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Kelley Smiddie

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JASPER, Tenn. -- Not long ago, Marion County's Deion Riley was aching to get back on a football field.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County didn't have a passing yard in Friday's TSSAA Class 2A quarterfinal football game. But the Warriors didn't need one.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Junior Daniel Dotson has been doing about as low-profile of a job possible for Rhea County’s football team this year at the sport’s most high-profile position.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every successful organization has those who do great deeds but rarely receive a great deal of credit. And to hear Marion County football coach Ricky Ross tell it, his team is loaded with them.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — The simple mathematics is this: Cold weather, plus a stout running game, equals Rhea County moving on.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Rhea County High School's football team is 11-0, and for several reasons.

Considering GPS coach Jennifer Williams' team won twice Tuesday, she may consider revitalizing the city basketball jamboree as a win-win-win situation.

One of Hamilton Heights' starters Monday in the first night of the city high school basketball jamboree was 6-foot-11 Abdulhakim Ado. One of Signal Mountain's was Michael Cate, listed at 5-7 on the Eagles' roster.

The last two Marches, Central boys' basketball coach Rick Rogers has taken his players — dressed alike in their warmup suits — to Murfreesboro to watch the TSSAA state tournament. But in March 2015, the Purple Pounders hope to be doing more than just watching.

Locally there's at least one group of girls who can rival Baylor's starters this basketball season.

Since the TSSAA went to its current format for football playoffs six years ago, Rockwood had made trips to Boyd-Buchanan for games in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and all were losses. Throw in a loss at Silverdale Baptist Academy last season and the Tigers were fruitless in all their trips to Chattanooga.

What do you get when you merge two safeties with a defensive end and an offensive lineman? The answer, at least for Central High School, is one of the best linebacking corps in the Chattanooga area.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — A blackout took place at South Pittsburg’s football field Friday night. And judging by the result of the District 6-A high school game played there, the host Pirates would just as soon black it from their memory.

JASPER, Tenn. — Tonight at South Pittsburg, Marion County will be playing just another football game, at least to hear coaches and players tell it.

No matter what statistic one chooses to look at from Thursday's District 7-AA high school football game at Signal Mountain, it will help reveal what a dominating performance Signal Mountain had against Sequatchie County. And the 58-3 final score is every bit indicative of how the game went.

Loretta Mattheiss, wife of Grace Academy boys' basketball coach Jon Mattheiss, suffered a stroke on Oct. 17 and is recovering in an intensive-care unit at a local hospital.

For the last three volleyball seasons, Sonoraville's Lady Phoenix can call themselves three-time GHSA Area 6-AAA champions and three-time state quarterfinalists.

Sonoraville earned the school's first berth in the GHSA state volleyball semifinals by winning 3-0 over Savannah Arts Academy in Class AAA Saturday at Sonoraville. Set scores were 25-16, 25-22, 25-17.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Christian Academy of Knoxville had the final degree of separation in the TSSAA Class AA volleyball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Three, two and finally one.

Corky Whitlock, a radio play-by-play icon in Cleveland, had a stroke recently and is being cared for at St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Chattanooga.

Christian Academy of Knoxville defeats Signal Mountain 3-1 in the TSSAA Class AA volleyball state-championship match.

Baylor defeated Father Ryan 3-1 at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro on Friday in the TSSAA Division II-AA volleyball state-championship match.

SMYRNA, Tenn. — Signal Mountain won't be playing nearly as many sets today as it did Thursday. It won't have to.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — For the last five years Baylor has finished at least third in the TSSAA Division II-AA state volleyball tournament.

It's the time of year in high school volleyball when unfamiliarity becomes a familiar word for many programs.

Although the match was against an opponent her team knew well, first-year Gordon Lee volleyball coach Tricia Goodwin said she thought her players were a little nervous Tuesday at the start of the Lady Trojans' postseason opener. But the jitters didn't last long.

Dade County transfer and current Silverdale Baptist Academy junior Ali Birchfield has accepted a softball scholarship offer from Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville.

Boyd-Buchanan's Kristen Reynolds has a vivid memory of how the Lady Buccaneers' 2013 volleyball season came to a crashing halt. They were in the Class A state tournament, playing Loretto in the fifth and deciding set.

The way things began Saturday at Baylor, it looked as though the home team was going to have its way with St. Benedict Academy and coast its way into the TSSAA Division II-AA volleyball state semifinals.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Walker Valley never led Cleveland in their District 5-AAA high school football game Friday night at Cleveland's Benny Monroe Stadium. But Cleveland coach Ron Crawford had to have felt uneasy the whole time.

Boyd-Buchanan played in the TSSAA Class A state volleyball championship match in 2012, but the Lady Buccaneers didn't get the result they wanted.

Boyd-Buchanan was late to the party Tuesday. But the Lady Buccaneers did make it, and the party at their place was all for them.

Ridgeland and Sonoraville will be among the area teams competing today when the GHSA volleyball state playoffs get under way.

Grace Academy's young volleyball team grew up a little more Monday night at Boyd-Buchanan.

Central High School will announce officially its second Hall of Fame class in a ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Baylor junior Crosby Huckabay had her choice of a few NCAA Divison I softball offers but has made the decision to continue her career Georgia Tech.

If anyone has thought Lookout Valley volleyball coach Pat Conard has been looking a little blue in the face lately, or that her hands look a little beat up, it may be because she claims to have been holding her breath a lot the past couple of months, and knocking on wood.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland almost had the necessary points at the end of the first quarter to win its District 5-AAA high school football game against Bradley Central. And in the fourth quarter, it almost didn't have enough.

When assessing his team's performance Thursday after it won the District 5-A high school volleyball championship, Boyd-Buchanan coach Alfie Dodd said: "They didn't let mistakes get to them."

Ooltewah was in command practically from start to finish Wednesday and defeated East Hamilton 3-0 in the championship match of the District 5-AAA high school volleyball tournament at Soddy-Daisy. Set scores were 25-10, 25-15, 25-13.

It's time for postseason volleyball in the GHSA, and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe's team still doesn't have a true identity.

Chalk one up for experience.

Rhea County junior Amy Lewis recently accepted a scholarship offer to continue her softball career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Signal Mountain running back Skye Wilson is through for the year after learning Monday that he has a torn ACL, a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee.

Either Ooltewah's Lady Owls love being a target on the volleyball court, or they've grown accustomed to it. Either way, they've embraced it.

Anyone expecting a high-scoring high school football game between McCallie and Baylor at McCallie's packed Spears Stadium on Friday night was half right.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — The Region 7-AAAA high school volleyball regular-season championship was decided Wednesday between the three teams playing at Northwest Whitfield.

Baylor pitcher Kayla Hughes has accepted a softball scholarship offer from Tennessee Tech University.

There's no "D" in Ensworth. Or at least there wasn't Friday night.

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