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Gene Henley

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Baylor soccer team that Father Ryan saw when the teams faced off less than three weeks ago was not the same Red Raiders who took the pitch against the Nashville side in a Division II-AA state semifinal Wednesday evening.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Notre Dame fell just a little bit short.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — One by one, the Baylor girls' tennis players came off the court.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Entering Wednesday's Division II-AA state team tennis championship match against Memphis University School, McCallie had the mentality that it would take a great match combined with a little luck to beat arguably the state's top team, regardless of classification.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Baylor School senior Samantha Caswell was named a National High School Tennis All-American on Tuesday by the National High School Tennis All-American Federation.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The McCallie School tennis team gave coach Eric Voges plenty to worry about before the doubles portion of its Division II-AA state semifinal match against Montgomery Bell Academy on Tuesday. A slow start didn't help.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Girls Preparatory School tennis team fought, rallied and ultimately prevailed. The Baylor girls persevered.

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.

As far as first-ever matches go, most everything went the way the Chattanooga Football Club women's team would have both expected and liked. The home team outshot the opposing Mississippi Fuego FC and outplayed them for the better part of 90-plus minutes.

After this week, there will be no more trips on the back of the bus for the Baylor girls' tennis seniors.

KENNESAW, Ga. — The Dalton High School soccer team was just better.

Maybe a slight bit of fatigue had set in for the Chattanooga Football Club on Saturday evening in its National Premier Soccer League match against Nashville FC, but it wasn't enough to severely hurt the home team.

Any resentment harbored by former Notre Dame soccer standout Jaimee Cooper toward former Christian Academy of Knoxville standout Laura Novikoff since 2006 has been laid to rest.

KENNESAW, Ga. — The Dalton soccer team claimed their second consecutive Class AAAA state championship Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Johnson-Gainesville at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw.

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.

Once the Boyd-Buchanan soccer team put the "Hammer" down Thursday evening, they never looked back.

For the second time this season, the Baylor girls’ tennis team enjoyed its last home match of 2014.

It wasn't so much a beating as much as it was a healthy dismantling that the Chattanooga Football Club displayed Wednesday evening against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Two venues and a rain delay later, the Notre Dame girls' tennis team is headed back to Murfreesboro.

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

Luke Winter, Thomas Halsell and the Chattanooga Football Club were able to answer some questions about their team in the season-opening win against the Georgia Revolution last Saturday. Tonight they'll receive a much larger test.

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.

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.

DALTON, Ga. — The Southeast Whitfield boys' soccer Raiders found themselves in an unfamiliar position when the playoffs started — at home.

Chattanooga Football Club coach Bill Elliott might want to consider issuing name tags for his 2014 men's soccer team. Or at least have a meet-and-greet or put names on the backs of their jerseys.

DALTON, Ga. -- Dalton High School soccer coach Matt Cheaves issued a challenge to his players before their Class AAAA state quarterfinal match against fourth-ranked Perry. Earlier in the day, he had read comments on a Georgia high school message board from a Perry parent stating that the top-ranked Catamounts weren't all that impressive.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — The Gordon Lee girls consider themselves a tennis version of the "Bad News Bears," but they are hoping to have a better ending this morning than their movie counterparts.

The excitement level for East Ridge soccer coach Jeremy McIntyre was all over the board Thursday evening. His offense produced goals, which he always expects, while his defense pitched a shutout against the Hixson attack.

Hixson coach Raul Fernandez drilled his boys' tennis team on a lot of singles this week leading up to Thursday's Region 3-A/AA championship match against Boyd-Buchanan. The hard work paid off.

A pair of highly-decorated Baylor tennis players made their college decisions recently.

If the Baylor girls' tennis players needed a shock, they got one pretty quickly Tuesday afternoon.

The decision was actually pretty simple for Charles Jabaley and J.R. Davis.

Paul Fortmiller was at the right place at the right time. But just by a couple inches.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — There are a lot of things that Katarina Saskova doesn't understand about life in the United States. Tennis isn't one of them.

The Baylor boys' soccer team dug itself a pretty large hole right out of the gate of its match against top-ranked Father Ryan on Saturday, and the Red Raiders never were quite able to get out.

Michelle Fleenor was one-half of the Girls Preparatory School doubles team that won an individual state championship last season. Baylor's Samantha Caswell is a two-time defending Division II-AA state singles champion.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Tyler Davis liked the thought of following in his dad's footsteps. So he will be doing just that.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team filled its final scholarship for the 2014-15 season Friday, signing former UT-Martin standout Sydney Vanlandingham.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Fans of the Boyd-Buchanan girls' tennis team were very quiet Friday afternoon during the finals of the District 5-A/AA individual tournament at Lee University. In part because they just didn't know whom to cheer for.

Signal Mountain tennis coach Renato Mizutani didn't give his boys' team a chance to celebrate its first-ever District 7-A/AA championship Thursday. Instead, he made the Eagles run.

The Ooltewah soccer team didn't have to be great for 80 minutes Tuesday afternoon in its District 5-AAA match against East Hamilton.

Ryan Scoggins has spent most of the 2014 soccer season trying to mold his young Northwest Whitfield boys' team into a playoff contender. Starting today, he will be able to see if all of his hard work has paid off.

Matt Facey was able to see the progress in his Coahulla Creek boys' tennis team Monday. He just wished there was a win to go along with that progress.

The Chattanooga Football Club announced Friday that it will be hosting its first match in the U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament on May 14.

Chloe Mitchell and her Soddy-Daisy tennis teammates had a huge revelation last week: They are a pretty good team.

The Signal Mountain boys' soccer team started Thursday evening's match 80 minutes away from a potential first-ever District 7-A/AA regular-season championship. Less than a minute in, they had inched closer with a one-goal advantage.

There were a number of former Bradley Central and Cleveland high school football players who didn't get to participate in the rivalry, which was stopped from 1993 to 2001 due to issues in the community.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland coach John Brose knew his team's District 5-AAA soccer match against Ooltewah was going to come down to one play. He just didn't suspect the person who wound up making it.

The highest of the highs quickly turned into the lowest of the lows Monday evening for East Ridge soccer coach Jeremy McIntyre.

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