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• An 8-under baseball traveling team is being formed in the Farragut-West Knox County area to play in tournaments in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Tryouts begin at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7 and July 14, at Farragut Baseball, Inc. Field No. 1 along Northshore Drive. All prospective players are required to have their parents/guardians buy a uniform and pay a portion of all tournament fees. For more information, e-mail knoxdodgers@aol.com

• Farragut High School softball is holding tryouts at the program’s home, Bellamy Field, on three days in July: from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 6; from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, and from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 23. For more information, call FHS head coach David Moore at 865-274-6257.

• A Farragut girls fastpitch softball team that would represent the Farragut middle school area, grades six through eight, is holding tryouts for fall and spring seasons, 2009-2010. For more information, call 865-919-8504 or 865-223-2310.

• Harvey Broome Group of Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club announces upcoming outings. Sunday, July 12: welcomes new members (and anyone else) to ice cream social after lunch featuring visit to Knoxville Museum of Art during the afternoon. Admission is free. Pre-register with Linda Smithyman at lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com or 865-335-3559. Saturday, July 18: canoe float, Clinch River. Put in about two miles below Norris Dam, take out at Highway 61, near Clinton. Distance is 11 miles. This is a relaxing float, with good current but no whitewater. Bring sack lunch and a cooler if you desire. Only very basic canoe skills are necessary. No canoes provided. Check with local outfitters for rentals. Driving time from downtown Knoxville, about 40 minutes. Pre-register with Ron Shrieves at 865-922-3518 or ronaldshrieves@comcast.net (e-mail preferred). Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26: Backpack, Lower Snowbird Creek (N.C.). Lower Snowbird Creek has three waterfalls rated excellent and Sassafras Creek has another. Creek is in a valley that rivals the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness. Trails are located on old railroad grades and are generally easy walking. Hike is from the Junction outside Robbinsville, NC, via Sassafras Falls and Upper Falls and probably camp near Big Falls, with time for exploring and maybe swimming at each of the falls. Hiking distance is about 11 miles total (with optional added miles hiking up to Upper Falls). Hike rated easy. Drive time is 90 miles each way. Pre-register with Will Skelton at 865-523-2272, 865-742-7327 or whshome@bellsouth.net. Sunday, July 26: dayhike, Elkmont Section, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Will hike the Little River trail, Cucumber Gap trail and a bit of Jake's Creek trail, a five mile relatively easy loop in the Elkmont area. Drive time is 50 miles each way. Pre-register with Linda Smithyman at lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com or 865-335-3559.

• Twenty-Fifth Annual Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5K starts at 9 p.m. for all runners and walkers Friday, July 3, The University of Tennessee Veterinary School and Neyland Drive. Registration fee is $20 and participants can register online at www.active.com. Participants also can register on race day between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the vet school. Registration fee for walkers is $12 through race day. Participants who choose not to get a T-shirt may deduct $5 from their registration at any time. Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5K will award overall participants, age groups and team competitors. A $100 cash prize goes to any runner who breaks the course record. Expected participation for this annual event is 1,200 runners and walkers. For more information, contact Eric Branch, race director, at 865-850-9486 or Kristy Altman, managing director of Knoxville Track Club, at 865-805-2008.

• Inaugural Tennessee State Church Golf Championships will be held Saturday July 25, in Hendersonville at the prestigious Country Hills Golf Course. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place teams, longest drive, shortest drive, closest to the pin as well as a large cash prize if any player scores a hole-in-one. A putting tournament also is featured. Entry fee is $85 per player ($340 per team) and only churches physically located in Tennessee are eligible. Registration begins at 11 a.m. CDT, Saturday. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. For more information, log onto www.thefireplacefellowship.com. Calls can be accepted at 615-230-8378 or e-mails may be sent to letsplaygolf@thefireplacefellowship.com

• New 12-U girls travel fastpitch softball team is holding open tryouts for all positions and pitchers. Local travel to begin this summer and fall. For more information, call 865-680-8500 or 865-696-2775.

• Missy Kane, Covenant Health fitness expert, and Legacy Parks Foundation are hosting a series of summer hikes on local greenways. Staff from Covenant Health's new BodyWorks community exercise program will be on hand with advice and information. Cost is $10/hike or $45 for series, with proceeds benefiting Legacy Parks Foundation to preserve local green spaces. For more information: 865-541-4500.

• CBFO Volleyball accepting registrations for fall season for boys and girls, rising third- through 12th-graders. Registrations and schedules may be picked up at UPS store, 11130 Kingston Pike, Suite No. 1 or e-mail cbfovolleyball@charter.net to receive a form by e-mail. Deadline is Aug. 21. Spots filled first-come, first-served.

• Area girls in grades four through 12 can participate in any or all of several lacrosse clinics this fall. No prior lacrosse experience is required. All athletes welcome. More info can be found at team's Web site: www.knoxlacrosse.com or call coach Kurt Sichelstiel at 865-539-0432.

• U.S. Kids Golf Foundation upcoming tourneys: Friday, July 8, Patriot Hills Golf Club, 735 Constitution Drive, Jefferson City. Tee times begin 9 a.m. For more information: Nicole Noe, 865-406-1661; nicolenoe@bellsouth.net or www.uskidsgolf.com

• Angela Floyd School for the Dancer offers a free exercise program for ages 55 and up Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information: 865-675-9894.

• CBFO football sign-ups are underway for ages 7 to 14. Rosters for 8-year-old and 11-year-old teams almost are full. For more information, call commissioner Brad Burkett at 865-936-1111.

• Town of Farragut is accepting fall sand volleyball league registrations at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road. Registration forms at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, or go to Town Web site: www.townofarragut.org

• Tony White Jr., former All-state shooting guard at Bearden High School and starting guard at College of Charleston (S.C., Southern Conference) is heading back to Knox County in an official capacity. The rising senior and his C of C team, coached by Georgia Tech legendary coach Bobby Cremins, will visit Thompson-Boling Arena and play against coach Bruce Pearl's Tennessee Volunteers, reportedly in late November (UT schedule had not been released at press deadline). During his college career, White averages 10.6 points and 2.4 assists per game and was College of Charleston's second leading scorer last season (12 per game).

 

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