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• Knoxville By Cycle, the new summer bike rides series, is for all ages and skill levels, with a different theme each month. The next ride is a Scavenger Hunt beginning at Market Square at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 21, to get the instructions. Everything can be found within a mile of downtown. Participants who answer enough questions correctly will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Pre-ride bike safety checks are available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Market Square courtesy of the Bike Zoo. More information is available at www.knoxtrans.org. Future rides include a ride to Ijams Nature Center Aug.18 and a Magical Mystery Tour Sept. 15. Helmets are required on the rides. Participants have to follow the rules of the road when on streets.

• Sign-ups for the fall baseball season for Farragut Baseball, Inc. have begun and will continue through Sat. Aug. 4. To obtain a form, you can go to Pak Mail, 11803 Kingston Pike (in Farragut Towne Square) or you can download the forms by going to www.farragutbaseballinc.com (and look under the “handouts” section). Games will begin in late August. The 10-game season will conclude in mid-to-late October.

• Farragut West Knox Chamber Night at Smokies Park for Tennessee Smokies baseball begins at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2. Each Chamber member company receives two free tickets to the Tennessee Smokies versus Montgomery Biscuits game while treated to a pre-game picnic consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, beans, cookies, soft drinks, etc., and will be located along our first-base tent area prior to the game. Additional tickets (up to 8 per company) can be purchased for $8 per ticket. Quantities above that can be purchased at $9 each if purchased in advance, or the regular price of $10 the night of the game. For more information, call 865-675-7057.

• Tryouts for Farragut High School baseball will be held beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 29, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field.

• The 11-U Tennessee Homers are having their tryouts for the 2008 season. Those interested cannot turn 12 before May 1, 2008. Children who qualify and are interested can have their parent/guardian call 865-922-5662 for more information.

• Farragut Middle School Girls Soccer news includes: an optional scrimmage at Hickory Creek Fields every Wednesday night in July from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Be sure you come ready to play with your soccer cleats, shin guards, ball and water. Directions to field: Hickory Creek East: Take I-40 to exit 369 (Watt Road). Go north on Watt Road approximately 3/4 mile and turn right onto Buttermilk Road. Take first left onto Hickory Creek Road. Field is approximately 1/4 mile on left. Optional Smoky Mountain Soccer Camp: July 23-27. See Web site for camp flyer for registration information at: www.smsc-knox.org/ index.html All girls interested in trying out for FMS Girls Soccer are encouraged to attend these activities since they will offer the opportunity to improve fitness, skills and teamwork to prepare for the upcoming season. Mandatory FMS tryouts: from 5:45 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, and from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday Aug. 11. Location to be determined. Be on the field ready to play at designated time. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to get checked in. Complete forms and receive tryout number before entering the field. All girls must attend tryouts. Important middle school soccer dates: regular season starts (and/or practice games) Monday, Sept. 10; league games start Monday, Sept. 17. Knox County Middle School Soccer Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. (Note this is the second weekend of Knox County Schools Fall Break. You will need to plan to be in town). For more information: http://www.smmss.net/ (or) jenifer.jennings@gmail.com

• With upgrades coming in the press box, new 25-second play clocks and possibly a new message board among improvements planned for Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field, program officials hope these improvement are complete by jamboree football time. As one host site for the 2007 Knoxville Orthopedic Kick-off Classic, FHS will host five quarters (10 teams) beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17. Match-ups are as follows: first quarter, Powell versus CAK (7 p.m.); second quarter, Webb versus Karns; third quarter, Fulton versus West, (halftime activities); fourth quarter, Bearden versus Catholic; fifth quarter, Farragut versus South-Doyle. Central High School will host eight other Knox County teams (four quarters) beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16. Having been held at Neyland Stadium in recent years, “U-T is doing some work over there, so that’s not available this year for the jamboree,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said.

• Club Championship at Concord Park Golf Course is a tournament open to all junior golfers with tee times starting at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 28. Cost is $20 per child (includes food after the round). Format is 9-hole, individual stroke play. Please note: Caddies will be allowed. Age divisions: Boys: 7 & under, 8-10, 11-14; Girls: 8-10 and 11-14. For more information, call 865-966-9103.

• Farragut High School softball tryouts for the 2008 season will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, July 23-25. Girls interested in trying out need to be in proper softball attire when arriving. For more information, contact FHS head coach David Moore at 865-947-5720.

• Tryouts for the Bearden High School baseball team will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 23, through Wednesday, July 25, at BHS’s Phil Garner Field. All participants must bring copy of their insurance card. For more information, call BHS varsity head coach Matt Buckner at 865-368-3141.

• Impact USA, one of Knoxville's premiere soccer clubs, has announced a free Mini Soccer Camp program for Boys and Girls ages 6 to 10. The camp will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Impact Soccer Complex, 2809 Ball Camp Byington Road across from Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy. There are no fees or obligations to attend. The camp is designed to promote soccer in Knoxville and give players an opportunity to discover the Impact coaching staff and the Impact style of training. For more information, contact: Rex Mummy at 865-455-7388 or e-mail: soccerex0717@comcast.net or John Schneider at 865-936-4950 or e-mail: jon1919@comcast.net

 

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