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How the West Was Won trophy presented

Rusty Bradley, Christian Academy of Knoxville varsity football head coach, center, accepts the farragutpress How the West was Won trophy from Corey Joslin, 3 Minute Magic Carwash operations manager. Also pictured is Julie Gunter, farragutpress.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
The scene was new, Knoxville Convention Center, but the theme was similar: 3 Minute Magic Carwash brass awarding high school football excellence for a third straight season.

Christian Academy of Knoxville earned 2011 farragutpress How the West Was Won presented by 3-Minute Magic Carwash trophy, a bronze cowboy hat sitting atop a crafted wooden box mount. It was presented to CAK head football coach Rusty Bradley during the program’s annual banquet, Saturday evening, Jan. 14, in the KCC’s main ballroom.

“The Knoxville talent pool is large, and it all came together nicely this year for CAK,” said Jim Rooney, owner of 3 Minute Magic Carwash’s three locations (off Lovell Road; Hwy. 321, Lenoir City and Fountain City), prior to the ceremony.

“Not only did [CAK] win our How the West Was Won trophy, but took the [Class 3A] state championship and showed excellence all the way through,” Rooney added. “We’re very proud of them.”

The farragutpress award presented by 3-Minute Magic Carwash, which annually recognizes the best regular season record among CAK, Farragut, Hardin Valley Academy, Bearden, Webb School of Knoxville and Knoxville Catholic, was earned by the Warriors with an 8-2 mark — winning a tiebreaker versus 8-2 Webb.

Among the highlights of a speech prior to his trophy presentation to Bradley, 3 Minute operations manager Corey Joslin said, “I want to congratulate the coaches, the players, the teachers, the parents.

“Championships aren’t won without a large support system, and it takes a lot of discipline, sacrifice, determination, hard work, blood, sweat and tears, as you know,” he added.

Before the ceremony, Bradley said, “It’s a huge honor for us to be able to win that award going up against such good competition, and we’re definitely excited about that.

“I think any time you can win any type of award that acknowledges the type of season that you’ve had, especially against the other schools in West [Knox County] that have such great programs, I think that says a lot about your kids and the amount of effort that they put into the season,” Bradley added.

Chance Kennedy, CAK senior defensive tackle, said the farragutpress award is a way “to have a rivalry against all these other schools.”

Josh Smith, junior wide receiver, said “it’s really an honor [when] we don’t really play them. Just showing our ability as a private school is a real blessing.”


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