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FMS girls, West Valley boys rolling along in Knox Co. Middle School hoops

The Farragut Middle School girls and West Valley Middle School boys basketball teams are leading the way record-wise among west siders in Knox County Middle School Basketball Conference play.

Becky Reno’s FMS Lady Admirals carried a perfect 5-0 conference record into the holiday break following a 43-34 home win against WVMS Thursday, Dec. 9, and a 41-27 victory at Vine, Monday Dec. 13.

Coach Chuck Comer’s WVMS Wolves were near the top of the conference standings with a 4-1 record following its 57-37 win against Holston Dec. 13.

Meanwhile, the WVMS girls were off to a hot start early in the season before hitting a snag in recent games resulting in a three-game losing streak and 3-3 conference record entering this week’s action.

WVMS girls head coach Tim Goddard said he had to replace all five starters off last season’s team. “Even though we’ve got five players back off last year’s team, they didn’t get a lot of playing time last year,” Goddard said. “We’re still meshing as a team.”

Lady Wolves victories against Gresham, Halls and Powell have been led by eighth-grade captains Rikki Sanders and Mary Hirst.

Other returning players off last year’s team are eighth-graders Grace Yarnell, Ariel Lebert and Laura Chambers.

“This is a super bunch of girls,” Goddard said. “They’re very intelligent and very hard-working.”

A coach for 30 years and head coach of the WVMS girls since the school opened in 1999, Goddard said the school’s goals go beyond winning.

“Not only our girls team but our West Valley (Middle School) is really emphasizing sportsmanship,” he said. “There is a Knox County Middle School sportsmanship trophy at the tournament, and it’s been a goal of ours to win that trophy at some point.”


Struggling out of the gate in conference play, the FMS boys’ record stood at 1-4 in conference play entering the holiday break.

Following an 0-4 start, the Cedar Bluff boys also began turning its season around thanks to victories against Whittle Springs (Dec. 13) and Gresham (Dec. 16).

The Cedar Bluff Lady Giants had an 0-5 record entering play Dec. 13.


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