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• Webb School of Knoxville’s Middle School boys’ varsity and junior varsity cross country teams won KTC/TennesseeRunner.com Middle School Cross-Country State Championship, Oct. 24, at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville. Varsity boys cruised to the state title with a 23-point margin versus second-place Brentwood, capping an undefeated season that included first-place at this year’s City Championships. Eighth-grade runner Andrew Robinson led the Spartan charge with a fourth-place finish at state, completing the two-mile course in 12:05.6 seconds – shaving more than 17 seconds off his third-place time on the same course at the City. Andrew Furr Foster took 12th among the 258 competitors at state. Elliot Baerman placed 21st while sixth-grader Kyle Jacobs and eighth-grader Andy Higley finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, to round out Webb’s top five finishers. Other team members are eighth-graders Alex Higley, Nathan Feaster and Henry Swaffield, and sixth-graders Connor Jacobs and Andrew Ross. Webb dominated the Middle School boys’ junior varsity state championship race with a perfect score, capturing the first five spots. Eighth-grader Nathanial Lawler led the way, winning the two-mile race 13:50.1, followed by Will Goldthwaite (14:01.02), sixth-graders Jesse Goodwin (14:12.05), Jeb Gary (14:25.41) and Steve Sampson (14:27.58).

• Christian Youth Football Warriors 11-year-old team, coached by Randy Hinton, won Knox County Metro Youth Football League’s NFC title by beating Austin-East 36-6. All five CYF teams made the playoffs and the 9-year-olds were NFC runnersup.

• Cara Gregg, University of North Alabama volleyball outside hitter and former standout at Farragut High School (Class of 2009), recently was named East Division Freshman of the Year in the Gulf South Conference. Honors were based on recording 344 kills, an impressive 2.99 average, good enough for second on the team. She had double-digit kills in 20 matches, including a season-high 15 in a pivotal win versus West Alabama.

• Kelsey Benorden, junior volleyball outside hitter at UNC-Asheville and former All-state honoree at Farragut High School (Class of 2007), recently was named 2009 Big South First-Team All-Conference.

• The 25th annual BlueCross Autumnfest 8K & 2 Mile Walk begins at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, in the parking lot at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse at downtown Knoxville's Volunteer Landing. Pre-registration is open until Nov. 17. Cost is $20 for runners. Late registration and race-day registration fee is $25. Registration fee for walkers is $12 through race day. Knoxville Track Club members can deduct $3 during pre-registration only as part of their membership. For more info: Kristy Altman at 865-805-2008.

• Hot to Trot races will begin at 7:30 a.m., Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, in Turkey Creek Shopping Area on Parkside Drive. Races include 5K, 10K and Fun Run. To register, log on to www.fleetfeetknoxville.com/hottotrot or call 865-675-3338 for information.

• CBFO Basketball League is considering beginning a 15-18 year-old boys division during the 2009-10 season if enough boys interested. Boys must be age 15 as of Sept. 1 to play in this division. If interested, contact Jeff Castor at stratocastor@msn.com or 865-776-6567, or TomAllen tom.allen@wsms.com or 865-604-4391.

• A Farragut girls fastpitch softball team that would represent the Farragut Middle School area, grades 6-8, is holding tryouts for spring 2010. For more information, call 865-919-8504 or 865-223-2310.

• Satchel (all-stars) Traveling baseball team will be holding registration for its 2010 summer travel baseball team for youth and high school baseball players ages 13-15 and 16-19. For more info, call 888-833-7688 or visit Web site at www.whsn.org.

• 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, call 865-675-9894.

 

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