Defense, TD passes to Higgins give Wildcats 24-13 win over Clinton

Oak Ridge Wildcats Jordan Dunbar and Clinton Dragons

Senior quarterback Jordan Dunbar (14) ran for 27 yards on nine carries and six first downs against the Clinton Dragons on Blankenship Field on Friday. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


Note: This story was last updated at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

Junior receiver Tee Higgins caught two touchdown passes, and the Oak Ridge defense prevented Clinton from scoring in the first half as the Wildcats beat the Dragons 24-13 in the season opener at home on Friday.

Oak Ridge also blocked a Clinton field goal attempt, sacked senior quarterback Tyler Thackerson five times, and scored a defensive touchdown on a high Dragon punt snap that rolled into the end zone. The Wildcats also forced Clinton to turn over the ball twice on downs, and Oak Ridge senior Brandon Nickle kicked a 24-yard field goal about halfway through the third quarter.

Oak Ridge Coach Joe Gaddis said the Wildcats played well on defense, especially in the first half, but the offense made some mistakes, particularly in the first half, that have to be corrected before next week’s game against Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport. [Read more…]

Freshman scores five goals in 7-0 win over Halls

Kate Hausladen Goal for ORHS Soccer Against Halls

Freshman Kate Hausladen (20), a left forward, scored five goals for Oak Ridge in a 7-0 win over Halls at home on Thursday. Here she prepares to kick the ball into a wide-open net on a crossing pass. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


Note: This story was last updated at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 21.

Freshman Kate Hausladen scored five goals for Oak Ridge in a 7-0 win over Halls at home on Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear if that was a record for a freshman in one game, or for any player in one game.

“I like to score,” said Hausladen, a left forward, as the Lady Wildcats improved to 2-0.

Hausladen said she scored early, within the first four minutes, and that gave Oak Ridge a boost. On Thursday, she was scoring from the back post on crossing passes, kicking the ball into the left side of the net.

“She’s sitting at the right spot and cleaning them up,” Oak Ridge Coach Jeff Trombly said. [Read more…]

Lady Wildcats open soccer season with 6-0 blowout over AC

The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats opened the regular soccer season with a 6-0 blowout over Anderson County at home on Tuesday.

With a few minutes remaining, Oak Ridge had 37 shots on goal, compared to one for the Lady Mavericks.

Oak Ridge Coach Jeff Trombly said the Lady Wildcats have more maturity and a few more older players than Anderson County.

“I think we’re going to be strong,” Trombly said after the district game. [Read more…]


St. Mary’s brings home volleyball gold for second consecutive year

St. Mary's Volleyball TeamSubmitted

Several area middle schools were invited to Knoxville Catholic High School on August 15 to participate in the 2015 KCHS Volleyball Feeder Fest Tournament.

The tournament lasted more than eight hours, with some teams playing up to six games each. The varsity volleyball team from St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge took first place in the overall pool and continued its winning streak through the finals, securing its second consecutive Feeder Fest championship.

The St. Mary’s Junior Varsity team also did very well, as they took first place in their pool and second overall in the finals. Both teams are coached by Laura McKenna and Rob Halcrow.

Coach McKenna said: “Both the JV and varsity teams have exceeded expectations in play, team bonding, and sportsmanship. The girls have laid a strong foundation for another spectacular season. As a coach, I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication the team has shown and I look forward to helping the girls gain confidence in their volleyball skills and grow on and off the court.” [Read more…]

City creates co-ed adult dodgeball league

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has created a co-ed adult dodgeball league that will start in fall 2015.

“This pilot program offers adult teams of eight players the chance to participate in an exciting, entertaining, and low-cost team sport to be played at the Oak Ridge Civic Center gymnasium,” a press release said.

Cost for participating in this new and exciting league is $150 per team, and all non-resident participants will be subject to a $20 non-resident fee, the press release said. Teams must consist of a minimum of eight players, and at least two of those players must be women.

There will be an organizational meeting and organized free play night on Monday, August 31, at 6 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. [Read more…]

Wildcats: ‘Coaches Corner with Joe Gaddis’ starts Wednesday

Joe Gaddis

Joe Gaddis

The live broadcast “Coaches Corner with Joe Gaddis” starts this Wednesday, August 19.

The show, which starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, usually features a review of the previous week’s performance by the Oak Ridge Wildcats football team as well as a preview of the upcoming game.

The live broadcast is every Wednesday at Pizza Inn in Oak Ridge. If you can’t make it, you can watch it on Channel 12, BBB-TV.

The regular season starts Friday, August 21, at home on Blankenship Field. The Wildcats will play the Clinton Dragons, and kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Wildcat Day is Saturday

Wildcat Day Flyer

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters will host Wildcat Day on Saturday, August 15, from 7-9 pm at ORHS Ben Martin Track.

Wildcat Day is a community-wide pep rally. Fans can begin arriving at 7 p.m. for free pizza, provided by Pizza Inn, as well as hot dogs and drinks. Wildcat players and coaches will be on hand to talk about the upcoming season with the crowd members before the formal pep rally begins at 8 p.m.

“The ORHS Cheerleaders, Dance Cats, and Pep Band will combine with the football team and coaching staff to make this a very spirited evening,” a press release said. “Wildcat Day will be a big motivational push for the Wildcats as they kick off the season against Clinton on Friday, August 21, at Blankenship Field.”

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ORHS Football Boosters have auction today to support team

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters is having a live auction on Friday, August 14, from 7-10 p.m. The auction will be broadcast on BBB Communications Channel 12.

Auction items—including new merchandise, gift cards, and amusement park passes—have been donated by local and surrounding area businesses.

“Fantastic items such as Dollywood tickets, fine jewelry, spa items, golfing gear, autographed collectables, and much, much, more will be available,” a press release said.

Items being auctioned may be viewed on Facebook by searching for the “Wildcat Football Auction” page.

“Please participate and support the 2015 Oak Ridge High School football team…’Roll Cats, Roll!'” the release said.

Swimming lessons begin Aug. 11

The next session of the swimming lessons offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department starts Tuesday, August 11.

This session’s classes are on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These classes include Preschool Aquatics (for children to start developing good attitudes and safe practices around the water and to be able to separate from their parents), Parent-Child (for children 6 months to 3 years with their parent), and additional levels of 1-6 and adult.

There are eight classes, each 30 minutes. The fee is $65 with a $10 non-resident fee for children who reside outside Oak Ridge. Registration is at the Civic Center Front Desk with payment due at the time of registration. Cash and checks are accepted. Enrollment is limited.

Visit or call (865) 425-3450 for more information about this or others programs offered by the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department.

Council to consider contract for eighth rowing lane

Oak Ridge Rowing Lane Announcement

Tennessee Rep. John Ragan, an Oak Ridge Republican, announces a $250,000 state grant for an eighth rowing lane at the Oak Ridge rowing course on Sunday, April 19, 2015. (Photo by John Huotari/Oak Ridge Today)


The Oak Ridge City Council on Monday will consider a $50,000 contract for design and survey work, among other tasks, for an eighth rowing lane at the city’s rowing course.

The eighth lane has been on the city’s wish list for years. It’s been in the Oak Ridge Capital Improvement Plan since 2005.

Officials announced a $250,000 state grant for the extra lane in April. They said it will allow the Oak Ridge Rowing Association to compete for bigger races and international regattas at the Oak Ridge Rowing Course, keep the site a top-tier rowing venue, and provide more on-water capacity, allowing more competitors in events. It’s also expected to significantly increase the economic impact of rowing races, or regattas.

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Southern Rock Racing Series at Windrock Park this weekend

The Southern Rock Racing Series –is at Windrock Park –north of Oliver Springs this weekend, Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8.

This is an off-road hill climb and rock crawling event, according to the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, visit the Windrock Park website or the Southern Rock Racing Series website.

ORHS Cheerleaders have Cheerleading Camp on Aug. 15

Oak Ridge Wildcats Logo

The Oak Ridge High School Cheerleaders are hosting a Cheerleading Camp on Saturday, August 15.

The camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. August 15 at the Oak Ridge High School Wildcat Arena. The camp is open to students from kindergarten through eighth grades. It will teach cheers, dance, and tumbling. The cost is $30 (pre-registered) or $35 at the door.

Each girl that attends the camp will receive a T-shirt. [Read more…]