Pence ‘the fan’ also likes UT players, support

Duncan Pence, Farragut sophomore shortstop in 2014, scoops a grounder and begins the process toward recording an out. As the Admirals’ clean-up hitter, Pence helped FHS win the program’s ninth TSSAA Class AAA state crown in May. A love affair with coaches, players and academic support within the Tennessee Volunteers’ Baseball program was a huge selling point for Duncan Pence of Farragut High School.

However, “I chose UT because I’ve always been a UT fan,” Pence, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound All-Region 2-AAA shortstop and rising junior, said, after committing to head coach Dave Serrano’s Baseball Vols in mid-July. “I love the university and I’m very interested in everything they do.

“I kind of had my mind made up about where I wanted to go,” he added. “It’s always been UT. I didn’t see a point in dragging it along any longer. … Just get it over with.”

Pence said he wants to help Serrano and his staff “get the program back to where it’s supposed to be. … I love all the coaches and I know a bunch of the players there.”

“I felt like they can help me out a lot, and I want to help them out, too. I had a conversation with Nick Senzel about it,” Pence said about the former FHS All-state infielder and Freshman All-American at UT in 2014, “. … He said there’s a bunch of positive attributes to the university, like they have a bunch of academic support, which will be helpful with how busy my schedule will be. You have a lot of support systems there with your coaches and with your academic advisor.
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V-Green 3rd at ‘City Meet,’ Concord Hills places 5th, Sugarwood 11th, FDCC 15th

Concord Hills swimmer Chandler Ott closed out her club career on a high note Sunday afternoon, July 27, at the 2014 Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association City Championship Meet.

Ott, an 18-year old who graduated from Bearden High School in the spring, won a pair of events on the city’s biggest stage at The University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

Ott’s good fortune began when she won the 15-18 200-yard individual medley (2:29.60) to edge Village Green rival Maggie Melhorn by four one-hundredths of a second.

The race marked the second straight year that Ott had beaten Melhorn for the city championship. “It’s great to go out on a high note,” Ott said. “It was great to win this one last time.”

As it turned out, Ott wasn’t finished capturing races. She also won the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 26.02 seconds.
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Wegzyn to fight for Vols’ QB job

Mike Wegzyn, UMass quarterback, playing at “The Big House” versus Michigan. Mike Wegzyn is coming home —- well sort of.

Wegzyn, who was Knoxville Catholic High School’s quarterback during the 2011 season, is returning to Knoxville and he’ll play his final two years of college football at The University of Tennessee.

Wegzyn returns to East Tennessee after spending the previous three years at the University of Massachusetts. He redshirted as a freshman in Amherst then started at quarterback for two seasons (21 games, 14 starts, completing 231-of-447 passes, 51.7 percentage, for 2,428 yards, nine TDs and 17 interceptions).

The Michigan native, who moved with his family to Knox County before the 2010 football season, graduated from UMASS with a kinesiology degree in three years. That gave him the right to transfer and be eligible immediately.
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