The TSSAA’s mandatory two-week shutdown from all athletic endeavors ended Sunday. And one week from Monday, high school golf teams will be allowed to officially begin practice.
Included in the mix is defending Class AAA state champion Science Hill. The Hilltoppers won the 2018 crown after a blistering first-day gave them a 13-stroke lead over top-challenger Knox Farragut. Rains washed out Day 2 of the event, giving the title to Science Hill.
The Hilltoppers return senior Jackson Skeen, who was co-state champion with Farragut’s Lance Simpson last year. Both shot a 71 on the first day.
Also back are seniors Tarun Hoskere, Carter Counts and Ross Boehling.
Head coach Kevin Vannoy said staying focused is one of the keys to success for this year.
“We have to remember we were last year's state champions and everyone on this team will have a new role to fill,” Vannoy said. “Our goal will be to get back to the state tournament, but our region is very tough and we have to make sure we prepare ourselves for the upcoming challenges.”
The Hilltoppers will have tryouts July 16-18 at Pine Oaks Golf Course. Golf teams are allowed to begin playing matches July 29. The jamboree will be held July 31 at Pine Oaks.
Other defending state golf champions are Signal Mountain (small class boys), Station Camp (large class girls) and Summertown (small class girls).
BY THE NUMBERS
The TSSAA sets limits for each sport on the number of regular season contests that can be played.
Here is the list for each sport.
Football — 10 games
Golf — 14 dates
Volleyball — 35 matches, 4 tournaments (each counting as 3 matches)
Cross country — 11 dates
Girls soccer — 16 matches, 2 tournaments (each counting as 2 matches)
Basketball — 24 games, 2 tournaments (each counting as 2 games)
Boys and girls wrestling — 22 dates (no individual shall wrestle more than 55 matches, excluding forfeits)
Baseball — 30 games, 4 tournaments (each counting as 3 games)
Softball — 34 games, 5 tournaments (each counting as 4 games)
Soccer — 16 matches, 2 tournaments (each counting as 2 matches)
Track & field — 11 dates
Tennis — 16 matches
Science Hill’s Andrew Miller will make his choice official Tuesday. He will sign to play baseball at Maryville College at 11 a.m. in the Science Hill gym.