Second annual Wildcat Day to feature pep rally, pizza, fireworks

Wildcat Day 2014

The second annual Wildcat Day on Saturday, August 23, will feature a pep rally, free pizza and hot dogs, and fireworks, a press release said.

The 2014 Oak Ridge High School football squad will also be introduced.

Wildcat Day starts at 7 p.m. August 23 at Ben Martin Track at Oak Ridge High School. It’s been organized by members of the Oak Ridge Quarterback Club.

“Although the planning window is short, the organizers hope to recreate the success of last year’s community pep rally that drew over 3,000 Wildcat fans,” said Len Hart, president of the Quarterback Club. “The Quarterback Club has been busy this summer with fundraising efforts, including the recent success with the Temptations concert. We just wrote a check to complete the grading and reseeding of the bank at Blankenship’s north end zone. Before we knew it, Wildcat Day was upon us—something Coach Gaddis assured us he wanted to do the week before the first football game.” [Read more...]

Photos: Oak Ridge, Maryville football scrimmage

Oak Ridge Wildcats Ted Mitchell Catch

Oak Ridge Wildcats senior receiver Ted Mitchell (Photos by Tim Waddell)

 

The Oak Ridge Wildcats played their first scrimmage of the season against the Maryville Rebels on Friday night at Blankenship Field. The Wildcats struggled on offense against a tough Maryville defense. The final score was 28-3.

The Rebels, the defending state Class 6A champions, were playing their third scrimmage, and they have eight returning starters on defense from last year’s 15-0 team. But the Class 5A Wildcats has two interceptions against the Rebels.

Oak Ridge opens the regular season at home against Farragut on August 29.

Here are pictures from the Friday night scrimmage by Tim Waddell of the Wildcats Football Booster Club. [Read more...]

Wildcats have scrimmage against Maryville

The Oak Ridge Wildcats have a scrimmage against the Maryville Rebels at 7 p.m. today (Friday, August 8) at Blankenship Field.

Admission is $3 per person.

If there is lightning or enough rain to damage the field, the scrimmage will be postponed to Monday night. More information should be available by 5:15 p.m. today.

The football season starts at home against Farragut on August 29.

ORHS Football Boosters have Aug. 16 auction to support team

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters is having an auction on Saturday, August 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.

This will be a community event, and admission is free. There will be food, fun, and fantastic items to bid on such as Dollywood tickets, spa items, golfing gear, autographed collectables, and much, much, more, a press release said.

“This is a chance to meet the players and the coaching staff and bid on cool stuff,” the release said. “Please come and support the 2014 Oak Ridge High School football team…’Roll Cats, Roll!’”

ORHS Football Boosters have pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters will have a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 2014 football season on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lincoln’s Sports Grille.

The cost is $5 per person, and children three years of age and under eat free with a purchase of an adult ticket. This includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, milk, and coffee.

“Please come out and support the 2014 Wildcats!” a press release said.

Boys and Girls Club has signups for football, cheerleading, ORHS football camp

The Boys and Girls Club of Oak Ridge has signups for youth tackle football, youth cheerleading, and Oak Ridge High School football camp on Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14.

The signups are from 8 to 11 a.m. both days.

See this flyer for more information: Boys and Girls Club Sign Up Flyer.

ORHS Football Boosters have pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday

The Oak Ridge High School Football Boosters will have a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 2014 football season on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lincoln’s Sports Grille.

The cost is $5 per person, and children three years of age and under eat free with a purchase of an adult ticket. This includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, milk, and coffee.

“Please come out and support the 2014 Wildcats!” a press release said.

Several hundred compete in Ben Martin Middle School track meet

Ben Martin Invitational

Several hundred students from five regional middle schools, including Jefferson and Robertsville, competed in the Ben Martin Middle School Invitational track meet in Oak Ridge on Thursday.

Several hundred students from five middle schools competed in the first-ever Ben Martin Middle School Invitational track meet in Oak Ridge on Thursday.

The meet was named after Ben Martin, a legendary Sports Hall of Fame coach who won seven state championships as track coach at Oak Ridge High School. Thursday’s meet was at Ben Martin Track at the high school.

Martin was the first ORHS track and football coach, and he won championships in both sports and began the entire athletic program at the high school, ORHS Cross Country Coach Allen Etheridge said.

“I talked with longtime Oak Ridge coach Winston Russell today, who told me that he remembered coach Martin as the guy who was always there, the guy who would coach anyone at any time,” Etheridge said Monday. “(Martin) was an assistant football coach and was head basketball coach.”

Athletes from Cherokee, Jefferson, Karns, Rhea County, and Robertsville middle schools competed in Thursday’s meet, which included events ranging from relays and hurdles to long jumps and high jumps. [Read more...]

Football player McKamey, 19, dies after brain injury

Information from WYSH Radio

Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Naval Academy athletic department announced that 19-year-old freshman running back Will McKamey died on Tuesday, three days after collapsing during spring football practice. McKamey was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center following the incident and underwent surgery to treat brain swelling and a blood clot over the weekend. He remained in a coma until he passed away Tuesday afternoon.

His parents, Kara and Randy McKamey, were very active on social media since Will went to the hospital, updating friends, family and complete strangers on the condition of their son. The online support drew attention from all over the country and the world as prayers were offered up for Will and his family, and his story was reported on by several national media outlets.

Randy McKamey was his son’s coach at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville and also coached football at Clinton Middle School for several years.

Will McKamey won the state Mr. Football Back of the Year award in 2012, his senior season at Grace, and was majoring in oceanography at the Naval Academy. In his final high school game, he suffered a brain injury that ended his high school career and kept him in the hospital for several days but never needed surgery during his stay. [Read more...]

UT, ORNL, NASA, TVA help robotic ‘football’ kick off this week

FIRST Robotics' Aerial Assist

This image shows what a game of FIRST Robotics’ Aerial Assist, a football-like game played by robots, might look like. (Photo courtesy University of Tennessee)

KNOXVILLE—Football season is still months away, but those needing a quick fix before fall can get a chance to see a version of the game played by competitors functioning like well-oiled machines.

The FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional returns to the Knoxville Convention Center March 26-29, and is centered around a game featuring strong elements from football and soccer called Aerial Assist.

The idea behind Aerial Assist is that the 50 teams at the competition—from as far away as St. Louis and as close as the L&N STEM Academy across World’s Fair Park—will each build a robot capable of throwing, kicking, or running with a round ball with the goal of scoring a goal at each end of a field, or one capable of playing defense.

The University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering in Knoxville helps sponsor the event along with various technology and industry organizations such as NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. [Read more...]

Blankenship bleacher project could cost $550,000; funding not clear

The Oak Ridge Board of Education on Monday will consider whether to demolish the visitor bleachers at Blankenship Field.

Demolition work has started at the visitor bleachers at Blankenship Field, which are pictured above in January. Replacing them could cost $375,00 with another $175,000 requested for related projects.

It could cost a total of $550,000 to replace the visitor bleachers at Blankenship Field and complete related projects ranging from repairing the Wildcat Crossing stairs on the home side of the field to replacing the retaining wall and removing trees behind the visitor bleachers.

Demolition work on the deteriorated bleachers has already started. The Oak Ridge Board of Education approved that project in January.

It could cost about $375,000 to replace just the bleachers, said Allen Thacker, maintenance and operations supervisor for Oak Ridge Schools. And the seating capacity would be reduced from 3,400 seats to 2,000.

But it’s not clear yet who will pay for the replacements or supply the extra $175,000 for related projects, which also include replacing stairs and sidewalks at the visitor restrooms. [Read more...]