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Webb hosts CCS to ‘StrikeOut’ cancer

Mahar, Skinner among survivors honored, victims mourned at 1st fundraiser

Cancer survivor Kylie Mahar, CCS sophomore second baseman, tries to bunt for a base hit versus Webb.
KNOXVILLE — A former victim of leukemia as a small child, now several years in remission while a teenage student-athlete at Concord Christian School, and a Webb School of Knoxville student-athlete who has lost several family members to cancer, were two reasons for inaugural StrikeOut Cancer Game.

Webb softball hosted this fundraiser, which was inspired by Lady Spartans head coach Dodie Montgomery, as her team entertained the CCS Lady Lions Thursday afternoon, April 12.

While Concord Christian won this Division II District 1A game 13-3 in five innings — only the second victory in program history — both teams celebrated triumphs against cancer, which included Webb assistant coach Susie Skinner (wife of Ralph Skinner, Farragut Baseball’s “Voice of the Admirals”). She is seven years in remission from breast cancer.

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It’s ‘nil-nil’ at HVA

Timi Omitaomu of Farragut (23) reaches to make contact with the ball as Adam Grigsby, Hardin Valley Academy senior forward, leaps in the air to control possession.
HARDIN VALLEY — Farragut High School boys soccer head coach Ray Dover and Ads senior forward Rivaldo Hill couldn’t hide their frustration after a 0-0 (nil-nil) draw at Hardin Valley Academy Thursday, April 12.

“It’s the same thing every time that we play on this field. You can’t play a passing game on this pitch,” Dover said after both teams squandered a chance to position themselves for a shot at winning the outright District 4-AAA regular-season championship. “The ball is always bouncing. And I know as a fan that this not pretty soccer.”

“This is really frustrating,” said Hill, who missed on several scoring chances in the waning moments. “I missed those shots and I’ll take the blame for that because it was my fault.”

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Warriors run-rule Cleveland during Scott Dean Memorial

KNOXVILLE — Christian Academy of Knoxville got a little offensive Friday afternoon, April 13. And it resulted in a victory.

The Warriors pounded out 13 hits as they notched a 16-6 six-inning win versus Cleveland at home during annual Scott Dean Memorial Baseball Tournament.

CAK also took advantage of some defensive miscues by the Blue Raiders.

However, “We weren’t good on the mound,” Warriors head coach Tommy Pharr said. “But we got some big hits. Our offense really bailed us out today.”

Down 1-0 early, the Warriors (17-8) scored five times in the bottom of the second as they were able to take advantage of three Cleveland errors.

Jake Tate walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third when Cole Campbell doubled.

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Ten sign at HVA April 11

Ten Hardin Valley Academy athletes signed National Letters of Intent for collegiate student/athletes during a ceremony Wednesday, morning, April 11, in the school’s auditorium. Front row, from left, are Lainee Griffin, Sydney Bailey, Kayla Domon, Sydney Dukes and Brock Umberger. Back row, from left, are Madison Grimm, Kenya Sloan, Kenton Bachmann, Lizzy Davis and Paige Gentry.
Ten Hardin Valley Academy athletes signed National Letters of Intent during a ceremony Wednesday, April 11, in HVA auditorium.

Lizzie Davis will join both the track and women’s basketball programs at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she will perform for the Lady Hornets.

Among her honors were state indoor track and field awards this school year in the high jump and as a leg on the Lady Hawks’ distance medley relay team.

During the 2017-18 basketball season as a guard, Davis became the second all-time leading scorer in program history, while earning All-District 4-AAA honors.

Paige Gentry will play basketball for Roane State Community College’s Lady Raiders. She also earned All-District 4-AAA honors as a senior guard.

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