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• Jessie Howard, Carson-Newman College standout softball shortstop, recently earned South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Howard, a former Farragut High School standout (Class of 2006) batted .545 for the week, going 12-for-22 at the plate while leading C-N to a 6-0 record. The sophomore posted a .583 on-base percentage (14-of-24), scoring seven times. She also went 8-for-8 on stolen bases. South Atlantic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week are chosen by a vote of the league’s eight sports information directors.

• Cody Brown, former All-State Farragut High School baseball infielder, provided a pair of clutch hits to help his Tennessee Volunteers sweep a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan Sunday, March 9, in UT’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Brown, second on the team in batting average at .382 entering the week, connected on a 10th-inning single then scored the game-winning run for an 8-7 victory in game one. Brown’s two-run homer in the fifth inning of game two — his second of the season with 13 RBIs entering the week — helped UT earn the sweep, 5-1.

• Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center will host the second annual Spring Junior Tennis Championship March 28-30, including boys and girls 10-and-under through 18-and-under singles divisions. Play 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 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.

• 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 sign-ups 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

• A 14-U summer travel baseball team needs players. For more info, contact coach Lynn at 865-310-6631.

• 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 located under “handouts” section. Return completed forms to Pak Mail. For more information, e-mail farragutbaseballinc@yahoo.com or visit Web site.

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

• 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. 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. 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 is now accepting registrations for spring sand volleyball leagues to include a Competitive Coed League and a Recreational Coed League at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. Each coed team must play with at least two women on the court at all times. Open Competitive League teams may be all men, all women or any mix. Deadline to register and pay is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 25. Cost of each league is $135 per team. Competitive Coed League play runs each Monday, April 7 through May 26. Recreational Coed League play runs each Tuesday, April 8 through May 27. Open Competitive League play runs each Thursday, April 10 through May 29.Teams may play in only one league. Payment must be received at the time of registration; cash, check and credit or debit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa) are accepted. Registration forms are available at the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive across from the Farragut Branch Post Office, on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org or by calling Ben Darnell, athletic and park coordinator, at 865-966-7057. Registrations also being accepted for summer and fall leagues.

• 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.

• 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 as an athlete, call the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee at 865-688-5481 in Knoxville; 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. 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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