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Unaka’s Sadie Shoun sinks a putt in last year’s region golf tournament. Area teams will be back on the courses next week as competition for the 2021-22 season begins.

Don’t look now, but high school golf teams have already started practicing.

And all of the other fall sports teams will be turned loose soon.

Although the season won’t hit high gear until August, golf teams can begin competing against each other Monday. That’s also the first day of practice for football, girls soccer, volleyball and cross country.

District 1 will hold its jamboree July 28 at Pine Oaks, but Science Hill head coach Kevin Vannoy said a few of the league’s nine teams have opted not to participate. The Hilltoppers’ boys and girls will open their seasons in the Morristown Invitational. The boys play on Aug. 3 and the girls event is Aug. 4.

Season openers for soccer, volleyball and cross country can be held Aug. 16 while the first football games will be played Aug. 19. Twelve games across the state are slated for that day with those teams getting a one-day jump on the Friday openers set for Aug. 20.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Area conferences for girls soccer and volleyball will have a different look for the 2021-22 season, including significant changes.

The District 1-AAA league will consist of Dobyns-Bennett, Science Hill, Daniel Boone, David Crockett and West Ridge.

In 1-AA, volleyball will have Elizabethton, Unicoi County, Sullivan East, Tennessee High, Johnson County and Volunteer. It’s almost the same in girls soccer, but Greeneville will be in District 1 as Johnson County doesn’t have a team.

The 1-A volleyball conference holds Happy Valley, North Greene, South Greene and Hancock County. In girls soccer, it’s University High, West Greene and Chuckey-Doak.

STATE AWARDS

Northeast Tennessee had a nice representation for the inaugural Tennessee High School Sports Awards last week. The players were selected from among all schools, public and private.

Leading the way was David Crockett’s Prince Kollie as he was selected as the state’s defensive football player of the year. Kollie is headed to play collegiately at Notre Dame.

Also in the mix was Science Hill’s Jenna Hutchins, who was chosen as the state’s female cross country runner of the year. Sullivan South’s Kara Carter was the pick as the female golfer of the year.

Greeneville’s Brad Woolsey was chosen as the coach of the year. He led the Greene Devils’ basketball team to the boys’ Class AA state title.

Other winners included:

Baseball—Cooper Kinney, Baylor

Boys’ basketball—B.J. Edwards, Knoxville Catholic

Girls’ basketball—Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth

Male bowler—Devean Littlejohn, Hardin Valley

Female bowler—Kailee Channell, Hardin County

Male cross country—Aiden Britt, Lebanon

Offensive football player of the year—Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers

Male golfer—Lance Simpson, Farragut

Softball—Catelyn Riley, Jefferson County

Male soccer—Gui Vivaldini, McCallie

Female soccer—Caroline Betts, Christ Presbyterian Academy

Male swimmer—Sam Powe, McCallie

Female swimmer—Gretchen Walsh, Harpeth Hall

Male tennis—Baylor Sai, Montgomery Bell Academy

Female tennis—Maeve Thornton, Knoxville Catholic

Male track and field—Christian Langlois, Bearden

Female track and field—Mensi Stiff, Brentwood Academy

Volleyball—Shaye Eggleston, Brentwood

Male wrestler—Alex Whitworth, McCallie

Female wrestler—Shelby Zacharias, Creek Wood

Female athlete of the year—Gretchen Walsh, Harpeth Hall (No. 1-ranked swimmer in the country)

Male athlete of the year—Eric Rivers, McCallie (football, basketball, track and field)

Team of the year—Brentwood volleyball

COLLEGE SIGNING

Science Hill’s Braxton Mann made his college choice earlier this month.

He signed to continue his wrestling career at Newberry College.

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