State bound Admirals rout Hurricanes

Trips to the Class AAA State Tournament have become the norm for the Farragut High School baseball team and the Admirals have punched another ticket to Murfreesboro.

Farragut, which last missed the tournament field in 2007, clinched its latest state bid with a 13-0 five-inning victory over Morristown East in a Section 1-AAA tilt Friday at John Heatherly Field at The Ballpark at Farragut.

“It feels great to go back to state,” said senior pitcher Dylan Pacifico, who hurled four scoreless innings and had eight strikeouts against the Hur-ricanes on an otherwise gloomy day in Farragut. “I take it for granted that we’re always going to get to state but I know I shouldn’t.”

The Admirals certainly didn’t appear to be taking things for granted in a game that was played on Friday morning due to Morristown East’s graduation ceremony and the threat of impending inclement weather.

Pacifico opened the game by striking out the side in the top of the first inning, although he had to work his way around a two-out error in the inaugural frame.
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Carter, Price among tennis locals headed to State

KNOXVILLE — Two Farragut High School tennis players will close the 2016 season on Tennessee’s grandest stage.

Senior Gary Carter and junior Hannah Price will each compete for a Class AAA State Singles Championship at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro.

They clinched spots at the Midstate by winning Region 2-AAA Championships on Tuesday, May 17, at the West Hills Tennis Center.

Carter, who will be making his third consecutive trip to Middle Tennessee, advanced with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hardin Valley Academy senior Spencer Chaloux in the regional final.

It was the third meeting of the season between the two longtime friends and rivals. Carter holds a big advantage in the overall series but the top players in District 4-AAA are usually embroiled in hotly contested matches.
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Bulldogs return to state tournament

KNOXVILLE — A one-time regular at the Spring Fling will make a return to the Class AAA State Soccer Tournament.

Bearden High School punched its ticket to Murfreesboro with a 2-0 victory over Sevier County Saturday night at Bruce Allender Field.

The victory over the Smoky Bears (19-3-1) clinched the first state bid for the Bulldogs since 2012. Bearden last brought home a State Championship in 2006 when coach Ryan Radcliffe was a player.

“This is the first time that I’ve ever made it to the state and it’s a great feeling,” said Kelvin Garcia, who scored Bearden’s first goal against Sevier County. “We gave it 110 percent tonight.”
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Magical postseason ends abruptly for HVA

HARDIN VALLEY — Hardin Valley Academy’s softball team had its plans for a second consecutive trip to Murfreesboro and the Class AAA State Tournament derailed Saturday night.

The Hawks, which shocked the softball world by winning the District 4-AAA and Region 2-AAA Tournaments last season en route to the Midstate, pulled off that double again in 2016 and faced a familiar opponent in Saturday night’s State Sectional round.
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