Week One is a ‘Big One’

Dragons host Mavs in cross-county showcase

Conner Moody follows his blockers on a run against Oliver Springs in last Friday night’s jamboree at Kingston. - Ken Leinart
On Friday, Aug. 23, Clinton and Anderson County will come together for the 34th time for one of Anderson County’s historic rivalry matches.

Started in 1985, two years after Anderson County High School opened its doors, the first game between the two ended with a loss for Clinton at 27-7. The current record is eight wins for Clinton vs Anderson County’s 25.

Tensions run especially high this year after the altercation between coaches from both schools immediately following last year’s game. That incident resulted in suspensions for four coaches, three from Anderson County, and one from Clinton.

Randy McKamey is optimistic about the game, saying that, between scrimmages and practices, the Clinton team is looking promising this year.

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Clinton shuts out South-Doyle

The Clinton Middle School Lady Hawks (softball) pulled an 11-0 shutout victory against South Doyle Middle School’s Lady Knees on Wed., Aug. 14.

South Doyle managed three hits across the entirety of the game, but no scored runs. The two pitchers for Clinton, Bree McKamey and Heaven Britt-Kimbriel, managed three strikeouts apiece. The heaviest hitter for Clinton, Ella Gamble, batted three runners in.

McKamey came away with a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 0.00, which is phenomenal, while Britt-Kimbriel came away with a still amazing WHIP of 1.50.

Norris Senators roll past Jefferson, 30-14

Norris Senator Charley Pressley cuts down a Jefferson attempt at a sweep during play last Thursday. - Ricky Williams
On a hot Thursday afternoon, Norris Senators and Jefferson Bobcats met at Maverick Stadium to play football.

Norris was alsmost as hot as the weather, winning 30-14 in convincing fashion.

Jefferson won the coin toss, and they drove hard across the field, fighting for first downs, but inevitably for naught. They turned the ball over to Norris.

For Norris’s first play of the game, Nick Moog ran the ball 88 yards for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, it was Jefferson’s ball again.

Not wanting to be shown up, they fought their way down the field. Each yard was a grueling struggle, but they made it, with the final play a 23-yard pass to Junior Adams. Jefferson managed a 2-point conversion, and, for a moment, pulled ahead. Before the end of the first quarter, both teams had already scored and it looked as if Norris had met their match.

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Blaze set rosters for swimming, basketball

The 2019-2020 school year has begun and the Clinton Blaze athletic programs will soon set rosters in various fall sports.

The Blaze, which is comprised of athletes from all Clinton Elementary Schools, will begin its third year this fall.

Clinton City Schools athletic director E.T. Stamey has announced tryouts for various fall programs.

Tryouts for swimming for the Blaze and Lady Blaze basketball teams as well as the swim team are complete.

Lady Blaze Basketball Roster: New head coach Christin Webb set her roster last week. The roster is comprised of four sixth graders (Eden Hancock, Emily Silcox, Leah Hernandez and Kenzlee Hutchison); seven fifth graders (Bethany Lowe, Abby Phillips, Alison Mullins, Jailie Rodd, McKinley Stanton, Callie Johnson and Topanga Easterday) and one fourth grader (Tegan Bunch). The manager is fifth grader Molly Boler). Webb will be assisted by Lauren Murphy.

Boys basketball and swimming rosters will be announced soon.

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Karns off and running against Lady Mavs

Ashlynn Chamblee and Brenna Bradshaw both go for a ball while a Karns player runs for second base.
Middle School Lady Mavs faced off against Karns on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in a frustrating shut-out loss.

The final score was 18-0, with Anderson county scoring two hits and one walk during the three-inning game.

Anderson County scored three hits, but was unable to cinch a run against Karns. Pitcher Ashton Chamblee scored a single strikeout and walked away with a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 5.33.

Hardy earns All-American honors at AAU track event

Cameron Hardy, a fifth grader at Fairview Elementary, competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro NC. He competed in the 10 year old boys 1500m race. He finished 7th overall out of 86 boys with a time of 5:06.73, which earned him All American Honors. He also competed in the 800m and finished 28th overall with a 2:35.17.

Lady Mavs undefeated in Round-Up

The Anderson County Mavericks had their annual Maverick Round-Up on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Round-Up brings various area high schools to Anderson County to celebrate the sport of volleyball and finish the pre-season.

The Lady Mavs cleaned house, finishing the weekend 6-0 against Farragut, Bearden, Science Hill, Tennessee High, Sullivan South, and Grace.

This also means that the Mavs have gone undefeated in their entire pre-season, going 13-0, which no Anderson County team has ever achieved.

One of those wins, during their volleyball camp, was against the 2018 North Carolina State Champions.

‘Women on the Water’ seminar offered Sept. 14

Women on the Water, a special seminar for women who want to learn fly fishing, will be Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The event, scheduled in connection with the September celebration of National Public Lands Day, will be at Miller Island Public Access Area on the Clinch.

In the morning, participants will receive instruction in fly casting, knot tying, entomology, fly tying and water safety; from noon to 3 p.m., women will wade the river and fish with volunteer guides.

Cost is $30, including lunch, loaned fishing equipment for students who don’t have their own and, for women not already members, a one-year membership in Trout Unlimited.

Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required to ensure plentiful supplies of food and gear — to sign up, contact Stacy Hage, (865) 566-4383 or

Each participant must have a fishing license that includes trout. Note: For a single day, the “all species” license is the best value; cost for Tennessee residents, including handling fees, is $11.50 in stores or $14 online at

The Clinch River Chapter’s mission is to conserve and enhance the Clinch River tailwater trout fishery and its watershed, through conservation projects and through education of children and adults in aquatic natural resources. For more information, visit

‘Meet the Mavs’ was a night to honor everything ACHS

Anderson County High School welcomed everyone to Meet the Mavs last Friday and showed off why ACHS is a special place to so many. - Collin Riggs
It was sunny and hot on Friday afternoon when the tents rose and the tables were dragged out to set up the booths for Anderson County’s annual Meet the Mavericks.

A band played by the ticket gate, greeting people as they streamed past. The music floated out across the field to mingle with the murmur of a hundred conversations and the smell of cooking meat from the food trucks.

At the far end of the football field, bouncy castles and games were set up, along with a waterslide that kids and adults alike took advantage of.

Pop-up pavilions lined the sides of the field, and under each one a team from the school sat together, talking to passersby, shaking hands, selling pizza or keychains to raise money.

At the 50 yard-line, the senior football players sat at a table signing autographs for kids and letting them throw footballs into a net.

At 8 p.m., the tents were swept away to clear the field.

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Hardy earns All-American honors at AAU track event

Cameron Hardy
Cameron Hardy, a fifth grader at Fairview Elementary, competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro NC. He competed in the 10 year old boys 1500m race. He finished 7th overall out of 86 boys with a time of 5:06.73, which earned him All American Honors. He also competed in the 800m and finished 28th overall with a 2:35.17.