Lady Ads capture region in see-saw drama fest vs BHS

FHS sophomore Alexis Parker, Region 2-AAA MVP, serves against Bearden. Just when Farragut looked ready to blow out Bearden after set one (25-13), the Lady Bulldogs responded with a double-barrel blowout, two sets of volleyball dominance with excellent blocking and digging (25-19, 25-16).

Just when BHS seemed to have the Lady Admirals frustrated, however, back comes Susan Davidson's girls to force a fifth set (25-16) in the Region 2-AAA title match Thursday evening, Oct. 14, at BHS.

Farragut blew a 6-1 fifth set lead, as Bearden tied it 6-6, before the Lady Ads build leads of 13-10 and 14-11.

With a kill from Cassie Rooke and a block from Madi Matthews, the Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to 14-13 looking for the ultimate comeback.

But a kill from senior star Emma Milstead gave Farragut a dramatic 15-13 region title victory, improving to 50-2. Bearden fell to 36-16.

“What was key in that fifth set was Natalie Hartman and Anne [Abernathy] and Alexis Parker [region MVP] got some blocks; we were able to feed off their energy,” Davidson, FHS head coach, said. Parker “really had some key hits and just kind of took us on her back in that last, fifth set. I've got her down for 24 kills” for the match.
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Farragut offense beats rain, fog, Heritage

MARYVILLE —- A rainy and foggy night proved to be just what the Farragut High School football needed to get back in the win column Friday night. The miserable conditions didn’t seem to hinder the Admirals in a 49-30 victory at Heritage Oct. 10.

Farragut (2-5 overall, 2-2 in District 4-AAA) fell behind early when the Mountaineers scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Orlando Bledsoe. Bledsoe’s TD, which gave Heritage a 7-0 lead, was set up by Dustin Richard-son’s long pass to Devin Gardner.

Those were the lone highlights in the first half for Heritage (2-5, 1-3), which committed turnovers on its next four possessions. The Mountaineers had a fumble and three interceptions to close out the first half. When the dust had settled, the Ads had a 28-7 halftime lead and were well on their way to snapping a three-game losing streak.

“We had been giving up turnovers and we had been disappointed the last few weeks in the way we played,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “But our kids hung in there and played hard.
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Easy opener for Lady Ads

Lady Admiral Tori Hunt (14) and Lady Panther Christine Garcia battle for possession. Farragut won this district quarterfinal game 7-0. When your opponent’s fans get excited just for kicking the ball into your territory — forget any real scoring chances — you know it’s easy street in round one of the District 4-AAA Girls Soccer Tournament.

Lenoir City did come into its tourney quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Farragut with seven wins. The Lady Panthers, No. 6 seed, left with no shots on goal in a 7-0 defeat Saturday morning, Oct. 11, in Farragut Soccer Stadium.

Grace Sommi, sophomore outside defender, led the Lady Admirals with two goals. Other goals scorers were Kendall Clay, Katy Becker, Megan MacLean, Erin VanHoozier and Emilie Guigou.

“The younger ones played real well,” said FHS head coach Dennis Lindsay, whose team improved to 11-5-2. The Lady Panthers end up 7-10-1.
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Slow start no problem for Lady SoccerDawgs

Bearden High School’s girls soccer team has survived and advanced. The Lady Bulldogs opened the District 4-AAA Tournament Saturday morning, Oct. 11, with a 5-0 victory over West High in a quarterfinal match at Bruce Allender Field.

Bearden, the tournament’s fourth seed, got off to a slow start but finally scored the game’s first goal in the 26th minute when Olivia Graham took a corner kick from Taylor Frizen and promptly banged it past Lady Rebels’ goalkeeper Megan Newport.

“We were a little flat early but that’s a district game,” BHS head coach Ryan Radcliffe said. “[West] is a good team and they didn’t want to go home. They didn’t have anything to lose.

Bearden (9-8-1) was without injured senior forward Ashley Seltzer, who likely will miss the remainder of the postseason.
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HVA volleyball season ended by Bearden 3-0

Amanda Hylton sets this kill attempt for teammate Cherise Kamerman. Bearden won in straight sets to end the Lady Hawks’ season. Bearden left no doubt which team was going to join Farragut and advance into the Region 2-AAA Volleyball Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs first swept past Hardin Valley Academy 3-sets-to-0 during second round action in the District 4-AAA tourney. Their second 4-AAA tourney meeting, with the loser having its season ended, was all BHS Maroon 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, Thursday evening, Oct. 10, at HVA.

As No. 3 district seed, Bearden (35-15) went on to upset top-seeded FHS, which hadn’t lost to a 4-AAA opponent all season, in five sets to claim the tournament title Thursday (see story starting on page 7A).

“They’re just a better team right now,” said Lady Hawks head coach Mike Rosenke, whose No. 2 seeded team finishes 37-17. “They played better than us tonight. They played better than us Tuesday night.”

Furthering the frustration from Hardin Valley’s standpoint, “This has been two years now where Bearden has put us out,” Rosenke said. “I just think they do a better job of showing up post-season time. We’re typically a very good regular season team. But we haven’t shown up when it matters the most.
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‘Confident’ BHS volleyball upsets Lady Ads, wins tourney

Alex Brandan, Bearden libero, keeps a Farragut shot alive in hopes of a Lady Bulldogs point. Confidence, great defense including super blocking, a little luck and just simply being the better team that night: all are reasons Bearden volleyball players and coach gave for their exciting five-set upset victory against mighty Farragut.

The Lady Bulldogs started quickly in this District 4-AAA Tournament championship match at Hardin Valley Academy, before rallying from 9-7 down to win 15-12 in the deciding fifth set (25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12) Thursday evening, Oct. 9.

“I think we had confidence coming into this game,” said BHS senior setter Carrie McGinnis, tournament MVP with 51 assists in the title match plus eight digs, three blocks and 10 service points. “We didn’t let a ball hit the floor, we were going after everything. And I feel like we were the better team this time. We grew as a team this season, and we knew we could beat them.
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Hawks keep BHS winless

Ryan Ferguson, Hardin Valley Academy senior running back, looks for a hole against Bearden’s defense. Despite some costly first quarter mistakes, Bearden hung tough with highly favored Hardin Valley Academy and trailed by only seven, 14-7, at halftime.

But the Hawks clamped down hard defensively after some stern halftime words from HVA head coach Wes Jones, while Hardin Valley’s rushing attack — five TD runs combined from Ryan Ferguson and Issiah Aguero — wore down the Bulldogs by early in the fourth quarter. It ended 41-7 Hawks Friday evening, Oct. 10, at BHS’s Bill Young Field.

Ferguson said his Hawks “came out flat in the first [half] and coach [Jones], he got into us a little bit at halftime.”

In the second half, “We came out with some fire in us,” Ferguson added. “We kind of underestimated them at first. We kind of came out flat.

“But we got the job done in the end.”

Hardin Valley improved to 4-3 overall, 3-1 in District 4-AAA.
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