Soccer showdown ends 0-0

Hawks' forward Cameron Schneider, 11, heads a header by Admirals' Paul Hopson toward the goal during a District 4-AAA matchup in Farragut Stadium Friday, April 24. Defense and stellar goalkeeping took center stage as Hardin Valley Academy and Farragut played to a scoreless draw in a District 4-AAA soccer match before a spirited crowd Friday night, April 24, at Farragut Soccer Stadium.

Scoring opportunities came at a premium and Admirals’ netminder Eli Lewis and a duo of HVA goalkeepers, Jeremy Wise and Andrew Foster, kept the respective potent offenses at bay all night.

It was Foster, who was in the net in the second half for the Hawks, who stole the show.

Foster made several crucial late saves to help Hardin Valley (11-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 in District 4-AAA) preserve the 0-0 tie and move closer to the coveted regular-season district championship.

Now, all that stands between the Hawks and the title is a showdown with Heritage tonight (Thursday, April 30). Kickoff for the district finale is slated for 6 p.m.
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Neely, HVA grab huge 4-AAA win

As Farragut baserunner Duncan Pence heads for second Dom Leo, HVA second baseman, completes a ground ball double play. The Hawks won 3-1. Zach Sears, Tyler Thompson and Dom Leo each had critical two-out hits, combining to provide most of Hardin Valley’s offense against defending state champ Farragut.

Meanwhile, Hawks staff ace Will Neely “threw his best stuff as the game went on and on,” HVA head coach Joe Michalski said about what might be the senior’s most important win of the season.

“I’ve usually started out slow at the beginning and gotten stronger as the game went on,” said Neely, a Tennessee Volunteers signee, as Hardin Valley handed the Admirals its first and only District 4-AAA regular season loss, 3-1, at HVA Friday evening, April 24. Going the distance, Neely allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

“Most of the game I had trouble throwing a first-pitch strike, but I recovered myself,” he said.
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Lady Ads’ depth pays off in Region II Challenge

David Moore, Farragut softball skipper, right, and Nick Green, assistant coach, join Lady Admirals players to celebrate a Region II Challenge championship at Karns Saturday afternoon, April 25. Missing its staff ace pitcher plus its starting shortstop and second baseman during the Region II Challenge title game, Farragut had enough depth to still finish on top.

Sophomore Callie Moore was winning pitcher in three of the Lady Admirals’ five Challenge victories, culminating in an 8-3 victory against Jefferson County in the title game at Karns Saturday afternoon, April 25.

Moore allowed three unearned runs, six hits, one hit batter and no walks in six innings during the title game. She had five strikeouts. “My curveball was really working well, so was my change-up,” Moore said. The No. 3 seed in District 4-AAA tourney starting this week, Farragut was 20-9-1 overall. Wins against Karns (6-5) at KHS Thursday, April 23; versus Tazewell, Va. (7-0) and Science Hill (6-1) Friday, April 24 at Bellamy Field came before Farragut beat Jeff County 5-2 earlier in the day Saturday at FHS.
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Duncan no-hits Lenoir City as Dawgs No. 2 in 4-AAA

Josh Smith, Bearden courtesy runner, beats a pick-off attempt during the Bulldogs’ Throwback Evening game versus Oak Ridge at Farragut’s John Heatherly Field Thursday afternoon, April 23. While Bearden baseball made short work of a struggling Oak Ridge team during annual Throwback Evening at Farragut Thursday, April 23, the biggest Bulldogs news from last week was a no-hitter fired by Brady Duncan at Lenoir City.

Duncan struck out three while allowing three walks in six innings in a 10-0 BHS victory that locked up the No. 2 District 4-AAA tourney seed (11-3) Wednesday, April 22.

“Brady was really good for us,” Bearden head coach John Rice said about his program’s first no-hitter since 2013.

The Bulldogs’ 10-0 win against Oak Ridge came during Farragut High School’s annual Throwback Evening Thursday, April 23, where teams wear special uniforms styled from the 1930s and use wooden bats.

Bearden began the week 20-9 overall.
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BHS softball No. 1 seed led by Steinbacher, big hits

Isabella Lee, Bearden second baseman, grabs the ball after Tazewell baserunner Gracey Cline reaches second base safely during this Region II Challenge game at Farragut’s Bellamy Field Saturday afternoon, April 25. Though BHS head coach Leonard Sams played his entire junior varsity in this game with the exception of courtesy runners, the Lady Bulldogs won 7-6. Bouncing back from an early season drubbing on its home field by rival Farragut, Bearden softball not only exacted revenge with a victory at FHS but ended up on top of District 4-AAA.

Finish-ing district league play tied with Maryville at 11-3, the Lady Bulldogs begin 4-AAA tourney play this week as the No. 1 seed (due to a blind draw).

“Our bats finally started coming around and we started getting hits when we needed to,” Leonard Sams, BHS head coach, said about his Lady Bulldogs after finishing play during annual Region II Challenge late last week at FHS and at Karns. “That’s been the difference so far in the second half of the season.”

Using only its junior varsity players except for courtesy running, Bearden edged Tazewell, Va. 7-6 at FHS Saturday, April 25. The Lady Bulldogs began the week 22-8 overall.
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