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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Soddy-Daisy will honor the memory of former assistant coach Lamar Lasley by dedicating its softball facility Lamar Lasley Field between the varsity and junior varsity games April 22 when the Lady Trojans host Bradley Central at 5 p.m. Soddy-Daisy coach Wes Skiles is encouraging all former Lady Trojans players and anyone associated with the program to attend.
The high school softball teams at Baylor and Arts & Sciences got to know each other well over the last three days. And as things turned out in the championship game of Baylor's Hits for Hope tournament at Warner Park, that was a little too well for the Lady Patriots' liking.
GPS competed in a softball tournament on a Friday, so all coach Susan Crownover was looking for was the usual.
Soddy-Daisy on Thursday made the race for the District 5-AAA high school softball regular-season championship a lot more interesting.
Baylor sophomore pitcher Kayla Hughes can testify that there's nothing like a plan when it comes together.
For the second consecutive year, Baylor is hosting a Hits for Hope high school softball tournament Friday and Saturday at Warner Park with proceeds benefitting the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Little did anyone know that Allie Jones' home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning would end the scoring in the final of the first Ooltewah Invitational high school softball tournament. But thanks to junior right-hander Cameron Baltimore and her defense, it did.
Silverdale Baptist Academy scuffled through the District 5-A high school softball season a year ago while Arts & Sciences was busy winning the district regular season for the first time in school history.
Central might be the only high softball team in District 6-AA with an overall winning record, but the Lady Purple Pounders still have work to do to win the league's regular-season championship and earn the top seeding for the district tournament.
Longtime "Blue-Chip" basketball camp director Rick Bolus also grades high school players by state and provides a Top 12, a Second 12 and and a list of the next-best 25.