Maroon wave sinks Admirals

Brown, powerful Bulldogs easily defeat rival Farragut

Bearden’s Ques Fair, 0, goes for the dunk over FHS’s Robby Geron, 12.
KNOXVILLE — When Bearden High School senior center Shamarcus “Shaq” Brown made his season debut Friday night, Dec. 7, he entered the game to rousing applause.

Every time he touched the ball, Bulldogs fans went into a frenzy. He responded by scoring nine points, rebounding and making several defensive plays to help Bearden cruise to a 77-21 District 4-AAA victory versus rival Farragut before a packed and boisterous house at BHS.

“It was great to have him back,” BHS head coach Jeremy Parrott said. “He practiced a little bit this week and when he came into the game, he gave us a big lift. He came in and he did Shaq things.”

Brown, who missed Bearden’s first eight games recovering from a football injury, said he was happy to be back on the court for the Bulldogs (7-2 overall, 4-0 in the district).

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McLaughlin overcomes nerves, helps BHS double up Lady Ads

Lady Bulldogs Caitlyn Sherrod, left, and Jakhyia Davis celebrate a victory.
KNOXVILLE — Bearden High School sophomore point guard Zneyah McLaughlin found herself in the starting lineup for the first time in her career Friday night, Dec. 7.

She said she had to battle a few nerves as rival Farragut visited BHS.

“I was really nervous at first, but the energy from the team and the crowd really helped,” said McLaughlin, who scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a lopsided 72-36 District 4-AAA victory over the Lady Admirals. “We were so excited. ... It’s a rivalry and we wanted to come to play.

“We talked well on defense. We moved the ball well on offense. We played together as a team. We didn’t play as individuals,” she added. “Sometimes we play as individuals, but tonight we really played together as a team.”

“This was the most complete game that we’ve played this season,” BHS head coach Justin Underwood said. “We talked about the fact that we needed to be the aggressor.”

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Never ‘lax’ in community service

FHS boys lacrosse team helps 584 at FFUMC

Some of the 35 members of Farragut High School boys lacrosse team who volunteered on Christmas Community Day at First Farragut United Methodist Church.
Farragut High School boys lacrosse team dedicated the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, to serve at Christmas Community Day at First Farragut United Methodist Church,12733 Kingston Pike.

Under the direction of Robert McFarland, director of lacrosse operations, 35 team members gave a combined 180 hours of service to help needy families in the community.

The team set up centers, filled grocery bags, pushed grocery carts and reset the church facility after Sunday’s event. The event served 146 needy families and 584 individuals from Knox, Loudon, Roane, Monroe, Blount and Sevier counties.

Guests enjoyed a meal in the Christmas Cafe, photos with Santa and free shopping for children’s gifts, books and gently used clothing and coats.

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