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Rinne stops 35 in Predators’
win over Sabres. 2B



Kelly ‘pleased’ with Pro Day performance

BY AUSTIN BORNHEIM UT looks ahead to spring. 3B He skipped out on some of the other agility drills, but went
reporters before bursting out in through position workouts and
KNOXVILLE — Former Tennes- his infectious laugh. ran routes.
see running back John Kelly went “I was pleased with the num- But, Kelly believes what will
through Pro Day with the same bers I put up, and now I’m ready really get on team’s radar, and
jovial attitude he carried himself to train a little bit more and wait already has by his account, is his
with while a member of the Vols for my name to get called draft game film.
football program, and what made day and then ready to go to work.” The former Vol burst onto the
him such a fan favorite. Kelly participated in the NFL scene last season once Tennes-
Kelly — one of the few Vols who Combine in late February, but see’s crowded backfield cleared
are projected to be taken come didn’t do all the events — namely out with future NFL Offensive
draft day — loves football, but the 40-yard dash. He ran Monday, Rookie of the Year Alvin Kama-
he was more than happy to have and was unofficially clocked in a ra heading to the draft and Jalen JOY KIMBROUGH | THE DAILY TIMES
Monday come to a close. 4.65 on his first attempt. He was TENNESSEE RUNNING BACK JOHN Kelly (4) leaps into the end zone during the
“I’m glad it’s over ...,” Kelly told later unofficially clocked at 4.5. SEE KELLY, 3B first quarter against Vanderbilt Nov. 25 in Knoxville.

WB softball struggles
in loss to Farragut
With fears of storms roll- William Blount 2
ing in, the starting time for
William Blount’s home- The Lady Govs were
opening softball game charged with only one
was moved up by about error overall, but in post-
20 minutes.
Farragut was ready and
came out with bats blaz- ‘It came down to
ing, while the Lady Gover-
nors struggled in all facets our defense, and I
early on. The result was a
7-2 District 4-AAA win for think we cracked
the Lady Admirals (5-2, 1-0
District 4-AAA) and the under pressure
first loss of the season for
William Blount (5-1, 0-1). today.’
“It came down to our
defense, and I think we Amanda Leatherwood
cracked under pressure William Blount softball coach
today,” William Blount
coach Amanda Leath- game discussions with her
erwood told The Daily team, Leatherwood ref-
Times. “I don’t think we erenced three different
made the plays we should occasions when outfield-
have, to keep us in the ball- ers let balls drop in front of
game. With teams like Far- them for base hits instead
ragut and the others in this of aggressively pursuing
district, you have to hold the shallow flies.
teams to one or two runs to Andrea Sarhatt, an East
have a chance to win, and
we didn’t do that today.” SEE WB, 4B

Program firsts
continue to stack
up under Warlick
WILLIAM BLOUNT’S ISAAC MORTON hurls a pitch during Monday’s 6-4 loss to Knoxville West at William Blount.

A pitched battle
BY LAUREN MOORE Tennessee’s season, but it was the first time in 58
NCAA games it occured on
KNOXVILLE — There the Lady Vols’ home court.
have been a lot of firsts hap- If that historic stat wasn’t
pen within the Tennessee enough to endure, it also
women’s program the last marks the first time Ten-
two seasons. nessee hasn’t advanced to
The list isn’t the kind of the Sweet 16 in consecu-
firsts a coach or player tive years.

Gov baseball falls due to early deficit against Rebels would like to have their
name associated with in a
storied program like Ten-
And after the historic loss,
when Holly Warlick was
asked about what she said
nessee. to her team, she started
BY ROB HARVEY DISTRICT 4-AAA BASEBALL this team,” WB head and 10 runs once. A year ago, the Lady Vols with saying she thanked the coach Justin Young said. William Blount got the were ousted by Louisville three seniors — Mercedes
WEST KNOX 6, “They’re pretty resilient. offense going slightly in in the NCAA Tournament Russell, Jaime Nared and
Playing in their first dis- William Blount 4 They give you everything the third inning, in due round of 32 for the first time Kortney Dunbar — then
trict game of the season, they’ve got everyday out. part to the bottom of in program history (28-1). she fishtailed.
the William Blount base- The Governors scored But, we just waited too the lineup. After a Jared After getting its 37th tour- “Thanked the seniors for
ball team put themselves two runs in the seventh long. Just put ourselves in Young walk and a Nathan nament bid — the most by what they meant to this pro-
in an early hole against the and had the bases loaded, too big of a hole to come Yates sacrifice bunt, Gage any Division I team since gram, what they’ve done,
Knoxville West Rebels. but a Tanner Lewis line- out of it in the end.” Fairbanks doubled off of the inception of the tour- what they’ve done through-
Down 6-2 going to the out to shortstop ended the The Gov offense strug- the high wall in left field ney — Tennessee added to out their whole career,” the
bottom of the seventh, game, giving the Rebels gled at the plate, totaling to drive in Young. that second-round loss total sixth-year head coach said.
the Governors were in a 6-4 District 4-AAA win just four hits, something The offense got going after sixth-seeded Oregon “You come here wanting to
need of a big inning, if at William Blount Mon- that they are not used again in the sixth inning State took down the No. 3 win championships and the
they wanted to keep their day night. to. In their past three because of Fairbanks once Lady Vols, 66-59, Sunday expectations are extremely
undefeated season alive. “They fought. That’s games, William Blount afternoon.
They almost got it. the good thing about had scored 11 runs twice SEE BATTLE, 4B Not only did the loss end SEE FIRSTS, 5B

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