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FMS boys, WVMS girls grab county titles
Admirals finish 22-2, Lady Wolves end season with 17-2 slate


The primary feeder programs to Farragut and Bearden high schools came up big during the Knox County Middle School Basketball Tournament.

Farragut Middle School’s boys capped a 22-2 season by capturing the county championship Feb. 11 by whipping Northwest 57-28 in the title game at South-Doyle Middle.

West Valley Middle School’s girls grabbed the county crown with a 45-30 title game victory against Cedar Bluff at SDMS, making it three straight seasons the Lady Wolves (17-2 record this season) have won either the league or tournament title. (More on WVMS later in this story).


FMS BOYS ROLL

Four Admirals earning individual honors led head coach Randy Swartzentruber’s FMS team in 2008-09: Cameron Strickland, tourney Most Valuable Player and All-League honoree; Anthony El Chibani and Oteriah Lee, both earning All-League and All-Tournament honors, and Eric Freeman, an All-Tournament selection.

As a team, “We had a pretty good year, they played well,” Swartzentruber said. “From start to finish it was pretty solid.”

Against Northwest, Strickland led in scoring with 15, Freeman 11, Lee nine, El Chibani and Brett Dockery six each and Jimbo Boyd four points.

El Chibani (13) and Freeman (10) led the scoring in a 46-38 win versus Holston in the tourney semifinals, while El Chibani led with 17 in a 45-39 quarterfinal victory against Vine.

WVMS GIRLS ON TOP

Winning more than 50 games the past three season, WVMS head coach Tim Goddard’s team was led by tournament MVP Paige Denton, who scored a game-high 21 points against Cedar Bluff. Erin Kenny, also All-tourney and All-League, scored 14, while All-tourney honoree Catherine Holland scored seven.

Caroline Stubbs, one of three team captains, scored two while Tyler Carter, an All-tourney honoree, added a free throw.

“It was a true team effort, they worked really hard and really well together,” Goddard said.

Other Lady Wolves team members who contributed were Sue-Yun Kim, Kenya Reeves, Erin Walsh, Jordan Warnock, Tamara Hundley, Kelsey Kah and Rekeenya Cunningham.

Led by All-League honoree Terrance Hall, the WVMS boys, coached by Chuck Comer, finished 10-3 in league play. (See page 13 picture/caption for FMS girls information).

 

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