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• Webb School of Knoxville senior Lindsey Kirchoff was one of 40 student-athletes nationwide to earn USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll Honorable Mention recognition for 2007-2008. USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll recognizes high school seniors who have excelled in both academics and rowing. Applicants must be USRowing members, have rowed or coxed for at least one year, and successfully competed at or above the league or regional level. Kirchoff, a National Merit Commended Scholar, is a member of the Oak Ridge Rowing Association. This past summer, her lightweight women's youth eight came in first among four top Southeast region teams, and 14th nationally, at the USRowing Youth National Championships. The USRowing Youth Advisory Committee selected the Honor Roll winners based on a numerical ranking of their grades in academic solids, ACT or SAT scores, and class rank if applicable. Overall, 185 student-athletes from 85 rowing clubs and schools from around the country applied.

• Knox County Parks and Recreation’s John Tarleton Park will be the site of the 2007 Battle in Rocky Top national youth football tournament Nov. 16-18. To date, nearly 140 teams from 19 states have signed up, some from as far away at Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The Battle in Rocky Top is quickly becoming one of the premiere youth football tournaments in the nation. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 80 teams from 12 states. Teams with players ages 6-14 will enjoy at least two competitive games against other teams matched to their skill level. All games will be played at the five fields at John Tarleton Park and at Knoxville’s Safety City. Vendors selling both sports products and food items will be on site at both locations, and a hospitality tent for coaches will be a new feature for 2007. In addition to football, a cheerleading competition has also been added this year. The economic effect on the community will be substantial with the number of teams planning to attend. Each team will bring coaches, parents and players, and they will all need places to sleep and eat, and things to do when not playing football. Already, 3,200 hotel rooms have been sold at 39 area hotels. For more information, or to sign up, contact Josh Jones at Battle in Rocky Top, 865-455-0873, or knoxfalconsfb@comcast.net.

• CoSIDA has released its Academic All-American men’s soccer district winners and Maryville’s College’s Evan Giordano, former Knoxville Catholic standout, was honored with a spot on ESPN The Magazine’s All- District 4 College Division Second Team. Giordano, an MC senior, currently has a 3.80 GPA. He is a Business and Organizational Management major. The Scots’ midfielder has earned a pair of Great South Athletic Conference All-Conference and All-Academic team selections. He was honored by D3Kicks and NSCAA as an All-Region performer, and has been named team Most Valuable Player on two occasions.

• CoSIDA has released its Academic All-American women’s soccer district winners and Maryville’s Chelse Nieri was honored with a spot on ESPN The Magazine’s All- District 4 College Division First-Team. Her first-team selection allows Nieri to be considered for All-American honors at the conclusion of the season. Nieri, a junior from Knoxville, currently has a 3.90 GPA. The Lady Scot defender has been a key contributor in limiting opponents to only 20 goals on the season and helping MC post 10 shutouts on the year (15-4-1).

• The Great South Athletic Conference has announced the 2007 men’s soccer conference awards and Ryan Radcliffe, a freshman midfielder and former Bearden High School standout, was honored as the Great South Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for the regular season champion Maryville Scots. He paced the Scots with five goals and 12 points on the season. Radcliffe was joined on the GSAC All-Conference team by freshman goalkeeper Bryan Walker, also a former BHS standout.

• Former Bearden Bulldog Stephen Shankles stole the show on the men’s side — again — leading the Maryville College cross country team to the Great South Athletic Conference tournament championship recently in Demorest, Ga., In a repeat of last season, Shankles took first-place (30:18). He also was named GSAC Runner of the Year for the second year in a row.

• Maryville College volleyball’s Jennifer Seivers, a senior outside hitter and former standout at Knoxville Catholic High School, has been named Great South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year. Seivers led the regular season conference champion Scots and the Great South with 384 kills. She averaged 3.88 kills per game and had a .240 hitting percentage. Seivers also was named on the All-Academic team.

• Former University of Tennessee coach Larry Simcox is offering hitting lessons to young baseball players through early December. For more information, call 865-567-9082.

• Baptist Health System Foundation’s 5th Annual Baptist Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Baptist West and Baptist Hospital for Women on Parkside Drive. An extra attraction, labeled by race spokespersons as a “golden treat,” involves three former U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist — All inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Turkey Trot race chair Dick Davies and former NBA players George Wilson and Joe Caldwell were members of the 1964 Olympic Basketball team in Tokyo. The threesome will be on hand to participate and later sign autographs and share stories with fans of all ages. The racecourse begins on the Baptist Hospital West and Baptist Hospital for Women campus and runs out Parkside Drive through the Turkey Creek shopping development. Prizes will be awarded to individuals and teams. Turkey Creek sponsors will provide goody bag items, gift certificates and silent auction. A “Little Gobbler” play area for children includes face painting, crafts, inflatables and a “Little Gobbler” fun run/100 yard dash, where all children receive a ribbon.

 

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