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Kelley Smiddie

Stories by Kelley

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.

Any questions concerning whether Boyd-Buchanan would be ready for the rematch of its only District 5-A loss in high school volleyball season were answered after the first point Thursday.

Red Bank gave a shot Tuesday at muddying things at the top of the District 6-AA high school volleyball standings. But Hixson withstood the Lionettes' early barrage and rebounded to clear things up

ENGLEWOOD, Tenn. — Unbeaten McMinn Central came into Friday's District 5-AA high school football game against winless Polk County riding high.

Hixson's volleyball team Tuesday finished what it started, and finished like it started.

The Notre Dame basketball teams will play Knoxville Catholic on Dec. 30 in Philips Arena in Atlanta, home of the NBA's Hawks.

Cassie Elrod and Lexy Hellerstedt, the senior captains on Baylor's volleyball team, remember the end of the last day of school last spring.

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

When Notre Dame High School football coach Charles Fant and his staff sat down to view video on the Fighting Irish's opponent for Friday night, they came up with an offensive blueprint they felt pretty good about.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

To hear the coaches tell it, both Central and Red Bank expected a hotly contested volleyball match Thursday at Central in their District 6-AA high school match, and neither disappointed.

The Jacksonville Suns got all the runs they needed in the first two innings Wednesday night at AT&T Field and defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 5-3 in the opening game of the best-of-five Southern League baseball championship series.

Chattanooga Christian senior Scott Stevens said he has played several rounds at Brainerd Golf Course.

Ooltewah won the coin toss — and everything else Friday night.

Signal Mountain's Lady Eagles may have felt they were the better team in Thursday's District 7-AA high school volleyball match at Chattanooga Christian, rather than the team that played better.

Soddy-Daisy did everything but win the first set Tuesday in its District 5-AAA high school volleyball match against Ooltewah.

Red Bank's volleyball program is no stranger to playing a rugged schedule. Ditto for 2014.

Hixson used the pass to set up the run Friday night against South Pittsburg. Or so to speak.

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.

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