Ads lose late lead, fall to KD-B

Farragut's Derek Williams pull down a high pass from Jacob Naumoff during first quarter play against the KD-B Indians Friday, Aug. 22, on FHS's Bill Clabo Field. Friday night’s season opener represented an all-too familiar scenario for Eddie Courtney and Farragut High School football.

“We should have won,” Courtney said after watching his squad drop a fifth consecutive season-opening game to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett. “We missed some tackles and we lost the momentum.”

The miscues added up to a heartbreaking 31-27 defeat for the Admirals at the hands of the Indians Friday night, Aug. 22, at FHS’s Bill Clabo Field.

Courtney has seen this happen to his team for the last five years and he was disappointed with the end result — especially seeing his team let an 11-point fourth-quarter lead get away. But the veteran coach wasn’t about to criticize Farragut’s effort.

“I told the kids that I was really happy with their effort,” Courtney said. “I saw some special things and our kids worked hard and we came out and made things happen.”

While the end result was a bitter reminder of what’s happened in the series between the Admirals and Indians, one familiar face wasted little time making an impact on the new season. That was junior running back Tanner Thomas, who rushed for 165 yards on 17 carries. Thomas also had a 4-yard scoring plunge that gave Farragut a 27-16 lead with 10 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the contest.
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Busy 1st week for FHS, Lady Hawks, Bearden

Lady Ads reach Early Bird semis; HVA makes final 8, Lady Dawgs win 5

Hardin Valley Academy’s Amanda Hylton sets this ball in front of the net against Centennial at ORHS Saturday. Farragut volleyball lived up to sophomore middle hitter Anne Abernathy’s expectations during Early Bird Gold brcket tourney action in Oak Ridge Saturday, Aug. 23.

“We’re very good under pressure,” Abernathy said after a 2-0 win against Soddy-Daisy, as FHS finished tied for third during the annual two-day, 32-team tourney, losing its first 2014 match to eventual champ Brentwood 2-0 in the semifinals Saturday.

Hardin Valley, 7-4 overall starting the week, finished 5-3 in Early Bird and reached the Gold bracket quarterfinals before losing 2-0 match win versus tourney runner-up Webb Saturday. The Lady Hawks defeated Centennial, Walker Valley, Morristown West, Hendersonville and Gibbs. Iron-ically, “Our best match of the weekend was probably the Baylor match,” HVA head coach Mike Rosenke said about a 29-27, 26-24 pool play loss Friday, Aug. 22.
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Busy 1st week for FHS, Lady Hawks, Bearden

FHS sweeps past Hardin Valley 3-0

Alexis Parker of Farragut goes for a kill against Soddy-Daisy during Early Bird Volleyball Tournament action at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge Saturday, Aug. 23. Though not an official District 4-AAA match, Farragut passed a huge early test versus an experienced and talented district rival Wednesday, Aug. 20, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

“We knew they wanted to come and beat us because we have the targets on our backs,” Alexis Parker, FHS sophomore outside hitter, said following the Lady Ads’ 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 sweep of Hardin Valley Academy.

Susan Davidson, FHS head coach, said “during the second and third [game], I thought both Alexis Parker [seven kills, four blocks] and Emma [Milstead] and Reagan [Grooms, seven kills], the three of them added a spark.

“We ran three setters tonight, and I thought all three did great. We have Tia [Madden, seven assists], Mikaela [Brock, five assists] and Emma [Milstead, five kills, nine assists],” Davidson added. “Anne [Abernathy] gave us a great spark in the middle with [five] blocks and five kills.”

Caroline Waite, Lady Hawks sophomore outside hitter, said one area where the Hardin Valley needed to improve is “definitely serve receive, we struggled there a little bit tonight.”
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Freshman’s 1st career goal lifts FHS past Catholic

Farragut freshman Emilie Guigou scores her first goal as a Lady Admiral varsity player off a corner kick from Natalie Goetz in the 27th minute of play against Knox Catholic Monday, Aug. 25, at Farragut Stadium. The goal would prove to be the game winner in a 1-0 Farragut win. Emilie Guigou will long remember her debut in a Farragut High School soccer uniform. The Lady Admirals’ freshman forward and midfielder admitted that she was battling a case of butterflies.

But the nervousness disappeared when she scored the lone goal in Farragut’s season opener Monday night at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

Guigou scored in the 27th minute to lift the Lady Ads to a 1-0 victory over Knoxville Catholic High School. Her marker came off a set piece. Guigou scored off a corner kick from senior defender Natalie Goetz.

“It’s awesome,” Guigou said of her goal. “I was a little nervous but it all worked out.

“She [Goetz] just made the corner kick and it hit my knee and just bounced in over the goalie’s head.”

It was a late start to the 2014 season for the Lady Admirals, who had matches against Greeneville and Hardin Valley Academy washed out by heavy rains that pelted Knox County last week.
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Dawgs blanked by Smoky Bears

Matthew Marlow, Bearden senior tight end, stretches for extra yards following a catch against Sevier County. It’s one thing to get beat 35-0 while laying down, but it’s much more digestible if you lose by that same score yet fight for 48 minutes.

Morgan Shinlever, Bearden’s first-year head coach, and two of his most productive players made that distinction: inexperienced at many positions and overmatched against Sevier County, the Bulldogs still kept fighting despite a five-touchdown loss at BHS’s Bill Young Field Friday evening, Aug. 22.

Of Sevier County’s 376 total yards of offense, 235 came through the air (four touchdown passes from junior quarterback Deuce Wallace, completing 20 of 29 attempts). Bearden ended with just 153 total yards.

Griffin DeLong, senior linebacker and running back who led BHS with 13 total tackles, 10 solo, said the Bulldogs’ younger players “came up big for us, they never quit.”
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Lions Club Hole-In-One Shoot Out yields fun at WCGC, but no champ

Of the 131 participants in Farragut Lions Club Hole-In-One Shoot Out fundraiser's four-day opening round qualifying, Cameron Scism was closest to the pin. One of his shot came within 4-and-a-half inches in the field adjacent to farragutpress off Kingston Pike in mid-August.

However, had Scism won the first-place prize for a hole-in-one, a Mercedes-Benz $17,500 Smart Passion Coupe, on the 165-yard No. 11 hole at Willow Creek Golf Club Monday, Aug. 25, he wouldn't have full use of the car for a few more months.

“I've only got a learner's permit,” Scism, a 15-year-old sophomore at Farragut High School and a member of the Admirals junior varsity boys golf team, said.

While Scism and eight other qualifiers failed to nail the hole-in-one and take home the car, one of the nine distinguished himself.
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