The last two Marches, Central boys' basketball coach Rick Rogers has taken his players — dressed alike in their warmup suits — to Murfreesboro to watch the TSSAA state tournament. But in March 2015, the Purple Pounders hope to be doing more than just watching.
Locally there's at least one group of girls who can rival Baylor's starters this basketball season.
Bradley Central will log a lot of miles, Sequatchie County is going over the mountain, Meigs County is coming back to the Chattanooga area and longtime rivals McMinn Central and Polk County are parting ways.
In a rematch from the regular-season finale, Baylor and Father Ryan sparred like old foes.
Stars: The Pirates started the year planning to lean heavily on RB Corbin Fitzgerald, but he was injured in their game against Boyd-Buchanan so they turned to Chase Blevins and Triston Adams.
(Tennessee playoff kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time)
Becca Barnes hasn't missed a game in which her husband, Justin, has coached since they got married 10 years ago. Their daughters, 4-year-old Brenna and 14-month-old Brinkley, haven't missed any since they were born.
It looks as if the TSSAA did a fairly decent job this season with its playoff pairings but there always are those items that can be scrutinized.
When Rob Spence left Pikeville on Friday evening, he did so thinking his football team was through for 2014, so the Chattanooga Christian coach got quite a surprise Saturday morning when he received a call saying the Chargers were in the state playoffs.
NASHVILLE — Dylan Carmack raced to McCallie's first-ever individual state cross country championship Saturday at the TSSAA Division II-AA meet at Percy Warner Park.
It was a cold, strong and shifty night at Baylor.
Storyline: The Red Raiders have lost four straight games -- to the state's top three teams in Division II-AA and to an Oakland team ranked among the best in Class 6A -- and are looking for momentum before the playoffs. Defensively, Baylor needs to get better quickly as it has allowed more than 30 points per game in this four-game slide.
Storyline: Since a season-opening loss to Knox Catholic, the Irish have posted eight consecutive wins with an average victory margin of 34 points.
(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)