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• Volley for the Cure, a professional-amateur mixed doubles tennis tournament benefiting the Knoxville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to defeat breast cancer, will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fox Den Country Club.

Fourteen male professional tennis players will be paired up with 14 female amateur tennis players in a round robin tournament. Professional players will include such well-known names as Ben Rodgers and Bobby Cameron, former No. 1 players at The University of Tennessee. Other local pros include Steve Annacone and John Gibson. Those interested in becoming a sponsor, or for more information on Volley for the Cure, contact Rob Cameron at 865-966-2644 or rcame59433@aol.com. see the contact information below. An awards program will follow at Fox Den tennis court complex for players, sponsors, and Fox Den committee members. This event is free and spectators are welcome.

• Justin Knox and Robert Butturini, former Farragut High School standout athletes, recently won matches at the 1st Battle at The Joe in front of a packed house held at Cotton Eyed Joe. Knox, FHS wrestling state champion and collegiate wrestler, won a split decision over his opponent. The match was later called a draw due to inaccuracies in the scorecards. Butturini, chief Instructor of Butturini’s Martial Arts, won a submission victory against his opponent at 2:30 of the first round. Butturini, 23, is undefeated in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling Toughman competition and Mixed Martial Arts. Butturini’s upcoming goals include a Southern Combat League title and then pursuing an Ultimate Fighting Championship title. The next Battle at The Joe is set for Oct. 16, with title matches in January/February 2009.

• Cherokee 12U girls’ fastpitch softball travel team is forming in West Knoxville. Its goal is to prepare girls for middle school and high school softball. Try-outs will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., this Saturday, Sept. 6, at Rocky Hill ballpark. For more information, call Matt at 865-206-8523.

• Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and Anderson County Bar Association will sponsor its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge Friday, Sept. 12. Check in, warm-up and lunch begins at noon. Tee-off at 1:30 p.m. Shotgun start for a chance to win a car on a designated Par 3. Tournament awards top four finishers, allows two mulligans, features advanced tee shots on holes No. 1 and No. 18, plus range balls, goodie bags, prizes and an awards ceremony. Cost is $95 per player, $380 per team if paid by Sept. 5; $105 per player, $420 per team if paid after Sept. 5. Player, corporate, team and hole sponsors all sought for the event. Registration forms are available at www.andersoncountychamber.org or call the Chamber at 865-457-2559. Complete and mail or fax to Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, 245 N. Main St., Ste. 200, Clinton, TN 37716, FAX 463-7480. Registration not complete until payment received. For more info, call Chamber office at 865-457-2559.

• Knoxville Football Club Crush Portugal Blue U-10 Boys’ soccer team won its first two tournaments of the season with spirited play in Cincinnati, Ohio and Asheville, N.C. KFC Portugal won Arsenal Challenge Cup Champions Aug.16-17 by defeating Warren County (Mason, Ohio) 4-2, Lakota Cobras (West Chester, Ohio) 3-2, and Team Dayton (Ohio) twice 6-2 and 2-1. The following week KFC moved up an age division to test its achievements and competed in the Riverside Summer Shootout in North Carolina and overcame several adversities. In the final game the winning goal came from a perfectly executed corner kick with less than two minutes remaining and KFC Portugal Blue came home to Tennessee as champions again. On Labor Day weekend the team was in Georgia to face stiff competition in the Atlanta Cup and hope to improve on its No. 8 national ranking. Portugal players including those residing in Farragut and West Knoxville: Matthew Cone, Matthew Hulihan, Josh Denton, Brian Hardin, Nicholas Morton, Clay McCord, Max Minor, Ryan Martin, Ziven Clark, Tyler Kuhn, Cole Hilton, Ziven Clark, Michael Tarantino, Matthew Ceriotti, Gabriel Alvarez, Will Orren, Noah Armas and Clay McCord. Coaches are Josh Gray, Darrick Lubbell and John O’brien.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club upcoming outings include Sept. 20-21, backpack, Cataloochee section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most remote spots in the Smokies. Begins by driving down the one way 14 mile long Balsam Mountain road and leaving cars at Palmer Creek trailhead and walking the .6 of a mile to Balsam Mountain trail and spending the first night at Laurel Gap shelter for a total of 4.9 miles the first day. On Sunday route follows Mount Sterling Ridge Trail to Pretty Hollow Trail to Palmer Creek trail and back to cars for a total of 11.2 miles the second day. Rated difficult due to elevation gain the first day and length of the hike the second day. Pre-register with Steve Harvey: sharvey86@aol.com or call 865-271-7227.

• Farragut High School Lacrosse Camp for boys entering grades 4 through high school senior from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15-18, at FHS Lacrosse Field behind Farragut Middle School. Cost is $75 for returning player with stick and $90 for new player (price includes stick and ball). Camp will feature skills, drills, conditioning and leadership taught by FHS coaches and players. Such skills are fundamentals of stick handling, throwing, catching and shooting. Included is Hardest Shot contest, with radar gun used to gauge speed. Proceeds benefit Farragut High School Lacrosse program. Returning players must register. Sessions will include individual skills, team skills and team games. For more information, contact Carole Englert with questions at caenglert@aol.com or call 865-675-6203. Registration forms will be available at www.KnoxvilleLacrosse.com To fax registration: 865-966-1159.

• Baneberry Golf Club and Resort will host a golf tournament Friday, Sept. 12, to help raise money for Knox County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Drill Team. Tournament begins at 1 p.m., with entry fee $400 for the four person scramble. Registration forms available on KCSO Web site at www.knoxsheriff.org. Players can register on the day of event. Proceeds would be used to send Honor Guard to Washington, D.C. in May 2009 to honor fallen officers during National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial week.

• Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce 2008 Farragut Fall 5K Run, Fun Walk & Pet Parade begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, on Watt Road adjacent to Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Pre-registration cost is $15, and can be paid by charging (call 865-675-7057) or make check payable to: Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce and mail to: Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce/P.O. Box 22461/Farragut, TN, 37933. Pre-registration ends Friday, Sept. 19. Day-of-race registration is from 7 to 7:30 a.m., Sept. 27. Cost is $20. Starting on Watt Road, race goes through Sedgefield subdivision and back to the park. Plaques and/or medallions awarded to top three finishers in various gender/age categories. Cash award goes to first overall male and first overall female. Knoxville Track Club will manage event. Proceeds to support Chamber and its education grants, plus Young-Williams Animal Center. For more information, call the Chamber office, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 865-675-7057.

• Loudon County Habitat for Humanity will host a golf tournament Friday, Sept. 5, at Toqua Golf Course in Tellico Village. Event will be a four-player scramble with handicap, and is open to mixed- or single- gender teams. The $300 team entry fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and prizes. Team registration form is available on the Loudon County Habitat Web site at www.loudoncountyhabitat.org, or by calling Larry Butcher at 865-458-8941 or Dee Prickett at 865-458-1023. Sponsorships also are available.

 

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