OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 20 HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY AND BASEBALL TEAMS THROUGHOUT TENNESSEE HOLDING FUND-RAISING EVENTS BY THE YEAR 2020.
WE'VE GOTTEN OFF TO A GOOD START, WITH DONATIONS FROM THE GATE AT A RUGBY FESTIVAL AND FOUR BASEBALL GAMES JUST IN ONE YEAR.
THANKS TO ALL THE COACHES, PLAYERS, BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERS AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS FOR MAKING PROJECT 20/20 A SUCCESSFUL 2012. HOPE EVERYBODY WILL CONTINUE WITH THEIR SUPPORT IN 2013.
PROJECT 20/20 IS NOW UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE THE KNOXVILLE-BASED KiMe FUND (http://www.kimecnd.org/) AS THEY FOCUS ON MOVEMENT DISORDERS, RAISING FUNDS PRIMARILY FOR PD.
The Third Annual Shakin' Not Stirred Parkinson's Fundraiser was held April 6 at the Knoxville Hilton.
HEARTFELT THANKS GO OUT TO FORMER COLORADO ROCKIE BEN PETRICK FOR CONTRIBUTING COPIES OF HIS BOOK, "40,000 TO ONE." HE ALSO WAS GOING TO ASK TODD HELTON TO SEND IN AN AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY AND BAT FOR THE SILENT AUCTION.
DUE TO RAIN THE EVENING BEFORE, THE THROWBACK DOUBLEHEADER (SEE STORY BELOW) WAS CHANGED TO A SINGLE GAME MATCHING THE ADMIRALS VS. GIBBS.
ALMOST $400 WAS RAISED.
ON FRIDAY, MAY 17, THE ADMIRALS AGAIN ADVANCED TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
THE EVENT IS THE ANNUAL THROWBACK DOUBLEHEADER, TO BE HELD THURSDAY, APRIL 25. OAK RIDGE MEETS BEARDEN AT 5 P.M. WHILE GIBBS WILL TAKE ON THE ADMIRALS AT 7:30 P.M.
TEAMS WHERE OLD-SCHOOL UNIFORMS, CONCESSION PRICES REFLECT DAYS GONE BY AND DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION.
THE 2012 EVENT RAISED ALMOST $600, WITH OTHER PART OF THE GATE GOING TO FIGHT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.
"IT'S ALL GOOD," SAID PROJECT 2020 FOUNDER PAT DORWIN, A FORMER ADMIRAL WHO PLAYED ON THE ADMIRALS' FIRST STATE TITLE TEAM IN 1982. HE WAS DIAGNOSED AT AGE 38 WITH YOUNG-ONSET PARKINSON'S DISEASE. DORWIN'S YOUNGEST BROTHER, PETE, THE CENTERFIELDER ON THE FHS FIRST STATE RUNNER-UP SQUAD IN 1988, WAS GIVEN THE SAME DIAGNOSIS IN 2009.
"FARRAGUT HAS WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OR FINISHED SECOND A DOZEN TIMES IN THE PAST 30 YEARS," PAT DORWIN SAID. "COACH (MATT) BUCKNER HAS EXTENDED THE STRENGTH OF THE GROUNDWORK DONE BY OUR COACH, JOHN HEATHERLY, AND THEN EXPANDED BY COACH (TOMMY) PHARR."
DORWIN INITIATED A FUNDRAISER FOR THE NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION IN 2010 AT THE DOUBLEHEADER.
"I COULDN'T FIND ANY YOUNG PD GROUPS IN THE AREA TO GET THE MONEY TO," DORWIN SAID.
BUT HE CAME INTO CONTACT WITH FARRAGUT BUSINESSWOMAN ELLEN HUBRIG, WHOSE DAD AND GRANDFATHER BOTH HAD PARKINSON'S
"SHE DID ALMOST ALL THE WORK," DORWIN SAID. "I WAS JUST THE 'UNFORTUNATE SPOKESMAN.'"
EVENTS IN 2010 AND 2011 RAISED ABOUT $4,4000 TOTAL, DORWIN SAID.
"WE ARE REALLY THANKFUL FOR WHAT COACH BUCKNER HAS DONE, AS WELL AS THE TEAM'S BOOSTERS AND THE PLAYERS," HE SAID.
Friday, May 4, 2012
CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF ALMOST 30 YEARS TO THE DAY?
IT CAN IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE FARRAGUT BASEBALL TEAM.
THE CLASS 3-A PLAYOFFS ARE SLATED TO END MAY 25.
IF THE ADS WIN THE TITLE, IT WOULD BE THEIR NINTH, SOME 10,957 DAYS AFTER ITS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP WIN IN 1982.
THAT MEANS ANOTHER DEEP PLAYOFF RUN IN THE LAST 29 YEARS, 11 MONTHS AND 29 DAYS.
BUT WHO'S COUNTING? WE'LL ROUND UP AND SAY A TITLE OR RUNNER-UP FINISH WOULD BE FARRAGUT'S 13TH IN THE PAST 30 YEARS.
MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE FOR "BASEBALL DOMINATION NATION."
WHAT'S CHANGED IN 30 YEARS?
WE WORE SHORTER PANTS AND HAD LONGER HAIR. WE RELIED ON PITCHING AND DEFENSE, TWO KEYS TO THE 2012 TEAM.
"Honestly, I believe we are just as good as some of the best teams to come through the program, ' said FHS catcher Brett Hagenow. "We may not be as big or athletic as past teams, but our bond and chemistry together makes up for that. We know how each other plays and we will sacrifice anything for each other."
DITTO FOR 1982. WE ALSO HAD AN UNDERESTIMATED INGREDIENT SEEN ON SOME CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS: WE HATED TO LOSE.
I SEE THAT IN THIS TEAM AS WELL AS A QUIET CONFIDENCE AND A RELAXED MANNER THAT EMANATES DOWN FROM COACH MATT BUCKNER, ALLOWING PRESSURE TO ROLL OFF HIS PLAYERS' SHOULDERS.
WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT - BECAUSE WE HAD NO PRESSURE ON US. THE KIL HADN'T WON A STATE BASEBALL TITLE IN NINE YEARS BEFORE WE TOOK OUR SHOT. KNOXVILLE WAS A TWO-NEWSPAPER TOWN THEN BUT IT WOULD BE YEARS LATER BEFORE I WOULD READ OUR SEMIFINAL OPPONENT (CHATTANOOGA BAYLOR) WAS COMING OFF AN 18-2 WIN OR THAT OUR BEST-OF-THREE TITLE SERIES AGAINST MEMPHIS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS WAS VERSUS A 25-0 PURPLE WAVE TEAM.
BESIDES, WE HAD JUNIOR PITCHER JEFF GLOVER, WHOSE GAME ONE WIN WOULD PUSH HIS RECORD TO 15-1. WE HAD MIKE JORDAN, WHOSE 14 SAVES THAT YEAR IS STILL A STATE SINGLE-SEASON RECORD.
THE 2012 ADS HAVE PITCHERS APLENTY AS WELL AS A SUPER CLOSER IN JORDAN NEWBY, A SIDEARMER WHO GETS BY MORE ON GUILE THAN VELOCITY.
WE HAD TWO JUNIOR LEFTIES IN 1982, GREG SCHWARTZ AND TODD DUNNING, WHO HELD THEIR OWN ON THE FEW DAYS GLOVER DIDN'T START. SHORTSTOP BOB GAYLOR AND CENTERFIELDER DAVID MOWERY EACH STARTED A SINGLE REGULAR-SEASON GAME, AND EACH POSTED ONE-RUN WINS.
AFTER A VERY EARLY 17-7 DRUBBING IN JEFFERSON CITY, WE MET THE PATRIOTS AT HOME AND MOWERY'S KNUCKLEBALL WAS THE DIFFERENCE.
WE ALSO LOST TO HALLS, KARNS AND BEARDEN IN THE REGULAR SEASON BEFORE EXACTING PLAYOFF REVENGE, STAVING OFF DISTRICT ELIMINATION ON THE SAME NIGHT VS. KARNS, THEN HALLS. WE THEN HAD TO BEAT THE RED DEVILS TWICE TO WIN THE DISTRICT TOURNEY.
WE TOOK ON A TOUGH CLINTON SQUAD IN A SUB-REGIONAL. COACH JOHN HEATHERLY CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE, GIVING THE DELAYED STEAL SIGN (APPARENTLY, SIGNS NOW COME VERBALLY, BY THREE-DIGIT NUMBERS).
SURPRISED ME ENOUGH TO THINK I MISREAD IT, BUT HE FLASHED IT AGAIN, LEADING TO MY THIRD STOLEN BASE AND SECOND RUN IN A 4-1 WIN.
UP NEXT WAS THE EVIL EMPIRE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS BEARDEN. THEY HAD 6-FOOT-5 MARK SNYDER AND HIS 95-MPH HEATER. HE THREE-HIT US WITH 16 STRIKEOUTS EARLIER AT AN OAK RIDGE TOURNEY GAME THAT RESEMBLED A SPEED-GUN CONVENTION.
WE HAD A PACKED HOUSE AT UT's LOWER HUDSON FIELD IIN WHAT ONE PAPER CALLED A BATTLE OF "WEST KNOXVILLE SUPERPOWERS."
WE ALSO HAD CRAIGG SCHNUPP, OUR 5-FOOT-4 THIRD BASEMEN. THE PAPER CALLED HIM "DIMINUTIVE," BUT THERE WAS NOTHING SMALL ABOUT HIS TWO-RUN SHOT OFF SNYDER OVER THE 370-FOOT SIGN THAT TIED IT AT 2-2.
THE BULLDOGS THEN SELF-DESTRUCTED IN THE FIELD.
WE WERE OUT OF KNOXVILLE, WHICH COACH HEATHERLY RIGHTLY CALLED THE TOUGHEST PART OF WINNING THE STATE.
Getting out of town for the Ads starts today in the district tournament at Farragut.
"Honestly if we stay together as a team and execute the tiny things I feel we can make a run for state," says Hagenow. "People have underestimated us all season because we lost big name guys last year. But key guys have stepped up to the plate and our bond with one another will carry us a long way."
Thursday, December 15, 2011
THE MARYVILLE BOYS WERE ONE OF THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS.
KNOXVILLE - PLENTY OF FOLKS DIDN'T MIND A LITTLE CHILLY WEATHER TO SEE SOME RUGBY ACTION SATURDAY, DEC 10, 2011.
THE HOLIDAY RUGBY FESTIVAL AT THE TENNESSEE RUGBY PARK FEATURED GIRLS AND BOYS GAMES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. MORE THAN $470 WAS RAISED FOR PROJECT 20/20 TO PASS ALONG TO THE AMERICAN PARKINSON'S DISEASE ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL YOUNG-ONSET CENTER.
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
"The players are working hard in the weight room," Eagle baseball coach Scott Norman said in early December. "They're trying to get a little more zip in their arms and bat speed."
Seymour, coming off an Inter-Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2011, looks to build momentum for spring 2012 after losing five solid seniors.
"We hope to be competive, we have a pretty good mix of youth and experience," said Norman, heading into his 13th season as Seymour's coach after four years as an assistant to Greg Clark.
The Eagles already have some players who have committed to colleges to continue to play baseball, including middle infielder Ben Whisler (Belmont College) and leadoff hitter and centerfielder Logan Jenkins, who will play at Lincoln Memorial University. Norman said pitcher Tyler Crawford, who also catches and plays third base, has backed off his verbal agreement with LMU to weigh his options.
Norman, like his former South-Young High School schoolmate Mike Guinn, head coach at Pigeon Forge High School, has agreed to do a spring fund-raiser for Project 20/20 to raise money for Young-onset Parkinson's disease.
The Eagles will hold their event at home Thursday, April 5 against Herititage at 5 p.m., Norman said Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Pigeon Forge will host its fund-raiser Monday, April 2, while other teams involved include games at Farragut (April 26) and Anderson County (April 28).
See the http://www.pdproject2020.blogspot.com/ Web site for more information.
Norman, a sixth-round pick out of Walters State by the San Francisco Giants in 1982, has an overall record of 275-99 as the Seymour skipper. The Eagles have made four state tournament appearances during Norman's time at Seymour, including three as head coach. Three state tournament teams have made it to the final four.
The Eagles have won 10 of the past 12 regular-season conference championships, while taking down nine district tournament titles and capturing four region finals.
Norman, who pitched for four years with the San Francisco organization and two in the Cradinals farm system, topped out at the Class AAA Phoenix Giants.
He spent two years as Tennessee Tech's pitching coach before moving to the high school level with Seymour. Norman said Knoxville-area baseball has traditionally been strong over the years.
He's coached former Eagles such as Branden Ketron (Yankees minor-leaguer), Kyle Koeneman (LSU) and Wes Walter, a senior catcher at UT.
"There are some really good coaches in this area that work tremendously hard," Norman said. "I'm just honored to coach a sport I really love in a great baseball community such as Seymour."
Monday, December 12, 2011
FARRAGUT - The Diamond Domination Nation
looks to continue its winning ways.
The Admirals, winners of four straight Class AAA
state championships, expect to play at a high
level again in 2012.
"I am excited headed into the spring, I really like
the makeup and the talent of this team," said
third-year coach Matt Buckner. "If we play the
right way and all come together at the right time,
hopefully we will be able to compete at a high
Farragut's bar for success includes winning the
state championship or finishing as runners-up in
12 of the past 29 years.
Buckner always seems calm and collected and
lets the pressure roll off him, whether its his initial
year as Farragut's coach (in 2010, when he took
over for Tommy Pharr after the Admirals had won
consecutive state championships) or for 2012,
after Buckner won two of his own.
"There are so many things that have to go right to
win a state title, I believe we prepare the right
way, work hard, and compete hard, and as long
as we do those things, I am not really worried
about the pressure of winning," Buckner said.
Senior University of Tennessee signee A.J. Simcox
will power the Admirals' offense.
"He also plays a great shortstop (defensively),"
Lefty Xander Taylor became Farragut's staff ace in
2011 after star pitcher Phillip Pfeifer was injured,
Taylor, a Volunteer State Community College
commitment who will miss the 2012 season with a torn labrum, took over for Pfeifer with one-out
in the second inning in the 2011 title bout
against Columbia Central.
Taylor tossed 5.2 innings of no-hit ball (after
Pfeifer hadn't given up a hit in getting his four
outs) and the Admirals won their fourth straight
title with a 2-0 win, finishing at 37-8.
"That's a lot of games (45) to play in a season,"
said Pat Dorwin, the leading hitter on Farragut's
initial championship team in 1982 that finished
The Ads will play in a number of tournaments in
"I believe our offseason conditioning program is
very key to maintaining performance during the
year, our kids are very dedicated to our
program," Buckner said. "We put tons of time into
this aspect of our athletes."
Late in the season, Farragut will hold its annual
Throwback Game, in which players wear old-time
jerseys, donations are accepted in lieu of
admission and food and drink is priced cheaply.
The event is a fund-raiser for Project 20/20,
started by Dorwin with the goal of getting 20
Knoxville-area high school club or varsity sports
to help raise money for Young-onset Parkinson's
disease by the year 2020.
The event is set for Thursday, April 26 as Farragut
meets Karns at 5 p.m. and Oak Ridge and Gibbs
tangle at 7:30 p.m.
"I was diagnosed in 2003 when I was 38 years
old," Dorwin said. "My youngest brother, Pete,
was the centerfielder on the the 1988 team, the
first of four state runner-up squads. He was
diagnosed at age 39."
See the http://www.pdproject2020.blogspot.com/ Web
site for more information. See http://www.fhs1982statechamps.blogspot.com/ for
info on in Admiral state records and a game-by-game look.
Diamond Domination Nation will look to 2012 to
be another successful year for Farragut baseball.
"Our community loves baseball and it continues
to grow. I have really got a first hand look at that
this last year since my son is now playing in the
youth leagues," Buckner said. "These factors
alone definitely continue to contribute to our
success at the high school level."
Friday, December 2, 2011
Farragut, four-time defending Classs 3A champions, had donated proceeds to the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) the past two years, but switched to Project 20/20, started by former Admiral Pat Dorwin, who also initiated the original NPF fund-raiser.
The event is set for Thursday, April 26 as Farragut takes on Karns at 5 p.m. and Oak Ridge and Gibbs tangle at 7:30 p.m.
Next spring will mark the 30th anniversary of the first of eight Admiral state champion teams, in which Dorwin batted leadoff for. He was diagnosed with Young-onset Parkinson's disease at age 38.
His brother, Pete, the centerfielder on the 1988 Admiral squad that was the initial Admiral team of four to finish as state runner-ups, giving Farragut an impressive mark of playing for 12 of the past 29 Class AAA state titles, was diagnosed with the disease at age 39.