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• While Farragut High School’s Navy Junior ROTC unit finished third for the 2007-08 school year among nine teams in Knox County JROTC League competition, one performer stood out. Among air rifle marksmen candidates, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Inso, a sophomore, “Was such a good shot he was actually selected to go to the N-J-R-O-T-C nationals,” said Lt. Cmdr. Duff Thompson, Senior Naval Science Instructor at FHS. Inso’s honor, in three-position air rifle, came among Area 9 competition, which includes about 100 high school units from Tennessee and surrounding states. Among top drill performers for FHS, according to Thompson, are Lt. Jr. Grade Taylor Rast, a senior who also is unit Color Guard Commander; Cadet Lt. Thomas Mitchell, a junior, and Petty Officer 1st Class Spencer Cornett, a sophomore. Combining four district meet results in air rifle and military drill competitions during the season, FHS took third behind champion Loudon and No. West

• The First Tee is offering Life Skills Instruction Clinics to beginning golfers ages 8-17 in April and May at Concord Park Golf Course. These clinics will guide your child through a fun and interactive process to learn all the essentials needed to become a player with outstanding character. There will be a new skill taught each week along with one of The First Tee 9-Core Values. If you participated in clinics in 2007, register in a second year session. If you are a new student this year, register in a first year session. Fee is $5 per clinic. For more information, or to register, call 865-966-9103.

• Tiny Tees Instructional Clinics at Concord Park Golf Course are designed for children ages 5-7 and will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. each Saturday in April. Clinics feature a fun introduction to golf that includes basic instruction in a clinic format as well as parental involvement and supervision. Fee is $5 per clinic. For more information, or to register, call 865-966-9103.

• Upcoming TTA hikes in April include the following: April 5 at Grotto Falls & Trillium Gap, Great Smoky Mountains. Will meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. EDT. Directions: In Gatlinburg turn at traffic light No. 8. Take Historic Nature Trail Drive, which turns into one lane. Drive past the Roaring Fork parking area and look for the Grotto Falls trailhead. For more information, call Lesley Price at 865-254-1193 or stenogirllprice@comcast.net. April 12 at Schoolhouse Gap Trail. Will carpool from the Food City off Hall Road in Alcoa at 10 a.m. Call Mark for further details and to reserve space on the hike at 865-405-9879. April 26, GSMNP/White Oak Sinks via Chestnut Top Trail. Start at Townsend “Wye” parking lot entrance to the Park. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring lunch and water. Meet at 9 a.m. EDT at the Townsend Wye. For more info, contact Keith Mertz at keithmertz@hotmail.com or 865-982-7368.

• Area seniors ages 50 and older will have the opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities and youthful spirit at the East Tennessee District Senior Olympics, scheduled April 25-30 in Gatlinburg. Individuals will compete within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 49 years old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as their 50th birthday occurs before the end of 2008. Events include basketball 3-on-3 exhibition tournament, bowling, track and field events, 5K, swimming, bowling, cycling, horseshoes, table tennis, basketball skill events, pickleball, badminton, shuffleboard and golf. Top four finalists in each event at the district level will advance to the state competition, July 18-24, in Williamson County. Top finalists from state competition will qualify for 2009 Summer National games slated for August 2009 in San Francisco, Calif.

• Third annual Senior Doubles Tennis Tournament will be held April 11-13 at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center. Men, women and mixed doubles formats. Entry forms can be found at local tennis clus and senior recreational areas. Cost is $20 to enter one event, $30 to enter both.

• Pat Summitt Golf Tournament benefiting Helen Ross McNabb Center is Monday, April 21, at Cherokee Country Club, with select drive format. Player field is limited to 72 each round. Shotguns begin at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Team registration closes Friday, April 4. For more info contact Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or Emily.ledford@mcnabb.org

• 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, call Emily Ledford at 865-329-9030 or eledford@mcnabb.org

• Children kindergarten to age 18 are invited to join Concord Hills swim team during sign-ups from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. Sign-ups, spaghetti dinner and informational meeting to be held in the meeting room of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church at corner of Grigsby Chapel Road and Fretz Road in Farragut. Swim season begins in late May and ends in late July. Costs are $80 for first child, $75 for second child for Concord Hills Recreation Association members and $155 for first child, $150 for second child for non-members. Families who cannot attend April 8 can sign up their children at Concord Hills subdivision pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 19, and Saturday, May 3. For more info, contact Amanda Johnson, amandajohnson@tds.net or 865-966-6408.

• City of Knoxville offers a new co-ed softball league 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. For more info about these leagues, contact your local commissioner. Commissioners List is posted at www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation.asp

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

• Tryouts for 9-and-under traveling competitive baseball team’s 2008 season are now being accepted. Call Greg Monger at 865-591-1534 or Don Simpson at 865-388-3467.

 

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