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• All-Around Region 8 Champion in a seven-state southeast realm, Nicholas Stigall of Farragut captured his 21st consecutive all-around win, including three state championships and two regional championships, April 10 in Jackson, Miss. A member of Tataru’s Gymnastics Level 7 men’s team, Nicholas was champ in Tennessee’s region including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Nicholas took first place in pommel horse (earning a score of 15.9) and parallel bars.  

• TACA Volleyball All-star games were played earlier this month at Centennial HIgh School in Nashville. Two West Knoxville players played. Kassie Detchemendy, outside hitter from Farragut High School, helped lead the East AAA team to a 3-games-to-2 win. Courtney Madden, outside hitter from Webb School of Knoxville, played for the East A-AA team that won 3-games-to-1.

• Third Annual Firecracker Fishing tournament is being held over Independence Day weekend on Fort Loudoun Lake at Tellico Canal Ramp. Tournament starts at 7 p.m., Friday, July 2. Weigh-ins start at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 3. For more information, go to This year all proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

• Willow Creek Invitational, annually hosted by Willow Creek Golf Course in Farragut, is Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3. Saturday tee times begin at 11:30 a.m., with Sunday tee-offs starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call WCGC at 865-675-0100.

• Harvey Broome Group, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, announces upcoming outings: Friday-Monday, July 1-4, backpack, Dolly Sods Wilderness, W. Va. Leaving Knoxville late Friday afternoon, returning on Monday. Rated moderate. For more information, contact Will Skelton at 865-523-2272, 865-742-7327 or Saturday, July 9, canoe/kayak float, French Broad River, stating at Seven Islands. No boats provided. For more information, contact Ron Shrieves at 865-922-3518 or (e-mail preferred). Saturday, July 16, Take-a-Hike, Jakes Creek to Cucumber Gap to Little River Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Driving distance about 45 miles. For more information, Shrieves.

• 27th Annual Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5K Run/Walk will be held starting at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 3, at The University of Tennessee School of Veterinarian Medicine at the corner of Neyland and Joe Johnson drives. Race start is 9 p.m. for all 5K participants. Kids’ 200-yard dash will take place beginning at 8:15 p.m. Participants can register online at or by downloading a form from For more information about Pilot Fireball Moonlite Classic 5K, contact John LeCroy, race director, at 423-312-0140 or Kristy Altman, managing director of Knoxville Track Club, at 865-805-2008.

• Baseball tryouts for rising sixth, seventh- and eighth-graders zoned for Hardin Valley Academy will begin at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball field. For more information, contact Kent Matthews at or call at 865-603-5368.

• Legacy Parks Foundation is hosting a series of guided hikes on local trails this summer. Program is free of charge and appropriate for families who want to get outdoors and get active. Each hike is approximately 2-5 miles in length, starting at 9 a.m., Wednesday mornings through June and July. More information is available at or by calling 865-541-4500.


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