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• Cedar Bluff-Farragut Optimist Girls Recreation Softball League sign-ups for ages 4-19 run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Saturday Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, at the CBFO complex, 11609 Northshore Drive in Farragut. No travel. All games and practices at this facility. For more information, call 865-966-0907 or 865-805-2813. Limited openings.

• Baseball tryouts will be held for Knoxville Impact 10-U travel team that will play local tournaments. For more information, contact John at 865-389-6350. All positions available.

• A beginner fly-fishing class hosted by Grace Baptist Church off Oak Ridge Highway will be held in the church gym Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning March 2 and will meet for about eight weeks.  Parents with children ages 12 or older are encouraged to attend together, but this is not required. Class is open to all men and women. Gear will need to be discussed as class sponsors lack enough for all students.  Class will consist of hands-on casting and classroom instruction to prepare you to be confident on the stream.  Each sessions begins with hands-on casting lessons of 45 minutes in the gym followed by classroom discussion of the “topic of the week,” also lasting 45 minutes. Only people willing to attend each Tuesday night for the duration, with few exceptions, are to send their contact information, including phone number, to instructor Drew Still at Dstill@lbmc.com.  Please put “fishing” in the subject line. For more information:  www.gracebc.org.  You must register before attending; space is limited. 

• CBFO Volleyball spring season registration for girls and boys leagues (third through 12th grade) now available at UPS store, 11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 1. 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 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.

• 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 running through the cities of Oak Ridge and Clinton with only left turns. A training team is underway, with room for new runners to join and prepare for the event. Registration and other information is available at www.roadkillrunningclub.com.

• 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 UT sports.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.

• 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. Meanwhile, TSSAA Board of Control named Bernard Childress, Assistant Executive Director, as Carter’s successor.

• Knox-area Interscholastic Swim League’s 2009 Swimming and Diving Championship Meet, commonly known as “City Meet,” will held Jan. 30-31 in Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on The University of Tennessee campus.  Meet will follow the same general format as previous years’ meets with diving competition Friday afternoon/evening and swimming competition Saturday. A major change for 2009: all entries will be submitted electronically by using Hy-Tek Team Manager software program, no paper entries. Meet director Jackie Bertucci has agreed to provide assistance to any team that may have problems with the entry process.

• 2009 Tennessee State High School Swimming & Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb 13-14, in Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on The University of Tennessee campus. Meet will be hosted by the Pilot Aquatics Club of Knoxville.

 

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