Heritage

A down has yet to be played in Georgia Region 7-AAAA football this season, yet each of the league's eight teams already feels like a winner.

Even with a limited cross country background, new Ooltewah coach Brian Hitchcox knows talent when he sees it.

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

RINGGOLD, Ga. — One game hardly defines a season, but for a Heritage High School softball team with mega expectations, Monday night's opening-game 4-1 win over Catoosa County rival Ringgold was — the Generals hope — a glimpse of things to come.

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.

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

Summer vacation is hardly a time of rest for high school athletes. Between hectic summer league competition and workouts at school, there is precious little down time.

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.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Olivia Tamewitz had a choice: Wait and see if her dream of playing softball in the Southeastern Conference would still work out or be proactive and choose a different path.

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.

Third-seeded Jacksonville State came out of the losers bracket Saturday and beat second seed Tennessee Tech 10-7, forcing a rematch today at noon CDT for the championship of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament at Jackson, Tenn.

The LaFayette golf team has already established itself in the school record book. The Ramblers last won a region championship when most of this team was sporting diapers.

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.

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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