Hoops season is upon us

Hall of Fame games start action this weekend

With Anderson County’s heartbreaking loss to Greeneville, high school football season is officially over for Anderson County.

But fear not, for basketball has arrived.

This week, the middle schools all have games, with Lake City traveling to Sunbright for its last game before Thanksgiving, while Clinton Middle School hosts the Carpenters on Thursday, Nov. 19. Meanwhile, Norwood travels twice this week, first to Midway on Sat. Nov. 21 and then to Petros Joyner on Monday, Nov. 23. Norris doesn’t play again until Nov. 30, when it hosts Jacksboro.

On the high school front, both schools have Hall of Fame games this weekend, with Clinton traveling to Maryville to face Bradley Central and Sevier County, while Anderson County hosts three games on Saturday, Nov 21.

The Clinton games will start at 12:45 p.m. against Bradley Central, and continue at 2:15 p.m. versus Sevier County. Clinton also travels to Heritage High School on Thursday, Nov. 19 to face the Mountaineers in their first game of the season.

Dragons Head Coach Chris Lockard, said it will be a good chance to see where the team stands.

“Without a senior on the team, this week will be the measuring stick of where this young team is and what we need to improve on to stay in the top end of the district,” Lockard said.

“We have a really tough schedule again this season starting with Heritage, Bradley Central, and Sevier County, and it definitely doesn’t get any easier from there.”

When asked if he’s concerned about the strength of schedule after graduating so many strong starters last year, Lockard said “no.”

“That’s the way I like it. Playing the toughest teams can help develop your team to compete at the highest level.”

Anderson County, meanwhile, hosts Claiborne, Greenback, Harriman, and the Ambassadors in a stretch of games spanning all day on Saturday, adhering to the schedule listed below: