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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.

• Volunteers are needed as Farragut Baseball, Inc. will be holding an off-season “workday” from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday Dec. 23. A part of the field improvement program for spring is a top-dressing of sand that will go down that day. Organization leaders advise that help from a coach or parent “is needed and will be greatly appreciated.” Organization leaders request all interested volunteers bring (marked and labeled) tools such as shovels, push brooms, hand tamps and wheelbarrows to be used in the process of spreading the sand on Fields 2-6 that day.

• Midfielder Carlos Maqueda of the Carson-Newman College men’s soccer team, a former standout player at Knoxville Catholic High School, was recently named second-team All-Appalachian Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Maqueda started all 19 games, scoring two goals and dishing five assists in helping the Eagles compile a 15-2-2 record and the regular season South Atlantic Conference title.

• Webb School’s Boys Bowling team defeated Doris Walker Academy recently at Family Bowl 25-2. High scores for Webb were Henry Neilson, 245, and Will Strickland, 176.

• 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.

• In late December, the annual University of Tennessee Baseball Christmas Camp will once again cater to players in different age groups while featuring instruction from former Major League manager Jim Lefebvre, the Tennessee coaching staff and other college and high school coaches. Camp for ages 7-12 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 27-28, in Stokley Athletics Center and Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. First day activities include position play, a hitting lecture and hitting stations. An optional evening session from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27, includes guest speakers and hitting stations. Second-day activities include position play and hitting stations. Cost is $160. Camp for ages 13 through 2007 high school graduates is Dec. 29-30, also including the same daily schedule and locations as with the younger campers. Cost is $160. Both camps will include “intensified hitting instruction and drills,” according to camp director and UT assistant baseball coach Larry Simcox, “and baserunning and sliding techniques will also be taught.” Vols head coach Rod Delmonico will also be involved. Player-to-coach ratio will be 9-to-1 for each camp, according to Simcox. Each camper will be given the opportunity to work at any position they wish: infield, outfield, pitching and/or catching. For more information, call 865-974-2057 or go to www.utsports.com.

• Led by former Farragut Lady Admiral standout wing Ashley Tipton, Carson-Newman overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the University of Charleston, 78-73, at Holt Fieldhouse in Jefferson City Saturday, Dec. 16. Tipton, a sophomore, led the winners in points with 14 (including 5 of 6 free throws) as the Lady Eagles improved to 9-1.

• The Tennessee PGA’s 2007 PassKey Golf Savings Book offers golfers the opportunity to enjoy more than 150 golf facilities across the state while also helping to support the Association’s many Growth of Game Initiatives programs. The 2007 PassKey booklet offers golfers savings on rounds of golf, lessons, merchandise, range balls and more. For just $39 (tax, shipping and handling included) golfers can play more than 500 rounds of golf at facilities such as Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Hermitage GC, Dorchester GC, Druid Hills GC, Heatherhurst GC, GreysStone GC, Eagle Bluff GC, Centennial GC, Quail Ridge GC, Cherokee Valley GC, River Trace GC, the five Bear Trace golf courses, all of the Metro Nashville courses and all seven of the Tennessee Golf Trail state park courses, among many others. For more information on how golfers can save thousands of dollars on golf this coming year, call the Tennessee PGA at 615-790-7600. Phone orders are accepted with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You may also order on-line at our secure website at http://golfhousetennessee.com/passkey. Additionally, PassKey books may be purchased in person at Golf House Tennessee, 400 Franklin Road, Franklin, 37069, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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