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• Phil Garner, former Major League Baseball player and manager after standout careers at Bearden High School and as a UT Volunteer second baseman, will have his number retired during the 2009 Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Knoxville Convention Center. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to honor this Tennessee native by retiring his number,” UT head coach Todd Raleigh said. “Phil Garner has positively impacted the game of baseball at every level.” Event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the program follow at 7 p.m. Garner is featured speaker for the evening. The All-Century Baseball Team also will be introduced and honored during the evening. Individual tickets for the banquet are $40, and tables (10 seats) are $350. Tickets can be purchased on beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5. For questions regarding the banquet, contact UT Marketing Department at 865-974-9001. Garner played second base for the Vols from 1968-70. He started his major league career with Oakland in 1973 and played with the A’s through 1976. From 1977-81 garner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was part of the 1979 Pittsburgh team that won the World Series, contributing 10 hits in seven games. He continued playing professional baseball until 1988. Leading the Houston Astros to the 2005 World Series has highlighted Garner’s managerial career.

• Despite only one double winner, Farragut High School’s swim and dive team used depth to defeat Westside rival Webb School 198-159 during a dual meet Sunday, Nov. 23, at UT’s Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Eric Craig was Farragut’s double winner (200-yard freestyle, 100-free). Four Webb swimmers pulled off double wins: Emily Galdun (200-free, 500-free), Stephanie Ward (200-IM, 100-free), Alex Ward (200-IM, 100-butterfly) and Madison Thomas (50-free, 100-breastroke). Farragut’s boys victories also included diving (D. Rogerson), 50-free (I. Taylor/:23.26), 500-free (D. Willis/5:23.86), the 200-free relay (Carter, Taylor, Allen, Craig/1:34.40) and 400-free relay (Baker, Mason, Carter, Craig/3:20.95). For the FHS girls, 200-free relay champs were N. Galler, Webb, Farmer and Rooney (1:46.00). Other Webb victories included the girls 400-free team of Galdun, Thomas, Caldwell and Ward (3:49.09) and girls diving champ C. Ferguson.

• CBFO Basketball for boys and girls ages 6 to 14 will accept late registration until Christmas. For more information, call Phil Mason at 865-966-3251.

• Farragut High School Baseball team’s chili cook-off is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the FHS Commons, during the first-ever meeting between rivals Hardin Valley Academy and Farragut basketball teams at FHS. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. Proceeds benefit FHS Dugout Club field improvements and player needs. Fans also are encouraged to bring a canned food to the basketball game to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

• Farragut Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball teams will be hosting its third annual Christmas “Drop and Dine” Parents Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at FMS cafeteria. School will feed your child and provide games and crafts. Cost is $20 per child. For more info, call 865-207-2321.

• AAU Youth wrestling signups for first grade through eighth grade will take place during Farragut Duals, a wrestling tournament beginning Saturday morning, Dec. 13, in Farragut High School’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

• YWCA Knoxville will host its Annual Race Against Racism 5K Run /1 Mile Walk Saturday, Jan. 17. Contact YWCA at 865-523-6126.


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