They did it at different times but in similar situations and the heavyweights led to victories for champions Cleveland and Baylor in the weekend's Tennessee state duals in Franklin.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — It's hard to say which was bigger — Cleveland's second straight pounding of Wilson Central to win the Class AAA state wrestling duals title or Baylor coming from behind to secure its first Division II crown since 2011.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In the not-so-far past, Austin Herink would be the example of a prototypical quarterback. As football offenses have shifted to more of a read-option style — with the quarterback equally capable of running and passing — the Cleveland High School senior is now more of a throwback.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Region 4 may be the state's toughest for Class AAA wrestling, but the chances of advancing more than two to the state duals is tougher.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Cleveland and Soddy-Daisy wrestling teams are in the Class AAA state duals semifinals while Baylor gained the Division II championship match.
The Hixson wrestling team arrived early in Franklin for the TSSAA state dual championships that begin this afternoon, but the Wildcats and the rest of the Chattanooga-area contingent have had to overcome weather issues and school closings.
All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.
Wilson Central never has won a state wrestling championship, and the upstart Wildcats were on the short end of a record-setting 78-4 beatdown a year ago.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It didn't take too long for Cleveland senior Kendrick Thompson to reach his initial goal Friday night against rival Bradley Central.
The anticipated winners came through and advanced to the Tennessee State Duals next Friday in Franklin, but not without a few palpitations.
It's hard to gauge the team strength of the Halls Invitational wrestling tournament in Knoxville, but winning by 68.5 points there over runner-up Bradley Central gives Wilson Central reason to boast heading into the Division I state duals Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Franklin.
Cleveland boys' basketball coach Jason McCowan admitted that the early part of the season was a lot of chaos. The football team advanced to the state semifinals; then came the news that Cleveland's gym was going to be unfit to play in.
The Signal Mountain wrestling team is coming off a disappointing finish in the East Hamilton Invitational. The program still is looking for its first tournament championship after finishing second to Dalton.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It wasn't Cleveland's biggest or most complete win of the high school wrestling season, but it was the Blue Raiders' sweetest with no doubt.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When games get tight, Walker Valley girls' basketball coach Jessica Stone has the luxury of being able to lean on senior Lyndsey Macon's ability to make plays. The three-year starter was needed late in the team's game Tuesday against Cleveland, and as usual she delivered.