Blaze basketball is right around the corner

Basketball season is around the corner for the Clinton Blaze and Lady Blaze teams and Clinton City Schools athletic director E.T. Stamey recently released the 2019 schedule. Both teams are coming of their best seasons.

The new season opens on Tuesday, Oct. 15 when both squads take on Andersonville at Norris Middle School. The Lady Blaze will tip off a 6 p.m. and the boys game will follow at approximately 7 p.m.

Home games are played at Arowood Arena and teams will have their home opener in their newly-renovated gym on Thursday when rival Caryville comes to town.

The Blaze swim team: The swim team will have its first meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 against Clinton Middle School at the Clinton Community Center Pool.

Blaze and the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce: The Clinton Blaze athletic program has taken the community by storm and now, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce is chronicling the program and other day-to-day happenings in Clinton City Schools.

Clinton Blaze fans can keep up with the program and other happenings in the Clinton City Schools on the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The chamber shot video clips last week and will be posted at

Swim Team Roster: The Clinton Blaze recently announced the swim rosters for the 2019-20 school year.

This will be the second season for the program. The athletes who will compete will include: Josiah Shelton; Haden Harrel; Leah Sharp; Madden Whitson; Lily McMahan; Lauren Farmer; Ollie Stoutamire; Christian Lopez; Fletcher Kitts; Abby Bennet; Demi Moore; Ava Smith; Kaitlin Emerson and Sophia Chapparo.

Blaze Athlete of the Week: The Athlete of the Week for the Sept. 30th is cross country runner Ryley Brewer. Brewer finished 73rd in last week’s Forks of the River Invitational. He completed the course in 15 minutes, 28.87 seconds. He was one of 341 competitors in the event. The Blaze Athlete of the Week is sponsored by C&D Printing. Brewer was the top finisher for the boys team last week.

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: Adidas recently fitted the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams for shoes.

The company will also provide shooting shirts for both teams and they will provide swimsuits for both swim teams.

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.

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.