Storyline: Class A state finalists a year ago, the Pirates are looking for their sixth season with 10 or more wins in the last seven years.
The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.
Only one District 7-AA football coach disagreed, and he voted for his own team No. 1. Everybody else believes Notre Dame or Signal Mountain will be at the top when the final regular-season whistle is blown on Oct. 31.
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.
During his playing days, there was no batter better at coming up with the big hit when Lookout Valley needed it than Lance Rorex.
Wes Caldwell has resigned his position as baseball coach at Lookout Valley and is moving to Ooltewah.
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.
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.
Pat Conard has announced her retirement as softball coach at Lookout Valley High School, and former baseball coach David Dinger has been hired as her successor.
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.
Area high school football coaches have looked, are looking or will look for fit and familiarity in spring practice.