Blaze cross country impressive at Cove Lake run

The Clinton Blaze cross country team put up some impressive marks at the Cove Lake Invitational last week.

The two-day event was held Sept 4-5 at Cove Lake State Park in Campbell County.

The elementary school meet was held last Wednesday and featured the runners in the third, fourth and fifth grade. The sixth graders competed in the middle school meet on Thursday.

The elementary school girls meet featured 530 competitors and the top runners from Clinton were Anslee Carmichael, who finished 126th with a time of 9 minutes, 5 seconds and Ellen Schnakenberg. She came in 147th (9:15)

Top performers for the boys were Ben Helps, who finished the one-mile course in 8:31.02 and came in 213th in a field of 535 runners. Isaiah Williams finished 260th (8:49.70).

In the 2-mile middle school run Thursday, Laci Percival came in 113th in a field of 376 athletes (18:51). Percival qualified for the National Championship girls meet last season.

For the boys, Riley Brewer finished 94th (15:13.57) among 329 runners.

Lady Blaze Basketball Roster: New head coach Christin Webb set her roster last week.

The roster is comprised of four sixth graders (Eden Hancock, Emily Silcox, Leah Hernandez and Kenzlee Hutchison); seven fifth graders (Bethany Lowe, Abby Phillips, Alison Mullins, Jailie Rodd, McKinley Stanton, Callie Johnson and Topanga Easterday) and one fourth grader (Tegan Bunch).

The manager is fifth grader Molly Boler). Webb will be assisted by Lauren Murphy.

Blaze Basketball Roster: The Blaze boys hoops roster has been announced.

Fourth graders on the team include: Landry Sharp; Xavier Gallaher and Brendan Hayden.

Fifth graders: Andrew Sanders; Kaden Webber; Aiden Campbell; Isaiah Williams; Grant Hannah; Jaylon Daniels; Hudson Edenfield and Jaxson Alcorn.

Sixth graders: Camden Nelson, Matthew Denton and Zayden Ford.

Apparel update: Nike recently fitted the boys basketball team with shoes for the upcoming season and Adidas will provide uniforms for the Blaze swim team.

Soccer Clinic is back: The Clinton Blaze after-school soccer program returns Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The Clinic is every Wednesday after school and is open to students in Grades 1-6. The camp is a great way to teach fitness and teamwork while giving players of all abilities to develop and polish their soccer skills.

The camp, which is directed by Knoxville Area Soccer Pro Chris Carroll, teaches skills such as dribbling, passing and other soccer fundamentals.

It also teaches the rules of the game. The coed camp is conducted at the Clinton City Football Stadium.

Balls will be provided but athletes should wear appropriate athletic attire.

For more information, contact Carroll at or by phone at (865) 566-8948. Cost is $105 for the seven-week program.

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.

Arowood Arena Renovated: Arowood Arena has gotten a facelift. The home of the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams has a new floor, new backboards, new bleachers and a new state-of-the-art public address system.

“Anything you can do to a gym, we did it,” Stamey said. “It’s really nice.”

Track Renovations: Stamey said that improvements on the Blaze’s home track at Clinton Elementary School are planned soon.

CCS Teachers to Compete in Blaze Teachers Bowling League:

Area elementary school teachers will compete in a bowling league at Clinton Community Center. League play begins after the Christmas Break.

Cross Country Schedule: Cross Country tryouts are now compete and preparations for the season are underway.

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.

Cross Country Roster: Elijah Burress; Anslee Carmichael; Ben Helus; Oliver Hill; Wesley Howard; Skyler Martin; Lily Marvin; Isabella Morabito; Emanuel Ortiz; Chloe Phillips; Rubin Rogel-Guadarrama; Lindsey Rogel-Guadarrama; Elle Schankenberg; Kade Webb; Kaden Webber; Isaiah Williams; Ryley Brewer; Christopher Aiden; Luke Hatmaker; Sarah Helus; Kenzlee Hutchison; Emory Latner and Laci Percival.