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.
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.
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.
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.
In the athletic realm there is little the three major award winners from Thursday night's Best of Preps Banquet have in common except, obviously, success.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The McCallie School tennis team gave coach Eric Voges plenty to worry about before the doubles portion of its Division II-AA state semifinal match against Montgomery Bell Academy on Tuesday. A slow start didn't help.
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.
Kevin Nguyen and Carl Phillips had a pretty rough beginning to their week, losing in the Region 3-A/AA tennis doubles championship match after holding a one-set lead. The week ended a lot better for them, though.
The Hixson High School baseball team was looking forward to going to the midstate, but the Wildcats would have preferred to do it at next week's Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.
The Boyd-Buchanan soccer coaches weren't sure if the Buccaneers would be able to shut out East Ridge, their opponent in the Region 3-A/AA semifinals Tuesday. But they knew if they could slow them down, they'd have a solid chance to advance to Thursday's region final.
Baseball for decades at Tyner was an afterthought, even a walkover for district opponents.
Jitters were abundant early, but Alex Prewitt and the Hixson Wildcats settled in to earn a 10-4 victory over Loudon High School in a messy Region 3-AA baseball semifinal Monday. It included 10 total errors.
Matti Sue Nafie and Emily Wilt attributed last season's loss in the finals of the Region 3-A/AA individual doubles tournament to nerves. Monday afternoon, a couple of pre-match "selfies" and a calmer demeanor seemed to eliminate any chance of a repeat.