East Ridge

Notre Dame's defense Saturday looked like it picked up right where it left off last year.

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

East Ridge players have known since spring practice that they could, even should, be the preseason favorites to win the District 6-AA football championship.

History dictates that South Pittsburg again will win the District 6-A football championship.

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.

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.

While steamrolling the Georgia all-stars for 409 rushing yards in Saturday’s 45-7 win, the Tennessee squad rotated its only six offensive linemen with resounding success.

  • June 9th, 2014  |
  • By By David Jenkins

The running backs wearing the Tennessee all-star uniforms may not light up scoreboards on Saturday afternoons in coming years, but for one last Saturday night they were something very special.

  • June 8th, 2014  |
  • By By David Jenkins

Tad Whitaker has had a busy week, the future University of Tennessee at Chattanooga kicker from East Ridge practicing both football and soccer in preparation for Tennessee-Georgia all-star contests today and Saturday.

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.

East Ridge High School's volleyball team will have someone different on its bench this fall for the first time in 50 years. Terrence Allen will be the successor for Catherine Neely, who announced her retirement as volleyball coach in January.

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