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• Registration for Knoxville’s largest adult recreational United States Tennis Association league is in progress until March 1. Players are grouped into ability levels ranging from beginner to advanced based on the National Tennis Rating Program. Adult and Senior Divisions offered. Play consists of both singles and doubles or just doubles, as in the Senior Division, with the outcome based on team scoring. Several of the women’s divisions offer play on weekday mornings as well as weekend afternoons. Men’s divisions offered on Saturdays for seniors and Sunday afternoons for adult men. Players must be at least age 19. Specific leagues exist for those 50 and older. For more information, call Cheryl Thompson at 865-607-4070 or visit our Greater Knoxville Tennis Associations Web site: www.gkta.org

• Town of Farragut invites sand volleyball enthusiasts to break out of the winter months and participate in the second annual “Break the Chill” Sand Volleyball Tournament Saturday, March 28, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park off Watt Road. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tournament will feature two divisions – co-ed competitive and co-ed recreational – and consist of four to six players with at least two females on each team. Players will only be allowed to play on one team and may not play in both divisions. Tournament will be played in a round-robin format with a single elimination final, and teams will be guaranteed at least seven games. Early bird registration begins Thursday, Feb. 5, and continues through Friday, March 6, at a cost of $150 per team. Registration fee from March 9 through March 24 will be $175 per team. Fee includes lunch and prizes for tournament champs. Registration will be limited to the first eight teams in each division; registration and payment deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24. For a complete list of tournament details and rules, as well as an entry form, visit www.townoffarragut.org. Entry forms and payment may be returned in person or by mail to Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934 or by fax to 865-675-2096. For more information, contact Athletic & Park Coordinator Ben Darnell at 865-966-7057 or ben.darnell@townoffarragut.org.

• 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. 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.

• 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.

• 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 through Saturday, Feb. 14. Sign-up form can be picked up at Goin Postal along Kingston Pike or Diamond Baseball Academy off West End Avenue or online at farragutbaseballinc.com. Signups for ages 15-18 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. Major League career highlighted in 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.

• 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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