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• Matt Ramsey, former Farragut High School All-state pitcher/outfielder, proved to be an important cog in two UT Volunteers baseball wins at No. 11 nationally ranked Ole Miss last weekend. Ramsey, a sophomore closer, picked up a save as the Vols won 5-2 Saturday, April 3. The next afternoon, Ramsey picked up his first-ever career pitching victory, working the final 1 2/3 innings of relief in Tennessee’s 10-6 win by striking out two, walking none while allowing just one hit. Ramsey, a .304 hitter as a part-time designated hitter/outfielder, smacked a double and scored.

• West Knox Lions Club’s 14th annual golf tournament begins at 1 p.m., Monday, April 26, at Centennial Golf Course off Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge. Lunch provided before tournament. Special tees for ladies and seniors. Cash prizes awarded for first-, second-, and third-place teams, Closest to the Hole and a Longest Drive contest. Early entry deadline is April 20. You may enter as a foursome or you can be placed on a team. Proceeds finance Lions charities, particularly the KidSight OutReach project, in which trained Lions Club volunteers visit day-care centers and kindergarten classes to take images of children’s eyes with a special camera type instrument.  The images are sent to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, where they are analyzed by experts who report potential concerns back to the parents. For information, call Ed Snow at 865-675-2095 or Lloyd Delaney at 865-982-4759.

• Pat Summitt Golf Tournament benefiting Helen Ross McNabb Center is scheduled for shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday, May 3, at Cherokee Country Club. Awards to be given after each round for low gross team, low net team, low gross individual, low net individual, closest to the pin and longest drive. Tournament features a select drive format (one best gross ball of foursome and one best net ball of foursome). Player field is limited to 72 each round. Team registration closes Friday, April 23.  For more information, contact Nicole Randall at 865-329-9030 or Nicole.Randall@mcnabb.org.

• Knoxville Christian School Benefit Golf Tournament will be a four-man scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at Avalon Landmark Golf Club in Lenoir City. Costs include a round of golf, a bucket of range balls, cart and a BBQ Buffet lunch at the clubhouse. Range balls available beginning at 7 a.m. Deadline entry April 16. For more info, Kelly Gibson, 865-966-7060.

• Tennessee Senior Olympics’ East District games (ages 50 and up) runs April 23–28, in Gatlinburg. Individuals will compete within five-year age groups. Athletes age 49 are eligible if they turn 50 in 2010. Events include track and field, basketball 3-on-3 tournament, 5K, swimming, bowling, shuffleboard, horseshoes, table tennis, basketball free throw, 3 point and hot shot and golf. All participants advance to state competition July 23-29, in Williamson County. For more information or an application: contact Susan Backus at 865-453-5441, e-mail sbackus@seviervilletn.org or Web site visit, www.tnseniorolympics.com.

• 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 a sponsor, contact Robin Gold: rgold@knology.net or 865-470-9892

• 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 for 11:30 a.m. and food will be served following the event. To pre-register, or to become a sponsor, call 865-986-4653. 

• Cade Stallings, former three-time All-state third baseman at Farragut High School now a part-time starting third baseman, first baseman and designated hitter at top-10 nationally ranked Louisville, has shined in a pair of games for the 24-3 Cardinals. Stallings, a freshman, smacked a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th inning versus Le Moyne March 6 to give UL a 6-5 victory, then had two-hits and four-RBI in a 7-4 win versus Xavier March 16.

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, upcoming outings: April 17-18, backpack on New River Segment of Cumberland Trail; register with Warren Devine by calling 865-483-7894 or wdevine@bellsouth.net

• Nicholas Stigall of Farragut helped Tataru’s boys’ Level 5 team win the TN State Championship March 13 in Cookeville. In the 7-9 age group, Nicholas earned first-place all around, capturing first all events except for a second-place vault finish.

• “Throwback Night” for Farragut baseball is Thursday, April 29, at FHS’s John Heatherly Field versus 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 benefit 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 information: 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.

• Knoxville Track & Field Club has set up a Post Collegiate Scholarship Fund for local athletes striving for a high competitive level. Ten scholarships will be given per year for $500 each. Deadlines for application is Sept. 1. Scholarship announced 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.

• 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 865-804-0508.

• Hardin Valley Academy’s 1st HVA Athletic Gala has lined up Phillip Fulmer, former Tennessee Volunteers football head coach, as guest speaker beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m., Friday, April 30, a Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike. Hors d’ oeuvres, drinks and dancing also included beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and Fulmer’s address. Tickets are $40 per person (Complimentary HVAAC membership for 2010-2011 included in ticket price). Purchase tickets online at www.hvaac.org or from HVA front office. Proceeds benefit Hardin Valley Academy Athletic Council representing all athletes at HVA.

 

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