Valiant comeback effort just short for Farragut

Admirals Tanner Thomas shakes off the tackle of Golden Eagle Bo Garmany, 28, during play on Bill Clabo Field Friday, Nov. 13. Farragut High School football coach Eddie Courtney doesn’t want a heartbreaking season-ending loss to define his 2015 team.

“I’m really proud of these kids,” Courtney said after the Admirals came up on the short end of a 40-34 decision against Rhea County Friday night in a second-round Class 5A Playoff game before a packed house on a chilly night at Bill Clabo Field. “These kids have worked hard and they won a region championship.

“This hurts right now but this game will not and does not define us.”

Farragut (10-2) struggled to contain the Golden Eagles’ multi-pronged running attack,

“That Wing-T is hard to defend and all the credit has to go to Rhea County,” Admirals senior running back Tanner Thomas said. “They’re a great team and they played a great game.”
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Basketball Preview: Bearden, Farragut, Hardin Valley boys

Nick Rogers — Farragut Farragut High School boys basketball coach Chris Cool isn’t bothered by the fact that his team will enter the new season under the radar, He also believes that the Admirals may be one of the area’s best kept secrets.

“If I were a newspaper man, I would probably pick us to finish close to the bottom of our league,” said Cool, who will begin his sixth season at Farragut. “We only have two returning starters but I think that we have a scrappy team and I think we can be a pretty good team.”

The Admirals started fast last year before being bitten by the injury bug. Farragut won its first six games last season but finished 14-14.

“We’re willing to do what it takes to win,” Cool said. “Our biggest strength is our willingness to work hard and do whatever it takes to win.”

Guards Nick Rogers and Luke Janney are returning starters for the Admirals. Guard Coby Cool and Nick Allen played sparing last year and both will be expected to start. Senior post player and guard Alexander Rather also saw significant playing time last season.
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Basketball Preview: Bearden, Farragut, Hardin Valley girls

Maegan Hudson — Farragut Farragut High School’s girls basketball has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last three years but the one thing has eluded the Admirals and that’s a trip to the Class AAA State Tournament.

“We’re proud of what we’ve done over the last three years,” Farragut coach Jason Mayfield said. “We’ve won back-to-back region championships and I don’t think anybody has done that since Oak Ridge did it several years ago.

“But we’ve come up short of Murfreesboro and losing those two sub-state games on last-second shots was tough.”

This season, the Admirals will again attempt to make that elusive trip to the midstate with some new and talented players joining the savvy group of battle-tested veterans.

“We have some new freshman players and we can go 11 deep,” Mayfield said.
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Knoxville Catholic ousts Falcons in second round

Irish wide receiver Josh Brown, 31, leaps into the end zone for a Catholic touch down. The fourth time was the charm for Knoxville Catholic High School’s football team and coach Steve Matthews.

The Irish (8-4) notched a 28-25 victory over three-time defending Class 4A State Champion Fulton Friday night at Bob Black Field.

Matthews has been Catholic’s coach for three seasons and has amassed a 28-10 record and three of those 10 losses have come at the hands of the Falcons. Fulton ended the Irish’s season in each of the last two years. The Falcons also beat KCHS in a Region 2-4A tilt in 2015.

Catholic’s win not only sets

up a quarterfinal game at Greeneville Friday night. It also means that Fulton’s 16-game postseason winning streak is no more. Fulton entered last week’s action with a long home winning streak. The Falcons also had won 48 of its last 49 games.
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CAK routs Fighting Cyclones, gets rematch with Alcoa

ELIZABETHTON — Before Christian Academy of Knoxville quarterback Cole Smith left Alcoa after the Warriors’ regular-season finale and lone loss of the 2015 campaign, he vowed that he and his teammates would be back.

Smith did his part to assure a return trip. He amassed 359 yards of total offense to lead CAK to a 48-19 victory in the second round of the Class 3A Playoffs over the host Fighting Cyclones Friday night in upper East Tennessee.

“Cole did a great job,” Warriors’ coach Rusty Bradley said of Smith, who threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and another score. “He throws the ball well and when things broke down, he made plays with his feet.”

“He’s really athletic.”
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Basketball Preview: CAK, Catholic, Concord, Grace, Knoxville Christian, Webb boys

Jason Ozment — CAK Knoxville Catholic High School boys basketball coach Mike Hutchens makes it no secret that he has lofty expectations for the upcoming season.

“We want to go to the [Class AA] State Tournament,” said Hutchens, who will open his 28th season as the Irish’s basketball coach. “Last year, we had a lead over Fulton in the region tournament and they came back and beat us.

“We have some good players and then we have a bunch of sophomores who will get the chance to play.”

Catholic, which went 20-9 last year, looks to have the pieces in place to make a deep run if it doesn’t get bitten by the injury bug.

Top returners include: Luke Smith (junior, point guard); Eli Cox (senior, guard); Jack Sompayrac (sophomore, guard); Davari Reader (junior, guard); Chase Kuerschen (junior, guard); Dawson Anderson (junior, center) and Tony Scott (junior, forward).
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Basketball Preview: CAK, Catholic, Concord, Grace, Knoxville Christian, Webb girls

Sydney Duggins — Grace As the 2015-16 high school basketball season looms Webb School of Knoxville’s girls basketball team is in pursuit of a third consecutive Division II-A State Championship.

A State Title is the ultimate goal but longtime coach Shelley Collier isn’t taking anything for granted.

“We have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to get to our next practice and work with these girls and help them get better,” Collier said. “[The State Championship] is always our goal and it’s fun to coach these girls.

“We have a lot of work to do but this is going to be fun. These girls are very coachable and they work hard and it’s all about taking the little steps.”

Webb has a talented squad led by senior point guard Micah Sheetz.

Other key players for the Spartans include: Evey Satterfield (senior, forward); Emily Wyrick (junior guard); Sydney Collier (junior, guard); Haylee Luttrell (sophomore, guard); Kinley Green (sophomore, guard); Alyssa Brown (sophomore, guard/forward); Casey Collier (freshman, point guard); Zoyia Amer (freshman, guard); Kayleigh Hames (freshman, forward/center) and Maddie Zitzman (freshman, forward/center).
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