Lady Hawks back intact, BHS features solid core

Part 2 of District 4-AAA volleyball profile highlighting HVA, Bearden teams

Magen Payne, HVA outside hitter, from 2013 Mike Rosenke opens his fifth campaign as Hardin Valley Academy volleyball head coach with all of his players returning from last season’s squad.

“We didn’t graduate anybody and we have some new players coming into the program,” Rosenke said. “Last year, we had the injuries and we were the new team in the league. We have a year under our belt in this league and our expectation is to be right there and contend to win the league. We have a year of experience in [District 4-AAA].”

Eight returning seniors are Amanda Hylton (setter); Lacy Cantrell (outside hitter); Chase Rathfoot (libero); Sarah Wysor (senior, right side player); Maura Emert (middle blocker); Cherise Kamerman (middle blocker); Magen Payne (outside hitter) and Sarah Hampton (outside hitter).

The Lady Hawks also have a trio of newcomers looking to make an impact: Caroline Waite (sophomore, right side player/middle blocker); Issabella Mitchell (freshman, outside hitter) and Mandy Prescott (freshman, outside hitter).

Cantrell said that the Lady Hawks, who opened their season at home against Clinton Aug. 18, are looking to make a deep playoff run.
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Houstons’ camp ‘exciting’

Wade Houston, left, and his son, Allan Houston, are joined by four Knoxville Christian School basketball players who participated in their camp at KCS Sunday, Aug. 3. From left are T.J. Brown, 16, Luke Komistek, 13, Harrison Stillwell, 15, and Paul Komistek, 15. Sixty-two Knox area youth basketball players, from rising sixth-graders through rising high school juniors, took part in inaugural Wade and Allan Houston Shooting Clinic in the Knoxville Christian School gym baring the Houstons’ names Sunday, Aug. 3.

“We’re going to talk about being a little more efficient,” said Allan Houston, former Tennessee Vols and New York Knicks star guard now Knicks assistant to the president for basketball operations, while demonstrating a catch, two dribbles and shoot drill, constantly emphasizing to “stay low” as they pull up.

Wade Houston, former UT and Louisville coach and ex-Cardinals star, said to the campers, “In the summer it’s great to play AAU Basketball. … But in most cases your fundamentals will go out the window. … It’s critical that you don’t only do AAU Basketball.”
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Buckner named TSSAA Baseball Coach of Year

For turning around a team that struggled at 10-9 midway through the 2014 season and pointing his Farragut Admirals toward the program’s ninth Class AAA baseball state title, coach Matt Buckner has been honored.

Winning his third state crown in five years as FHS skipper, Buckner recently was named TSSAA Baseball Coach of the Year for 2014. “I’m pretty fortunate to coach in a good place and have a bunch of good players,” he said.
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