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
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.
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.”