Notre Dame

Marion County's Ricky Ross directed his first game as a football head coach Thursday night but actually is in his second head coaching job, having succeeded Vic Grider at South Pittsburg but resigning two months later.

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.

Notre Dame athlete Kareem Orr, ranked No. 3 among area high school senior college football prospects, will leave the field this year only when the Irish are covering punts.

The Baylor soccer tournament is set for this Friday and Saturday at both the host school and Girls Preparatory School, and of the four local programs participating in the event, three will be in their first weekend with new head coaches.

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

McMinn County girls' soccer coach Brittany Hart likes to set the bar high in expectations for her team. That hasn't changed from her first day on the job in 2012 to now.

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.

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.

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.

Twelve area players were named to Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches’ Association all-state teams announced Wednesday.

Kareem Orr has really big plans for his senior football season at Notre Dame High School. So big, in fact, that he doesn't want any off-the-field distractions getting in the way of his goals -- not even his own recruitment.

One week made all the difference for the Georgia girls' all-star soccer team.

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