Sports

Training for the competition


Brookelyn Housley warms up on the rowing machine at Clinch Valley CrossFit before competing in the CrossFit Games quarterfinals on Friday night. The CrossFit Games is the top competition in the world of crossfit. There are four stages of the CrossFit Games — the Open, Quarterfinal, Semifinals and then the Games. In order to compete in the quarterfinals, Housely had to be in the top 10 percent of women in North America at the end of Stage 1 competitions. According to CrossFit.com, Housley was ranked the 1,034th female worldwide and 434th in the United States in 2020.

Back to winning

After two losses to Powell, CHS bounces back against Campbell County


Blake Lowe rounds second on his way to third in the Dragons game against Cookeville on Friday, April 9. Dragons lost 7-3 after giving up four runs in the fifth inning. - Collin Riggs
Clinton has had a mixed week in baseball, with two losses, but the Dragons did snag a 10-0 win against Campbell County to bolster their record.

The Dragons traveled to Powell on Tuesday, April 6, for a rematch against the Panthers after they beat the Dragons 15-1 the day before. Clinton ultimately lost the second matchup 6-2 after giving up five runs in the second inning and struggling to make a rebound.

Garrett Lee had one of the team’s only RBI that game, with Ethan Tinker and Daniel Burke both scoring hits. Mac Lowe pitched for the game, notching 16 first-pitch strikes and finishing with a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.17.

On Friday, the Dragons hosted Cookeville, and led until the fifth inning, when the Dragons gave up four runs.

Blake Lowe pitched for the game, followed by Ethan Tinker. Tinker finished with two strikeouts, while Lowe finished with 11 first pitch strikes. Meanwhile, at the plate, Daniel Burke led the team on his with three and two RBI.

Finally, on Monday, Clinton hosted Campbell County in a game where the Dragons took a shut-out 10-0 win against the Cougars.

Mac Lowe pitched for the Dragons that game, finishing with seven strikeouts and 19 first pitch strikes, as well as a WHIP of 1.00. Lowe also finished with two RBI and 3 QABs, though he wasn’t the leader at the plate, as that title fell to Connor Moody, who finished with three hits, three RBI, and three QAB. Alex Saltkill finished right behind Moody with two hits and two RBI.

Dragons swim to win vs Roane County


Isaac Childers performed the breast-stroke leg of the 200-yard Medley Relay for Clinton Dragons swimmers on Friday night during a home meet against Roane County. The Dragons’ swim team won the meet.
Isaac Childers performed the breast-stroke leg of the 200-yard Medley Relay for Clinton Dragons swimmers on Friday night during a home meet against Roane County. The Dragons’ swim team won the meet.

Lady Mavs look impressive in 12-0 win over the Lady Dragons


Lady Mavs hurler Reese Simpson delivers a pitch last week against Clinton. - Tony Cox
The Lady Dragons softball team traveled to Anderson County to face the Lady Mavericks in a rivalry game that ended with a hard 12-0 loss for the Dragons as the Lady Mavs took 10 runs in the third inning.

While the Lady Dragons kept themselves in the game for the first two innings, giving up only two runs in the first and none in the second, the Lady Mavs took control at the plate during the third, with hits by Makayla Simmons, Abbie Buswell, and Lea Elkins all driving Anderson County higher and higher. Simmons finished with four RBI, while Buswell added three and Kaitlyn McKamey contributed two.

Clinton, meanwhile, struggled both at the plate and at the mound. Audri McKamey pitched for the Lady Dragons, finishing with 16 first-pitch strikes and two strikeouts, with a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 3.75.

Reese Simpson pitched for the Lady Mavericks, finishing with 11 first-pitch strikes and four strikeouts, with a WHIP of 0.40.

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Mavs fall short against Halls


Mav junior Luke Lowery is greeted after touching home following one of his two home runs last week against Halls. - Ricky Williams
Anderson County hosted Halls in baseball Tuesday, April 6, and, after losing the lead early in the game, struggled to regain it before ultimately losing 6-2.

Halls took the lead early in the game with two runs in the first inning that Anderson County ultimately answered with a run of its own early on.

But the Mavericks struggled heavily to score more runs to even the score, even as Halls pulled further away with another RBI in the third and three more in the fourth.

Ultimately, Anderson County scored only one more run in the fifth inning, putting the game at it’s final score with neither team scoring again in the last two innings.

Anderson County’s Luke Lowery hit two home runs for the night, leading the team on hits as well as RBI. Lowery also finished with a walk and three quality-at-bats, while Eli Varner and Hudson Hartgrove also finished with a walk.

Connor Martin led the team on the mound, pitching for seven innings to finish the day with 25 first-pitch strikes and five strikeouts, as well as a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.29.

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Middle school Dragons come out swinging


Clinton’s J.P. Robbins slides between the legs of Alcoa’s pitcher reaching to tag him out. Robbins scored a run for the Dragons, who ultimately won 11-8. - Collin Riggs
April 6 vs Northview at Home

CMS Dragons Grab Lead in the Fifth Inning to Defeat Northview

CMS Dragons stole the lead late in the game in a 4-1 victory over Northview on Tuesday. Northview traveled to Clinton to play and got things moving in the first inning, scoring one run.

Alex Duggins brought the heat from the mound. He surrendered one run on two hits over four innings, striking out four. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Dragons tied things up at one, when Hayden Harrell doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. The game was tied at one with the Dragons batting in the bottom of the fifth when Harrell singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. The Dragons saw the ball well today, racking up six hits in the game. Harrell and Duggins both managed multiple hits for the Dragons, racking up two hits each.

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Middle school Mavs drop three games

It was a hard week for the middle school Mavs as they lost three games this week.

In their first game on Wednesday, April 7, the Mavs lost 12-1 to Oak Ridge in a reversal of the team’s previous 12-2 win over the Wildcats the week before.

Reece Wilkerson pitched for the Mavericks that game, finishing with six strikeouts and a 2.25 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched).

The Mavs played two games on Saturday, starting off with Powell in the morning. The Mavs lost that game 10-2, struggling to hold Powell in check despite both Tripp Haire and Noah Parks both pitching for the Mavs and coming away with three strikeouts apiece.

Finally, the Mavs faced Morristown West, dropping nine runs in the second inning to give the other school a massive head-start that the Mavs couldn’t come back from. Blake Lowe and Easton Beaty both pitched for the Mavs that game, finishing with a single strikeout apiece. Lowe also finished with eight first-pitch strikes, while Beaty finished with three.