Kick-Off Classic Football Jamboree Schedule Announced

Football schedules for the 2015 High School Kick-Off Classic, set for Thursday, Aug. 13, at Central High School and Friday, Aug. 14, at Bearden. Play starts at 7 p.m. on both days.

Thursday, Aug. 13
At Central High School, 7 p.m.
Austin-East vs. The King’s Academy
Halls vs. Anderson County
Central vs. Gibbs
Powell vs. Carter

Friday, Aug. 14
At Bearden High School, 7 p.m.
Karns vs. Webb
Hardin Valley vs. Farragut
South-Doyle vs. Fulton
Lenoir City vs. Bearden
West vs. Campbell County

Area athletes who signed during spring period

Athletes from the PrepXtra coverage area who signed during the spring period:

Name       School   Team
Hal Bishop Fulton Carson-Newman
Jake Blevins Farragut Bryan College
Garrett Cable Carter Carson-Newman
Tripp Carver Fulton Carson-Newman
Chase Fullington Farragut North Carolina
Eric Hart Gatlinburg-Pittman Maryville College
Drew Patterson Greeneville UVA-Wise
Brandon Cosey Hardin Valley Univ. of Cumberlands
Tyler Ferguson Loudon Mars Hill
Will McMahan Gatlinburg-Pittman Tusculum
Dom Souder Catholic Benedictine
Tyler Bohanan Pigeon Forge Lincoln Memorial
Men’s Basketball
Ryan Beal Pigeon Forge Chattanooga*
Austin Duncan Bearden Eastern University
Yasmond Fenderson Fulton Tenn. Wesleyan
Ethan Williams Fulton Bryan College
Men’s Soccer
Taylor Bailey Greeneville Nova Southeastern
Bryce DeGuira Hardin Valley Tusculum
Shawn Foster Hardin Valley Tusculum
Logan Kington Hardin Valley ETSU
Ian Schomer Bearden Maryville College
Sara Zetterberg Farragut North Carolina
Jordan Fortel Greeneville Chattanooga
Haley Goldston Harriman Roane State
Rachael Goodson Bearden Cleveland State
Jordan Hansard Central Roane State
Harly Hennen Bearden Chattanooga State
Alaeni Ray Bearden Tennessee*
Nadalyn Sauceman Greeneville Walters State
Men’s Track & Field
Joe Bindner Catholic Tennessee
Isaiah Kyle Morristown East Wingate
Zachary Lembersky Bearden Emory
Dartanian Oakley Hardin Valley Tennessee
Jose Parrilla Hardin Valley Carson-Newman
Katie Goodwyn Catholic Univ. of Cumberlands
Emma Milstead Farragut Gardner-Webb
Sarah Lorick Farragut Mars Hill
Women’s Basketball
Lacy Cantrell Hardin Valley Roane State
Dasia Maxwell Webb Lincoln Memorial
Sue Yun Kim Farragut Sewanee
Brittany Scott Catholic Cleveland State
Kayla Tillie Maryville Shorter College
Day Vance Webb Centre College
Bethanie Williams Cosby Berea College
Women’s Soccer
Alexandra Brandan Bearden Carson-Newman
Natalie Goetz Farragut Trevecca Nazarene
Gabriella Prevost Catholic Transylvania University
Madison Thomas Gatlinburg-Pittman Milligan
Mackenzie Yaksic Gatlinburg-Pittman Maryville College
Women’s Swimming
Bethany McNabb Cocke County Carson-Newman
Women’s Tennis
Laura Beth Hardesty Hardin Valley Lee University
Women’s Track & Field
Molly Griffin Hardin Valley Tennessee Tech
Brenn Kuscha Hardin Valley Tennessee Wesleyan
*preferred walk-on

Area swimmers scrambling after WKU suspends swimming and diving program

Western Kentucky University’s suspension of its swimming and diving programs sent a shockwave through portions of the PrepXtra coverage area on Tuesday.

Now two area senior high school swimmers, including one who was set to sign on Wednesday, are scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Maryville’s Trenton Reed and Hardin Valley’s Ashley Darby planned to compete at WKU next season before Tuesday, when the university announced a 5-year suspension for its swimming and diving programs after it and Bowling Green (Ky.) police found  violations of Title IX sexual misconduct and assault, harassment and the student code of conduct.

Reed first saw the news on the Internet on Tuesday morning, just a day before he was scheduled to sign with the Hilltoppers during a 9 a.m. ceremony at Maryville. Darby signed with WKU’s women’s program in November.

“It was an emotional day for us,” said Todd Reed, Trenton’s father. “We’re making the best of it. We just kind of caught it on the news. We were in communication with the compliance office and things like that. Really, what we just want to say is it was a shock, and we’re moving forward with making the best of it.”

Darby did not return calls from the News Sentinel on Tuesday evening.

Trenton Reed and Darby were the latest swimmers in what’s become a steady pipeline of Knoxville-area athletes to WKU.

Former Bearden standouts Ryan Burcham (freshman; butterfly/freestyle) and Chris Goodman (junior; backstroke/free) and Knoxville’s John Myhre (freshman; free/back) were listed on the men’s roster.

WKU is giving its athletes the option to either transfer or stay on campus, where their scholarships will be honored if they remain in good standing.

Former Maryville High School standout Logan Graumann (freshman; free/back) and Bearden’s Kennedy Higdon (senior; butterfly/medley) compete for the women’s program, and also have those options.

“We’re doing a lot of backtracking now figuring out what’s going on,” said Tennessee Aquatics’ Marshall Goldman, who coached Darby and Reed. “It’s a shame because we have a strong history of swimmers at the program. We’ve got four or five who are there right now. We’ve had almost 10 over the last handful of years to have gone there. It’s kind of a shock in general. … The cut because of this is a little hard to swallow.”

Reed and Darby  will now seek alternative college options. Reed can go wherever he chooses since he did not sign at National Letter of Intent, and Goldman said Darby will have the same options since WKU is granting blanket releases to its signees.

“(Darby) signed in the fall,” Goldman said. “We’re having to get her released from everything. … Western Kentucky is granting blanket releases on scholarships.”

Oak Ridge WR Tee Higgins offered by Ohio State

Oak Ridge sophomore wide receiver Tee Higgins picked up another major scholarship offer on Tuesday.

This time it’s from college football’s reigning national champions.

Ohio State offered Higgins early Tuesday, Oak Ridge football coach Joe Gaddis confirmed in a text message to the News Sentinel. The Buckeyes rolled past Oregon 42-20 in the inaugural College Football Playoff title game in January.

Higgins, who also holds offers from Tennessee, LSU and Florida State, among others, caught 51 passes for 864 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 to earn All-PrepXtra and all-state honors. The 6-foot-4 athlete also garnered all-state honors in basketball this season after helping the Wildcats reach the Class AAA state tournament.

Higgins is rated a four-star football prospect, and the 38th overall player nationally in the 2017 class by 247 Sports. He’s listed as the No. 3 prospect in Tennessee, and top-ranked wide receiver.

TBCA high school baseball rankings

Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association high school baseball rankings — Week 2:

Class AAA

1. Farragut

2. Sevier Co.

3. Siegel

4. Bartlett

5. Hardin Valley

6. Houston

7. Hendersonville

8. Clarksville

9. Bearden

10. Cookeville

Class AA

1. CAK

2. Spring Hill

3. Creekwood

4. Pigeon Forge

5. Murfreesboro Central

6. Catholic

7. CPA

8. Upperman

9. Lipscomb Academy

10. Waverly Central.

Class A

1. Jackson Christian

2. Summertown

3. Columbia Academy

4. Scots Hill

5. Decatur Co.

6. Boyd-Buchanan

7. Goodpasture

8. South Pittsbugh

9. Grace Christian

10. Forrest

Division II-A

1. USJ

2. ECS

3. Harding Academy

4. Knoxville Webb

​5. BGA

Division II-AA


2. Baylor

3. McCallie

4. Ensworth

5. Pope John Paul II

New stage for Farragut baseball in National High School Invitational

Farragut High School’s baseball team has played in numerous national tournaments.

The Admirals have won nine state championships, ranking second all-time in Tennessee.

Yet, plenty will be new when Farragut opens play in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, which begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday in Cary, N.C.

“This tournament is a notch up from anything we’ve ever done,” Farragut coach Matt Buckner said on Monday. “This is a lot different. The competition is really high; a lot of big-time prospects. I think one guy told me that every single Major League Baseball team was there last year, and every single scouting director was there.

“You don’t get that in one spot every day.”

The talent pool this year includes more than 65 Division I commitments, and numerous MLB draft prospects. It’s something Farragut — which has three players committed to high-major programs: Duncan Pence (Tennessee), Chase Fullington (North Carolina) and Patrick Raby (Vanderbilt) — will get a taste of early when it takes on College Park High (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on

Joe DeMers, a Washington commit, is the headliner for College Park. The top left-handed pitching prospect has an arsenal of off-speed pitches, and can run his fastball into the mid-90s. He’s one of seven Division I commits for the Falcons, who recently dropped from first to seventh in Baseball America’s national high school rankings.

The field includes six other nationally ranked teams, including No.1 Mosley High (Lynn Haven, Fla.). Several others, including Farragut,  have been ranked at some point this season. The Admirals, who are expected to start Raby opposite DeMers, were ranked 13th in the preseason, before dropping out.

“It is about the experience and competing, but we ain’t going there to lose,” Buckner said. “We’re going to try to win, obviously. I don’t know how we stack up with those teams, but I feel like we’ll compete. I haven’t known many Farragut teams not to compete.”

Three criteria were used in selecting teams this season, including program history, overall depth and talent and draftable prospects. The tournament also leaned towards teams that hadn’t previously played in the event.

“Typically you see some of the top prospects are on some of the best teams in the country, for obvious reasons,” said tournament director Mark Dvoroznak, adding that representatives from all 30 MLB teams are expected to attend again this year. “You’re going to play four games in four days, and we need teams that are going to come in and compete on that four-day period.

“We feel it’s the premier event on the high school calendar. We’re excited about the class in 2015. It’s some of the most depth in the four years we’ve done the event.”

Short hops: San Clemente left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard is the tournament’s top pitching prospect, and listed No. 8 in Baseball America’s 2015 MLB draft rankings. Allard’s fastball ranges from 90 to 92 miles per hour over extended innings, though he’s been clocked as high as 96. … Farragut’s opening-round game is one of two being streamed live by on Wednesday, and one of seven overall, including Saturday’s championship.

National High School Invitational Tournament Schedule
At National Training Complex, Cary, N.C.
Round of 16
Wednesday’s Games
JSerra (Calif.) vs. Mosley (Fla.), 10 a.m.
Horizone (Ariz.) vs. Loyalsock (Pa.), 11 a.m.
College Park (Calif.), vs. Farragut, 1 p.m.
Huntingdon Beach (Calif.) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 1:30 p.m.
Puyallup (Wash.) vs. Leesville Road (N.C.), 2 p.m.
Desoto Central (Miss.) vs. Whitewater (Ga.), 3:15 p.m.
San Clemente (Calif.) vs. Lambert (Ga.), 3:45 p.m.
Thursday’s Game
Trinity Prep (Fla.) vs. College Station (Texas), 9:45 a.m.

Note: Due to the rules and regulations of multiple state high school associations that govern the dates and times for when teams are permitted to compete, after the round of 16, the daily schedule cannot be communicated until the end of play on the previous day. Specifically, GA teams may not compete during regular school hours and Oklahoma. and Texas teams may not play on Wednesdays. At the request of the coaches participating in the event, the consolation matchups will be scheduled to ensure that teams from the same state do not match up.

Chris Thomas covers high school sports. Follow him at


Bearden boys soccer invitational tournament schedule

2015 Bearden Boys Invitational Tournament

Thursday’s Games

At Bearden

West vs. CAK, 4 p.m

Hardin Valley vs. Hendersonville, 6 p.m.

Bearden vs. Gallatin, 8 p.m.

Friday’s Games

West vs. Gallatin (at Bearden), 5 p.m.

Notre Dame at Hardin Valley, 6 p.m.

Father Ryan vs. Oak Ridge (at Farragut), 6:30 p.m.

Greeneville at CAK, 7 p.m.

Hendersonville at Bearden, 7 p.m.

Science Hill at Maryville, 7 p.m.

CPA at Farragut, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s  Games

At Bearden

Hardin Valley vs. Gallatin, 8 a.m.

Webb vs. CPA, 10 a.m.

Oak Ridge vs. Notre Dame, Noon

Maryville vs. Father Ryan, 2 p.m.

CAK vs. Science Hill, 4 p.m.

Farragut vs. Hendersonville, 6 p.m.

Bearden vs. Greeneville, 8 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

At Bearden

West vs. Notre Dame, 8 a.m.

Oak Ridge vs. Science Hill, 10 a.m.

Webb vs. Father Ryan, Noon

Maryville vs. Greeneville, 2 p.m.

Justin Zachary hired as basketball coach at The King’s Academy

Justin Zachary, a Farragut High School graduate and middle school coach at Christian Academy of Knoxville, has been hired as boys basketball coach at The King’s Academy.

The hire was announced in release from TKA athletic director Marc Weekly on Friday.

“In the short time I have spent with Justin, his passion and knowledge of the game is evident,” Weekly said in the release. “He is a young, spirited coach with a passion for TKA basketball.”

Zachary replaces Ian Britton, who resigned as coach to focus on his role as TKA’s director of boys’ resident life.

Zachary began coaching at CAK in 2011, taking over the middle school program and assisting on Shane Wells’ high school staff. Zachary graduated from Farragut in 2001, when he was team captain and garnered All-Region and All-KIL honors.