A special year for the sporting life

Competing at the state level was the theme for 2022

  • Clinton senior (2022) Trace Thackerson cuts his piece of the net after the Dragons beat Volunteer High School to win the Region 2 AAA championship and advance to the state tournament last March. - Ken Leinart

  • The Anderson County High School football team held a community celebration on Dec. 15 at the ACHS football field to commemorate its 4A state championship. Right: Chris Lockard was honored for his 400th win. - Ken Leinart

  • Members of the Anderson County High School football team watch the Jumbotron at the ACHS football field as highlight videos and personal messages play during a community celebration held Dec. 15. - Ken Leinart

  • The Anderson County High School Cross Country team competed in the TSSAA State Championship Cross Country meet at Sanders Ferry Park n Hendersonville Thursday, Nov. 4. The Lady Mavericks finished in sixth place with 219 points. The Mavericks finished in 10th place with a score of 316 points. - Ken Leinart

Last year was a banner year for sports in Anderson County.

The Clinton High School basketball team — the Dragons — won the Region 2 AAA Championship on March 7 when they defeated Volunteer High School 78-74 to advance to the TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

The Dragons fell to eventual state runners-up Jackson South Side by a score of 52-48 in the first round of the state tourney.

In the process of earning a trip to state the Dragons never lost a game at home.

Now, jump forward to December. Nine months after appearing at the state tournament at Middle Tennessee State University, Clinton High School boys basketball head Coach Chris Lockard’s team beat Anderson County High School for his 400th career win.

He did so at Clinton High’s Don Lockard Gymnasium. Don Lockard notched his 500th career victory against Anderson County High School.

Just two days after Chris Lockard captured his 400th win, the Anderson County High School Mavericks’ football team capped a perfect season with a 34-30 win over Pearl-Cohn High School for the TSSAA 4A championship.

Forty years after Anderson County High School opened its doors the football team not only earned its first trip to the state championship game, but also brought home the gold ball.

The 2022 high school cross country season ended in November with both Anderson County teams posting top marks at the Class A/AA state championships at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.

The Lady Mavericks and the Mavericks both posted Top 10 finishes at the 5K race in the Midstate.

The ACHS girls finished sixth on the grand stage, while the boys finished 10th despite some unseasonably warm weather.

For the Lady Mavericks, senior Kaitlyn Fisher finished eighth as she completed the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 8.19 seconds and achieving all-state honors.

Freshman Ava Moody finished 16th, posting a time of 20:31. 15. She narrowly missed being named to the all-state team as a freshman.