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•Middle Tennessee State University Baseball head coach Steve Peterson is guest speaker for the Bearden High School Baseball Diamond Dinner beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at Middlebrook Gardens, 9020 Middlebrook Pike. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Peterson, MTSU coach since 1988, will be inducted to the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame this year. He enters the 2007 season with 606 wins and has led Middle Tennessee to 10 regular-season conference championships, eight conference tournament titles and seven NCAA Regional berths.

• Introducing the defending Class AAA baseball state champion Admirals, Farragut High School Baseball Dugout Club’s 5th Annual Diamond Dinner and Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, at First Farragut United Methodist Church, 12733 Kingston Pike. Featured speaker is John Cohen, University of Kentucky head baseball coach who was chosen 2006 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Cost is $25 per person, with dinner provided by Aubrey’s restaurant. For more information on tickets, call Libby Glarrow at 865-966-2723. The Silent Auction includes bidding on sports paraphernalia and collectibles, dinners, local services and gift certificates. Bidding runs from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner from 7 to 7:30 and Cohen’s speech from 7:30 to 8. FHS Baseball head coach Tommy Pharr introduces his 2007 players from 8 to 8:15, with the Silent Auction results announced from 8:15 to 8:45. This is one of the Dugout Club’s main fund-raisers, with proceeds used for expansion and enclosure of batting cages at John Heatherly Field (construction currently underway). Pharr’s Admirals have won three of the last four Class AAA state crowns.

• Sign-ups are officially underway for Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2007 season. League officials urge families to register their children as soon as possible. You can pick up a form at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in the Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center) or go online to download a form. The league has a new Web site: www.farragutbaseballinc.com You can find forms there under the “handouts” section. Completed forms should be returned to Pak Mail. Registration slots are limited so families are encouraged to register early. Once leagues are full, FB, Inc. will start a waiting list for each particular age group. Evaluations will be held in late February, practices begin in March and Opening Day for Spring 2007 season is scheduled for March 31. For more info, you can e-mail farragutbaseballinc-@yahoo.com or visit the Web site.

• The Knights of Columbus Council 8781 announce the annual Boys & Girls Free Throw Contest (ages 10 to 14), to be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. John Neumann School. For your child to participate, you can sign them up Jan. 28 or call Cormac Mohan at 865-777-9533.

• Jay Oatts, 2006 Bearden High School graduate who was Class AAA state champion in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and a leg on the 4 X 400 BHS state champion relay team last spring, finished his first semester at Georgia Tech with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

• YWCA Knoxville will conduct the 2007 Race Against Racism beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, with the 5K run and 1-mile walk in the Mechanicsville Commons neighborhood under the supervision of the Knoxville Track Club. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at Maynard Elementary School, 737 College Street near Western Avenue. A $20 entry fee before the day of the race provides each participant with a long-sleeve t-shirt, refreshments, and entertainment courtesy of local groups. Day of race registrations are $25. Honorary chairs are Loida and Luis Velazquez, well-known community leaders and volunteers for HoraLatina and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, among many other organizations. To pre-register before the day of the race, visit Runner’s Market in Western Plaza (4443 Kingston Pike) or download a registration form at www.ktc.org or www.ywcaknox.com.

• Summer Dalton, Maryville College women’s basketball senior guard, ranked fourth nationally among NCAA Division III programs with 29 treys made in her first nine games (3.2 average). Her 48.3 percent success rate from beyond the arc ranked her No. 16 nationally.

 

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