Farragut High School released its FHS Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 nominees late last week.
Annual FHS Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, in the school’s Commons.
Coach nominee is the late Wallie Culbreth, boys soccer head coach from 2002 through 2015 who led the Admirals to four Class AAA state championships and one national championship, one state runner-up finish and regular appearances in the state tourney.
Male athlete honorees are Lytle Rather, basketball, Class of 1982; Brian Foster, baseball, 1988; Chad Starliper, golf, 1991; Darren Rothenberg, football/track, 1996; Chris Martland, track, 2000, and Eric Watkins, wrestling/football, 2001.
Female athlete honorees: Rhonda Snow, softball/basketball/cross country, Class of 1982; Jeane Heydet, track/cross country, 1985; Julie Crews, soccer, 1988; Meredith Lance, basketball/cross country, 1994; Lacie Smith, volleyball, 2003, and Alyssa Randolph, golf, 2008.
A modest four-game winning streak came to an end for the Hardin Valley Academy football team Friday night, Oct. 6. The Hawks came up on the short end of a 41-35 decision against Science Hill in Johnson City.
Prior to the game against the Hilltoppers, HVA head coach Wes Jones said he was waiting for his squad to truly play “Hardin Valley Football.” The Hawks may have just done that at Science Hill.
But all they had was a narrow loss to show for, arguably, their best game of the 2017 campaign.
“We had a chance to win the game late but we just came up a little short,” Jones said. “It was one of those crazy games. They put points on the board and we put points on the board. We both scored points.
“They just made a few more plays than we did. We played hard and I thought that we executed just fine against a very big, very physical football team. We would drive and then we would get a holding call.”
The Hawks [4-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 1-6A] will see another big a physical team this week when they host Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett Friday night, Oct. 13.
KNOXVILLE — The 2017 season came to an end for the Farragut High School volleyball team.
The Lady Admirals, who had made the Class AAA state tournament in each of the last four seasons and reached the championship match three consecutive times, saw things come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Maryville at South-Doyle High School in the loser’s bracket semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Despite seeing things end early, Farragut head coach Susan Davidson saw plenty of reasons for optimism.
“We had a young team this year and then we had a lot of injuries,” Davidson said. “It was a rough deal. We have a tough district.
“We lost most of our sets by two to five points and we lost our leaders due to injury, and at the end of the season we were starting three really good freshmen.
“We’re looking forward to moving on and we’re starting to look forward.”
Despite facing adversity, the Lady Admirals did manage to finish second in District 3-AAA regular season, one of the toughest leagues in the state of Tennessee.