Streak snapped, ’Dawgs fight past Admirals

Bearden's Casey Riemer, 23, battles Farragut's Grace Sommi, 3, for a ball during a match between the two teams Thursday, Sept. 24, at Farragut Intermediate School.. Streaks are made to be broken and Bearden High School’s girls soccer team snapped a losing streak to rival Farragut on Thursday, Sept. 24. The Bulldogs beat the Admirals 2-1 before a boisterous crowd at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

It was Bearden’s first victory over the Ads since the 2010 District 4-AAA Tournament semifinals.

“I think in past years, we got caught up in the atmosphere of this game,” said Bearden senior forward Casey Riemer, who scored BHS’s two goals in the match. “This feels great and this is a special night for us.”

The match was scoreless until the 39th minute when Riemer buried a penalty kick passed Farragut senior goalkeeper Miranda Burt and into the back of the net.

Riemer said that the penalty kick was easy to convert.
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Hawks run game, defense dominate Powell

Hawks defensive end Elijah Jones, 59, blocks the Powell pass. Two missed extra points cost Hardin Valley against West.

The Dobyns-Bennett defense capitalized on a missed snap and scored a safety against the Hawks late last week.

The way Hardin Valley head coach Wes Jones sees it, the Hawks were only three points away from being 5-0.

“My thing about it is I feel like we're three points away from being an undefeated football team right now,” Jones said. “We just haven't made that step to the next level and I want to push our guys to just take that next step and I'm excited about it.”

Special teams and defense pushed Hardin Valley [4-2] out front from the opening kick, scoring 21 of HVA's first 35 points, and the Hawks never punted in a dominating 48-6 victory over Powell at Scarbro Stadium Friday, Sept. 25.

“We came out and they had some things inside their kicking game that we thought we could make a big play on,” Jones said. “We were able to set up a return and had a little alley right there and scored on the very first play of the game.”
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Bulldogs rebuilding hits bump in the road

Bulldogs Ty Warren, 2, is pulled in two directions as he tries to make something happen against the Red Rebel defense Friday, Sept. 25, on Bill Young Field at BHS Bearden High School has made great strides on the gridiron in 2015. With three wins on the season, the Bulldogs have already tripled last season’s win total. The rebuilding process, however, hit a bump in the road as Bearden dropped a 41-0 decision to Maryville Friday night at Bill Young Field.

“This game [against the Red Rebels] was much better than it was last year,” BHS coach Morgan Shinlever said. “We can learn and we can take a lot from this game.

“But that doesn’t change and it doesn’t change the emotion that you feel after a game like this. Now, we just have to go back to work and get ready for Bradley Central. Maryville is the mountain that everybody has to climb. Every time you play them, it’s a measuring stick.”

Things started on a high note for the Bulldogs in this Region 1-6A contest when quarterback Cam Jones lofted a deep pass on the first play from scrimmage. The throw didn’t quite connect with its target, Josh Chandler but the defending Class 6A State Champions were flagged for pass interference and the 15-yard penalty netted a first down for the Bulldogs (3-3 overall and 1-2 in the region).
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Bearden tunes up for district against Webb

Bearden's Mia Owens, 19, goes for a kill against Spartans Meredith Wallace, 7, and Scout McClerran, 20, in the first set of a five set match Monday, Sept. 28, in Haslam Center on the Webb campus. Bearden High School volleyball coach Zach Forgani knew that his team would face a stiff test against Webb School of Knoxville Monday night and that’s why he scheduled a second match with the Spartans in 2015.

“We won’t see another team like them in Knoxville and that’s why they scheduled them twice,” Forgani said after his team dropped a 25-16, 25-7, 25-13 decision to the Spartans at Webb’s Haslam Center.

The Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead in the match’s opening set before the Spartans (41-4) kicked things into gear.

After a side-out that made the score 4-3, Webb’s Meredith Wallace took serve and scored the next four points to give the Spartans a 7-4 lead and Webb would never trail in the match again.

Bearden, trailing 11-6 later in the opening game, battled back to pull to with 12-10 before Nicklin Hames used a five-point service run. Hames’ strong surge gave the Spartans an 18-10 lead and gave the Spartans the upper hand.
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Hawks soar in 7-0 shutout

Hardin Valley's Jaclyn Denton, 16, gets off a kick as Lenoir City defenders close in Thursday, Sept. 24. After a pivotal region win, Hardin Valley Mark Patterson said he had to make a lot of changes in Hardin Valley's final road district match of the season.

“We played a tough game yesterday against Oak Ridge,” Patterson said. "So tonight we had to freshen things up."

The strategy paid off and Hardin Valley overwhelmed potential District 4-AAA tourney first-round opponent Lenoir City in a 7-0 romp, Thursday, Sept. 24, at Civitan Field.

Hardin Valley [9-3-1, 5-1 District 4-AAA] held the Panthers out of its zone and didn't allow Lenoir City to get off a single shot, outshooting LCHS 37-0.

“Lenoir City set up and defended really well,” Patterson said. “They were hard to break down. So credit has to go to them and the coaching team. They must have worked really hard on that, but our girls dug in there. They created a good few chances. [Lenoir City's] keeper pulled off some magnificent saves so credit to her, but we used - I think it was - 34 players tonight so we tried to get everybody included and everyone did really well, so I'm very proud of the girls.”
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Farragut volleyball wins ‘Back to Bro’ Tournament

MURFREESBORO — Farragut High School’s volleyball team won the Back 2 Boro Tournament Saturday at Siegel High School.

The Admirals (37-4) captured the tournament title with a sweep of the Franklin Rebels late Saturday afternoon and FHS coach Susan Davidson couldn’t have been happier after her squad beat the Rebels twice and had wins over Bartlett (25-16, 25-12), James Clemens High School of Alabama (24-26, 25-22, 15-13) and Page (25-16, 25-3) and Smyrna.

“Our girls played some great volleyball,” Davidson said. “We saw some great competition. We played a great team from Alabama and they really pushed us.”

The one disappointment for Davidson and the Ads was that they didn’t get the chance to play the host Stars, a Top-10 team from Middle Tennessee.
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JV libero shines in varsity debut, HVA win

Hardin Valley Academy’s volleyball team received a spark from an unlikely source in its match against Knoxville Catholic on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Libero Sydney Dukes was pressed into service and responded to help lift the Hawks to a 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 sweep of the Irish at HVA.

Dukes, who had played exclusively on the junior varsity team in 2015, replaced the injured Katie Filipkowski, had three aces and seven digs to help boost Hardin Valley to victory.

“We were at a tournament and coach talked to me about playing varsity and I was happy to get the chance to play with these girls,” Dukes said.

She made the most of her chance and was certainly noticed by her coach and teammates.

“She had some big serves tonight when we needed them,” Hardin Valley coach Mitzi McCurry said. “She had several aces.”
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CAK, Webb winners in Week 6

A pair of area private high school football teams made long trips and came back with mixed results, while Webb School of Knoxville notched a shutout win at home and Concord Christian forfeited a home game against Davidson Academy. Christian Academy of Knoxville routed Donelson Christian Academy 48-13 in Nashville while Knoxville Catholic came up on the short end of a 38-14 against Belfry High School in Kentucky.

CAK (6-0) kept its perfect record intact against DCA in the Midstate by getting off to another blazing start. The Warriors opened a 21-0 lead by halftime.

“I’m enjoying watching this,” CAK coach Rusty Bradley said. “Our guys are doing a good job and hopefully we can keep it going.”

The Warriors took a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Isaac Gallegos and that was only the beginning.
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