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Kelley Smiddie

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No more games at Warner Park. No more games at White Oak Park. Red Bank has a true home field again.

Baylor sophomore Haven Bethune and freshmen Gabby Gray and Lilly Turner have been selected among the best of their classes in the nation by prepvolleyball.com.

Norma Nelson's softball career coaching record against Ooltewah High School is now 1-0.

After coaching softball at Ooltewah High School for 25 years, the last 20 as head coach, Norma Nelson was fired last May by former principal Mark Bean at the end of last year's 21-16 season.

Tyner boys' basketball coach Gerald Harris had a message for his team before Tuesday's TSSAA Class AA state sectional home game. He wrote on the dry-erase board in the locker room: "In order to win the state, you've got to get in."

Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team had to call on its reserves Monday in its TSSAA Class A state sectional. And thanks to their key contributions, the Buccaneers reserved a spot in Murfreesboro.

It's been a year since Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team left the Chattanooga State gymnasium after a season-ending loss that left the Buccaneers a game short of advancing to the TSSAA Class A state tournament.

Arts & Sciences' girls are going today where no Lady Patriots basketball team has gone before. It happens to be Clarkrange, which is north of Crossville on Highway 127.

Coosa came into Thursday's Georgia Class AA boys' basketball quarterfinal at Calhoun with nearly half its losses being to the host team. Now the word "nearly" can be taken out of that sentence.

Van Buren County and Arts & Sciences both seem to favor playing a knockdown, drag-out brand of basketball. So when the teams met Wednesday in the Region 3-A girls' high school championship game, it was fairly evident ahead of time what was going to happen.

One boys' semifinal in the Region 3-A high school basketball tournament at Arts & Sciences was destined to be close all the way. One team made sure that wasn't the case in the other.

Comebacks were the order of the day in the Region 3-A girls' high school basketball semifinals Monday at Arts & Sciences. One was early; one was late. One worked; one didn't.

It was evident that the high school basketball teams on the floor at Boyd-Buchanan on Saturday were highly motivated.

Brainerd guard Jamee Ward did not have one of her best shooting nights of the basketball season Friday when the Lady Panthers hosted Polk County in a TSSAA girls' Region 3-AA quarterfinal. And still she only needed eight points from her teammates for Brainerd to win.

Bledsoe County's girls take a 21-4 record into their TSSAA Region 4-AA basketball quarterfinal tonight at 8 EST. The first thought they gave to playing in a region quarterfinal was exactly 25 games ago.

The old proverb, "The more things change, the more they stay the same," was never more evident than Tuesday night at Howard.

If the regular-season champion Bledsoe County girls were going to win the District 7-AA high school basketball championship Monday at Signal Mountain, Chattanooga Christian was going to make them earn it. And they did.

The Brainerd and Hixson girls' basketball teams now have played each other three times this season, and the meetings have been decided by a total of four points. Yet the series has gone entirely Brainerd's way.

Baylor senior Sammy Lupas picked a fine time Saturday to hoist his first 3-point shot in a high school varsity basketball game. But under the circumstances he didn't have much choice.

Signal Mountain led nearly the entire way in its opening-round girls' game in the District 7-AA high school basketball game, but perhaps it took the Lady Eagles falling behind to get them really going.

Ooltewah junior middle hitter Courtlyn Ison has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her volleyball career at Belmont University in Nashville.

Area high school basketball players may have enjoyed being out of school this week after a second round of snowfall within a month, but despite most schools in the area being closed again today, TSSAA postseason play finally is getting under way.

Lookout Valley's Joe Galloway says he has come to grips with the fact that his 39-year-old high school coaching career is almost over.

One team had more to play for than the other in Monday's District 5-AAA boys' high school basketball game at Ooltewah. And it showed.

It wasn't as easy as the last time for Tyner, but it didn't have to be. All the Rams needed to do was defeat Brainerd on Saturday to win the District 6-AA boys' high school basketball regular-season title, and they did so, 74-63 at Brainerd.

Brainerd's girls snatched away victory Friday.

Ooltewah senior Elizabeth Novelli plans to sign softball scholarship papers at her school Monday with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

The Times Free Press revisits the area's top 10 notable signees from four years ago and offers a look at each's football career since.

South Pittsburg star running back Jajuan Lankford has committed to continue his football career with East Tennessee State's revived program.

For all of Central's fourth-quarter woes this high school basketball season, the other six girls' teams in District 6-AA would gladly trade places with the Lady Purple Pounders.

It was senior day, and how, Saturday afternoon at Boyd-Buchanan.

It seems most high school basketball teams would be hurt by the graduation of all-state players. But for Bledsoe County's boys and Silverdale Baptist Academy's girls, they've picked up the slack for the all-stars they lack.

Bradley Central senior post player Brooke Copeland surpassed 2,000 points for her career last Friday during her 40-point performance in the Bearettes' 67-51 victory over crosstown rival Cleveland at Lee University.

All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.

Baylor School and Tennessee Fury outfielder Lauren Lewis has been rated No. 25 nationally by studentsports.com on its Hot 100 list of college softball prospects in the class of 2015.

Historically, Copper Basin boys' basketball has been through some gloomy times. Current coach Tim Kidd has dealt with his share in his previous five seasons at the high school.

It was difficult to discern Thursday which was colder: the temperature outside or the first-half shooting inside the Silverdale Baptist Academy gymnasium during the District 5-A girls' basketball game between Arts & Sciences and the Lady Seahawks.

A close game amid a lot of emotion with a wild finish.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley Central didn't look a team with payback on its mind the way it played in the first quarter of Friday's District 5-AAA girls' high school basketball game against Walker Valley.

Ten minutes into Thursday's District 6-AA boys' basketball game at Brainerd, the Panthers had built a 17-point lead and appeared on their way to another whipping of the Howard Hustlin' Tigers like the one they administered at Howard on Dec. 6. But a different-looking set of Tigers didn't go away so easily this time.

Central girls' basketball coach Rick May belabored the point that his team is still trying to learn how to win games. And his Lady Purple Pounders found a way, although likely not the way he would've desired.

Taelor Hill grew up in nearby Cleveland. And as someone who comes from an area where basketball rules in girls' sports, the sophomore seems complacent about the circumstances that led her to a less-heralded high school program in Chattanooga.

Baylor's Kaleigh Clemons may be a high school sophomore, but she already knows that offense sells tickets. And Chattanooga State's gymnasium was packed out for the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament finals Saturday.

Boyd-Buchanan didn't have it all the way Friday in its boys' semifinal in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament. The Buccaneers just wouldn't go away.

Tyner and Notre Dame had different ideas about how they wanted the tempo to go in their boys' semifinal Friday in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament.

It was fitting that Boyd-Buchanan's defense made the decisive play in the Buccaneers' first-round game against Baylor on Thursday in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

If only they needed two points.

With the goal of being crowned champions Saturday night, eight girls' teams and eight boys' teams begin play today in the 2013 version of the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament at Chattanooga State.

Boyd-Buchanan's boys enter their first-round game Thursday against Baylor in the Times Free Press Best of Preps basketball tournament a little closer to full strength than they have been all season. And they're 10-0 at that.

Names of Baylor wrestlers could be found in almost half of the 14 championship bouts Saturday in the McCallie Invitational high school wrestling tournament. And as far as team results went, it mattered little that only two Red Raiders were individual winners.

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