Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.

Marion County's Ricky Ross directed his first game as a football head coach Thursday night but actually is in his second head coaching job, having succeeded Vic Grider at South Pittsburg but resigning two months later.

Storyline: Class A state finalists a year ago, the Pirates are looking for their sixth season with 10 or more wins in the last seven years.

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

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.

The Chattanooga area had 21 players on the 2014 Tennessee Sports Writers Association high school all-state softball teams announced Saturday, with eight from the Division II-AA finalists.

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.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The best high school softball season in Arts & Sciences' program's 19-year history came to an end at Starplex No. 4 on Wednesday with a 13-6 loss to Columbia Academy.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Brianna Taylor flirted with no-hitters in Arts & Sciences' softball region championship game and its state sectional. On Tuesday, in the first state-tournament game in program history, she flirted with perfection.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots sang "Happy Birthday" to assistant coach Samantha Everett on Monday, although her birthday was actually Sunday.

As Clifford Kirk's successor, Wes Skiles has been "the guy having to follow the guy." But perhaps Soddy-Daisy's softball program could not have picked a better guy.

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.

Once the Boyd-Buchanan soccer team put the "Hammer" down Thursday evening, they never looked back.

Thursday's pitching performance by Arts & Sciences' Brianna Taylor at Frost Stadium wasn't perfect. But it was awfully close.

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