School may out, but Blaze program is keeping busy

School may be out for the summer but that doesn’t mean that the Clinton Blaze and Lady Blaze aren’t continuing to accomplish big things.

This summer, Clinton City Schools’ athletes were given the opportunity to compete in Knoxville Youth Athletics’ track and field and several of those athletes have qualified for an upcoming AAU meet to be held later this summer.

Kenzlee Hutchison qualified for the meet in the shot put and the discus while Skyler Martin made it in the 200-meter dash.

Charlotte Hutchison qualified in the high jump.

Milan Queener, Madi Queener, Adeline Queener and Charlotte Hutchison won the 4x100 relay at a recent meet and they also advanced to the AAU Meet.

Adaline Queener also advanced in both the 100 and 200-meter dash.

While the track and field athletes are participating in summer meets, preparations for the 2019-20 school year are underway as CCS athletic director E.T. Stamey has announced tryouts for various fall programs.

Basketball Tryouts: Tryouts for the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams will be held in mid-August. The girls tryouts will be held Aug. 12 and 14 while the boys will hold their tryouts Aug. 12 and 15.

Dance Team Tryouts: Dance team tryouts on Sept. 12 and 15.

Cross Country Schedule: The 2019 cross country schedule will open with a meet at Knoxville’s Victor Ashe Park.

The Blaze will also compete at Cove Lake on Sept. 4. Clinton will run at First Baptist Sevierville in a two-day meet on Sept. 9-10.

They’ll run at Johnson University in Knoxville on Sept. 16. The Elementary/Middle School Championships will be held on Oct. 5.

The Tennessee State Championships are scheduled for Oct. 19. The Southeastern Regionals are slated for Nov. 16. The campaign culminates with the National Championships on Dec. 7.

Arowood Arena: The home of Blaze and Lady Blaze Basketball celebrated the first anniversary of its renovation on June 4.

The Blaze and Lady Blaze both play before capacity crowds at Arowood Arena, which now has an alumni wall to honor past players.

Q100.3 honors Blaze: The local radio station produced a video honoring the accomplishments of both the Blaze and Lady Blaze according to Stamey.

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.