Admirals hardwood clean sweep

Rather’s free throws net comeback win for Admirals

Farragut's Coby Cool goes for two fending West defenders during district play Friday, Jan. 29, at West High School. Alexander Rather played the role of hero Friday night for the Farragut High School boys basketball team as he sank a pair of free throws with 4.9 seconds left to propel the Admirals to a 49-48 victory at West High School.

“We were tied at halftime and then we came back out and the second half and were pretty much down by four points the whole way,” Rather said. “I was pretty cold in the second half and Nick Rogers had to carry us.”

Rogers was Farragut’s most potent offensive weapon against the Rebels (6-15 overall, 1-9 in the district) but Admirals coach Chris Cool said that he designed his squad’s final offensive set to get the ball into Rather’s hands.

“I designed that play for [Rather] because I knew that he was going to come through for us and he did. He’s the type of guy who can be 0-for-10 and he can still do things to help our team.”
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Admirals hardwood clean sweep

Carbaugh provides spark for Farragut girls

Admirals Morgan Carbough, 14, goes for the layup above Rebels defenders during district play Friday, Jan. 29, at West High School. Farragut High School’s girls basketball team has suffered through a mediocre District 4-AAA campaign this year. The season included a loss to Lenoir City on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

But teams in the district can’t afford to brood over tough setbacks. They must get ready for the next league game in short order.

The Admirals returned to the hardwood Friday night and captured a 60-36 league road win over West High School.

“I think we learned our lesson against Lenoir City the other night,” Farragut freshman guard Morgan Carbaugh said. “We learned that we have to come ready to play every night or we’re going to get beat.

“We have to come out and play with the intensity that we played with tonight. We have to play with intensity in all four quarters.”
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HVA girls reach state semifinals

Hardin Valley Academy girls bowling team are state bound after winning the 2016 Regional Championships. SMYRNA — Hardin Valley Academy has fielded a girls bowling team for two seasons and the Hawks have wasted little time making an impact on the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association scene.

HVA entered the Division I State Tournament at the Smyrna Bowling Center with a perfect 15-0 record. The Hawks rem-ained perfect with an 18-9 victory over previously undefeated Franklin Friday.

Against the Rebels, Hardin Valley didn’t have its best match.

“I don’t think that anybody in the tournament bowled particularly well,” Hawks coach Carroll Rousseau said. “The three-time defending state champion from Hardin County didn’t bowl particularly well.”

Rachel Robinson led the Hawks in the quarterfinals against Franklin. She posted a high score of 169, a mark that was 17 pins below her 2015-2016 season average. Jennifer Kelley, a sophomore had a 158 and Halle McGuire bowled a 153. Stephanie Owens finished with a high mark 151. Moriah Brown had a 145 and Logan Feys finished with a 135.
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Farragut falls to Bearden, HVA at district dual meet

Beardens Shaun Gambino scored a pin over Farragut’s Devon Corn in 28 seconds during district duals Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Hardin Valley Academy When Bobby Hampshire took over as Farragut High School’s wrestling coach he had to rebuild the program nearly from scratch. So he didn’t exactly know what to expect.

But the Admirals surprised those in the high school wrestling world by winning some dual meets and qualifying for the District 4-AAA Duals on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Hardin Valley Academy.

Farragut made the tournament field that also included the host Hawks and the Bearden Bulldogs.

The Admirals went 0-2 in the round-robin event but Hampshire found plenty of positives.

“These kids have been through a lot this year and I’m really proud of them,” Hampshire said. “They’ve competed and they’ve won some matches. We had six wrestlers and didn’t get a chance to compete here last year.
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HVA boys use balanced scoring on Bulldogs

Hardin Valley Academy’s boys basketball team withstood a first-half barrage and came away with a crucial District 4-AAA victory over Bearden at home Friday night.

“In the first half, they came out and they just hit everything,” HVA coach Keith Galloway said after his Hawks edged Bearden 74-69 Friday at Hardin Valley. Bearden was really shooting well early before we caught up with them.

“Defensively, they will get after you.”

The best weapon against a swarming defense is a balanced scoring attack. And the Hawks boasted that on this night.

Hardin Valley (11-12 overall, 5-5 in the district had four players score in double figures. Tristan Neilson led the way with 11 points. Tyler Thompson, Thomas Clay and Tyler Durden scored 10 points each for the Hawks, who trailed 20-17 at the end of the first quarter and fell behind 39-35 by halftime.
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Farragut overcomes slow start to finish perfect in league

Going into the final game of the regular season, Farragut High School’s hockey club had only one question left to answer.

The only mystery remaining was whether or not the Admirals could complete a perfect regular season in the Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association High School League. FHS did so with a 6-0 victory over the Knoxville Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Icearium.

But things didn’t come easily early for the Admirals (11-2 overall, 9-0 in league play). Knoxville played perhaps its best period of the season and Warriors goaltender Josh Creed stopped all nine shots he faced in the frame.

Creed’s stellar effort between the pipes kept Farragut and Knoxville (1-11, 1-8) embroiled in a 0-0 deadlock after the opening 13 minutes.

But Farragut came out with a vengeance in the second period. The Admirals scored just 45 seconds into the stanza when Steven Popovich received a pass from Tyler Peter and promptly banged it past Creed and into the back of the Warriors’ net.
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Big fourth quarter lifts HVA girls past Bearden

A big fourth quarter spelled victory for the Hardin Valley Academy girls basketball team Friday night.

“We hit our free throws in the fourth quarter and this is encouraging because our kids are working hard and battling,” Hawks coach Jennifer Galloway said after Hardin Valley claimed a 61-57 District 4-AAA victory over Bearden at home. “This is encouraging because we’re not making the same mistakes twice.

“We’re not making the same mistakes that we made earlier this season.”

HVA’s victory avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs (18-5 overall, 8-2 in the district). Bearden outlasted the Hawks (15-8, 6-4) 56-51 on Dec. 18 at Bearden.

The two teams slugged through an even first quarter, after which, the game was knotted at 15. The Bulldogs held a 31-29 lead at halftime and used a 20-10 run to open a 51-40 advantage by the end of the third quarter.
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HVA knocks off Bearden, Farragut to win district

Hawks Brandon Doughty pinned Bearden’s Jaquez Dove in 1 minute, 52 seconds putting HVA up 30-0 during the district dual match ednesday, Jan. 27 at Hardin Valley Academy. For the first time since the 2011-2012 season Hardin Valley Academy has won a district wrestling championship. The Hawks claimed with the league title with victories over Bearden and Farragut at the District 4-AAA Duals on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at HVA.

It was the first District 4-AAA team championship for the Hawks, who claimed a District 3-AAA title in 2011-12.

“After three long years of working hard and finishing second, we finally have a district championship,” Hawks 220-pounder Charles “Chap” Chappell said. “Everybody has worked hard and given their all and I’m really proud of my team.”

Hardin Valley went a perfect 2-0 in the round-robin tournament, posting a 48-36 win over three-time defending district champion Bearden. The Hawks also defeated an up-and-coming Farragut squad 61-18. The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the tournament to claim second place.
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