Rhea County

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.

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.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — A scary moment became a triumphant one for the Sequatchie County Lady Indians on Monday as they squeezed past Upperman 1-0 in the teams’ Region 4-AA softball semifinal.

Area high school football coaches have looked, are looking or will look for fit and familiarity in spring practice.

Offensive lineman Josh Walker from Rhea County and cornerback Sammy Seamster from Ooltewah were two of three Middle Tennessee State football players working out free-agent deals with NFL teams Saturday after Blue Raiders defensive lineman Jimmy Staten was picked by the champion Seattle Seahawks in the draft's fifth round.

After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.

The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.

Not even three weeks into the TSSAA softball season and already evidence shows that a collection of freshman pitchers are making a big impression in the Chattanooga area.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It was going to take an outside combination for the Bradley Central girls' basketball team to crack the code of the Rhea County defense early in their Region 3-AAA quarterfinal Friday. Chelsie Summars and Emma Kate Brown provided that.

Top 11 team scores: 1. Cleveland 215, 2. Wilson Central 166.5, 3. Bradley Central 141, 4. Ravenwood 132, 5. Soddy-Daisy 120.5, 6. Franklin 108.5, 7. Heritage 102, 8. Clarksville 98.5, 9. Cookeville 96.5, 10. Blackman 84.5, 11. Walker Valley 84.

TSSAA Class AAA state wrestling results

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For the first time in two years, the Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself in a runner-up role entering a tournament's championship finals.

The goal at Hixson High School hasn’t changed. Coach Garrick Hall and the Wildcats want to win the region wrestling tournament.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — After years of struggling, the Rhea County girls' basketball program has improved its record in each of the past five seasons. Things weren't made any easier for the Lady Eagles this season, as they moved into District 6-AAA, where each of the other five programs have participated in at least one state tournament in their histories — something the Lady Eagles have never experienced.

The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

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