Blaze earn split in first matchups of 2021

The Clinton Blaze and Lady Blaze had mixed results in their first games of the 2021 calendar year.

The Blaze edged St. Mary’s 45-42 Thursday night, while the girls dropped a 48-8 decision.

In the boys’ game, Jaxon Alcorn scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Grant Hannah had 12 points and six rebounds in a game that was tied 42-42 with one minute remaining.

Kaden Webber stepped up defensively for Clinton as he had a pair of steals for the Blaze down the stretch.

In the girls’ game, Abby Phillips set a single-game record for rebounds. She had 10 boards. She broke the single-game scoring record before Christmas. She had all eight points Thursday night.

The Blaze and Lady Blaze host Knoxville’s Grace Christian Academy on Thursday and that game will be at Arowood Arena.

Admission is $5 and no concessions will be available.

Blaze basketball attendance protocols: Clinton City Schools Athletic Director E.T. Stamey announced the attendance regulations that will continue for home games this season:

Tickets will be limited to two per player. Temperature checks will be performed upon entry. Face masks are required. Everyone must wear face coverings unless they are in an on-court, in-game situation.

Social-distancing protocols must be followed in seating. Game balls will be cleaned following each quarter. Standing-room-only attendance will be allowed at each game. Concessions will not be available.

Both teams must provide rosters to prove who will be in uniform on each night. No locker room use is allowed, and entrance will be at the front door only.

Blaze Basketball Record Book: Stamey has compiled a record book for the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams. The girls record for assists in one game is six by Josie Moody. The boys record is nine. It’s held by Camden Nelson.

Blaze swim season: Stamey said that the Blaze and Lady Blaze swim teams are slated to begin the 2021 season in January. Meets will be held at the Clinton Community Center.

Stamey said that he’s hoping to partner the Blaze swim team with Clinton Middle School in an effort for the Blaze to compete in more meets.

Lady Blaze Basketball Roster: The 2020-21 Lady Blaze basketball roster has been announced. Players include: Molly Boler; Mandy Chambers; Topanga Easterday; Tori Giles; Callie Johnson; Abby Phillips; Maddisyn Reynolds; Tegan Bunch; Julieah Cooper; Kiley Patterson; Lindsey Rogel; Riley Alley; Ayvah Daniels and Morgan Jones and Haley Daniels. Team managers: Allison Mullins; Evelyn Russell.

Blaze Basketball Roster: Kaden Webber; Aiden Campbell; Isaiah Williams; Grant Hannah; Jaylon Daniels; Seth Carroll; Jaxon Alcorn; Hudson Edenfield; Dayton Wade; John David Meredith; Evan Carmichael; Owen Miller; Zander Ford and Tucker Harmering; Xavier Gallagher and Landry Sharp.

All Blaze home games will be streamed on the Clinton City Blaze Facebook page.

The Clinton Blaze Athlete of the Week Presented by C&D Printing: will return soon.

Blaze Dance Team: The Blaze dance team has been announced. Members include: Grace Wilson; Maggie Turbiville; MacKenzie Sharp; Sean Fuhr; Marie Bautista; Nevaeh Fuller; Amilia Grainger; Kaylin Phillips; Lilly Marvin; Ariana Duncan; Bella Hobbs-Swenson; Lisa Dawson; Abigail Bennett; Layla Feinstein; Charlie Riggs; Miranda Childs; Reece Hollifield; Jailah Fritts; Anime Fox; Addi Herrell; Angel Wagner; Maleah Breeden; Peyton Skaggs; Addyson Kidwell and Maisen Sharp.

Blaze Coat Drive: The Blaze coat drive is ongoing. To donate, message Stamey on the Clinton City Blaze Facebook Page.

Archery Class: Stamey said that he plans on beginning an archery class for the 2020-2021 academic year. It will be part of the academic curriculum.

Track season: The Blaze and Lady Blaze track and field athletes look to begin their season in March.

The Blaze Bowling League will continue to take place in the spring at the Clinton Community Center.

Blaze and Lady Blaze continue to get community support; Stamey said that fundraising for the athletic program continues to flourish despite financial hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.