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• Phillip Mitchell, former Webb School of Knoxville All-state defensive lineman who became a standout defensive lineman/nose guard at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., of the Ivy League, was one of 164 Draddy Award semifinals. The Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, awarded by the National Football Foundation , honors the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance in college football. It is considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman.” The 6-foot-6, 267-pound Mitchell, 22, also was named Academic First Team All-District in 2008 while recording 32 tackles in 10 games for Columbia (2-8). In 2007 he was Honorable Mention All-Ivy League and Columbia’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

• Eddie Courtney, Farragut High School football varsity head coach who has led his Admirals to four consecutive Class 5A state quarterfinal playoff round games, was an assistant coach for the East team at Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13, in Carson-Newman College’s Burke-Tarr Stadium, Jefferson City. Westside members of the East team were Will Jackson of Farragut, Mr. Football Class 5A Finalist/All-state offensive lineman, and Nick Branum, standout defensive back/receiver for Class 3A state champion Knoxville Catholic.

• Bearden High School’s annual holiday basketball tournament, Kessler’s Super 16 Tournament, features eight boys and girls teams playing Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 20, 22-23. While the BHS Lady Bulldogs will not be playing in the girls’ field, Mark Blevins’ Bearden boys open versus West at 7 p.m., Saturday. Other first-round Saturday games are Johnson County versus William Blount at 4, Grace Christian versus Jefferson County at 5:30, and Fulton versus Cleveland at 8:30 p.m. The Bearden-West and Grace-Jefferson County winners play at 7 p.m., Monday, in the semifinals while the other games’ winners meet at 8:30 p.m. Monday consolation games are at 4 and 5:30. Boys championship game begins around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Seventh-place game is 4 p.m., fifth-place 5:30 and third-place 7 p.m.

• Despite a 2-4 high school hockey record, Bearden/Karns has four of the top 10 points leaders in the league (Cox, Rousseau, Miracle and Rateau). Both BHS/Karns wins have come versus rival Farragut (0-6).

• Knoxville Lacrosse will hold Spring 2009 lacrosse season registration for boys fourth- through eighth-grades from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Farragut Middle School cafeteria.

• 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. Event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the program follow at 7 p.m. Garner is featured speaker. The All-Century Baseball Team also will be introduced and honored. Individual tickets are $40. Tables (10 seats) are $350. Tickets can be purchased on For more info, 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 (1973-76), then played for Pittsburgh (1977-81) and was part of the 1979 Pirates team that won the World Series, contributing 10 hits in the Series. Leading Houston to the 2005 World Series has highlighted Garner’s managerial career.

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

• YWCA Knoxville will host its Annual Race Against Racism 5K Run /1 Mile Walk Saturday, Jan. 17, at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville. Sign-in and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m; race at 1 p.m. Route runs along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and other historical markers. Day includes exhibitors, entertainment and food. To register, log onto or pick up registration forms at the YWCA. Registration is $15 per person on a team of five or more, $12 per child under 15 years of age, $20 per individual before Jan. 9, and $25 thereafter. Sponsorships and donations accepted. Contact YWCA at 865-523-6126.

• Town of Farragut 2009 Volleyball spring season registration starts in mid-February. Visit or contact Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057. or


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