At 51-2, FHS volleyball in Murfreesboro once again

While senior Natalie Hartman gets a big hug, her FHS volleyball teammates celebrate another Class AAA state tourney trip. Likely to finish with the program’s best-ever winning percentage while trying to match or even break the school record for wins, Farragut varsity volleyball earned yet another trip to the Class AAA State Tournament in Murfrees-boro this week.

An easy 25-16. 25-12, 25-18 victory against Morristown West, Region 1-AAA runner-up, in the substate match Thursday evening, Oct. 16, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium improved Farragut’s record to 51-2.

Emma Milstead, senior multi-position player, ended with 12 kills and five blocks. Anne Abernathy, sophomore middle hitter, also had five blocks.

“We’ve had an amazing season. We’ve worked well as a team. We’ve worked really hard together,” said FHS senior middle hitter Natalie Hartman, who recorded five blocks, nine points and seven kills.

“Our middles, we asked them to do a big job on their middle [Jasmine Williams] because she’s great, and our two middles did a great job today on her,” FHS head coach Susan Davidson said. “Natalie Hartman played one of the most solid games I’ve seen her play. … Mikaela Brock had 27 assists, which was awesome.”
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Ads outslug Dawgs, win 15th of last 17

Matt Marlow, Bearden senior receiver, gets sandwiched between Farragut senior defensive backs Derek Williams, left, and Jeremiah Parton. For the first time during a horrible season for wins and losses, Bearden’s offense produced big numbers while switching out its top two quarterbacks at will.

From the Farragut perspective, thank goodness Jacob Naumoff’s arm and Tanner Thomas’ legs were more than keeping up with the Bulldogs’ pace.

Throw in some nice pass receptions by Admirals receivers and solid work by the FHS offensive line, and you came out with a 54-37 Farragut win against its biggest rival — the Admirals’ 15th victory against Bearden in the last 17 games dating back to 2002 — Friday night, Oct. 17, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

Thomas, FHS junior running back, scored six touchdowns that included a 25-yard scoring scamper, finishing with 125 yards on 28 carries. FHS head coach Eddie Courtney labeled Thomas “a consistent guy ... a team player.”

Naumoff, Farragut junior quarterback, completed 20 of 29 passes for 299 yards, including a 54-yarder for a touchdown on a nice fingertip catch by junior Justin Kirkendall (4 catches, 72 yards).
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Season ends for Lady Ads at wet Hardin Valley, 2-0

Hardin Valley Academy girls soccer head coach Mike McLean couldn’t have been happier Wednesday, Oct. 15. McLean was thrilled after watching the Lady Hawks brave rainy and cold conditions and claim a 2-0 victory over Farragut at home in the District 4-AAA semifinals.

“I was really pleased with the way the girls responded,” McLean said. “Both teams fought hard and I was happy with the way our girls responded in this weather.”

Hardin Valley’s offense was dominant on this night as the Lady Hawks (14-1-2) outshot the Lady Admirals 12-3 in the match.

With the victory, the Lady Hawks advanced to the Region 2-AAA Tournament. HVA took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when freshman forward Gwen Breslin took a pass from Kelsey Klett and banged the ball past Lady Ads’ goalkeeper Miranda Burt and into the back of the net.

Farragut, which concludes the 2014 campaign with an 11-6-1 record, had its chances and made a late first-half surge, but HVA netminder Tippany Patrick and the Hawks defense kept the Lady Admirals at bay and off the scoreboard.
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HVA captures 4-AAA, Bearden upsets MHS

Two teams with huge District 4-AAA Tournament semifinal victories, both in win-or-go-home situations, met at Hardin Valley Academy with a championship on the line Thursday night, Oct. 18.

While No. 2 seed HVA dropped rival nemesis Farragut 2-0, No. 4 Bearden stunned top seed Maryville on the road, handing the Lady Red Rebels its first loss, 2-0, that ended the MHS season Wednesday evening, Oct. 15.

Mike McLean’s Lady Hawks then improved to 15-1-2 by striking fast against BHS, scoring four first-half goals to win the 4-AAA tourney title 4-1.

“The girls, they’ve been playing consistent,” McLean said. “There’s another character win because the field conditions weren’t great” due to previous days’ rains.

Four first-half goals were plenty.

“We started off well, then for about 10 or 15 minutes we weren’t playing great,” McLean added.
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No. 1 West zooms past Hawks

Hardin Valley Academy’s football team managed to stymie West High’s potent offense for one series Friday night.

After having to punt on the game’s opening possession, the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 5A Rebels answered with a vengeance and cruised to a 55-8 District 4-AAA victory before a packed house at West High School’s Bill Wilson Field.

“We had a game plan coming in. We wanted to run the ball and shorten the game,” Hardin Valley head coach Wes Jones said. “We wanted to play good defense and we wanted to play good special teams.”

The formula worked early as the Hawks (4-4 overall, 3-2 in the district) stopped the Rebels and picked up a first down on their first drive. Hardin Valley had to punt and Alan Grigsby pinned West (7-1, 4-1) on its own 1-yard line.
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