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• While one Kentucky versus Tennessee all-star high school football series folded after the 2007 game, a new rivalry between the Bluegrass State and Volunteer State will emerge in January with a Farragut standout lineman participating. James Harrill, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound former Admiral offensive guard, will represent FHS at the inaugural “Battle of the Border” featuring football all-stars from East Tennessee and the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Opening kick-off is set for 1 p.m., Satur-day, Jan. 12, at the University of the Cumberlands’ Taylor Stadium in Cumberland, Ky. Each team will fill a 45-man roster.

• Mike Barnett, former Tennessee assistant coach and current Kansas City Royals hitting coach, will be guest speaker at the Tennessee Baseball Christmas Camp Saturday, Dec. 29. The camp, administered by first-year UT head coach Todd Raleigh and his staff, runs from Thursday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 30. Currently a Knoxville resident with his family, Barnett worked as an assistant with the Volunteers in 1988 and 1989, coaching first base and providing hitting instruction. For more information regarding the UT Baseball Christmas Camp, call 865-974-2057.

• Knoxville Lacrosse Spring 2008 registration for boys fourth through eighth grades runs from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Farragut Middle School theatre. Coaches will be available to answer questions from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $175 for A/B players (includes team jersey and shorts — cost lower if uniform not needed), $85 for recreational players (includes a reversible penny). Information sheet at registration will give details about spring conditioning and practices.

• Town of Farragut Leisure Services Department announces application packets for clubs requesting field use at any Farragut park for Spring 2008 (March 8 through June 1) are available at Farragut Town Hall or on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org. Absolute deadline for completed application packets to be returned to Farragut Town Hall is 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, (not postmarked). Town Hall is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from Farragut Branch Post Office. For more information about Spring 2008 field use applications, contact Ben Darnell, athletic and park coordinator, at 865-966-7057 or ben.darnell@townoffarragut.org.

• Farragut Baseball, Inc. is now accepting applications for travel league coaches. All individuals seeking to coach a travel team in FBI’s Willie Mays (age 10-and-Under), Pee Wee Reese (12-Under) or Sandy Koufax (14-Under) leagues must complete the application. A screening committee will review all applications. Forms are available at Pak Mail, 11803 Kingston Pike, in Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center or by logging on to the league’s Web site: www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Applications are due back to league officials by Saturday, Dec. 22.

• Chad Pennington, former Webb School of Knoxville and current New York Jets NFL quarterback, took 25 local children from Child and Family Tennessee on a shopping spree along Parkside Drive Friday, Dec. 14, as part of Pennington’s 1st and 10 Foundation. The children were each given a gift card to spend on items of their choosing. “The First and 10 Foundation is happy to take part in this event for the second straight year,” Pennington said. “As a native of the Knoxville area, I particularly enjoy helping to put smiles on the faces of these children during this special time of year.” Since 1929, Child and Family Tennessee has served more than 20,000 vulnerable children and family members annually in East Tennessee's 16-county service area. Chad and his wife, Robin, created 1st and 10 Foundation in 2003 with the mission to build stronger communities by funding programs and institutions that seek to improve quality of life throughout West Virginia, Tennessee and the New York metropolitan area. For more information, contact Jennifer Correa, 1st and 10 Foundation, at 631-384-3667 or Kate O’Day, Child and Family Tennessee, at 865-524-7483.

 

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