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• After a two-game losing skid, the Farragut High School freshman football team got back on track with a pair of victories to improve its record to 5-2 entering the week. Jordan Hester's 1-yard TD run and a key extra point kick by Tyler Smith helped make the difference in a 13-12 win at William Blount Monday, Oct. 3. Alex Encarnacion and Derek Harper had key pass receptions from quarterback Brian Rich. In a 33-0 rout of Bradley Central Monday, Oct. 10, at BCHS, Encarnacion scored from eight yards out, Hester's 1-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard TD pass from Rich to Sam Watson made it 19-0 at the half. Aaron Hinkle added touchdown runs of 38 and 2 yards. Smith kicked three extra points. A 68-yard run by Eric McWhorter and passes from Justin Schoonmaker to Brandon Hall and Rich to Trevoris Bogan were also key plays. Defense standouts at Bradley were J.T. Doucette, Encarnacion, Bolen, William Jackson, Joe Didgeon, Marcus Jeter, Taylor Fry, James Roberts and Harper.

• Jason Messing, redshirt junior wide receiver at North Alabama University and 2002 FHS graduate, leads his team by averaging more than 20 yards per catch during the team's first seven games of the 2005 season (--- record). A starter, Messing had 85 yards in receptions that included a 12-yard TD catch in a 31-21 win versus Southern Arkansas Oct. 7 Messing also caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in a 38-10 rout of Henderson State Oct. 14.

• Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host David Hunter, a frequent fisherman in Alaska, at its upcoming monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Green Hills Grille's upstairs banquet room, 4429 Kingston Pike in the Western Plaza Shopping Center. Hunter will talk about a recent trip to the Kenai River basin in Alaska. He will discuss fly-fishing tactics, tackle and how to get there. Program is open to members and the public. For more information, call Jerrod Gaertner at 865-567-8426 or For directions to the meeting, call 865-558-0091.

• The annual Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure, sponsored by the Knoxville Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, outside the Civic Coliseum in downtown Knoxville. For more information about joining a team or forming a team, call 865-363-TEAM.

• Taking advantage of the brilliant fall colors of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park each Wednesday in October, Covenant Health is sponsoring hikes to popular mountain trails. The final October hike, Wednesday, Oct. 26, will be led by Missy Kane, former Olympic distance runner, local television personality and fitness expert. The hike is Oct. 26, Little Bottom/Rabbit Creek Loop (8.5 miles/moderate difficulty) or Abrams Campground to Abrams Falls (16.5 miles/ “very strenuous”). Participation is limited. Cost is $15. Hikes begin at 8:15 a.m., rain or shine. Call 865-541-4500 for more information or reservations.

• All children ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the local level of the 2005 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local competition will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, at the St. John Neumann Catholic School.

• Led by former Farragut and Bearden High School soccer standouts Bruce Mottern, Michael Henson (FHS) and Demetrius Donald and Matt Herbstritt (BHS), the Queens University of Charlotte men’s soccer team is off to a successful start this season. While Mottern, a goalkeeper, was a first-team All-American honoree last season, Donald, Henson and Mottern were each All-Conference in 2004 in the Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference.


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