Hawks beat Admirals in extra innings

Admirals’ Mary Claire Coyne, 32, steals second base just beating the tag by Hawks’ Jackie Parham, 24, during District 4-AAA action Thursday, April 21 at Bellamy Field. An offensive contribution from an unlikely hero helped propel the Hardin Valley Academy softball team to a historic extra-inning victory on Thursday, April 21.

Hawks catcher Jayden Blosser usually doesn’t hit in the HVA lineup but when she did last week at Farragut, she delivered a clutch single with the bases loaded and broke a 2-2 tie.

Blosser’s hit gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Hardin Valley would go on to outlast the Admirals 7-4 in a District 4-AAA game at Bellamy Field. After Blosser drove in the go-ahead run, senior first baseman Kaleigh Wynne hit a grand slam home run to give Hardin Valley a 7-2 lead. The Hawks would hold on to beat the Admirals on the road for the first time in school history.
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Farragut notches season sweep of Hawks 6-1

Farragut High School’s baseball team saw its winning streak reach 10 games on Thursday, April 21.

The Admirals notched a 6-1 victory over District 4-AAA rival Hardin Valley Academy at John Heatherly Field at The Ballpark in Farragut. The win clinched a regular-season sweep over the Hawks for the Admirals.

Senior center fielder Cole Morgan had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Farragut, which swept Hardin Valley this season after losing to the Hawks in the 2015 Class AAA State Championship Game last May in Murfreesboro.

Morgan had an RBI single in the second to give the Admirals (24-4 overall, 10-1 in the district) a 1-0 lead.

After struggling to find offense at times during the early part of the season, Farragut has swung the bat better over the last few games according to coach Matt Buckner.
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HVA baseball gets big home win over Bulldogs 10-4

Hawks Dylan Harris, 18, beats Bulldogs catcher Tyson Beach, 24, tag at home to put Hardin Valley on the score board during play Friday, April 22 District 4-AAA at Hardin Valley Academy. HARDIN VALLEY — A fast start propelled the Hardin Valley Academy baseball team to a crucial District 4-AAA victory over Bearden Friday, April 22.

The Hawks (20-6 overall, 7-4 in the district) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in a 10-4 win over Bearden at home on Alumni Night at HVA.

“Our kids did a great job,” Hawks coach Joe Michalski said. “They responded really well after we didn’t play well [in a 6-1 loss] at Farragut on Thursday [April 21].

“I think the kids wanted to come out and prove they could play. Honestly, we just came out and had a different approach.”

Michalski also noted that he’s hoping that Friday’s victory over the Bulldogs (21-9, 9-3) will be the boost that his squad needs to make another deep postseason run in 2016. One, similar to last year’s, that resulted in a Class AAA State Championship.
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Bearden scores early and often to rout Maryville

Bulldogs pitcher Brady Duncan, 8, was instrumental in Beardens win over the Red Rebels Wednesday, April 20 at Phil Garner Ballpark. KNOXVILLE — Bearden High School baseball coach John Rice saw his team avenge its early-season District 4-AAA loss to Maryville on Wednesday, April 20. But he felt he had to keep the victory in its proper place.

“This was one of those days when the stars were aligned and just about everything went right for us,” Rice said after his Bulldogs routed the Red Rebels 14-1in a five-inning game at Phil Garner Ballpark. “We came out and we hit the ball well. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to deserve for us to be on fire like we were.

“It was just one of those days and that’s why baseball is a double-elimination sport. Every game is so much different than every other game. It was great for us to get a conference win because it’s hard to get a win in this conference. We’ve got to scratch this one and go get ready to get another one.”
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Blevins returns to coaching in Alabama

NEW MARKET, Ala. — When Mark Blevins retired as Bearden High School’s boys basketball he wasn’t quite sure where the next leg of his professional journey would take him. But he found out rather


Blevins was recently named coach at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala., in suburban Huntsville.

He took the job late last month, shortly after working out a 30-day notice and retiring from Bearden and Knox County Schools. He began teaching American Government at Buckhorn after Buckhorn’s Spring Break, which concluded on Easter Sunday.

“The classroom part is going OK,” said Blevins, who left the Bulldogs program as its all-time wins leader. “They had a football coach down here who retired and pretty much did the same thing I did at Bearden.
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Farragut finds shooting touch

Throughout much of the 2016 season, Farragut High School’s boys soccer team has had trouble getting the ball to land in the back of opposing nets.

But the scoring drought came to an end Friday night for the Admirals. And the subsequent result was a 6-1 victory over Cookeville on a damp and chilly night at the Farragut Soccer Stadium Friday, April 22.

On this night, FHS dedicated the match to the memory of Farragut High School senior Taylor Corum, who died recently from injuries suffered in a car accident.

After a moment of silence for a fallen classmate, the Admirals (9-2-3) went to work and scored four goals in under six minutes against the Cavaliers (7-4-2).

Senior Alex Shupp, a senior and Xavier signee, opened the scoring with an unassisted marker in the second minute.
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