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Georgia's Region 6-AAA will not be for the faint of heart — or for football fans who enjoy defensive-minded games — in 2014.

The football teams in Georgia's Region 7-AA will not be stung by the Yellow Jackets this year.

The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.

Reclassification in Georgia affects all high school sports, but the latest round arguably will have more of an impact on softball than any other.

Something most of the Chattanooga area already knew has been confirmed by MaxPreps, the national high school sports statistics website.

Tickets for the the inaugural Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic on Aug. 21 at Finley Stadium, matching the McCallie and Cleveland high school football teams, are on sale now at www.timesfreepress.com/kickoff. Tickets cost $8 in advance and will be $10 on the day of the game.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Make no mistake, Matthew Crownover has every intention of giving professional baseball his undivided attention — just not yet.

Instead of having to coach against the players on the Georgia all-star soccer team Friday, Calhoun coach Matt Rice was able to assemble them and turn them loose together.

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.

Winning a state championship was not a requirement to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award. But it certainly didn't hurt.

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.

New area Georgia head football coaches are Heritage's E.K. Slaughter, Sonoraville's Jim Kremer, Coahulla Creek's Chad Barger and Chattooga's Charles Hammon.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Say this for Lance Oubs: He sure knows how to squeeze the drama out of a do-or-die baseball game.

CALHOUN, Ga. ­­— Calhoun may not have turned the tables completely on its baseball nemesis, but the Yellow Jackets did the next best thing on a late Wednesday night.

After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.

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