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

Lady Hurricanes edge Ooltewah 3-2 for tourney title [photos]

Published Apr. 30 2017

East Hamilton softball coach Norma Nelson can consider her idea to have hosted a tournament on the final weekend of...

Baylor eighth-grader Ace Sellers throws no hitter against Central High School [photos]

Published Apr. 28 2017

Baylor eighth-grader Ace Sellers proved Thursday that there was more than one captivating pitcher in the Lady Red Raiders' high...

Whitwell wins district softball title with second-half surge

Published Apr. 28 2017

Whitwell is 11-2 since the Ooltewah tournament. Seven of the wins have been by seven or more runs.


Whitwell claims 6-A softball regular-season title [photos]

Published Apr. 27 2017

Anna Yell looked as though she might be destined to be the losing pitcher in Wednesday's District 6-A high school...

Lady Owls pounce on Soddy-Daisy, win 12-2

Published Apr. 26 2017

Three Lady Owls had three-RBI hits Tuesday as Ooltewah beat Soddy-Daisy 12-2 in five innings in a District 5-AAA high...

Sidelined by heart condition, Silverdale student stays involved with softball team

Published Apr. 21 2017

Duggard has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. The website describes POTS as a condition characterized by too little...

Sixth-inning pressure wins for Central [photos]

Published Apr. 21 2017

Central won a pitchers' duel Thursday. Or more precisely, won a defensive duel.

Ashley Rogers pitches Meigs County past Baylor in matchup of reigning state champs

Published Apr. 16 2017

Coming into this year, Meigs County never had won a regular-season high school softball tournament. Now the Lady Tigers have...

Kayla Boseman pitches, hits Lady Owls past Soddy-Daisy, 11-0 [photos]

Published Apr. 14 2017

One of Ooltewah's batters tried to overshadow Kayla Boseman's pitching performance Thursday at Soddy-Daisy. It was Boseman.

Baylor earns dominant tennis win against GPS [photos]

Published Apr. 13 2017

The Baylor girls' tennis game Wednesday looked no less than twice as good as that of GPS's Bruisers in a...

Grace's Alex Smith signs with Samford volleyball

Published Apr. 13 2017

Grace Baptist Academy's Alexandra Smith signed scholarship papers Wednesday to continue her volleyball career at Samford University, and the school...

Lady Owls turn outcome around, top Central 6-1

Published Apr. 11 2017

Ooltewah flipped the script Monday at Central.

Mobile BayBears' Zach Houchins married to local softball standout

Published Apr. 9 2017

The opening weekend series for the Chattanooga Lookouts has been a homecoming of sorts for the Mobile BayBears' Zach Houchins.

Lady Trojans edge Walker Valley, 3-2

Published Apr. 5 2017

Power hitting early coupled with powerful pitching throughout proved to be a recipe for success Tuesday for the Soddy-Daisy softball...

Ashley Rogers, Meigs County supreme Summit of Softball

Published Apr. 2 2017

Meigs County pitcher Ashley Rogers came into the Jim Frost Ooltewah Invitational high school softball tournament with an unblemished earned...

Lady Chargers play beyond their years, beat Sequatchie County

Published Mar. 31 2017

Last spring, Lisa Gray was given the task of revitalizing a once-proud Chattanooga Christian high school softball program.

Prep Notebook: Lady Pirates haul in Lookout Valley title

Published Mar. 30 2017

The South Pittsburg High School softball team put an end to a long championship drought last weekend.

Lady Owls erupt in seventh, win district opener 10-3

Published Mar. 29 2017

Ooltewah High School's softball offense was like a ticking timebomb that finally went off in the seventh inning Tuesday at...

Coaching dads bond with softball daughters [photos]

Published Mar. 23 2017

David Dinger and Vic Grider are longtime local high school coaches who have spent half their lives giving guidance to...

East Hamilton Hurricanes lose to reigning champs in 3A state quarters [photos]

Published Mar. 16 2017

Things didn't start the way East Hamilton's Hurricanes would have liked in their first appearance in a TSSAA boys' basketball...