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Battle of Farragut goes to Lady Ads, 2-1

CCS volleyball pushes FHS, beats West

Lady Lions libero Alie Tucker, a junior, sets for her front line as CCS teammate Annabelle Sulish, a freshman, reacts.
Farragut High School volleyball head coach Susan Davidson couldn’t have been happier Monday evening, Aug. 13, as her Lady Admirals picked up a pair of season-opening wins at Concord Christian School.

“This was a great early-season match for us,” Davidson said after Farragut prevailed in a three-set thriller over the host Lady Lions 25-18, 22-25, 15-13. “They’re a great team and they could very well be in the state finals.

Seniors Sydney Cherney and Caroline Bower led Farragut’s hitting attack against Concord Christian, which salvaged an opening-night split as it swept Knoxville West 25-10, 28-26. Cherney finished with eight kills, 15 digs and three aces while Bower, a College of Charleston commitment, finished the match with nine kills.

“I think we got great senior leadership from Sydney and Caroline,” Davidson said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them, but we have some great young players on the floor.”

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Ads host Bradley; Hawks, Dawgs welcome neighborhood rivals

Sam Kniss, Farragut sophomore linebacker, has a firm grasp on a Gibbs ballcarrier as Admirals teammate Clark Schechter, junior outside linebacker (44), comes up to give support. Farragut defeated the Eagles 10-0 during this KOC Kick-Off Classic quarter in Neyland Stadium Friday evening, Aug. 11. Bradley Central invades Eddie Courtney Stadium/Bill Clabo Field Friday evening, Aug. 17, looking to avenge an overtime home loss to the Admirals at Bradley last season.
KNOXVILLE — Kyle Carter was glad to see the KOC Kick-Off Classic return to Neyland Stadium.

“It was crazy,” said Carter, Farragut High School’s senior running back, who emerged as one of the area’s more potent and consistent offensive weapons last season and had a pair of early carries in the Admirals’ 10-0 victory over Gibbs Friday night’s one-quarter, 12-minute game. I looked up there and saw the people. I just couldn’t believe that I was playing in Neyland Stadium.

“I want to thank (Tennessee football head) coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and (athletic director Phillip) Fulmer for bringing this back here and giving us the opportunity to play here.”

Eddie Courtney, Farragut’s longtime head football coach, agreed.

“We told the kids to act like this was Saturday afternoon and they were playing in the backyard,” Courtney said. “This is just like wearing orange.”

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Irish invite mighty Rebs to KCHS; CAK at home, Webb at Vanderbilt

Tommy Cunningham, Webb sophomore receiver, runs for big yardage against West in KOC Kick-Off Classic Friday, Aug. 11, in Neyland Stadium. Spartan Jackson Bradley (73) looks for a block.
KNOXVILLE — High schools across Tennessee will open their 2018 football season this week and three area private schools will start with some big games.

Knoxville Catholic High School and Christian Academy of Knoxville will both be home Friday night, Aug. 13, while Webb School of Knoxville will head to Nashville to play Evangelical Christian School, a tradition-rich team from the Memphis area, in a game at Vanderbilt Stadium.

The Irish will host Maryville at Blaine Stadium in a matchup between two defending state champions. KCHS went 12-3 in 2017 and left Cookeville with the Class 5A title while the Rebels (14-1 last season) captured the gold ball after winning the Class 6A state championship.

The two teams opened the 2017 campaign in Blount County, with Maryville winning a thriller in a 49-42 shootout.

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