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• CBFO Volleyball spring season registration for girls and boys leagues (third through 12th grade) are now available at the UPS store, 11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 1. You also may e-mail: cbfovolleyball@charter.net to get a registration form/schedule e-mailed to you. On hard copies, schedule is on reverse side of registration form. Deadline is Feb. 27. Openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee is $80.

• Sign-ups for Farragut Baseball, Inc leagues is underway for ages 3 to 14 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 14. Sign-up forms at farragutbaseballinc.com or can be picked up at Goin Postal along Kingston Pike or the new Diamond Baseball Academy off West End Avenue. Signups for ages 15 to 18 begin this spring.

• Farragut High School Varsity Dance Team is holding a fund-raising pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday Jan. 17, at Aubrey’s Restaurant, Campbell Station Road, Farragut. Cost is $5. All funds raised will assist in travel and competition cost for UDA National Dance Championship competition Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

• Farragut Flames 10 and Under Baseball Travel Team is looking for two players for its spring season roster. Travel out of town will be limited. One Flames coach said the program is “committed to building fundamental baseball skills, character and a highly competitive team.” Players cannot have their 11th birthday before May 1. Team began practicing Jan. 10. For more information, call Roger Freeman at 865-414-2476 or Brent Chambers at 865-607-0197 to schedule a workout.

• Eight Farragut High School wrestlers placed in the top five among a 14-team field while the FHS team took fourth at the “Brawl in the Hall Tournament” at Tennessee High School, Bristol, Saturday, Jan. 10, led by Clayton Ginn (140-pound class) earning second. Other finishers: Bo Cook (103), Ethan Farinella (125) and Greg Grieco (189) each took third; Kevin Mann (130), Connor Johnson (135) and Luke Skeirik (171) each were fourth, and Josh Zink (160) fifth.

• Up to 150 runners are sought as Roadkill Running Club announces the inaugural Smoky Mountain Left Turn Marathon beginning in Oak Ridge March 15 and also running through Clinton with only left turns. Registration and other info is available at www.roadkillrunningclub.com.

• Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club upcoming outings include: Jan. 24-25, Winter Backpack, Bob's Bald. Starting point is Beech Gap on the Cherahala Skyway, a drive of about one hour 45 minutes from Knoxville. The hike is about three miles, with an 800-foot elevation gain. Bob's Bald is a large open, grassy area with a good spring nearby. Hike is rated moderate to difficult depending on weather. Views are excellent and the campsite is superb. While hike distance is relatively easy, weather can be extreme at 5,400 feet. High winds, some ice and snow are possible, so good winter gear is critical. PSpeak with hike leader if you have not previously backpacked in winter. Destination will be changed if problems arise with road access. Pre-register with Ron Shrieves by calling 865-922-3518 or e-mail: ronaldshrieves@comcast.net.

• Phil Garner, former Major League Baseball player and manager after standout careers at Bearden High School and as a Tennessee 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 UTsports.com. 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.

• YWCA Knoxville will host its Annual Race Against Racism 5K Run /1 Mile Walk Saturday, Jan. 17, at YWCA’s Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville. Sign-in and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m; race at 1 p.m. Day includes exhibitors, entertainment and food. To register, log onto www.ywcaknox.com 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 and $25 for all others. Sponsorships and donations accepted. Contact YWCA at 865-523-6126.

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

• Ronnie Carter, Executive Director of Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, announced at the Jan. 8 Board of Control meeting that he will retire in June 2009. Board named Bernard Childress, Assistant Executive Director, as Carter’s successor.

 

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