Sports

Lady Dragons bounce back against Powell after sweep by ACHS

The Clinton High School volleyball team salvaged a split in a pair of District 4-AAA matches last week.

The Lady Dragons dropped 25-13, 25-9, 25-11 sets to Knoxville West High School Thursday night.

The Lady Rebels (17-6, 8-1) are one of the top teams in the league, and the Lady Dragons (9-10 overall, 6-4 in the district) had a tough night.

“West is a strong team and they have a lot of strong seniors,” Clinton Coach Lorri Johnson said. “But our kids are competing and they’re working hard.”

The Lady Dragons had some bright spots defensively as McKenzie Crisp had 13 digs.

Tomi Taylor finished with seven digs, while Jordyn Majors and Zavie Ford came up with six kills each.

Majors and Kierra Washington were the leading hitters for the Lady Dragons as they had three kills each.

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Fisher wins Johnson University Invitational


Anderson County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Fisher shows off her medal after taking first place at the Johnson University Invitational in Knoxville on Saturday.
Anderson County High School sophomore Kaitlyn Fisher took first place at the Johnson University Invitational track event in Knoxville on Saturday.

She had the top time at 20:40.00.

Teammate junior Megan Haire narrowly missed on a Top 10 finish, claiming 11th place with a time of 23:29.00.

“Kaitlyn has really embraced training since track season last spring,” said Derek Wallace, head coach for Anderson County.

“She had a great preseason this summer running a lot with Connor Chandler, and is starting to see the rewards. She’s really pulling Megan Haire and Haley Braden along, too, this season. They are both having strong seasons. Macy and Marley Caldwell and Victoria Lasiter round out our varsity right now. They are all working hard to peak at the end of the season,” Wallace said.

“Overall, it was a very solid race for many of our runners on a very difficult course,” said Clinton Coach Tim Kumes.

“Finishing times at Johnson University races are typically 1:30-2 minutes higher than most races due to the elevation and the difficulty of the course,” he said.

“Jade Guadarrama is really showcasing the fact that she’s a dual-sport athlete participating for both Lady Dragon soccer and the Dragon cross-country team,” he said.

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Lake City continues streak against Norris in volleyball


The Lady Lakers celebrate after winning their volleyball game against the Norris Lady Senators.
The Lady Lakers took the excitement over to Norris Middle School on Monday, and came home with the win.

In the first set, the girls were amped up to beat the Senators, and kept hitting the ball long. The Lakers subbed in Stella Farrow to see if she could provide a spark in the first set. While she played well, the Lady Lakers were unable to put it all together at the same time.

This caused the Lakers to drop the first set in an unimpressive fashion.

The Lakers went into the huddle and talked about focusing the energy, and finding the points. The ladies would leave the huddle and take over.

Karoline Arender started the second set with four cannonesque serves that would not be returned.

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NAGAF Football will mark 50th year Oct. 2

NAGAF Recreation is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

Homecoming festivities begin at approximately 3 p.m., with the JV game starting at 5 p.m.

The Hoppers are slated to play at 6 p.m. and the Cutters at 7 p.m.

NAGAF Recreation would like to welcome all former board members, players, and cheerleaders back to celebrate this anniversary.

McCraffrey breaks free against Jefferson


Clinton Middle School Hawks’ Cameron McCraffrey (25) looks for open field on a kickoff return during last Thursday’s homecoming matchup against neighboring Jefferson Middle School. - Tony Cox

LCMS holds first baseball tryouts


LCMS Assistant Coach Kurt Owen takes players through tryouts last week.
Tryouts for the Lake City Middle School 2021 baseball season were held Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Lake City Elementary School baseball field.

The LCMS baseball team has a new coach this year, B.A. Idles.

The LCMS Facebook page notes Idles is an alumnus of LCMS and Anderson County High School, where he participated in team sports.

Idles has been coaching in the Rocky Top and Anderson County community the past eight years.

He is a youth leader and a deacon at a church in Rocky Top.

Assistant Coach Kurt Owens conducted the tryouts — Idles was pulled away from the tryouts by a family emergency.

All LCMS students are encouraged to try out, but they must have a physical on file with school to be eligible to play.

Twelve boys tried out on the first night.

The action on the field was exhilarating, with kids from every grade participating.

In a few weeks, benches will be full of fans waiting to see their favorite teams as the season opens.

All Lakers fans are encouraged to go out and support these baseball players and the coaches.

Mavs take control of Region 2-4A

ACHS grinds out 31-28 win at South-Doyle


Anderson County’s Walker Martinez lets the pigskin fly against South Doyle Friday night, getting good protection from Eli Nelson (52) and Gavin Noe. - Ricky Williams
The Anderson County Mavericks were able to secure a region football win at South Doyle Friday night by a score of 31-28.

“This was a huge win,” Anderson County Coach Davey Gillum said. “We’ve got a lot of young kids, but we’re getting better. We’ve been our worst enemies. We’ve had a lead in each game.

“Our goal is the region title, and you never know how things will play out. But we’ve already played the two top teams in the region and beat them,” he said.

Things got off to a shaky start for the Mavs when South Doyle’s Jamichael Ham intercepted a Mavericks pass and returned it 20 yards for a score.

Grant Bush added the extra point and the Cherokees led 7-0 with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter.

The Mavs responded just minutes later as Walker Martinez found Braden Miller for a 41-yard touchdown strike. The Chris Nelson kick tied the game at 7-7 with 3:11 left in the opening frame.

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Dragons stand tall against third-ranked Powell


The Clinton defense played a solid game Friday night holding the high-octane Powell Panther offense to its lowest point total of the season. A swarm of Dragons including Ethan Graham (13) and Caleb Cook corral Powell’s Jarvis Stockton on this play. - Ken Leinart
The Clinton Dragons competed with Powell, the third-ranked team in Class 5A, for a half before the host Panthers pulled away for a 30-0 win Friday night at Scarbro Stadium.

The victory lifted the Panthers’ record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 3-5A, although the Dragons managed to hold Powell to its lowest point total of the season. Clinton fell to 3-2, 0-2.

The Dragons were stymied in the rushing game as they were held to minus 34 yards on 26 attempts. Clinton lost 47 rushing yards on six sacks.

Powell has a number of college prospects on a veteran team.

“We were outmatched; I hate saying that — it’s a fact,” said Dragons Coach Darell Keith. “We’re a sophomore-based football team. We need to grow a little bit. We need a little bit more depth. They would have had to play their worst game, and then we would have had to play our best game. It was a tough game, but it was one we needed. I think that we’ll still be here at the end of the year. We’ll mature a little bit and grow from it.”

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Is it Week 6 already?

From the “Don’t count your chickens …” department, Anderson County High School’s football Mavericks had a statement win Friday night in Region 2-4A.

A win taken on the road.

Against a very good South Doyle team.

Sure looks like those early tests against Powell, Science Hill, and Rhea County were good preparation for a young Mav team.

Don’t overlook Carter, though.

I saw something pretty impressive last Friday night.

Besides the Clinton football defense, that is.

Clinton fans showed up in force at Powell High School for the Dragons’ region tilt against the third-ranked 5A team in the state. The “change” really is now.

For all basketball fans, Clinton hoops will open the 2021-2022 season Nov. 16 at McMinn County. The Dragons’ first home game is Nov. 23 against Powell.

Seems just like yesterday we were getting all psyched for the opening on football. It’s hard to believe the season is going into Week 6 already.

Clinton Middle softball wraps ups season, honors departing eighth-graders


Clinton Middle School eighth-grade softball players and their parents were recognized last week in the regular season final against Knox Halls Middle. - Ken Leinart
The Clinton Middle softball squad honored its eighth-grade players last Tuesday night as the team wrapped up its regular season against Halls.

The squad was sitting at 14-2 going into the tournament last weekend in Cleveland against the best from the Chattanooga area. Clinton played undefeated ball until rain shortened the event.

“This is one of the more-talented teams we’ve had,” Coach Leonard Sams said.

“The Knox County District is extremely tough, but we’ve been there (top three) since the beginning.”

The Clinton Middle program is just three years in the making, but Sams said he has seen steady improvement every year.

“We’ve had a great group of kids, a great group of parents,” he said.

Road Warriors

Long road trips are the hallmark of the high school football teams in Clinton.

After picking up a major road (and region) win at South Doyle, the Anderson County Mavericks will have to be the road warriors once more as they travel to Elizabethton Friday.

Even though it’s non-region, the game could help boost the surging Mavericks’ drive for another region title. It certainly couldn’t hurt the confidence of a young team.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Likewise, the Clinton Dragons will pay a visit to Chattanooga Central at 7 p.m. Friday. The Dragons are looking to get back to their winning ways after a loss at Powell last Friday. Expect Clinton to come out on fire and find a way to come out on top.

Soccer season is winding down as Anderson County will wrap up the regular season by hosting Oak Ridge at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Clinton soccer is finishing the regular season with a flurry.

The team visits Union County on Friday (time to be announced) and Campbell County on Oct. 5, at 6 p.m.

The regular season ends with a home match against Harriman at 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

Anderson County volleyball will host William Blount at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Clinton volleyball will wrap up the regular season at 5 p.m. Oct. 4, hosting Jellico.