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• Bearden High School Foundation’s 8th Annual Bulldog Classic at Willow Creek Golf Course begins with a four-person scramble, after a noon lunch, at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 6. Honorary host is Bert Bertelkamp, former Tennessee Vols basketball guard and current Vol Network game analyst. To register a team, or to be an individual or corporate sponsor, contact Robin Gold: rgold@knology.net or 865-470-9892

• Sixth annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is Saturday, March 27. Festivities include a 5K, marathon relay, half-marathon and a full marathon Sunday, March 28. More information is available at www.knoxvillemarathon.com

• Don Steffen Charity Golf Tournament to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” begins with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start (scramble format) at Landmark at Avalon Golf Course, Saturday, May 1. Registration set to begin at 11:30 and food will be served following the event. To pre-register, or to become a sponsor, call the club Pro Shop at 865-986-4653.


• Paige Denton, West Valley Middle School basketball standout, is believed to be the program's all-time leading scorer after completing her career with 583 points. Tournament MVP last season who helped lead WVMS to the Knox County Middle School 2009 championship, Paige, 15, earned All-league and All-tournament honors (240 points) as an eighth-grade guard this season. “I'm proud of her,” WVMS head coach Alex Comer said. “This year we really challenged her to expand her game. … She was able to step up and be a real big part of our success [13-6 record this season, third in league].”

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, announces upcoming outings: April 3, Wildflower dayhike, Porters Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park; contact Linda Smithyman: lsmithymanhbg@yahoo.com or call 865-335-3559. April 10, River Rescue (registration info same as above); April 17-18, backpack on New River Segment of the Cumberland Trail; register with Warren Devine by calling 865-483-7894 or wdevine@bellsouth.net.

• An intercultural soccer clinic for children with refugee status living in Knox County, the second annual “Knox Kicks” clinic, will be held April 24 at The University of Tennessee. Gently used soccer equipment, including cleats (ages 6-14) and shin guards, needed. Donations can be dropped off at The Soccer Post 7838 Kingston Pike Southwest Knoxville, TN 37919. For more info, contact Taylor Rotella at trotella@utk.edu or call at 865-804-0508.

 • CBFO Volleyball league seeking a few boys grades three through eight to round out team season’s rosters. For more info, call Susanne C. Gregg, league commissioner, at 865-675-3850, or fax: 865-675-5485.

• The 17th Annual Herman Gettelfinger Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 3, on Fort Loudoun Lake. Event will begin at Tellico Canal Ramp. Ease off is at safe light.  All proceeds benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center and are 100 percent tax-deductible. Grand prize is $10,000 based on 150 paid boats. Registration fee includes lunch for all participants.  Pre-event registration to be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 2, at Dick’s Sporting Goods (221 N. Peters Road, Knoxville). For more information, contact Nicole Randall at 865-329-9030 or Nicole.randall@mcnabb.org

• Greenways 5K and 2 Mile Walk/Dog Jog begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 3, at West High School along 3rd Creek Greenway for all runners and walkers, including the dog jog. Pre-registration is $20 through March 26. Race day registration for runners, including registration after March 26 prior to race day, is $25. Registration fee for the walkers and dog jog is $15 through race day. Mail-in forms should be received by March 26, while online registration will be open until March 31. For more information, visit www.ktc.org.

• To register for Knoxville’s largest adult recreational tennis league, call Cheryl Thompson at 865-607-4070 or visit www.gkta.org

• Town of Farragut is accepting registrations for spring sand volleyball leagues (April 12-May 27) at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 301 Watt Road, to include a Competitive Coed League, Recreational Coed League and Intermediate Coed League. Registration forms available at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, on the Town’s Web site at www.townoffarragut.org, or by contacting Jay Smelser, athletic and park coordinator, at jay.smelser@townoffarragut.org or 865-966-7057.

• CYF tackle football now is registering players for 7-, 8-, and 11-year-old teams. For more information, call Jeff Taylor at 865-765-2119.

• Girls 12-and-under being sought for local softball travel team. Those turning 13 after Jan. 1, 2010 allowed. For more information: 865-919-8504.

“Throwback Night” for Farragut baseball is Thursday, April 29, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field as the Ads host Oak Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Bearden versus Karns begins the festivities at 5 p.m. Teams wear old-style uniforms. Free admission. Food sold at greatly reduced prices. Proceeds go to National Parkinson Foundation.

• Introduction to Scuba Diving, offered through Pellissippi State at Ski/Scuba Center off Sutherland Avenue. Saturday-Sunday sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: April 10-11 and May 15-16. For more info: 865-539-7167 or www.pstcc.edu/bcs

• The American Diabetes Association’s Knoxville Tour de Cure, Saturday June 5, is a one day cycling event geared to all cyclists. Routes include a 12-mile family ride for the novice riders and children plus 25-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile ride through scenic backroads. The ride will start at H.T. Hackney Co in Lenoir City, as each route will loop back to the start/finish line where riders can recharge with a meal, massage, music and kids’ activities. Route fully supported with rest stops, SAG vehicles, bike mechanics, EMTs and a full time ambulance. For more info: Ben Bass at 865-524-7868 (extension 3342) or bbass@diabetes.org Additionally, if you have diabetes or want to support someone who does, consider joining the Red Rider Team. You or your team can register at www.diabetes.org/tour.

• Champions Junior Golf announces its 2010 CJG Tour, designed for boys and girls 14 and under (minimum age 5) using age and gender appropriate yardages and divisions. To register and view Spring Tour schedule: www.championsjjrgolf.com.

• 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. Deadlines for application is 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 U.S. citizen and a Knoxville resident. 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, visit KTC Web site at www.ktc.org. For more info: contact Kristy Altman, managing director, at 865-805-2008 or via e-mail at kaltmanruns@gmail.com.

 

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