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Lady Ads soccer wins 4-AAA tourney title 2-0 vs. M’ville

Maddie Hammon (33), Farragut junior, battles a Maryville player for ball possession during this District 4-AAA Tournament championship game in Farragut Stadium Thursday evening, Oct. 12.
Farragut High School’s girls soccer team entered last week’s District 4-AAA Tournament championship match riding a crest that saw it win 13 consecutive games.

Well, the Lady Admirals extended their winning streak to 14 when they defeated Maryville 2-0 to win the district tournament title on Thursday, Oct. 12 before a spirited audience at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

The win enabled FHS [14-5-0] to advance to the Region 2-AAA Tournament and host a semifinal game Tuesday, Oct. 17. [Results of Farragut’s semifinal game against Oak Ridge were not available at press deadline].

But a victory would have given the Lady Ads an opportunity to play for a region championship tonight [Thursday, Oct. 19] and seal a berth in the in State Sectional round Saturday, Oct. 21.

Farragut achieved all this after losing its first five games of the season. But despite the slow start, the Lady Ads continued to persevere.

And they would eventually turn things around in a big way.

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Admirals win fifth straight vs. Bearden, 18 of last 20

Wyatt Lucas, Farragut junior defensive back (24), goes high for this interception in front of Cameron Flanary, Bearden senior receiver.
Farragut High School got a little defensive in its regular-season home finale Friday night, and the Admirals now control their destiny in the race for the Region 1-6A football championship.

Farragut’s defense forced rival Bearden into four turnovers en route to a 31-14 victory over the Bulldogs Oct 13 before a packed house at Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field.

With the victory, the Admirals [8-1 overall, 4-1 in the region] rediscovered their winning ways after having their 19-game winning snapped by Dobyns-Bennett in Kingsport the previous week.

“It was big to come back and get this win at home after we lost last week,” Farragut head coach Eddie Courtney said.

[Courtney has received a special coaching honor from TSSAA. See page 8A]

Winning its fifth straight game in the series and 18th out of the last 20 in this rivalry showdown, the Ads picked up significant contributions from all over the field versus Bearden [4-4, 1-3].

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Playoff bid on the line for HVA-Bulldogs winner

When Hardin Valley Academy invades Bill Young Field to tangle with Bearden this Friday, it will mark the eighth meeting between the two football rivals.

But there will be more than just bragging rights at stake Oct. 20.

Both the Hawks and the Bulldogs have lost two consecutive Region 1-6A games.

A Bearden loss eliminates the Bulldogs [4-4 overall, 1-3 in Region 1-6A play] from playoff contention.

If Hardin Valley loses, the Hawks (4-4, 2-2) would need to beat Farragut and hope Morristown West could win at home against BHS Friday, Oct. 27, to close out the regular season.

HVA has lost to Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett [36-25 at HVA lasst Friday, Oct. 13] and Johnson City Science Hill after winning for consecutive games.

The Bulldogs have lost to the Indians, Science Hill and Farragut in region play.

“Hardin Valley has become a rivalry game for us,” Bearden head coach Morgan Shinlever said. “We still have something to play for and I think these kids want to end on a positive note.

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Solid supporting cast helps get HVA vball back to state

The Lady Hawks celebrate a straight games victory against Volunteer, which earned the program a second straight trip to the TSSAA Class Volleyball State Tournament, which takes place this week in Murfreesboro. Standing, from left, are assistant coaches Kristen Soreano and Carry Brown, players Reese Freshour, Courtney Coffy, Emert, Alex Kirby, Mandy Prescott, Morgan Smithson and Damie Givens, and head coach Mitzi McCurry. Front row, from left, are players Lauren Maestri, Edie Weidley, Megan Smith, Drew Brooks, Izzy Mitchell, Olivia Snyder and Savannah Bowen.
With a strong junior class complimenting Hardin Valley Academy’s quartet of senior star talent, a second straight trip to the Class AAA Volleyball State Tournament was a walk in the park.

“We lost some talent last year, but I think the girls that came in this year as juniors really, like, helped our team and built us up,” senior setter Alex Kirby said following a 25-15, 25-11, 25-10 win against Volunteer in the Section 1-AAA “substate” match Thursday, Oct. 12, at HVA.

Attempting to improve upon a third-place state finish last season, the Lady Hawks take a 37-7 record to this week’s state tournament in Murfreesboro [state championship round today, Thursday, Oct. 19].

Mitzi McCurry, HVA head coach, also spoke about that “core group of juniors” including Drew Brooks, outside hitter. “She has moments where, if other people are struggling, she can pick our team up with her hitting and her passing,” McCurry added about Brooks, who ended the match with 15 service points, nine digs and six kills.

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TrackMan4 could dramatically improve play for many FDCC golfers: Moran

Scores of Fox Den Country Club members joined club leaders and board members for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for FDCC’s state-of-the-art Golf Club Fitting and Learning Center Friday evening, Oct. 13. Ready to cut the ribbon, from left, are Pat McKay, club president; Greg Nesbitt, general manager, and board members Catherine Manning, Allen Holman, Sherman Childers and Tom Smoot. The Center is located beside the driving range near the black tee boxes on No. 10 hole.
TrackMan4 is the highlight technology in Fox Den Country Club’s new Golf Club Fitting and Learning Center.

“I don’t know many places in East Tennessee that have this,” Scott Moran, FDCC PGA club professional, said.

“Trackman measures ball speed, clubhead speed, smash factor, launch angle, spin rate on multiple axis, clubhead angle of attack, path of club head and face angle just to name a few,” a FDCC phamplet stated. “These measurements allow an instructor to immediately know precise measurements that are beneficial to diagnosing and solving issues of a student’s swing.

“This allows an instructor to dictate the path of learning in a more precise manner than simply fishing for band-aids,” the phaplet further stated. “Lesson are more efficient and students experience a greater learning curve by understanding exactly what is happening in the area of impact between a golf ball and the club.”

With “dual radars” part of TrackMan4, “one [radar] will track a golf ball through its entire flight until it hits the ground. The other radar will actually track the club head and the path that it is delivered back through the golf ball,” Moran said.

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