Patterson named HVA head soccer coach

The next chapter in Mark Patterson’s soccer career will take him to Hardin Valley Academy. Patterson was recently named to replace Mike McLean as both the boys and girls soccer coach.

Patterson, 25, will replace McLean, who resigned in May after leading the Hawks to the Class AAA State Semifinals. Prior to that McLean led the Lady Hawks to its first state tournament appearance.

The new coach will coach high school for the first time in the United States. But he’s no stra-nger to Hardin Valley.

“I actually built up a relationship with the previous coach, Mike McLean,” Patterson said. “I coached his son and I coached his daughter at a soccer camp. Mike actually invited me to a game and I loved the school.”
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Sugarwood ‘seniors’ show leadership

"Senior" James Eun, left, Sugarwood team captain, with Stingray "senior" swimmers-assistant coaches James Lewis, his twin sister, Melanie Lewis, left, Allison Carbaugh and co-head coach Ben Whiteside If experience counts, Sugar-wood Stingrays swim team has a record-breaking supply.

With 11 of its roughly 160 swimmers recent high school graduates, “That’s the most we’ve ever had” in the program’s 16 years of existence, Chet Carbaugh, team representative, said.

“We’ve got a really, really great group of seniors this year,” Sugarwood co-head coach Ben Whiteside said. “It’s not just the swimming talent that‘s involved, but the character as well.”

Allison Carbaugh is in her 12th year as a Stingray; James Lewis and Melanie Lewis are in their 11th year while Stingrays team captain James Eun said, “It’s been too long to remember.”

Eun and Allison Carbaugh are Class of 2015 Farragut High School graduates who each were state qualifiers with the Aqua Admirals club swim team: Allison in the 100-breaststroke and Eun in the 100-breaststroke and as a leg on the 200-medley relay and 200-free relay.

While the Lewis twins were homeschooled, they swam for Berean Christian School and also were state qualifiers (James the 100-freestyle, 50-free and 200-individual medley; Melanie the 100-free and 50-free).

“A lot of us have been friends since we were literally 8 years old,” Melanie Lewis said. “It’s just been a blast to grow up with a lot of these kids to swim with and to work hard. You build together when you work hard. I think that’s one thing that makes swimming so awesome.”
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FHS, FMS baseball staying shape

Zach Joyce, 14, left, and Tyler Noll, 15, loosening up. What “fuels” Farragut High School baseball success isn’t fun or pretty, and it starts less than one week after the Admirals’ annual trek to the Class AAA state tournament ends.

Roughly two dozen of the younger FHS baseball players, with a few Farragut Middle School players sprinkled in, could be found on a hot Tuesday morning, June 16, in the middle of a 90-minute workout.

Stressing these Tuesday-through-Thursday morning workouts throughout the summer — minus the TSSAA-mandated “dead period” of roughly two weeks plus FHS baseball camp week —“are voluntary” is Trace Pate, director of strength and conditioning for FHS athletics. “We go all the way until a week before school starts.

“It’s kind of one thing that separates us from a lot of other schools,” Pate added. “As soon as their season is over they’re going to wait and they take the summer off. Our guys, the [Class AAA] state championship was on a Friday [May 22], and the next Tuesday [May 26] they were back in the weight room getting ready for next year.
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