McKeefery region champ again; HVA, BHS qualify 8 each

4 FHS state qualifiers, 8 Bearden qualifiers

Tyler McKeefery, Farragut sophomore, looks to his coach, Bobby Hampshire, for instruction while having the advantage against Halls junior Christian Lay during the 106-pound class finals of Region 2-AAA Tournament Saturday evening, Feb. 11, at Bearden High School. KNOXVILLE — Times have been tough for the Farragut High School wrestling team this season, but second-year head coach Bobby Hampshire couldn’t help but be a bit excited after his Admirals posted a stellar showing at the Region 2-AAA Wrestling Tournament.

The Admirals left Bearden High School with a region champion and had three other athletes qualify for this week’s Class AAA State Tournament in Frank-lin.

“Today was a good day for us,” Hampshire said. “It’s been a tough year and these kids have battled adversity all season and these kids have worked hard. And today we had a good day.”

Tyler McKeefery, Farragut’s sophomore 106-pound grappler, successfully defended his 2016 region championship when he defeated Halls High’s Christian Lay 4-0 in the title match.
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McKeefery region champ again; HVA, BHS qualify 8 each

8 HVA state qualifiers

KNOXVILLE —- Keenan Sloan may be injured, but that didn’t stop him from earning a berth at this week’s Class AAA State Wrestling Tournament.

“It’s great to know that I can make it to the state tournament [wrestling] with one hand,” said Sloan, who was one of four Hardin Valley Academy grapplers to post runner-up finishes at Saturday’s Region 2-AAA Tour-nament at Bearden High School. “Last year, I missed the season because I had a broken thumb. This year I tore some ligaments in my thumb and now it’s broken.”

Sloan, a 220-pound sophomore who finished second, earned his spot in the state tournament, which opens today [Feb. 16] in Franklin, with a semifinal victory Saturday morning, Feb. 11. He’s one of eight HVA wrestlers who will be competing in the midstate this week.
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HVA teams 2nd

FHS’s Schneider again near top in state diving

Hardin Valley Academy swim and dive team shows off three different state trophies, two runner-up and one Coach of the Year award, in Allan Jones Aquatic Center on The University of Tennessee campus Saturday night, Feb. 11. KNOXVILLE — Hardin Valley Academy swimming and diving teams reached another milestone last weekend in Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the UT campus, with an overall runner-up state finish [girls and boys teams combined] to go with the girls team also finishing second.

“I’m really happy with the team. I think that we have a lot of younger girls and they really stepped up this year. I was really proud of them for that,” said senior Erica Laning, who for the second straight season won the state crown in 500-yard freestyle during Tennessee State High School Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday night, Feb. 11.

Laning also served as final leg on the Hawks’ other state championship winner, the 200-free relay with teammates Emily Aycock, a sophomore, and freshmen Rachel Aycock and Ashley Catchpole.
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FHS boys roll on Sr. Night

Cameron Cool, Farragut junior guard (12), gets some pressure from Coalfield’s Peyton Hutcherson during this FHS Senior Night game Friday, Feb. 10, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. Two motivating factors, revenge for a 23-point loss at Coalfield four days before and wanting to go out a winner on Farragut High School Senior Night, propelled Chris Cool’s boys hoops team to a commanding win.

Pulling away in the second half, and once again led in scoring by 1,000-point-club senior guard Nick Rogers [25 points], the Admirals avenged the early week lopsided loss with a 71-50 blowout victory Friday, Feb. 10, in Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“When we came out at Coalfield we weren’t very focused and we were messing around the in locker room. It was just a bad game overall,” said senior post Chance Bolen, who scored 10 points Friday.

“Tonight we wanted to play our game,” Bolen added. “It was a good game to go out on.”
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Lenoir City ends FHS girls’ basketball season, 75-62

HARDIN VALLEY — Farragut overcame a 10-point deficit to begin its District 4-AAA tourney elimination round game versus Lenoir City Monday night, trailing 37-36 at halftime.

But Jason Mayfield’s FHS girls couldn’t overcome an 11-0 LCHS run to begin the third quarter, as the No. 6 seeded Admirals fell to the No. 7 seeded Panthers 75-62 at Hardin Valley Academy Feb. 13.

Farragut ends its season with a 12-14 overall record while Lenoir City improves to 13-15.

“It wasn’t the greatest effort from us defensively. ... But I just told [LCHS] coach [Tim] Smith, Lenoir City played well. If they play like that they could win a few games in this tournament,” Mayfield said.

Sophomore wing Morgan Carbaugh led Farragut in scoring with 18, followed by sophomore post Brooke Christian with 16 and senior wing Jamie Dallas with 12 — all 12 from behind the 3-point arc. Senior post/wing Kate McMurry added five along with freshman Claire Wyatt. Senior point guard Shelby Matthews scored four while sophomore wing Sydney Chapman added two.
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HVA hoops teams swept

POWELL —- Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball head coach Jennifer Galloway is hoping her squad won’t need any extra motivation to prepare for this week’s District 4-AAA Tournament.

But if the Lady Hawks need a wakeup call they certainly got it Friday night, Feb. 10, dropping a 48-45 decision at Powell on PHS Senior Night “Powell is a good team. We played them earlier and they’re a much-improved team,” Galloway said. “But I think we’re better too. They played up to their potential tonight and we didn’t.”

Powell improved its overall record to 19-8 after the win.
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