The Chattanooga area is well represented in all classifications of this year’s Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.

While the optimum goal was not reached for either school, both the Ooltewah boys and Heritage girls believe they will be better off having competed in the Best of Preps basketball tournament the past three days.

How Baylor's girls pulled away from Heritage on Friday wasn't exactly pretty: a basket here, a stop there. Yet they're in the same position as they were a year ago -- in the Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament final.

Heritage accomplished two goals Thursday in the school's first appearance in the Best of Preps basketball tournament.

With the goal of being crowned champions Saturday night, eight girls' teams and eight boys' teams begin play today in the 2013 version of the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — As her teammates patted her on the back and chanted "MVP, MVP," Calhoun's Jana Johns flashed a shy smile and shrugged her shoulders when asked to describe the final few seconds of Saturday's game.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Eddie Bryant admits the first three seasons of leading the Heritage High School girls' basketball program was a test of his patience.

There will be plenty of familiar faces at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament, including Baylor's girls and McCallie back to defend last year's titles.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Gordon Lee girls' basketball coach Lester Galyon couldn't remember the last time his program had lost three consecutive games. Because of Friday night, it's not a stat he'll have to look up again for a while.

Barring appeal, Georgia high schools have been placed in regions for the 2014-16 academic years. In most cases with northwest Georgia athletic programs, the result is less travel and some new rivals.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Tim James resigned Tuesday as head football coach at Heritage High School, making that the second area prep job to come open in two days in northwest Georgia.

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Sometimes Goliath is just too good.

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — All six northwest Georgia softball teams are still alive in the GHSA state tournament, and at least one classification will have a state finalist from the area.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Pitchers stole the show for Heritage and Northwest Whitfield in the GHSA Class AAAA Elite Eight softball tournament Thursday, both in the circle and at the plate. As a result, the two Region 7 rivals will meet today at 5 in the winners-bracket final.

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