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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.

• Thunder Baseball School Christmas camp for youngsters 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 about the camp, call 670-3900 or visit the Thunder Web site at:

• Six former West Knoxville area high school players are now teammates on the King College (Bristol) soccer roster, and were major contributors to the Tornado’s success in the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference this season. King placed second in the AAC’s regular season standings and received an at-large bid to the NAIA Region XII Tournament before a season ending loss to Milligan College. Four former Bearden Bulldogs are active players on King’s roster. Redshirt freshman Brett Hullander, a member of Bearden's 2001 and 2002 Class AAA state title and 2002 National Championship teams, was named the 2004 Appalachian Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. In addition, Hullander was also named to the exclusive AAC First Team All-Conference squad. Junior Taylor Haney, a 2002 Bearden graduate, was named Second Team All-Conference. Haney was the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 TSSAA Class AAA state tourney. King's junior co-captain, Brian Crunk, another 2002 Bearden graduate, was named Third Team All-Conference. Crunk was the goalkeeper on Bearden's championship teams of 2001 and 2002 and was a McDonald's High School All-American in 2002. King sophomore Matt Zachary, a 2003 Bearden graduate and a key member of the 2001 and 2002 teams, was also a major contributor in King's midfield. In addition, two former Knoxville Catholic teammates, Evan Giordano and Michael Houbre, established themselves as regular starters at King as freshmen. At Catholic, Giordano and Houbre were both four-year starters and were co-captains of the 2004 Fighting Irish. Both were also two-time All-state, All-region and All-KIL selections. The Irish advanced to the TSSAA Division II State Tournament in each of the four years they played at Catholic. Haney and Crunk were also earned AAC Academic All-Conference honors.


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