Kelley Smiddie (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley's hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or

Rhyne Howard-led Bearettes roll past East Hamilton to 5-AAA title

Published Feb. 20 2018

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard could not have beaten East Hamilton by herself Monday night. She needed someone to inbound the...

Lady Lions adjust, edge Brainerd in 6-AA semifinal [photos]

Published Feb. 18 2018

Red Bank's girls found themselves defending several four-on-three situations in the second half of their District 6-AA high school basketball...

Walker Valley boys beat East Hamilton in District 5-AAA basketball semifinals

Published Feb. 18 2018

As a quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards during football season, Walker Valley's Kolten Gibson knows a good...


CCS, Notre Dame basketball teams fall in district semifinals

Published Feb. 17 2018

It was a clean sweep for the teams from Knoxville over the teams from Chattanooga in Friday's semifinals in the...

Red Bank boys beat Central, reach district semifinals

Published Feb. 16 2018

Red Bank's boys may have come into Thursday's District 6-AA high school basketball tournament elimination game as the road team,...

Notre Dame basketball teams reach region semifinals

Published Feb. 14 2018

Notre Dame's boys' and girls' basketball teams will be advancing to the TSSAA state basketball tournament after victories at home...

Lady Hurricanes secure No. 2 seed in District 5-AAA [photos]

Published Feb. 13 2018

East Hamilton's girls were in position to be the No. 2-seeded team in the District 5-AAA high school basketball tournament...

Panthers cap season by beating rival Rams

Published Feb. 10 2018

Brainerd's boys won two championships in their home gymnasium Friday night. One was real. One was concocted.

Cleveland finishes 12-0 in 5-AAA regular season

Published Feb. 9 2018

Cleveland's boys already had wrapped up the District 5-AAA high school basketball regular-season championship and the accompanying No. 1 seeding...

Looking back at the area's 2014 football signees

Published Feb. 8 2018

The Times Free Press revisits the Chattanooga area's 10 most notable signees from four years ago and offers a look...

Brentwood Academy boys' basketball team takes down Baylor in overtime

Published Feb. 3 2018

Baylor's boys came up a little short Friday night in their TSSAA Division II-AA East/Middle Region basketball game at Baylor....

Hot-shooting Lady Irish avenge loss, clinch district's top seed

Published Jan. 31 2018

Notre Dame's girls had a chance a week ago to pretty much stake their claim to the Division II-A East...

TSSAA suspends boys' basketball seasons at Brainerd High School, Austin-East [documents]

Published Jan. 29 2018

The boys' high school basketball seasons at Brainerd and Austin-East have been suspended by the TSSAA.

Brainerd High School may have video of basketball brawl

Published Jan. 29 2018

When the TSSAA evaluates the situation surrounding the fight that broke out Saturday at Brainerd High School shortly before halftime...

UPDATE: Brawl ends Brainerd's game against Austin-East

Published Jan. 27 2018

The boys' high school basketball game between East Tennessee powers Austin-East and host Brainerd was stopped by officials today with...

Tellico Plains' hot starts doom Lookout Valley girls

Published Jan. 27 2018

The bad news for Lookout Valley's Lady Yellow Jackets in their District 4-A high school basketball game Friday night was...

Suspended Rodney English resigns as East Hamilton coach

Published Jan. 26 2018

East Hamilton varsity boys' basketball coach Rodney English resigned his coaching position Friday, school principal Gail Chuy confirmed.

Bearettes' Rhyne Howard further motivated by All-American game snub

Published Jan. 26 2018

Please forgive Rhyne Howard if she never eats at McDonald's again.

No. 2 Bearettes rout No. 5 East Hamilton, 63-36

Published Jan. 24 2018

The girls' matchup Tuesday at Bradley Central was between the No. 2-ranked Class AAA high school team in the state...

East Hamilton boys' basketball coach Rodney English suspended

Published Jan. 23 2018

East Hamilton boys' basketball coach Rodney English has been suspended pending an internal investigation by high school principal Gail Chuy.