Young, yet racquet dominant

FHS girls tennis team again reaches Division I-AA Sectional after controlling district, region

The achievements of Farragut High School’s girls tennis team this season are numerous.

And very possibly not over.

After completing a perfect 12-0 District 4-AA record in the regular season, the Lady Admirals beat Bearden 5-0 to win the District Tournament Monday, May 9, at McFee Park in Farragut. Farragut then shut out West 5-0 to win the Regional Tournament at Tyson Park Wednesday, May 11.

The Regional win moved them into the Sectional round against perennial power Tennessee High — having beaten Farragut April 22 —Wednesday, May 18, at Tyson Park (after deadline).

“Tennessee High will be a very difficult match,” said FHS first-year head coach Gordon Cassity, who coaches both boys and girls. “We had two matches that were really tight and could have gone either way. We feel like we have a good shot at them in the Sectionals.”

A loss Wednesday shouldn’t detract from Farragut’s stellar season. The team is strong from top to bottom and hardly needs coaching, according to Cassity. Even better, he said, the girls’ character outshines even their on-court skills.

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Rallying in 4-4A tourney, Softball Ads to sectional

MARYVILLE — With five home runs in her first five District 4-4A Tournament games — 10 of 15 at the plate — Farragut junior shortstop Ava Guzowski, tourney MVP, led the Lady Admirals back after a surprising early round loss to Maryville.

“Ava was tearing it up all week,” said FHS head coach Nick Green, whose girls battled back to reach the championship game, then beat Heritage 7-3 — led by some huge hits from the bottom of the order — to claim the tourney crown Thursday evening, May 12, at the John Sevier Elementary School/MHS field.

Guzowski was joined on the All-Tournament team by fellow Lady Ads Emily Musco (senior second baseman), Lauren Brakovec (senior designated player and league MVP with three home runs in four games), Emma MacTavish (sophomore pitcher) and Sarah Livingston (senior centerfielder).

But big production came from hitters seven through nine in the title game. Hailey Nichols smacked a solo homer and scored two runs, while Laney Shrader doubled and also scored two runs. Vivian Boles added an RBI single and scored a run. “Seven, eight, nine came through right there,” Green said.

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Clean district sweep, then sectional berth once again earned by FHS baseball

Behind 15 hits — many of them very timely — Farragut High School’s baseball team beat Karns 11-5 at FHS’s John Heatherly Field in a Region 2-4A semifinal, a win-or-go-home situation, Monday evening, May 16.

“Any win this time of year is what you want,” Farragut head coach Matt Buckner said. “It wasn’t pretty, obviously. We did a lot of things poorly. We didn’t pitch all that great. We didn’t play defense all that great. But we won. We get a win on Friday and we go to the state tournament.”

The win set up a Wednesday, May 18, region final against Powell (after deadline), as the District 3-4A champion Panthers ended Bearden’s strong post-season run, 1-0, Monday in the other region semifinal.

Farragut and Powell will advance to the state Sectional round Friday, May 20, leaving both just one win from next week’s TSSAA state tournament in Murfreesboro.

Monday’s six-run margin of victory is a bit misleading. When Karns scored two runs in the top of the fifth, Farragut led only 7-5.

It took two runs by the Admirals in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.

Sophomore relief pitcher Stratton Scott, who took over from Admirals senior ace Jaxson Pease in the fifth, killed a bases-loaded Beavers rally in the seventh with two strikeouts to end the game.

Farragut led 2-0 after one, and 3-1 after two. In the top of the third, the Beavers tied it 3-3 on two singles and two walks. They might have led 4-3, but the inning ended when Karns’s Clayton Haugstad was thrown out at the plate.

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HVA T&F teams qualify in 27 events for state; 8 Sectional champs

FHS wins girls pole vault, 800, 4 X 400, 4 X 800; Bearden sprinter Rudolph 1st in 100-, 200-meter

HARDIN VALLEY — As expected, Hardin Valley Academy track and field teams dominated among local foes during East Sectional state qualifier meet at HVA Saturday, May 15, qualifying for 27 events — eight of those Sectional champs.

Meanwhile, the highlight for Farragut was first-place finishes from its 4 X 400 girls foursome (4:01.31) and 4 X 800 girls (9:42.44), in addition to senior Lexi Foley winning the 800-meter run title (2:18.15) and junior Samantha Harvey first in pole vault (10-00).

Bearden junior Laila Rudolph raced her way to first-place finishes in the 100-dash (12.37) and 200-dash (25.64). Lydia Lively, Lady Bulldogs sophomore, won 300-hurdles (46.36). Cayden Douglas, BHS junior, was champ in boys high jump (6-06.00).

Hardin Valley champions

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Buckner MVP among many Ads, Dawgs, Hawks honorees

2022 District 4-4A Baseball All-District Team and Superlatives was led by Lukas Buckner, Farragut sophomore shortstop, who was named Most Valuable Player (see photo with story above).

He was joined, superlatives-wise, by senior teammate Jaxson Pease, honored as Pitcher of the Year, and sophomore outfielder Jack Alley, earning Rookie of the Year.

Other superlatives in 4-4A included Brooks Wright, Bearden sophomore, who was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Other Farragut Admirals earning All-District honors for 2022 were Eli Evans, Garrett Brewer, Landis Davila, Brennon Seigler, Mark Underwood and Jett Johnston.

Hardin Valley Academy honorees were Austin King, Logan Ozias, Adam Baker, Ty Denton, Micah Hoffmeister and Will Webb.

Other BHS Bulldog selections were Tripp Spencer, Brady Frederick and Evan Goins.

All-Academic honorees in 4-4A included Matthew Kilbey of Farragut, Hunter Armstrong of HVA and Carson Cooper of Bearden.

Nordin, BHS rule

KNOXVILLE — Displaying skill and determination fitting of an experienced boys soccer team looking to right a “wrong” after last season’s state title game loss, Bearden wasted no time in taking charge verses Maryville.

While standout junior Lucas Nordin led the way with a hat-trick (three goals) and one assist, the Dawgs (15-1-3) scored just 39 seconds into its District 4-3A tourney title match Friday, May 13, at BHS’s Radcliffe-Kelly Soccer Complex/Turner-Allender Field.

“I guess you could say Lucas is on a tear,” BHS head coach Ryan Radcliffe said after a 5-1 win, adding about Nordin’s determination to score, “you kind of see that translate through the rest of the players.”

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