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• Farragut High School Navy Junior ROTC finished as champions of the Kentucky Area 9 Qualifier Drill Meet among 10 teams from seven states, earning the unit a trip to Kansas for the Navy Area 9 competition in February. A win there would earn the team, led by Master Sgt. Jimmy Johnson and Lt. Cmdr. “Duff” Thompson, a trip to the Navy Nationals. Farragut finished first in athletics and personnel inspection, second-place in Color Guard and armed basic regulation drill, and third-place in armed exhibition drill and unarmed basic regulation drill. Individually, Alex King was second in academics. Athletically, first-place awards went to Paige Finney (female curl-ups), Zach Burcham (male curl-ups) and Daniel Edrada (male push-ups). Second-place awards went to Taylor Rast (female curl-ups) and Thomas Mitchell (male push-ups). Third-place awards: Katherine Graifer (female push-ups) and Hector Perez (male push-ups). Fourth-place: Larry Hargrove (male push-ups). Fifth-place: Beckham (female push-ups), Perez (male curl-ups) and John Strollo (male push-ups).

• Nine members of Bearden’s repeat Class AAA state champion girls soccer team — plus the coach — earned All-Region 2-AAA first-team honors, while Farragut added six members. The Lady SoccerDawgs were led by senior goalkeeper Sarah Canter, named Region 2-AAA Defensive Player of the Year. Other honorees are forwards Amy Porter, Ashley Howarth, Samantha Turner and Caroline Gianeselli, midfielders Jenni Gordon and Lindsay Pompilio and defenders Tessa Batchelor and Kimble Glover. Bearden head coach Eric Turner was named Coach of the Year. Lady Admiral honorees are forwards Casey Ulrich and Ashley Reveiz, midfielders Alyssa Dresen and Mindy Hopkins and defenders M.C. Suhocki and Morgan Plum. Farragut defender Shannon Schell was a member of the All-region second team.

• A pair of All-American swimmers at Webb School of Knoxville are off to major college programs. Senior Paige Ayres signed with Virginia Tech University, Thursday, Nov. 15, in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center. Senior teammate Katie Keel signed with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Monday, Nov. 19. Both athletes helped lead the Spartans’ swimming and diving team to a runner-up finish at the 2007 Tennessee State High School Swimming and Diving Championship. Ayres earned All-American Consideration with a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, and placed seventh in the 100-butterfly. Ayres also took All-American honors as a member of Webb’s third- place 400-freestyle relay team and fourth-place 200-medley relay team. Keel took All-American honors in the 100-breaststroke with a third-place finish. She was also a member of Webb’s fourth-place 200-medley relay team, earning All-American honors, while receiving All-American Consideration as a member of Webb’s third-place 200-freestyle relay 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.


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