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Summer games

River Boys have split week of play

Will Brooks was in command of the mound for the River Boys at the start of last Thursday night’s home matchup against the Graveston Freebirds (Gibbs). He and pitcher Sam Raley combined for a one-hit shutout. The River Boys won the first game 7-0, but dropped the second 9-8. - Tony Cox
The River Boys 18U baseball team continued its 2024 season with a busy schedule last week.

The River Boys split a pair of games Sunday at Jaycee Park.

They defeated West Blount 4-3 and lost to the Diamond Dawgs 12-5 to close out the weekend.

Pitcher William Easterday hurled a complete game against West Blount as he went seven innings. He gave up three unearned runs and 11 hits, and didn’t walk a batter. He finished the contest with four strikeouts.

Offensively, JP Robbins and Erik Tirado each collected a pair of hits. Tirado doubled and stole a base, while Robbins went 2-for-2 and scored a run. Brennan Tipton singled, drove in a run and stole two bases.

Against the Diamond Dawgs, Robbins was 2-for-3. He had three stolen bases and scored two runs. Tipton had two hits, including a double. He also had one RBI and a run scored. He stole a base.

Tirado walked three times. He also had three stolen bases and scored two runs.

The River Boys also split a pair of contests on Saturday.

They routed the Emerald Force 10-2, and dropped a 10-1 decision against the Knoxville Ice Blue.

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Bulls have busy week on the diamond

Blake Lowe was one of four Bulls pitching in the opening game of last Thursday’s doubleheader against the Broadway Hawks. The pitchers threw a combined no-hitter and the Bulls won the first game of the night 12-1. - Tony Cox
The Coal Creek Bulls had a busy weekend on the diamond.

They played four games Saturday and one game Sunday against top travel teams and lost all five games.

On Sunday, the Bulls lost in walk-off fashion, falling 6-5 against Knox Ice 16U.

Jack Wilson went 1-for-1 and scored two runs, while Eli Ledford and Elijah Johnson each singled and scored. Lee Goins went 0-for-3 but recorded an RBI in the contest.

On Saturday, the Bulls played four games, losing all of them.

Coal Creek fell 9-8 to Base Knox White 15U.

In that game, Goins was 2-for-3 and knocked in a run. Hunter Brummett doubled and scored, and Johnson came up with a double and an RBI.

In another game Saturday, the Bulls lost 10-1 to Knox Ice 16U.

Wilson had a single and drove in the lone run for the Bulls, who also lost 5-0 to the Knoxville Ice 18U team.

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Seivers on 2025 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Tennessee wide receiver Larry Seivers celebrates after catching the game-winning two-point conversion from Condredge Holloway against Clemson in 1974. - University of Tennessee Athletics
Larry Seivers isn’t one who seeks personal recognition.

But he’s on the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Seivers has been up for induction multiple times, and the only reason he ever found out was because he received a phone call from his former coach, Bill Battle.

“I didn’t even know I was on there until Coach Battle called me,” said Seivers, a former Clinton High School star who also played basketball for the Dragons who went on to have a stellar college football career at the University of Tennessee. “I think he has something to do with that.

“I’ve heard that after 50 years, you’re not on the ballot, so I’ve probably got two or three more (years) left. If I make it, great, if I don’t that’s fine with me. Personal recognition has never meant that much to me.”

Seivers may not be looking for attention for himself, but he said a College Football Hall of Fame induction would mean something for the Vols and Clinton High School.

“It would bring recognition to Tennessee and it would bring recognition to Clinton and that’s great,” he said in a phone interview from North Carolina. “I’m 70 years old now, I’m healthy and I work full time and I can go on a weekend trip to North Carolina.”

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Moody, Laster lead the pack in distance running

Rising junior has two state titles in track, third-place medal in cross-country

Ava Moody had quite the sophomore year in 2023-24.

She culminated the spring track season with a pair of titles at the TSSAA Class AA State Championships at Dean Hayes Stadium in Murfreesboro.

Moody, who also won a region cross country championship and finished third at the state meet in the fall, pulled off the distance double last month at the Spring Fling. She won both the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter runs in the Midstate.

She finished the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 2.88 seconds, and clocked a time of 11:09.64 in the 3,200, winning two of Anderson County’s championships at the meet.

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Rising senior state title holder for 3,200 meter, should compete for 2024 XC title

Vance Laster is a state track and field champion. He closed out his junior year by winning a title on Tennessee’s grand stage, the 31st annual Spring Fling at Dean Hayes Stadium in Murfreesboro.

Laster won the crown representing Anderson County High School at the TSSAA Class AA boys track and field championships in the 3,200-meter run in Midstate late last month. He was also a member of the Mavericks’ 4x800-meter relay team, combining with John Cutler, Ben Clotfielder and Ryan Basford. That team finished third at the state meet.

He posted a time of 9 minutes, 40.93 seconds in the 3,200.

Laster competes on the big stage, but said he didn’t always enjoy running.

“I ran all through middle school and at first, I didn’t like it,” he said. “My mom made me do it because she wanted me to stay active. But I was never excited about it.

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Wildcats honored for state tournament run

The Oak Ridge City Council honored the Oak Ridge High School Wildcat baseball team, pictured here, at its May 3 meeting with a resolution noting the team’s school record 28 wins, reaching the state tournament for the first time in 52 years, winning the district championship for the first time in 22 years, and earning berths in the region and sub-state tournaments for the first time in 31 years. “The city of Oak Ridge is fortunate to have such outstanding athletes among its citizens, as well as such an outstanding coaching staff,” the resolution stated.

Norris football represented by five in ‘Futures’ program

Trenton Engle (55) is one of five Norris Senators participating in the Tennessee Future Stars program. - Ricky Williams
Five Norris Middle School football players will compete in the Tennessee-Kentucky Futures game Saturday night at Eastern Kentucky University.

Eighth-graders Jackson Davis, a linebacker, and Trenton Engle are slated to participate in the contest. Engle is an offensive lineman for the Senators.

Wide receiver Nash Pope, a seventh-grader at Norris, will also compete in the game.

The Senators also have a pair of sixth-graders on the roster for the annual game, which pits the top players from Tennessee and Kentucky against each other.

Defensive back Steven Blakney and linebacker Skyler Whitson will also suit up for the Tennessee All-Star Team.

Dark shines bright with state title, rising junior sets sights on more

Anderson County’s Luke Dark won the state title for shot put as a sophomore.
Anderson County High School sophomore Luke Dark recently returned home from the TSSAA Boys Class AA Track and Field Championships with a state shot put title.

He completed his sophomore season with the Mavericks by posting an effort of 57 feet, 0.75 inches on the Volunteer State’s grand stage at Middle Tennessee State University’s Dean Hayes Stadium in Murfreesboro.

His mark in the Midstate was certainly an impressive way to complete a season that saw him achieve greatness and set school records.

But Dark, who said the state championship was a long time coming, makes it perfectly clear that he will work in the offseason in order to achieve more as a junior in 2025 and beyond.

“I’ve waited a long time to win a state championship,” Dark said. “I’ve worked all through middle school and never won one. This was big and it was exciting.”

Dark, however, wants more.

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Sports Camps

Anderson County wrestling camp is July 17-20

Anderson County High School will host a summer youth wrestling camp July 17-20.

Cost is $115 and athletes must register by July 1.

The beginners’ and youth camp sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, and the high school and advanced sessions will take place from 1-7 p.m.

One of the camp instructors will be Lehigh University Assistant Coach Jarrod Garnett, who was an All-American at Virginia Tech.

A tournament will be held on the final day of camp.

For more information, contact Clint Wolfley at or via text message at (509) 713-6055.

Clinton softball camp set for July 18

Clinton High School will host a youth softball hitting camp at its indoor hitting facility July 18.

The camp will be run by Dobbins Softball Consulting and Development, and presented by Decker Sports.

The camp is open to players ages 12-18, and will feature three sessions. The first session runs from 10 a.m.-noon. The second is 12:30-2:30 p.m., and the third will be conducted from 3-5 p.m.

Cost is $115, and pre-registration is required.

Coaches from Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee State University, Chattanooga, West Georgia University, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky will serve as instructors.

For more information, contact Lee Dobbins at