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• Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center will host the second annual Spring Junior Championship March 28-30, including boys and girls 10-and-under through 18-and-under singles divisions. Play for this USTA event will begin at 4 p.m., Friday, March 28.  Entry forms available at the Fitness Center and area tennis facilities. Entry deadline is Monday, March 24. For more information, call Joey Hall at 865-531-5038. Members and non-members may participate.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club upcoming outings include: March 8, Little Frog Wilderness Day Hike (near Ducktown), pre-register with Will Skelton: 865-523-2272 or 865-742-7327 or e-mail: whshome@bellsouth.net; March 15-16, backpack, Deep Creek section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pre-register with Steve Harvey: sharvey86@aol.com, phone 865-271-7227; March 29, Wildflower Dayhike, River Bluff Trail, Norris State Park, pre-register with Robin Ferguson: 865-405-8576 or 86-5215-5060 or e-mail: robin ferguson@yahoo.com.

• Including the effort of Michael Bryant, a former Farragut High School standout swimmer (Class of 2006), the Morningside College Mustangs (Sioux City, Iowa) 200-yard medley relay team finished 10th at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships last week in San Antonio, Texas. The Mustangs’ time, 1.40.95 was slightly above the school record time of 1:40.23 during meet prelims. Bryant also is Morningside record-holder in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.62) and 200-yard breast (2:21.40).

• City of Knoxville and Doyle Academy have teamed up to host a baseball and softball camp for youth ages 6 and up, Saturday, March 15, at Caswell Park. Early tuition is $40 per player, going to $60 per player after March 7. There also will be a coach’s camp on the same day, and the cost is $25 per coach. More information about league signups is available at 865-215-1418 or in Parks and Recreation Division section of the City Web site: www.cityofknoxville.org.

• City of Knoxville offers a new co-ed softball league this year for women ages 55 and up and for men 60 and up. This non-competitive league is free for the participants and games will be played in the mornings. For more information on the league, contact Bud Nolan at 865-429-2044 or Fred Bright at 865-675-3296. In addition, City recreation commissions are offering various youth baseball and softball leagues. For more info about these leagues, contact your local commissioner. The 2008 Commissioners List is posted at www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation.asp

• Farragut Baseball, Inc.’s Spring 2008 season sign-ups remain open for Mantle/Mack age group (ages 15-18). Forms available at Pak Mail (11803 Kingston Pike in Farragut Towne Square) or go online to download a form at www.farragutbaseballinc.com. Forms are located under “handouts” section. Completed forms should be returned to Pak Mail. For more info, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit Web site.

• Summer Travel 14U baseball team needs players. For more information, contact coach Lynn at 865-310-6631.

• Beth Raby, a sophomore point guard at King College, Bristol, and former Farragut High School standout (Class of 2006) was selected second team All-Conference in the Appalachia Athletic Conference (NAIA Division II). Among Raby’s big games this season was an 11-point, six rebound performance to help rally the Lady Tornado (21-11) to a 72-62 against University of Virginia’s College at Wise during the opening round of the AAC tourney in Bristol. Raby, an AAC All-Freshman Team honoree last season, helped lead King to the AAC regular season title.

• Ben Bosse, a junior forward/center at King College, Bristol, and former Farragut High School standout (Class of 2005) who was a two-year walk-on at The University of Tennessee, helped lead King to a Appalachia Athletic Conference tournament title. In a 69-66 win against Tennessee Wesleyan in the tourney semifinals, Bosse scored 11 points (5-of-8 from the field).

• Natalie Munday, Marvyille College Lady Scots standout basketball post, has been named to the Great South Athletic Conference First-Team on the court and in the classroom. Munday, a 6-foot junior and former Farragut High School standout (Class of 2005), averages 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Starting 18 of the 25 games in which she’s played, Munday leads the team in three-point field goal percentage among those players who have attempted 10 or more shots. Munday also was named to the GSAC All-Academic team.

• Fifteenth Annual Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, on Fort Loudoun Lake. Event will begin at the Tellico Canal Ramp, with ease off at safe light. All proceeds benefit Helen Ross McNabb Center and are 100 percent tax deductible. Grand Prize payout is a fully rigged Ranger 188VX boat. Tourney registration fee is $300 per boat (two man team). Pre-event registration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Tellico Canal Ramp Pavilion. Lunch and goodie bags will be provided. Registration forms are available at www.mcnabbcenter.org For more info, contact Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or eledford@mcnabb.org

• Town of Farragut invites sand volleyball enthusiasts to break out of the winter months and participate in the “Break the Chill” Sand Volleyball Tournament to be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Early bird registration is underway and runs through Friday, March 7, at the cost of $150 per team. Registration fee from March 10 through March 25 will be $175 per team. Registration will be limited to the first eight teams in each division; registration and payment deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. For a list of details and rules, plus an entry form, visit www.townoffarragut.org. Entry forms and payment may be returned in person or by mail to the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934. For more info, contact Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057 or ben.darnell@townoffarragut.org.

• Tryouts for 9-and-under traveling competitive baseball team’s 2008 season are now being accepted. If a child is interested, parents/guardian should contact Greg Monger at 865-591-1534 or Don Simpson at 865-388-3467. Will work tryout times around your schedule. Spots are limited.

• Registration for Knoxville’s largest adult recreational tennis league is now in progress through March 1. Players are grouped into different ability levels based on National Tennis Rating Program. Adult and Senior Divisions offered for this USTA League. Play consists of singles and doubles, or just doubles as with Senior Division. Players must be at least 19 years old. For more information, call Cheryl Thompson at 865-688-1070 or visit Greater Knoxville Tennis Association’s Web site: www.gkta.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 info available at www.covenant-health.com. For more info: www.knoxvillemarathon.com.

• Officials with U.S. Transplant Games’ Team East Tennessee, an Olympic-style competition for recipients of life-saving transplants, is currently scouting for athletes, volunteers and sponsors to participate in the bi-annual Games, to be held July 11-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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.

• Loudon County Habitat for Humanity invites women golfers to play the Tennessee National Golf Course Monday, April 7, to raise funds for Women Build 2008, a Habitat home to be built by women volunteers next fall. Team registration forms are now available at www.loudoncountyhabitat.org. Click on “Habitat golf” to download the registration form, or to find out about event sponsorship packages. For more info, call the Loudon County Habitat office at 865-640-5578.

 

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