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• A highly-touted major league baseball prospect and a future Southeastern Conference catcher are among four instructors scheduled to conduct a holiday pitcher/catcher camp next month at FHS. Kyle Waldrop, former FHS All-state pitcher/first baseman and Major League Baseball first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins, will join Bearden High School standout catcher Brett Basham, a University of Mississippi signee, as camp instructors. Farragut High School varsity head baseball coach Tommy Pharr, who has led the Admirals to back-to-back Class AAA state championships, joins Bearden High School head coach Matt Buckner to conduct the holiday pitcher/catcher camp Dec. 22-23. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 22 (lunch will be provided), and from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 23, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. Youth pitchers or catchers ages 12-and-up are invited, but prospective campers need to act fast. Due to space limitations, only the first 14 pitchers and 12 catchers will be accepted. Cost is $125. "Camp will cover all aspects of pitching and catching," coach Pharr said. "Every camper will be video taped and evaluated, and will receive a handbook of drills and ideas for their position." For more information, contact Pharr at 777-4067 or Buckner at 368-3141.

• Webb School of Knoxville senior student/athlete Elizabeth Googe has been named a State Finalist for the coveted Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Googe, a standout tennis player, was one of only 20 students out of 300 state nominees to be selected as a state finalist based on academic achievement, community service and athletic accomplishment. State finalists were honored at a Wendy’s High School State Finalist luncheon, Oct. 26, in Nashville. Googe is a National Merit Semifinalist for 2005 and is a member of the French Honor Society. She has been on Webb School’s two consecutive state tennis championship teams (2003 and 2004). Along with doubles partner, Berkeley Brock, Googe won her third consecutive Division II state doubles title in May, tying the state record for tennis titles. A five-time All-state honoree, Googe won her first Division II Regional title as an eighth-grader, capturing the singles division in 2001 and was a member of Webb’s 2002, 2003 and 2004 Division II Regional Championships teams. She has also received Webb’s Captain’s Award and the team MVP award. Googe was one of two Webb School seniors nominated by Webb Upper School Head Steve Balak. The other was Spartan varsity football player Phillip Mitchell, an offensive tackle and defensive end.

• Thunder Baseball School Christmas camp for younsters ages 5-12 will be held from 9:30 to noon, Dec. 27-28. Cost is $50. Camp director will be Torry Zorilla, assistant coach at Lincoln Memorial University. For more information, call 670-3900 or visit the Thunder Web site at: www.thunderbaseballschool.com.

 

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