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While area talent uses various venues to sharpen diamond skills, FHS’s Kim, Seigler commit to Division I programs

While in the midst of playing 30 to 50 games against some of the best high school baseball competition in the nation this summer — not being slowed by the coronavirus pandemic — Tanner Kim and Hudson Seigler are two rising Farragut High School seniors who have committed to NCAA Division I programs.

Tanner Kim

Planning to play in the Southeastern Conference after recently committing to the University of Kentucky, “Tanner Kim’s having a big summer,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said about the versatile Admirals fielder who “will hit in our three-hole” in 2021.

Though mostly a first baseman at FHS, Kim could play “some third (base), maybe some outfield” for the Ads next season, Buckner said.

Hudson Seigler

Seigler, who is solidly entrenched as Farragut’s catcher for 2021, “is playing fine” this summer, the coach said about this East Tennessee State University commitment.

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Delay of high school girls soccer, football to September at best

Reaction from area girls soccer coaches

(First of a two-part series. Next week, local high school football coaches react to TSSAA's revised football schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic)

The 2020 high school girls soccer season will not begin on time.

When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently extended the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TSSAA announced both the high school football and girls soccer seasons would be delayed until at least September because those are contact sports.

Golf, Cross country, and volleyball currently are still slated to begin as scheduled.

Three area high school girls soccer head coaches, Farragut’s Kristen Lyons, Hardin Valley Academy’s Jessie Stephens and Bearden’s Ryan Radcliffe are all disappointed.

But they all lauded the TSSAA for its effort to assure that Tennessee’s teams have a full season. Under the current orders, soccer teams may not scrimmage or have contact in practices. The teams, however, may continue weight-lifting and conditioning activities.

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BHS Serritt triplets lift Team 323

The triplet high school baseball force known as Serritt — with Ty, Jaxan and Bryce Serritt all rising seniors at Bearden High School — have made huge contributions to Team 323 AAU summer league 17-and-Under team, which is based out of Blount County.

The trio most recently participated in a multi-age division Net Elite-sponsored PGBA Slam & Scots Blast tourney, which included games at Farragut High School’s John Heatherly Field, with Jaxan pitching, Ty catching and Bryce starting in center field.