Clinton’s Reasor takes second in state diving

Colby Brown finishes in top 25 in 200 freestyle

Colby Brown stands with trophy at the state competition with co-coaches Nicole Patalano, left, and Jan Smith. - Submitted
Clinton High School junior Jacob Reasor placed second in the diving competition of the Tennessee High School Swimming Championships held Saturday in Nashville.

Senior Colby Brown placed 25th in the 200 freestyle and 35th in the 100 freestyle during the day-long event held at the Tracy Caulkins Aquatics Center in Nashville, located near Centennial Park.

“This caps off a great season for our swimming program,” said Dragons co-coach Nicole Patalano, who has worked this year with co-coach Jan Smith.

“Our swimmers worked hard for months and we put in some great performances on the way to a second-place finish in the region meet a few weeks ago.”

Patalano said the two Dragons competing in Nashville each put in extra efforts in preparing for last weekend’s championships.

“They worked hard all week long when they were practicing at the University of Tennessee Aquatics Center and they were ready to compete when they got to Nashville,” Patalano said.

“Colby was one of 110 swimmers statewide. Jacob had some great dives to reach the runner-up spot.

“Coach Smith and I are very proud of what Jacob and Colby accomplished – not only in Nashville, but throughout the season along with the remaining members of our team

“These students, their parents and supporters, put in lot of hard work all season long and Coach Smith and I appreciate everything they have done to get us to this point.”

A double-double kind of night

Luke Harrison proved unstoppable vs. Campbell

Luke Harrison (11) was red hot. - Conner McCarty
Clinton senior Luke Harrison had a career night last Tuesday against Campbell County High School.

After scoring the first nine points of the ballgame, he knew. “I felt like I could take over,” said Harrison. Simply, the Campbell County defense could not stop him.

Harrison was dominant on the offensive end of the floor for three quarters.

During the second half, there was a point where Clinton’s offense seemed to have one plan: Give the ball to Luke.

That plan worked, as Harrison would go off for a career-high 38 points and led Clinton to an 84-68 District 3-AAA victory over Campbell County.

Additionally, Harrison would tally a double-double, as the senior pulled down ten boards. He would also add five assists and two steals in the win.

The Dragons (15-13, 7-6) needed a win over the Cougars, as Clinton fights with Powell and Anderson County to obtain the District-3AAA Tournament fourth seed — which comes with an automatic bye.

It would not take much time for Clinton to realize who their go-to guy would be.

Harrison would start the game four-of-four from the floor.

On the first possession of the game, point guard Evan Winchester would find Harrison open along the baseline — who rose up and knocked down the 15-foot jumper.

The next four Clinton points came on back-to-back possessions which started with Harrison defensive rebounds.

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Linderman, Cummins, Moles win region titles

Dragons send three, Mavs seven, to state wrestling meet

Anderson County High School will send seven wrestlers to the state meet Feb. 14 - 16. Clinton will send three, including the Region 2AAA “Outstanding Wrestler,” Travis Linderman. - Submitted
Wrestlers from both Anderson County and Clinton High Schools competed at the TSSAA Region-2AAA Tournament last week, hosted at Seymour High School.

The top four wrestlers from each weight class advanced to the TSSAA State Tournament.

Clinton High School heavyweight Trevor Linderman, Anderson County Mavericks Stone Cummins (220 lb.), and Josh Moles (195lb.) earned Region-2AAA titles in their respected classes.

Linderman was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Region-2AAA Tournament.

Along with them, seven others finished within the top four of their respected classes and have qualified for the State Tournament. Clinton Dragons John Sieber (120 lb.) and Anthony Berg (113 lb.) have advanced to the TSSAA State Tournament. Also, Anderson County Mavericks Vandal Norman (106 lb.), Reece Bailey (113 lb.), Jesse Muncey (145 lb.), Tyler Muncey (152 lb.), and Tagen Cagle (170 lb.) have qualified for the State Tournament.

The 2019 TSSAA Wrestling State Tournament will be held Feb. 14-16 at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena. The Division-1AAA Round of 32, Round of 16, and Consolations will be on Feb. 14, beginning at 4 p.m.

On Feb. 15, the quarterfinals and consolations will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the semifinals and Consolations will be later that evening, at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 16, the Consolation Semifinals and Finals will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the championship matches, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

TSSAA Region-2AAA Results


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Quarterfinals - Anthony Berg (Clinton High school) received a bye

Semifinals - Jeremy Peters (Knoxville Halls) over Anthony Berg (Clinton High school) (Dec 4-3)

Cons. Semis - Anthony Berg (Clinton High school) received a bye

3rd Place Match - Anthony Berg (Clinton High school) over Dayton Pritchett (Sevier Co.) (Fall 1:23)

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ACHS ends regular season with sweep

Anderson County’s basketball regular season ended Monday as the Mavericks and Lady Mavericks swept a doubleheader at Halls.

The Lady Mavericks pulled out a 56-53 win over the Lady Devils while the Mavericks rolled to an 80-64 victory over the Red Devils.

Trailing 30-27 at halftime, the Lady Mavs gained momentum in the second half as they pulled even with their hosts 41-41 after three periods before key shooting and timely defense during the final eight minutes allowed Coach Mike Ellis’ team to finish with a 6-8 district record and 17-13 overall.

Maci Howard’s 24 points – including six treys – topped the Lady Mavs. Brooklin McCoy finished with 16.

The victory marked the third straight for the Lady Mavs as they prepared to move into this week’s district tournament at Karns.

“We’ve been playing better recently than we were earlier this season and now we’ll see how we do in the (district) tournament,” Ellis said.

“We were able to get on an offensive role in the second half and we need to continue to play that way in the tournament.”

The Mavs stayed ahead of the Red Devils all night during the boys’ game with scores of 20-17 after one period, 42-27 at halftime and 59-40 after three periods.

“We’re ready for the tournament,” said Mavericks Coach Derek Wallace, whose team IS 9-5 in the district and 19-11 overall.

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They’re Wildcats now

Trey Noe and Ryan Moog have officially signed their National Letter of Intents.
Anderson County High School football senior standouts Trey Noe and Ryan Moog have officially signed their National Letter of Intents. Both 2018 4A All-State Mavericks have officially committed to continue their academic and athletic careers as Wildcats, at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Davidson College is an NCAA Division 1 FCS program, and is a member of the Atlantic-10 Conference — except for football. The Davidson football program is a member of and competes within the Pioneer Football League. Noe and Moog played major roles for the Mavs on both sides of the football, are key contributors to Anderson County football’s success, and received numerous honors and accolades, respectively, over the past two years.

Blaze announce coaches for next year

The Clinton Blaze has announced its coaches for the 2019-20 school year.

The Blaze, which currently fields teams in cross country, boys and girls basketball, swimming bowling and recently added track and field. The Blaze also has a dance team.

The track and field program, which will begin in March, will be coached by Teri Kerley. She will also return to coach cross country for a second season in the fall.

The Lady Blaze basketball team will be coached by former Powell High School head coach Christin Webb and Lauren Murphy.

The boys basketball team, which like the Lady Blaze hoops squad will begin its third season next year, will be coached by Jeff Little and Garrett Little.

Zeke Rich will coach the Blaze swimmers and Rebecca Sharp will coach the dance team.

Soccer Clinic: The Clinton City Schools Soccer Clinic is back for the spring semester.

After a successful fall clinic, Knoxville soccer pro Chris Carroll decided to come back for the spring.

The clinic has sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Clinton City Schools high school football stadium.

Players in grades 1-3 meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

The clinic for players in grades 4-6 is on Fridays at 3:30 p.m.

Players should wear athletic clothing with tennis shoes or soccer cleats and balls will be provided for players during the clinic sessions.

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Dragons, Mavs release 2019 baseball schedules

Clinton’s Jazmine Moore works inside during last week’s game against Campbell County - Conner McCarty
Anderson County High School and Clinton High School have released their 2019 baseball schedules.

The Dragons will begin pre-season play at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 when they host Gibbs. Clinton will open with four home games.

Clinton will begin district play March 11 when the Dragons host Knoxville Central.

Anderson County will host Gibbs at 1 p.m. Feb. 23, followed by a Feb. 25 game against Pigeon Forge at home.

The Mavs will travel to Hardin Valley Academy for a 5 p.m. preseason game March 7.

The Mavericks will begin district play March 11 at Halls.

Standings Briefs

Current Boys’ Basketball 1 AAA

Region 2 District 3 Standings:

1. Oak Ridge (22-4, 13-1)

2. Knox Central (16-10, 10-4)

3. Anderson County (18-11, 8-5)

4. Powell (13-12, 8-5)

5. Clinton (15-13, 7-6)

6. Karns (10-15, 6-8)

7. Halls (3-24, 1-12)

8. Campbell County (2-26, 1-13)

Current Girls’ Basketball D1 AAA

Region 2 District 3 Standings:

1. Oak Ridge (26-2, 13-1)

2. Campbell County (26-3, 13-1)

3. Powell (19-7, 9-4)

4. Clinton (14-12, 6-7)

5. Anderson County (15-13, 5-8)

6. Halls (9-17, 4-9)

7. Knox Central (10-16, 4-10)

8. Karns (1-23, 0-14)

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Lady Mavs move up in standings

Brooklin McCoy has been on a hot streak for the Lady Mavs. - Conner McCarty
The Anderson County Lady Mavericks struggled to find wins throughout the month of January. However, since January 22nd, the Lady Mavs have won four out of their last six games—two of which were much needed district wins. All four of those wins have come at crucial time late in the season, and because of those wins Anderson County has made the possibility of finishing within the district’s top four reality. After a win over Clinton and a loss to Scott the first week of February, the Lady Mavs picked up two straight wins last week, 74-43 over Oliver Springs and 64-24 over Oakdale. While both of those games are not district games, they could hold the key to the door of District-3AAA’s top four. The Lady Mavs were excellent offensively last week. Plus, Anderson County has caught fire from downtown.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Mavs put up 74 points on Oliver Springs. Before that game, the Lady Mavs had only reached the 70-point mark on two occasions: The first game of the season and January 22 in a win over Karns. If there was a perfect time for the offense to play at their best, that time is right now. Last week, the Anderson County was unconscious from three-point range, and offensively, played better than they have in weeks prior.

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