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Sweetwater High School reinstated Craig Moser as football coach last week.

Rex Rhodes, the school's athletic director, confirmed the decision to the News Sentinel by phone Thursday.

Moser missed the 2013 season after he stepped down in late July following a July 26 arrest for driving under the influence.

Sweetwater went 8-4 under Moser in the 2012 season, his first as head coach of the Wildcats, and reached the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Mike Martin took over for Moser for the fall, and Sweetwater started 3-1 but finished the season 4-6.

"Well, Craig was not using good judgment by any stretch of the imagination," said Rhodes. "We feel like if we didn't give him a second chance - the good Lord gives us a second chance every time we sin. So, the kids love him. The kids play hard for him.

"He does a good job."

Moser was coach at Midway for 11 seasons (2000-2010) before joining Sweetwater's staff as an assistant for the 2011 season.

He could not be reached for comment.

Admiral Dynasty: Farragut ranked 20th in MaxPreps' baseball dynasty poll, which combined national computer rankings from the past five seasons (2009-2013).

Farragut won Class AAA state championships in 2009-11 and was state runner-up in 2013. The Admirals finished in the top 50 nationally in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) was the top ranked team in the dynasty poll. Bishop Gorman won four state titles in the five-year span and finished in the top 13 nationally four times.

Hooper Returns to Hoops: Cheyenne Hooper, a 6-foot-6 junior at CAK, has rescinded her verbal commitment to the University of Central Florida volleyball team and will refocus her efforts on basketball. Hooper, as a sophomore, helped steer CAK to the Class AA state semifinals in girls' basketball.

As a junior, Hooper opted to just play high school and club volleyball. Her schedule opened up a bit for her to play in the Region 2-AA basketball tournament in late February, and her team voted to welcome her back since she was still technically part of the team.

School administration reversed the decision and kept the team's roster the same. CAK lost to eventual state-champion Elizabethton, 66-63, in the Class AA state sectionals.

Signings: Lachlan Dickie of Hardin Valley has signed to run cross country and track for Carson-Newman.

Dickie finished third in the Class AAA state cross country championship with a time of 15:33.02 and helped Hardin Valley finished third in the state. Dickie was named to the All-PrepXtra First Team and All-KIL team.

Maryville athletes Drew Curtis (baseball) and Jacob Kelso (football) recently signed with Cleveland State and University of the Cumberlands, respectively.

Curtis went 2-0 with two saves and a 1.48 ERA for the Rebels baseball team last season. Kelso played right guard on the offensive line for Maryville, this past season's Class 6A champion.




March 21, 2014


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