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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 Farragut High School. 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. FHS varsity head baseball coach Tommy Pharr, who has led the Admirals to back-to-back Class AAA state championships, joins BHS head coach Matt Buckner to conduct the holiday pitcher/catcher camp Dec. 22-23 — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 22 (lunch will be provided), and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 23, in the gym. Youth pitchers or catchers ages 12-and-up are invited. 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,” Pharr said. For more information, contact Pharr at 777-4067 or Buckner at 368-3141.

• The Fourth Annual Knoxville Christian School Classic Basketball Tournament begins Friday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 13, at KCS. Boys and girls teams in four age categories — 7 to 14 — are invited to sign-up: Instructional (ages 7-8); Training (ages 9-10); Junior Varsity (11-12) and Varsity (13-14). Age of players at each level must have been that age as of Sept. 1, 2004. Entry fee is $275. For more information, call Eddie Neely at 607-6664.

• The annual University of Tennessee Baseball Christmas Camp will once again cater to players in different age groups while featuring instruction from Major League and college baseball managers, coaches and hitting instructors. Camp for ages 7-to-12 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 27-28 at Stokley Athletic Center and the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. An optional evening session on Dec. 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $160. Camp for ages 13 through 2005 high school graduates is Dec. 29-30, also including the same daily schedule and locations as with the younger campers. Cost is $160. Each camper will be given the opportunity to work at any position they wish. For more information, please call 974-2057 or go to www.utsports.com.

• Queens University of Charlotte soccer players and former Farragut High School stars Bruce Mottern (goalkeeper), and Michael Hensen (defender), and former Bearden High School star Demetrius Donald (forward) received post season awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which include regional and All-America honors. Mottern was named first-team All-America, first-team All-Southeast Region and first-team All-Conference. In his second year as starter in the net, Mottern recorded 10 shutouts and had a goals-against average of .61 ranking him seventh in the nation, and his .55 shutouts per game percentage was ranked fifth in the nation. Adding to his latest accolades, which include being captain, Mottern is a two-time All-CVAC recipient and was on the 2003 CVAC All-Tournament team. Hensen was awarded first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Southeast Region and second-team All-American. Hensen is a captain for the men’s soccer team and has earned several honors throughout his career, which include two-time All-CVAC honors and two-time CVAC All-Tournament team honors. Donald, a second-team All-Southeast Region honoree and first-team All-Conference, scored 10 goals and registered 7 assists. Scoring 27 goals with 18 assists during his career, Donald is also a two-time All-CVAC recipient, in addition to earning All-Southeast Region during his freshman year.

• Joe Koessler, a former Farragut High School standout pitcher and 2002 FHS graduate, is enjoying success on and off the field as a junior pitcher at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Koessler is one of four Navy Midshipmen named to the 2004 Patriot League Baseball Academic Honor Roll. The junior mechanical engineering major compiled a 3.70 grade point average as a sophomore last spring. On the mound, Koessler led Navy in appearances with 27. Despite a 2-4 record and 6.24 earned run average, Koessler had a better than 2-to-1 ratio of strikeouts versus walks during the ’04 season.

• In addition to Farragut High School All-American midfielder Aaron Doyle (see Dec. 16 farragutpress sports), two other former west side high school soccer players — Todd Vinsant (Bearden) and Evan Giordano (Knoxville Catholic) — were named to the 2004 NSCAA/adidas High School Boys All-South Team. Vinsant just finished his freshman season as a starting defender at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. Evan just completed his first season as a starting midfielder for King College in Bristol.

 

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