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• Sign-ups are officially underway for Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2008 season. Forms available at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center, just down from Ingles) or go online to download a form at www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Forms are located under the “handouts” section. Completed forms should be returned to Pak Mail. Registration slots are limited so families are encouraged to register early. Once leagues are full, FB, Inc. will start a waiting list for each particular age group. Evaluations will be held in late February, practices begin in March and Opening Day for Spring 2008 season is scheduled for March 29. For more information, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit the Web site.

• Six westside private school girls soccer players have been named All-state by the Tennessee Soccer Coaches Association and Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association: from Christian Academy of Knoxville (Class A/AA) are forward Brittany Hoffman, midfielder Julie Thompson and defender Callie Jernigan. From Knoxville Catholic (Class A/AA) are forward Gretchen Sutch and defender Rachel Bonfini. From Webb (Division II) is forward Katie Proud.

• A local group of special athletes are training for a sports competition all their own —– the U.S. Transplant Games. Presented by the National Kidney Foundation, the Games are an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants, including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas and bone marrow. Team East Tennessee is currently scouting for athletes, volunteers and sponsors to participate in this very special event, to be held July 11-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Held biennially, the Games draw transplant athletes from across the country who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in one or more of 12 sports, including cycling, golf, racquetball, swimming, tennis and track and field events. With an anticipated 2,000 athletes participating, the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games promise to be the largest-ever gathering of transplant recipients. More than 97,000 Americans are currently waiting for transplants of vital organs. Seventeen people die each day while waiting. In Tennessee alone, more than 2,000 are awaiting organ transplants. Athletes from East Tennessee may register for the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games by joining Team East Tennessee. To become involved with the Team as an athlete, call the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 in Knoxville; 423-267-8655 Chattanooga, or 423-323-1650 in Tri-Cities area or visit the Web site: www.kidneyetn.org.

• Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is set for Sunday, March 30, Participants may run or walk in a 5K, relay, half marathon or full marathon. More team information team will be available at www.covenant-health.com. For more info: www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

• Former Farragut Admiral swimmer Michael Bryant, a sophomore at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, won two events during the Mustang Open: 100-yard breaststroke at 1:09.03 and 200-breaststroke at 2:31.86.

 

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