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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.

Winning a state championship was not a requirement to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award. But it certainly didn't hurt.

Six of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished female high school athletes have been named finalists for this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps Scrappy Moore Award.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — From the time he began running competitively, six years ago, Ramsay Ritchie set a goal that one day he would win a 1600-meter state championship. In his last opportunity Friday night, the McCallie senior achieved that goal, pushing himself past what he thought he had left over the final 200 meters.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — One year after becoming the TSSAA's fastest sprinter by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashs and anchoring the state-championship 4x200 relay, Signal Mountain sophomore McKenzie Ethridge topped that performance with an incredible last-place finish Thursday night.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Throughout the 2014 soccer season, Signal Mountain had used a combination of heart, skill, determination and a little chaos to produce an unbeaten record and the program's first-ever trip to the Class A/AA state tournament.

There hasn't been anything flashy about them, and at times there has been very little pretty about the way the Signal Mountain soccer Eagles have played this season, but one thing can't be disputed.

Despite a better total score than she won with last year, Baylor's Selena Popp was unable to repeat her Division II pentathlon state championship, finishing third overall Monday 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.

Signal Mountain senior captain Drew Godbehere took full stock of the moment following the Eagles’ Class A/AA sectional soccer match with Arts & Sciences on Saturday afternoon.

  • May 18th, 2014  |
  • By By Greg Thompson

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.

Signal Mountain goalkeeper Adam Pickett recently signed scholarship papers to continue his soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

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.

An off night at the wrong point in the season led to a crushing end of a great season, Signal Mountain coach Bumper Reese said after his Eagles were crushed 12-2 by DeKalb County in a Region 4-AA baseball semifinal Monday night.

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