Baylor

The Baylor girls' soccer team battled a lack of depth. The Lady Red Raiders' opponent, rival Girls Preparatory School, battled some rust.

Based primarily on its last two wins -- over Bowling Green, Ky., and Ensworth -- McCallie has jumped into the 12th spot in the CBS MaxPreps South Region football computer rankings.

The fight for the top for Baylor and McCallie this year means more than bragging rights, the ending of streaks or simply upholding a school's honor.

Baylor pitcher Kayla Hughes has accepted a softball scholarship offer from Tennessee Tech University.

Baylor won -- twice.

It's big-game week with a number of rivalries sprinkled in for additional flavor, and the average fan, those with loyalty to no particular school, will have his choice of good games to attend.

In a loaded field Saturday at the McCallie Invitational, the Baylor, GPS and McCallie cross country teams all had top-10 finishes.

Lookout Valley's Lady Yellow Jackets will have a "Salute the Troops" day when they host Sale Creek and Ringgold in volleyball Thursday afternoon. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:30 with Lookout Valley against fellow District 6-A member Sale Creek in a nondistrict match.

Jason Fitzgerald is undecided on what the future might hold for Dakota Ricker.

Did you see that Tennessee high school football now has what is believed to be its first female head coach?

Friday, Sept. 26 (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) * district/region game

Storyline: If top quarterback Nick Tiano is back in the lineup, the Red Raiders should be poised to take control of a Knights team that has struggled defensively. Pope John Paul has generated some offense, however.

The Notre Dame basketball teams will play Knoxville Catholic on Dec. 30 in Philips Arena in Atlanta, home of the NBA's Hawks.

McMinn Central continues to surprise in football, and the Chargers pulled out their second biggest win of the season Friday with a 27-26 victory over Grace Christian in Knoxville.

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