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• Mike DiFelice, former Bearden High School standout, Tennessee Volunteers catcher and Major League player, will be the 2007 inductee into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2007 Leadoff Banquet, Monday, Jan. 29, at the Knoxville Marriott. Guest speaker will be Tommy Lasorda, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. An All-SEC catcher from 1989-91, DiFelice would become the 16th all-time inductee into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame, the 14th former UT player and will be the first inductee to have played during the head coaching tenure of current Vols skipper Rod Delmonico (1990-present). DiFelice jumped into the spotlight during the 1990 season when he ranked among the SEC’s top 10 in hitting (.353), home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.624). He earned second-team All-SEC honors that year and went on to finish his career with a .308 batting average, 123 hits, 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. His UT pitching totals included a 3-1 record and four saves. A catcher with 2006 N.L. Eastern Division champion New York Mets last season, DiFelice has also caught for the St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers during an 11-year MLB career. “We’re excited to bring Mike back and honor him in this way,” Delmonico said. “He’s had a wonderful career and has always represented the University of Tennessee extremely well. It’s also nice to be able to honor a guy who played his high school ball here in Knoxville and was a member of my first team here in nineteen-ninety.” Tickets for the banquet are $30 per seat and $350 for a corporate table (10 seats) and can be purchased by calling 865-974-9079. The night’s events begin with a silent auction at 5 p.m.

• Smoky Mountain Clinic & Showcase (formerly Impact Clinic & Showcase) for baseball is Dec. 16 (ages 13-18) and Dec. 17 (ages 7-12). College coaching instructors are scheduled from Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, Austin Peay, Carson-Newman, Tusculum, Tennessee Tech and Berry College. Cost is $90, with team discounts available. For more information, call Dwight Smith at 865-694-2013, Kent Matthews at 865-603-5368, or www.thunderbaseballschool.com.

• Webb School’s bowling teams squared off in recent matches versus Seymour at Family Bowl Dec. 4, then at Holiday Bowl, Hixson, against Baylor, Thursday, Dec. 7. The Lady Spartans swept both matches, beating Seymour 16-11, as Lauren Toppenberg and Maddy McAdams won two individual points for Webb while Avi Hahn, Noelle Kennedy-White and Kelly Whitehurst won one each. Lydia Hooker won all three of her games. High scores were Toppenberg 159/157, and Hooker 153/153. Defeating Baylor 19-8, McAdams, Hahn, Hooker and Whitehurst won two games each and Catie Payne won one point. Toppenberg took all three of her games. High scores for Webb were Kelly Whitehurst 154, and Maddy McAdams, 150. The Lady Spartans finish region play 3-1, taking second place. In boys matches, Webb lost to Seymour 21-6 as Jeff Walls won three matches while Tyler Doughetry, Chris Hegseth, Jeremy Given and Will Strickland won one point each. The Spartans also fell to Baylor 19-8, as Doughetry and Will Bellingrath won one individual point. Henry Neilson and Strickland took all three of their games. High scores for Webb were Strickland, 207, and Walls and Neilson, 204. Webb falls to 1-3 in region play.

• Performance Training, Inc., located at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center, announces its upcoming basketball and soccer clinics. A Christmas Basketball Clinic for 6-9 year-olds, which offers to improve basketball skills with the Performance Training Staff, is set from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 4-5, at FSHFC (half-day clinic). Focus will be on game play, dribbling, passing, offensive moves, defensive positioning, shooting, and fun. A similar clinic at ESK will be held for ages 10-13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 28-29 (full day clinic). A Christmas Soccer Clinic seeks to improve soccer skills with the Performance Training Staff. Focus will be on game play, dribbling, passing, offensive moves, defensive positioning, shooting, and shielding. For ages 6-13, the clinic, at 180 Sports and Fitness, is set to run from 9 a.m. to noon (ages 6-9) and 2-5 p.m. (ages 10-13), Dec. 27-28 (half-day clinic). For more information or to sign-up, contact DeAnna Cook at 865-531-5453.

 

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