The Blaze will field cross country teams for the second year. The cross country season begins in August.

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