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 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...

East Hamilton Hurricanes embrace challenge of facing top-ranked Mustangs

Published Mar. 15 2017

East Hamilton could not have drawn a tougher opponent in its first trip to the TSSAA boys' state basketball tournament....

Softball Preview: Lady Trojans expect to be title contenders

Published Mar. 12 2017

There must be something magical about a Soddy-Daisy softball uniform, regardless of who is wearing it. Or who is coaching...

Soddy-Daisy hires Bill Eller as new boys' basketball coach

Published Mar. 8 2017

Soddy-Daisy High School has hired Bill Eller as its boys' basketball coach. Eller succeeds Reid Daniels, who resigned recently so...

East Hamilton Hurricanes top Blackman Blaze for first state tournament trip

Published Mar. 7 2017

East Hamilton stuck with its game plan throughout Monday's TSSAA Class AAA boys' basketball state sectional, and it paid off...

Poor shooting ends Bradley Central's season in state sectional

Published Mar. 5 2017

No. 2-ranked Bradley Central picked a bad time to have its worst shooting night of the high school basketball season...

Brainerd Panthers edge Tyner Rams for Region 3-AA title, 66-62

Published Mar. 3 2017

'Round five' was the appropriate name Tyner boys' basketball coach Keitha Booker gave Thursday's Region 3-AA high school championship game....

Brainerd, Tyner meet again for Region 3-AA boys' title

Published Mar. 1 2017

Brainerd's and Tyner's basketball games went eerily similar Tuesday night at McMinn County. And as a result, the Panthers' and...

Marion County girls face Van Buren for Region 3-A title

Published Feb. 28 2017

The outcomes of the girls' semifinals in the Region 3-A high school basketball tournament Monday weren't decided in the first...

Hurricanes freeze Stone Memorial, 62-38, in Region 3-AAA

Published Feb. 26 2017

East Hamilton hosted Stone Memorial in a Region 3-AAA boys' high school basketball quarterfinal Saturday. It turned out to be...

Malik Hampton, Jessie Walker lead Brainerd into region semifinals

Published Feb. 26 2017

Brainerd's Panthers didn't finish quite as strong as they started Saturday in their Region 3-AA high school basketball quarterfinal at...

Signal Mountain girls' season ends in region rout

Published Feb. 25 2017

Signal Mountain may have needed to play a near flawless game Friday to advance in the Region 4-AA girls' high...

Chattanooga Christian Chargers hope postseason stumbles are behind them

Published Feb. 24 2017

Chattanooga Christian School perhaps could be questioned for sleepwalking last Friday when Notre Dame came calling in the District 7-AA...

Top seeds impressive in cruising to District 5-A titles [photos]

Published Feb. 23 2017

The top-seeded teams in the District 5-A high school basketball tournament looked just that Wednesday.

Tyner boys, Red Bank girls win 6-AA tournament

Published Feb. 22 2017

Tyner's boys can't go back in time and erase the loss they had to Brainerd on senior night a week...

Bearettes top East Hamilton 81-40 in 5-AAA final

Published Feb. 21 2017

Bradley Central coach Jason Reuter set six goals for his girls' high school basketball team before the start of the...

Lady Eagles win 7-AA; Notre Dame boys repeat

Published Feb. 19 2017

Signal Mountain's girls exacted a little bit of payback Saturday, and they did it in a big way.

Baylor surprises McCallie with 73-54 upset win [photos]

Published Feb. 18 2017

The unranked team looked like the state-ranked team Friday at Baylor.