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• Children and teenagers can learn a challenging, but less well known, sport. Lacrosse skills and drills, along with conditioning and leadership, will be taught by the coaches and players of Farragut High School Lacrosse from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, through Friday, Sept. 14, at the FHS Lacrosse field (behind Farragut Middle Sschool) for boys grades 4-8 and 9-12. Cost is $60 for each returning player with his own stick (register by Sept. 1 to be in team tournament); $80 for each new player (will receive a new lacrosse stick and ball). New players must register by Aug. 27. Snacks and drinks provided, plus special nightly drawings and hardest shot contest. For more information or to make reservations, call Cathy Edrada at 865-675-2778.

• Loudon Mud Dogs will hold tryouts for its 2008 Spring Season Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 at the Loudon Recreational Facility. All positions needed. Age cut-off date for turning 10 is May 1, 2008. If you would like more information, visit the Web site at www.loudonmuddogs.com or call coach Greg Monger at 865-591-1534 or 865-458-2080.

• The best of the best in the sport of rowing will be competing in Oak Ridge on Melton Hill Lake during the 2007 U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships, beginning at 9 a.m. each morning, Aug. 9-12. More than 1,000 athletes from across the country will gather to compete in more than 190 events. One of the unique facts about the Masters competition is that the competitors’ ages range from 21 to 85, so there will be, at any given time, a diversification of men and women out on the water with varying levels of skills and experience competing in either a single or team event. All schedules can be found online at both www.usrowing.org and www.racetrak.com. The course layout and additional information can be found at www.usrowing.com and www.orra.org. According to Oak Ridge Rowing Association, the U.S. Rowing Masters is projected to bring between 2,000 and 2,500 participants and spectators during the four-day event. Rowers will start arriving in town this weekend to get in some practice time. The course is being opened up for practice sessions from Sunday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a charge of $5 per day plus dock fees (no dock fees on Wednesday). This will provide a great opportunity for anyone who wants to come see the rowers in action that might not be able to make it to the regatta during the actual event dates. For more information on the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships, contact the Oak Ridge Rowing Association at 865-482-6538.

• The 7th Annual Sacred Heart Cathedral School Fall Golf Classic will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, at Egwani Farms Golf Course. This event is the premiere fund-raising event for the SHCS endowment fund. Over the years, thousands of dollars have been generated to support Catholic school education in Knoxville. There are many ways to “chip in,” including volunteer opportunities, product donations, cart and hole sponsorships and playing in the event. The SHCS Fall Golf Classic is an 18-hole, four person scramble. Entry fee is $125 per person and includes green and cart fees, breakfast, lunch, goodie bags, prizes, beverages, snacks and awards. Contact event chairs Rick Davis at 865-805-9343 or Anita Poore at 865-558-4153 for more information.

• Coach Steve Cottrell, former Farragut High School track athlete from the early 1970s, was honored for 30 years of service as track and field coach at Powell during the 2007 KIL meet last spring. Cottrell, a KIL runner-up in the mile run in 1972, went on to run at Carson-Newman and qualified for NAIA Nationals.

• Team East Tennessee is scouting for athletes for the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games, sponsored by Novartis and the National Kidney Foundation. An Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants of all kinds, the Games will be held July 11-16, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Anyone who has had a successful organ transplant — including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, and bone marrow — for a year can qualify to become a member of the team. They can compete in sports, which include but not be limited to cycling, bowling, golf, racquetball, swimming, and track and field. To become involved call Danae Miley, team manager, at 865-688-5481 (Knoxville), 423-323-1650 (Tri-Cities) or 423-267-8655 (Chattanooga) or e-mail danae@kidneyetn.org. Next team meeting is 6 p.m., Friday Aug. 24, at the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee office at 4450 Walker Boulevard, Suite 2, Knoxville.

• A TTA hike is scheduled Aug. 18 for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cane Creek/Little Bottoms/Hannah Mountain/Rabbit Creek loop trails. Rated moderate due to eight miles but little elevation change. Bring lunch and sandals for creek crossing (You will get wet.) Meet at the outer parking area at the Target store in Maryville at 9 a.m. Contact Melanie Harmon (865-376-4982 or ddiversified@hotmail.com) to pre-register and for more information.

• Men’s Club of Concord United Methodist Church is sponsoring its 10th Annual Golf for Habitat event, Monday, Aug. 20. The tournament will be held at Willow Creek Golf Club in Farragut. Proceeds will fund the construction of a home for Habitat for Humanity in East Tennessee. This event has funded the construction of 10 homes during its nine-year history. Registration is $100 per player. This fee includes golf, lunch, beverages on the course and a gift at registration. The tournament will feature a hole-in-one contest, a chipping competition, and several other opportunities to win prizes. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available. Activities begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start will follow at 8:30 a.m. Individuals interested in playing in the event can pick up registration forms at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive, Knoxville. Participants may also call the church office at 865-966-6728. For information on sponsorship opportunities or participation in the event, contact Mike Smith at 865-966-4109, Garry Siddons at 865-966-0364, John Newsom at 865-966-9223 or Tom Warnick Sr. at 865-966-6376.

• AYSO Region 128 Farragut Fall 2007 Soccer registration and training will be held at Farragut Presbyterian Church, Jamestown Boulevard, only (none taken at Soccer USA), Saturday, Aug. 11. Schedule runs as follows: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 (regular fee after Aug. 4 is $85 per child, $125 for two and $150 for three). For more information, visit the AYSO 128 Web site: www.ayso128.org or call 865-675-AYSO (2976).

• CBFO Youth Football registration is still ongoing for the following age groups: flag football, ages 5 and 6, “a few” 7-year-old player openings, a coach for a new 7-year-old team and a “few” 11-year-old player openings, league commissioner Eddie Neely said. “Most of the other leagues are full, but people can call and check on availability.” For more information, call 865-455-2536.

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

• Mandatory Farragut Middle School girls soccer tryouts are 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 info: http://www.smmss.net/ (or) jenifer.jennings@gmail.com

• As one host site for the 2007 Knoxville Orthopedic Kick-off Classic, Farragut High School’s Bill Clabo Field 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.

• 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. 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

• Join Farragut Family YMCA Saturday, Sept. 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road for the Third Annual YMCA “Can You Dig It?” Volleyball Tournament. It is 6-on-6 coed play that requires two females on the court at all times. All participants must be 16 years old to participate. Space is limited to the first 16 teams that register. Teams may participate either in the recreation or competitive division. Teams that register prior to Sept. 17 contribute $150; otherwise it will be $200 per team if space remains. You may register at the Farragut Family YMCA at 10709 Kingston Pike. For more information, call 865-777-9622.

 

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