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• Knox Metro TOPSoccer is a community-based soccer program, sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Soccer Club and Farragut Christian Church, for the physically and mentally challenged player. It is organized by volunteers from the Knoxville soccer community. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to boys and girls of any age. Our goal is to enable the hundreds of young special athletes and their families to become valued and successful members of the Knoxville soccer family. Registration for the Spring 2006 season will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18, at the Farragut Christian Church building, left entry door. Program volunteers will be there to answer your questions, and forms will be provided to register your child at that time. The spring season program will start Saturday, April 1, and will run through May, with the final banquet on May 27, at the Farragut Christian Church soccer field. It’s Small-sided soccer with program volunteers on the field, and refreshment breaks. Games are once a week each Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35 per player, which registers the player with the Tennessee State Soccer Association, provides secondary medical insurance coverage, and a TopSoccer jersey every year, if needed. For more information about the program you may contact president Jim Riner at 865-966-4622, or by e-mail at riner7@charter.net

• Bearden alumni Cody Nicely and Matt Jacobssen were at the top of their strokes during the recent North Coast Athletic Conference swim and dive meet in Canton, Ohio. In a conference that has national attention and implications for the national D-III title, Nicely and Jacobssen pushed themselves to All-Conference status. Nicely, a Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) diver and former 2004 NCAC champion and Diver of the Year, again took All-Conference honors in the 1 meter springboard, setting a new Wittenberg record. Matt Jacobssen finished at the top of three different events (the 100-, 200- and 500-freestyle), earning All-Conference status in each for National champion Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio).

• Hike your way to fun and fitness with Covenant Health’s Missy Kane, Olympic athlete and advocate of good health. “Get on the Trail with Missy and Friends” is a hiking program, which will be held every Wednesday in April at 8:15 a.m. Missy Kane and experts from Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will lead hikes on their favorite trails. They’ll start with easy walks, and gradually work up to more challenging hikes. Cane will provide personal advice to help make it fun and easy. The emergence of the wildflowers makes this a beautiful time in the Smokies. The hikes are April 5, Cumberland Gap Loop (5 miles/easy to moderate difficulty); April 12 – Chestnut Top to Schoolhouse Gap (6.8 miles/moderate); April 19 – Maddron Bald Trail to Hen Wallow Falls (7.8 miles/moderate to hard); April 26 – Huskey Gap to Sugarland Mountain Trail, then fighting Creek Gap to Laurel Falls (7.7 miles/moderate to hard), or extreme hike to Clingmans Dome to Goshen Prong to Fighting Creek Gap (16 miles/very strenuous and steep). Cost is $15 per person or $50 for the four-week hiking series. Space is limited. To sign up, call 865-541-4500.

• More volunteers are needed for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon set for Sunday, March 26 to be course marshals and offer support to runners at the start and finish lines.Volunteers also are needed to work the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Expo at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday, March 25. Volunteer information and registration is available online at www.knoxville marathon.com. In addition to the full 26.2-mile marathon March 26, there will be a four-person relay, half marathon, 5K and the Cariten Kids' Run. All races finish on the 50-yard line in Neyland Stadium. Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging physical well being.

• First Tee of Knoxville, which operates the Concord Park and Beverly Park Golf Course facilities, has recently revealed its new daily fee and membership rates for 2006. Daily fee rate for juniors, adults and senior adults is $5 per round at each of the facilities. Family memberships (married couples/parents/children a17 and under) is a one-time annual fee of $190. Individual memberships are a one-time annual fee of $125. Memberships allow access to either facility with no additional costs. For more information, call 865-966-9103 or 865-689-6445.

 

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