Clinton High baseball is having a big weekend

“You’re killing me, Smalls.”

This Friday, Nov. 15, Clinton High School Baseball will be hosting a “Movie on the Field” playing “The Sandlot.” Admission is free and concessions will be sold. Gates open at six and bounce houses for the children will be erected as well.

The event serves as a great chance for the community to meet the 2019-2020 baseball team and coaches, including Clinton’s new head coach, Rob Stacy.

The movie on Friday will be followed by an alumni baseball game on Saturday, Nov. 16th at Jaycee Park. All former Clinton High School baseball players are invited to attend and play. Anyone who plans to play in the game should report to the field at 10:30 am. Batting practice will begin at 11:15 and the game itself will start at noon. After the game, there will be a chili dinner.

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Mavs open playoffs with rout

Defense gets three INTs in win

Anderson County’s Russell Lindsay gets a screen block from Bryson Vowell on his way to a 27-yard interecption return against Grainger County Friday night. - Ricky Williams
On Friday, Nov. 8, Anderson County (AC) hosted the Grainger County Grizzlies for the first round of the TSSAA 4A Division Playoffs. Anderson walked away victorious 41-14.

The Mavericks were the favorite for the night, coming into the game with a 9-1 record to Grainger’s 6-4, but even so, it was much more one-sided than one generally expects from a playoff game. Anderson County scored halfway through the first quarter after an interception and 33-yard return from Austin Elliott that put the Mavericks in an early lead.

Then after a single possession by Grainger County stopped by Anderson County’s defense, the Mavericks received the ball again to score a second time before the second quarter, this one from a 28-yard pass to Cam Thomas from Stone Hatmaker.

The second quarter saw Anderson County pulling further ahead of the Grizzlies with two touchdown runs, one by Mason Fields and one by Anthony White.

Those two touchdowns were followed by a second interception, this one by Russell Lindsay, who returned it 27 yards for a third touchdown with two minutes still left in the second quarter.

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Green Devils come calln’ Friday

Anderson County hosts the Greeneville Green Devils this week for the second round of the TSSAA football playoffs.

On paper, the game looks incredibly close, with Greeneville at 9-2 for the season against Anderson County’s 10-1. The two are ranked directly next to each other in their class as well, with Anderson County holding the number three spot and Greeneville holding the number two spot.

In the state, the story is the same, with Greeneville ranked 25 and the Mavericks ranked 27.

Both teams showed decisive victories in the first round of the playoffs, with Greeneville destroying Howard Tech 45-0 and Anderson County beating up on Grainger County to finish the night 41-14.

Both games were typical for the powerhouse teams. Across the season, both Greeneville and Anderson County have scored an average of 43 points per game.

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Scarbro honored as ‘Official of the Year’

Leonard Scarbro accepts his award on behalf of the Careacter Star Athlete Team. - Ken Leinart
The Careacter Star Athlete Team honored Leonard Scarbro on Friday, Nov. 1 as Official of the Year.

The award is voted on by all head coaches, athletic directors, sports writers, and officials throughout East Tennessee.

Scarbro has worked as an official for 39 total years.

He’s worked for the Clinch Valley Football Official’s Association for 21 years and is a resident of Clinton.

The awards were presented by Ken Buchanon, the head of the Clinch Valley Football Association and part of the Board of Directors for the Careacter Star Athlete Team.

Scarbro’s wife, Sandra, also received a plaque for her support of her husband throughout his years of service as a TSSAA official.

Basketball is back

Clinton High School basketball held it’s first pre-sea- son scrimmage of the 2019-2020 season Monday night, collecting a 56-33 win over Cumberland County. - Shari Wandell-Bryant
Clinton High School basketball held it’s first pre-season scrimmage of the 2019-2020 season Monday night, collecting a 56-33 win over Cumberland County.