As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.
TSSAA Division I coaches and athletic directors from high schools in the southeastern part of the state met Thursday at Chattanooga Christian School to discuss football classification proposals and the possibility of a split between public and all private schools.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Even though the debate over a potential public/private school complete split was never mentioned openly during the two days of the TSSAA Board of Control meetings, the subject was discussed during the closed-door session, according to one board member.
Coaches and athletes in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia often lament the fact that there is very little in-season competition between area high school programs in the two states. The TSSAA and the GHSA are on different reclassification cycles, so scheduling interstate contests proves difficult.
The biggest issue facing high school sports in more than a decade is still months from being decided, but if the Chattanooga area is any indication there is a clear consensus on the public-school/private-school debate.
Area high school football coaches have looked, are looking or will look for fit and familiarity in spring practice.
After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.
The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.
Eight girls from the Chattanooga area have been named to the 2014 Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state basketball teams.
Walker Valley in Class AAA, Brainerd in AA and Sale Creek in Class A lost TSSAA boys' basketball sectionals in the midstate Tuesday night.
After two area high school boys' basketball teams earned spots in the state tournament with wins Monday night, four others hope tonight to join them in Murfreesboro. Inclement weather postponed those four games, along with every other boys' state sectional, forcing teams to wait one day before taking the court.
DeVante Jones knew the shot was going in when he shot it. So did Brainerd coach Levar Brown.
The adversity came late for Brainerd in the Region 3-AA boys' basketball semifinals Tuesday night. It came much earlier for Tyner.
Loudon High School squeaked out a 76-68 victory after a furious fourth-quarter comeback by Brainerd in the Region 3-AA girls' basketball semifinals Monday at East Ridge.
Brainerd guard Jamee Ward did not have one of her best shooting nights of the basketball season Friday when the Lady Panthers hosted Polk County in a TSSAA girls' Region 3-AA quarterfinal. And still she only needed eight points from her teammates for Brainerd to win.