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• Brett Bashman, junior catcher for the Ole Miss Rebels of the SEC and a former Bearden High School standout, was drafted in the 16th round by the Chicago White Sox during last week’s Major League Basesball draft. Basham led SEC catchers in runners caught stealing at 27, helping to earn him a spot on the league’s inaugural All-SEC Defensive First Team. He also led the SEC in runners picked-off.

• Bearden High School baseball camp is from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, at BHS’s Phil Garner Field. Cost is $75. All participants must bring copy of insurance card. For more information or to sign up, call Bearden head coach Matt Buckner at 865-368-3141.

• 2008 registration deadline for the open event competitions at this year’s Tennessee Senior Olympics state finals, July 18-24 in Williamson County, is Friday, June 13. Tennessee seniors can register to compete in archery, tennis, pickleball, racquetball, cycling (5K/20K), the 5K and 10K runs, or a one-mile power walk. Registration for these events is open to all seniors who did not participate or qualify in district games. Events are open to seniors 50 and older; however, participants who are 49 years old are eligible to compete as long as their 50th birthday occurs before the end of 2008. This year’s state finals are a qualifying site for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, Aug. 1-15 in San Francisco, Calif. Deadline for open event registration is June 13t for all open sports except cycling and the 5K/10K runs that have a deadline of July 7. To obtain an entry form, visit www.tnseniorolympics.com, contact the state office at 615-902-9261, or e-mail info@tnseniorolympics.com.

• Third Annual Secret City Festival Tennis Tournament will be held June 20-21 (rain date June 22) at Jackson Square Tennis Courts in Oak Ridge. Players will be encouraged to wear all white clothes and play their matches with white tennis balls, representing the attire and equipment used in the 1940s. There is a novice, intermediate and advanced skill level for each of the women’s, men’s and mixed doubles categories. This allows all ages to compete against one another for fun, no matter what their skill level. Skill divisions will be divided into junior, adult, and senior groups. For more info, e-mail David Bowman at aceace10s@yahoo.com or go online to http://aceace10s.events.live.com.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club announces a hike June 14-15, beginner backpack, Elkmont area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Contact Ron Shrieves, 865-922-3518, ronaldshrieves@comcast.net

• Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding in Lenoir City is selling tickets to the 2008 Knoxville Open Golf, Presented by Food City, at Fox Den Country Club June 19-22. Knox Area Golf Charities is working with non-profit groups to sell $25 weekly (general admission) tickets. Buy three tickets and get one free. To purchase tickets, contact STAR at 865-988-4711 or devdir@rideatstar.org. For tickets through Water Angel Ministries, call 865-524-5194 or e-mail Stephanie Mitchum, hewaterangels@gmail.com

• The First Tee Life Skills Instructional Clinics at Concord Park Golf Course are designed for the beginning golfer ages 8–17 each Saturday in June through mid-July (June 7 through July 12) and each Monday through July 7. A new skill will be taught each week. Games and practice techniques will be used to make the learning process fun and easy to follow. Cost is $5 per week, limited to 20 students in each session. Saturday sessions run 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday sessions run 4 to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call Concord course at 865-966-9103.

• Summer Afternoon Golf Sessions at Concord Park course is a weekly golf session for ages 6-14 to have golf instruction on a consistent schedule. This weekly schedule is from 4 to 4:45 p.m. each Thursday through July 17 for ages 6-8 and 5 to 5:45 p.m. for ages 9-14. Cost is $20 per week. For more information, call Concord course at 865-966-9103.

• Tennessee Valley Fair once again will host the annual Cheerleading Competition beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Homer Hamilton Theatre at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville. Competition is open to all official squads from elementary, junior and senior high schools. Entry deadline is Aug. 18 and limited to first 35 entries received. For more information, call fair office at 865-215-1473.

• Knoxville Football Club has hired Rick Young from Southern California as Director of Coaching. Young was hired from the Slammers Futbol Club in Newport Beach, Calif., where he helped coach some of the top women’s players in the country.  Young has coached three collegiate All-Americans, 20 players in the national team pool and a player on the U.S. Women’s National Team.  Three of his former players were Parade High School All-Americans.   

 

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