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Sale Creek's long string of high school volleyball victories against District 6-A competition started in 2009 after a regular-season loss to Lookout Valley. And it came to an end at the hands of Lookout Valley on Thursday.

The libero position was incorporated into competition volleyball in 1999, the TSSAA adopting it a few years later, in an effort to improve defensive play on the back row.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Just when you thought Bradley Central was out of Copelands ...

McCallie may have won the Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic at the coin flip — which it lost.

From the time East Hamilton began fielding high school sports teams in the fall of 2009, the Hurricanes' and Lady Hurricanes' programs quickly developed a rivalry with nearby Ooltewah.

Anyone who saw only the fifth set in Tuesday's District 5-AAA high school volleyball match at East Hamilton may have thought the teams played close all the way.

Notre Dame's defense Saturday looked like it picked up right where it left off last year.

At least according to volleyball.com, Class AA Signal Mountain's Taelor Kellum is considered the most talented high school volleyball player in the Chattanooga area. But by her own admission, she still has something to prove.

Whitwell will be honoring one of its own Friday with a ceremony dedicating Vernon Holtcamp Field in honor of the longtime Whitwell High School football coach. It will take place at 6:30 EDT at the high school field before the start of the Sequatchie Valley jamboree at 7.

Polk County has 10 opponents lined up for the 2014 football regular season. But there's an off-the-field adversary that concerns the Wildcats' coach even more.

Silverdale Baptist Academy's program has experienced many firsts since fielding its first high school football team in 2005. But one thing missing from the Seahawks' checklist is a championship.

Cleveland High School has hired Caitlin DeLoach to take over as head coach of its softball program.

The high school football season will be kicking off in a few weeks.

Bubba Simmons has resigned his position as athletic director at the McCallie School and has accepted the job as principal at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. Jeff Romero, who was an assistant director of communications at McCallie, has been hired to succeed Simmons and will be interim AD for the upcoming school year.

Jeff Baughman was recently hired as volleyball coach at Central High School.

The Atlanta and Chattanooga RBI softball teams met in the first and last games over the weekend in the Southeast Regional tournament in Chattanooga.

Ringgold has hired Ashley Boren as its high school volleyball coach for at least the upcoming season.

Silverdale Baptist Academy has hired Nathan Daugherty to coach its varsity high school volleyball program.

Rex Elmore Jr. has followed through on his notion of getting some of the old gang back together. Yes, the old gang. Not the over-the-hill gang.

Whether you get a kick out of winning, a kick out of socializing, or just a kick out of kicking something, adult kickball may be the thing for you.

If Chattanooga's Darnell Sweeney never plays center field in professional baseball again, his career offensive averages at that position will be hard to top.

Megan DeGan entered the 2014 Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon as the defending women's overall champion.

Things could not have started much worse for Chattanooga starting pitcher Andres Santiago in Friday's Southern League baseball game at AT&T Field.

TSSAA Division I coaches and athletic directors from high schools in the southeastern part of the state met Thursday at Chattanooga Christian School to discuss football classification proposals and the possibility of a split between public and all private schools.

With the first game of the 17th Tennessee-Georgia high school all-star doubleheader tied headed to the seventh inning, Dade County catcher Madison Lacy had one thing in mind.

The 17th version of the Tennessee-Georgia all-star high school softball series presented by Frost Cutlery will take place today with a doubleheader at Jim Frost Stadium starting at 6 p.m.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Near the end of his on-stage interview after Championship Sunday's weigh-in at the first BASSfest tournament, Jacob Wheeler said: "Dad, thanks for taking me fishing when I was little."

Husband and wife Cole and Ashley Rose have resigned their coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan and have accepted jobs at other Chattanooga-area schools. Both now will be working for coaches they once played for.

Coming into the Tennessee-Georgia girls' high school all-star basketball game Tuesday, the Georgia team was facing a tall order — one that proved to be too tall to overcome.

Sadik Spence showed Tuesday at Notre Dame that as baseball players go, he's got plenty of basketball ability.

The Tennessee-Georgia all-star high school basketball games will be held tonight at Notre Dame High School.

Pat Conard has announced her retirement as softball coach at Lookout Valley High School, and former baseball coach David Dinger has been hired as her successor.

East Ridge High School's volleyball team will have someone different on its bench this fall for the first time in 50 years. Terrence Allen will be the successor for Catherine Neely, who announced her retirement as volleyball coach in January.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS undoubtedly saved its best for last.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The fact that Gibbs' Holly Moyers was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down with a runner on first base in a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning in the Class AAA high school state softball losers-bracket final Friday turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Lady Eagles.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Dickson County rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Soddy-Daisy 6-4 in the winners-bracket final of the TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament Thursday on the Starplex No. 1 field.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Neither Baylor nor Pope John Paul II did a lot to speed up play in the Thursday's winners-bracket final in the Division II-AA high school softball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Patience paid off for GPS on Thursday, and now the Bruisers are headed to the finals of the Division II-AA high school softball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Selena Leon, Greeneville's center fielder and only senior, robbed Sequatchie County's Allyson Davenport of a go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh inning Thursday at the Starplex No. 2 field.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy earned two come-from-behind victories Wednesday in the TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament, and the Lady Trojans now find themselves in the winners-bracket final.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Sequatchie County's Lady Indians looked like a different softball team Wednesday than the one that lost its opening-round game Tuesday in the TSSAA Class AA state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The best high school softball season in Arts & Sciences' program's 19-year history came to an end at Starplex No. 4 on Wednesday with a 13-6 loss to Columbia Academy.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS softball coach Susan Crownover said her team's seniors made a vow that their careers were not going to come to an end Wednesday night at Starplex No. 3. And one of them, Madi Stanley, backed it up with her arm and her bat.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Little did anyone who was watching the Baylor-GPS softball game Tuesday at Starplex No. 3 know that when the second batter of the game homered, it would be enough to win.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Brianna Taylor flirted with no-hitters in Arts & Sciences' softball region championship game and its state sectional. On Tuesday, in the first state-tournament game in program history, she flirted with perfection.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Defending state champion Lexington looked like possibly a future state champion the way the Lady Wildcats played Tuesday night.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots sang "Happy Birthday" to assistant coach Samantha Everett on Monday, although her birthday was actually Sunday.

As Clifford Kirk's successor, Wes Skiles has been "the guy having to follow the guy." But perhaps Soddy-Daisy's softball program could not have picked a better guy.

Arts & Sciences got a one-hitter from Brianna Taylor, Kiara Suttles went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI and the Lady Patriots defeated Trousdale County 4-0 in a TSSAA Class A state sectional Monday afternoon at Frost Stadium.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — After 24 years, Kelly Somerville's soul can now rest a little easier.

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