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Shayne Miller, Farragut goalkeeper, punches back a Bearden shot attempt while surrounded by four Admirals teammates. Looking for a chance at a header goal is SoccerDawg Evan Downen (3), while BHS teammate Mitchell Mazrimas, right, looks for a rebound during this rivalry showdown in Farragut Soccer Stadium (Farragut Intermediate School) Friday evening, April 20. The Ads won 2-0.
Pablo Herrera has a knack for scoring goals when Farragut High School’s boys soccer team plays against rival Bearden, and he got the first goal against the Bulldogs Friday night, April 20.

“I just started dribbling and I saw their keeper on the other side of the net,” said Herrera, a junior forward who scored the first marker in the Admirals 2-0 non-district victory over the Bulldogs before a spirited crowd at Farragut Soccer Stadium. “It was just like the goal I scored against them last year (in the District 4-AAA Semifinals).

“It was the same place on the field.”

Herrera’s tournament goal represented all the offense of that match. But on this night, he and his teammates would get insurance.

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Farragut duo no-hit LCHS

Ryan Hagenow, Farragut sophomore pitcher, fields a bunt and throws out a Lenoir City baserunner during this District 4-AAA game at FHS’s John Heatherly Field Friday, April 20. Hagenow’s four innings of no-hit pitching helped produce a 13-0 win.
Farragut starting pitcher Ryan Hagenow, a sophomore, threw four innings of hitless baseball, then junior reliever Brad Grenkoski completed the Admirals’ five-inning no-hitter versus Lenoir City last week.

Throw in 13 hits — including a nine-run, nine-hit fourth inning — and Farragut ran away with a 13-0 five-inning home victory Friday evening, April 20, at John Heatherly Field.

Adding two other District 4-AAA home victories in a seven-day span — 11-10 versus rival Hardin Valley Academy and 8-5 against Knoxville Catholic, and FHS was within one district victory of wrapping up yet another 4-AAA regular season title (10-2, 26-6 overall starting the week).

About Hagenow, Admirals skipper Matt Buckner said, “He’s young, he’s 15 years old, and he’s had some struggles here and there. But he came out (versus LCHS) and was clean, threw some good breaking balls. He’s going to be a really good one.”

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CAK softball claims Division II rivalry triumph, decisively, at Webb

KNOXVILLE — Christian Academy of Knoxville softball head coach Lisa Nettles wasn’t sure what to expect when her squad took the field for a Division II-A East/Middle District 1 road game Thursday, April 19.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Nettles said after her CAK Lady Warriors overcame some adversity to notch a 15-2 six-inning victory at Webb School of Knoxville. “We’ve had three concussions and we had a lot of changes today.”

Nettles may have had to piece together a lineup once she and her team (4-4 overall, 3-1 in the district) made the short trip to Webb, but once the visitors arrived at the ballpark they didn’t seem to have much trouble.”

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CAK trio sign April 19

Christian Academy of Knoxville signees who inked National Letters of Intent Thurssday afternoon, April 19, in the school library are, from left, Matt Meschendorf (Carson-Newman); Allison Ivey (Berry College) and Brendan Jarvis (University of the Cumberlands.
Spring National Signing Day for Christian Academy of Knoxville was Thursday, April 19, in the high school library. A Lady Warrior and two Warriors signed National Letter of Intent papers.

Soccer goalkeeper Matt Meschendorf, son of Jim and Stacy Meschendorf, signed with Carson-Newman University, an NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference team. In 2017, he was on the pitch 14 games recording three shutouts with a .83 percent save rate while assisting CAK in securing district and regional titles.

He has been accepted into the C-N Honors Program and will major in physics to allow him to pursue a graduate degree in nuclear engineering.

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Annual CCS Golf Classic has three teams of winners at Willow Creek

Michael Crawford attempts this birdie putt at No. 18 hole during annual Concord Christian School Classic fundraiser golf tournament, an 18-hole best-ball format, at Willow Creek Golf Club April 6. Watching in back are teammates, from left, Landon Moore, Matt Sherrod and Chad Hulette.
Annual Concord Christian School Classic fundraiser golf tournament, an 18-hole best-ball format at Willow Creek Golf Club April 6, produced three sets of winners.

S&S Fire Protection First-Place team was comprised of Gary Schipfer, Chad Wilson, David Kirkpatrick and Chuck Schaich.

Wolfe Team Second Place finishers were Jared Wolfe, Michael Whedbee, Daniel Walker and Ryan Mahoney.

Bryant Team Third Place finishers were Tommy Bryant, Jeff Cook, Ben Kromer and Mike Widmar.

Sixty-nine golfers participated.

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Webb pitcher Saliba signs with Tennessee Tech April 23

Senior Thomas Saliba, standout pitcher for Webb School of Knoxville baseball, signed with Tennessee Tech Monday, April 23, in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center.

Saliba has been a starting pitcher for the Spartans varsity team since his freshman year. He is a three-time All-District honoree and a two-time (2016, 2017) All-District Tournament team selection.

Saliba completed his junior season with a 2.21 earned run average that included a 4-3 record and 52 strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched. He earned a spot on the Division II-A East/Middle All-Region tourney team.

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