Sports

While football, girls soccer are allowed full seasons

Governor Lee’s decision brings notes of skepticism

Gov. Bill Lee “announced that he will soon sign Executive Order No. 55, which will include TSSAA member schools in an exception to contact sports restrictions,” according to a TSSAA press release distributed Tuesday evening, July 28.

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Noe, Knox Catholic girls join CAK boys as champs at ORCC; Farragut teams top 3

OAK RIDGE — Re-introducing TSSAA high school sports to the Farragut area — for the first time since March 12 — 5 Star Preps Masters 2020 at Oak Ridge Country Club featured 12 girls and 12 boys teams to begin the week.

Due to an inadvertent infraction — “a mix-up on some tee boxes” according to Farragut High School head coach Jon Higgins — a resulting 6-stroke penalty during opening-round play Monday, July 27, left Higgins’ Lady Admirals (+35) finishing the 36-hole, two-day tourney third instead of tied for first.

Medalist Kennedy Noe (+ 9), a senior, led team champ Knoxville Catholic (+29).

Noe edged out Madilyn Newman (+9), a Hardin Valley Academy senior.

Christian Academy of Knoxville finished a close second (+30) as a team, led by sophomore Kate Faulkner, who captured third individually (+11).

Bearden claimed fourth as a team (+46).

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Among supportive teammates, coach, ex-Lady Hawk Walker signs with MC

Tia Walker, (seated in the middle in white top), Hardin Valley Academy Class of 2020 standout softball catcher, recently signed with Maryville College, an NCAA Division III school, as a student/athlete. “Tia has been a joy to coach these past four years. Her love for the game and for her teammates is unmatched,” said Whitney Hickam-Cruze, HVA softball head coach, (standing third from right), who joined Walker and her Lady Hawks teammates during the ceremony. “She will be a great addition for Maryville’s softball program.”