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• Coming off an eighth-place finish in last season’s state tournament in its first-ever season, Hardin Valley Academy Swimming and Diving team has opened the 2009-10 campaign with a 7-1 meet record. Season highlights are triumphs versus Farragut and Webb School of Knoxville. “We’re doing pretty well, a pretty decent season so far,” HVA head coach Andy Wagner said. “They’re really working hard to just get better day-in and day-out. Of his 72-student squad, Wagner said 20 have qualified for state, adding “another eight could.” Top returnees from last season include two girls who earned All-American qualifying times: senior Rachel Cruze (50-yard freestyle) and junior Jenny Darby (100- and 200-free). Wagner pointed out “that in the 33 or 34 years of the Knoxville city regional league [Knoxville-area Interscholastic Swim League], Bearden, Farragut and Webb have finished in the top three [various orders] every year. One of our big team goals is to upset that.”

• The New Year's Day 5K Run and Walk begins at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, on Neyland Drive at Calhoun's on the River, for all runners and walkers. Pre-registration is open until Friday, Dec. 18. Cost is $20 for all participants. Late registration and race-day registration fee is $25. Knoxville Track Club members can deduct $3 during pre-registration only as part of their membership. Participants who choose not to get a T-shirt may deduct $5 from their registration at any time. All local school students and staff and all local youth organizations are eligible for a $3 discount during pre-registration provided they have 10 athletes and send all entry forms via mail by Dec. 18. Calhoun's on the River will serve a continental breakfast during the post-race festivities. Awards will be presented to the overall first-place Male and Female as well as the Youngest and Oldest Male and Female. Commemorative awards will be given to Top 100 males and females. This is the 1st race in 2010 Grand Prix Series, a year-long competition for Knoxville Track Club members who participate in races as well as volunteer for at least three events. For more info, contact Kristy Altman at 865-805-2008.

• City of Knoxville’s youth basketball leagues still are open for signups. Boys and girls ages 7-14 can register. League games are played weekly, December through February. Games are held in City recreation centers and local school gymnasiums. League entry fees vary, depending on commissions. For registration forms and more information on leagues, visit

• CBFO Basketball League is considering beginning a 15-18 year-old boys division if enough are interested. Must be age 15 as of Sept. 1. Contact Jeff Castor: or 865-776-6567; or Tom Allen: 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.

• 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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