East Hamilton

There will still be an arms race in District 5-AAA entering the 2014 football season. But the league's top four teams will be introducing new arms.

The Ooltewah and Cleveland football teams were selected as two of the state's top Class 5A teams in a preseason poll.

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.

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.

Twelve area players were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state boys' soccer teams that were announced Monday.

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.

Former East Hamilton assistant coach Carrie Hill has been promoted to head coach for the Lady Hurricanes soccer team.

During his senior season at Tyner, Trey Suttles wasn't even sure that he wanted to play basketball in college.

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.

Team Tennessee improved to 12-1 in the annual Tennessee-Georgia baseball Classic, besting Georgia 4-0 Wednesday in the annual Stump on Sports contest.

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.

While many of his peers hit the beaches this past spring, Rhett Morgan headed west rather than south or east, and his fun in the sun revolved around wrestling alligators.

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 starter's gun not only signifies the beginning of today's pentathlon and the Spring Fling state tournament, but is also the first step of a very busy week for Baylor's Selena Popp. The junior will attempt to become the first track & field athlete in school history to repeat as pentathlon state champion when that event kicks off the week-long Spring Fling today at Middle Tennessee State University.

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.

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