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.
WHITWELL, Tenn. — As debuts go, this one couldn't have gone much better. With his team hosting the annual Sequatchie Valley jamboree, new Whitwell coach R.C. Helton unveiled an impressive brand of physical football in front of a packed stadium.
The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.
Whitwell will be honoring one of its own Friday with a ceremony dedicating Vernon Holtcamp Field in honor of the longtime Whitwell High School football coach. It will take place at 6:30 EDT at the high school field before the start of the Sequatchie Valley jamboree at 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga signee Cori Jennings pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and batted in two runs as Gordonsville beat visiting Whitwell 3-1 in a Class A softball sectional Saturday evening.
Thursday's pitching performance by Arts & Sciences' Brianna Taylor at Frost Stadium wasn't perfect. But it was awfully close.
If Skyler Anderson pitches a strikeout, OK. If he gets the out another way, that's just as good.
WHITWELL, Tenn. — Clinging to its final out in its final at-bat, Whitwell seemed to be on the verge of ending its softball season Monday.