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• Meg Beasley, Farragut High School standout swimmer who recently signed National Letter of Intent papers with Georgia Southern University, is a three-time state qualifier in 100-yard backstroke. Drawn originally by GSU’s small size and warm weather location, Beasley, 17, said the Statesboro, Ga. school also has “a beautiful campus ... it was just a really great experience, I felt happy there.” Beasley also was a KISL Championship finalist her sophomore and junior years, a member of three state finalist relay teams her junior year and a USA swimming Sr. Sectional qualifier all four years. That includes being a finalist last year in 200-backstroke with Atomic City Aquatic Club. Beasley also earned USA swimming Scholastic All-American honors her junior year. Parents are Calvin and Bobbie O'Toole-Beasley. Brother, Patrick, is a junior on The University of Tennessee men's swim team.

• Farragut Middle School softball is looking for 12-and-under girls fastpitch softball players for a local 12u travel team. Primarily local travel. For more information, call 865-919-8504.

• Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane will lead a “Get on Track/Couch to 5k” training program at West Town Mall starting Feb. 3. Kane will “fast walk” at the mall Wednesday mornings and is encouraging participants to use the program to train for the 5k in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, featuring a finish along the 50-yard line in Neyland Stadium. Pre-registration is required for “Get on Track with Missy Kane.” For more info, call 865-541-4500.

• Knoxville Track & Field Club has set up a Post Collegiate Scholarship Fund for local athletes striving to compete on a competitive level. Ten scholarships will be given per year for $500 each. Two yearly deadlines for applications: March 1 and Sept. 1. Scholarships will be announced April 1 and Oct. 1. Athletes may only apply for scholarships once per year. To receive a scholarship, athletes must be a citizen of the United States and must be a resident in Knoxville. Applications will be judged on merit based on an essay and application. All athletes receiving scholarship funding will be required to volunteer for at least one Knoxville Track Club event. To receive an application for scholarship funding, visit KTC Web site at www.ktc.org. For more information on KTC, contact Kristy Altman, managing director, at 865-805-2008 or via e-mail at kaltmanruns@gmail.com.

• 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 www.eteamz.com/cokathletics

• 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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