Brainerd

Any drama about the outcome was short-lived. Brainerd's girls opened with an 11-0 run and never allowed Lookout Valley to threaten in claiming a 42-30 opening-round win in the annual Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament Thursday.

With the goal of being crowned champions Saturday night, eight girls' teams and eight boys' teams begin play today in the 2013 version of the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris wasn't going to be picky about how his team claimed a 22-point victory over Brainerd on Thursday despite 22 turnovers and 14 missed free throws. The stats would suggest that it wasn't pretty -- and it wasn't -- but to most coaches, there's really nothing ugly about a win.

A severe knee injury forced BriAnna Workman to miss almost all of her junior season. However she didn't allow it to make her miss an opportunity.

After a bad performance Tuesday night against Central, the Brainerd basketball coaches challenged their players before their big District 6-AA matchup Friday night against rival Howard.

On paper, it was the worst loss of Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris's six-year coaching career. In the moments after that game, he said his team simply was outplayed, but his Rams knew exactly what happened, and heading into this season they feel they know what it's going to take to ensure that won't happen again.

From this point forward, "Brown" is now "Coach Brown."

The last Friday of Tennessee's high school football regular season has numerous coaches changing their postgame rituals.

Storyline: The District 7-AA championship is on the line. Signal can take it with a win while Sequatchie would need to win and Grundy County beat Notre Dame to get it.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.

Storyline: This is playoff preparation between two ranked teams in different districts, but the same postseason Class 5A grouping.

How many more years are non-scholarship private schools that are in Tennessee's Division I with public schools going to stay, or be allowed to stay?

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

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