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Kelley Smiddie

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For Polk County and McMinn Central to repeat runs to the state high school football playoffs, much will be expected of each team’s running games. But those running games are in good hands — and feet.

Silverdale Baptist Academy may have surprised some of its opponents last football season, which included the most victories in a season in the program’s eight-year history and its first state-playoff win.

Members of the youth fastpitch teams congregated at Finley Stadium for opening ceremonies of the Amateur Softball Association 12-under national tournament were all about kooky outfits and crazy dance moves during Sunday night's parade of teams.

The Tennessee Fury '95 youth fastpitch team finished fourth over the weekend in the Amateur Softball Association 18-under Gold tournament in Clearwater, Fla. It marked the highest finish in an ASA Gold tournament for any team from the Fury organization, which was created in 2006.

Some members of the Heritage High School softball program were looking for a few tuneup games this past week before their Georgia high school season gets under way next month. They happened to win a major summer tournament title in the process.

Three local teams have made it to the last day of play in the National Softball Association A Division Eastern World Series held in the Chattanooga area.

The last time 15-year-old Julia Bittner was in Chattanooga, she was 7 and running around at her sister Emily's 14-under Indiana Chaos games during an NSA World Series. But Julia's main focus back then was getting back to the hotel swimming pool.

Mara Goodwin, who plays on one of the Indiana Gators 12-under softball teams, wears jersey No. 25 for a couple of reasons.

Back home in Warrenvlle, Ill., when Madison Briggs isn't busy playing or practicing softball, it might be because she's busy playing or practicing volleyball or basketball at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

Nearly 160 girls' fastpitch teams in five age groups are playing at Chattanooga-area fields.

Opening ceremonies for the National Softball Association's A Division Eastern World Series, held in the Chattanooga area this year, will take place today at Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge.

The second week of the TSSAA season in 1997, a collision took place on the football field in Dunlap that seemed to have created tremors large enough to be measured on the Richter scale.

Former Ooltewah High School softball coach Norma Nelson has been hired as softball coach at East Hamilton.

Former Ooltewah High School softball coach Norma Nelson was hired today as softball coach at East Hamilton. She succeeds Cara Stiles, who announced her resignation before coaching the Lady Hurricanes in 2013.

Former Silverdale Baptist Academy softball pitcher Katie Henderson has transferred from the University of Kentucky and signed scholarship papers earlier this month with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chattanooga's Ozzie Martinez made the most of his one at-bat Friday at AT&T Field.

Silverdale Baptist Academy has hired Lisa Davis to coach its high school volleyball team.

Soddy-Daisy's Olivia Williams embodied the true spirit of playing on an all-star team in Wednesday's Tennessee-Georgia high school all-star softball classic at Frost Stadium.

The Chattanooga Warriors 99 softball team had won their five previous tournaments but had to settle for second place in the 14-under age group in the Scenic City Showcase.

It's been less than two weeks since Oklahoma defeated Tennessee in the NCAA Women's College World Series championship series.

The Tennessee Fury will be holding their seventh Scenic City Showcase youth fastpitch tournament at three local complexes over the next four days.

There is nothing like a plan when it comes together, to hear Dade County boys' basketball coach Glen Hicks tell it.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Considering their middle school team pelted them with silly string, songs were being sung and unsuspecting coach Kelli Smith got an ice-cold bath down her back, the Baylor Lady Red Raiders winning their third consecutive TSSAA Division II-AA softball state championship was anything but ho-hum.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Whitwell's softball team did not win its district regular-season championship.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Baylor's first shot at redemption from a loss to St. Benedict came Thursday, two days later.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — East Hamilton outlasted its first opponent Thursday in the Class AA high school softball state tournament but couldn't outslug its second.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Archrivals Baylor and GPS have grown accustomed lately to meeting in the TSSAA Divison II-AA softball state tournament, just not in the losers bracket like Wednesday.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Whitwell's Lady Tigers made some defensive plays late in Wednesday's TSSAA Class A state-tournament softball game against Gordonsville that kept them in it. But there was no defense for what the Tigerettes' Shelby Prichard did to put it away.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — East Hamilton looked like a different softball team Wednesday than it did Tuesday in the Class AA high school softball state tournament. Going from 12 runs allowed to none will do that.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS softball coach Susan Crownover didn't lay blame for Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Pope John Paul II in Tuesday's Division II-AA opener in the Spring Fling, but the final pitch was off the mark and proved to be costly.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — East Hamilton's usually stable offense wasn't enough Tuesday to overcome the unstable defense it played against Chester County in its first-round game at McKnight No. 1 in the TSSAA Class AA softball tournament.

COHUTTA, Ga. — Third place was crowded with area talent Monday in the GHSA Class AAAA girls' state golf tournament at Nob North.

Before the season started, East Hamilton softball coach Cara Stiles wasn't sure how much Maria Walshe would be able to pitch, or how effective she would be if she did. But if those concerns weren't dismissed once she starte

Sports seasons have their ups and downs and teams can only wish for the ups to come along at the right times. Such is the case now for East Hamilton's softball team, but not for Bledsoe County's.

Some of Baylor's softball players started a little slow offensively Friday in the Lady Red Raiders' best-of-three TSSAA Division II-AA state-quarterfinal series against Father Ryan. Not Precious Birdsong. But she doesn't do anything slow.

If Clifford Kirk had been there Thursday to see the unraveling, he might've thrown his cap.

First-year Sale Creek coach and longtime softball coach Clifford Kirk is recovering at a local hospital from a collapse he suffered Wednesday during the seventh inning of the Region 3-A final against Whitwell at Sale Creek.

East Hamilton wasted little time in retaking the lead after Meigs County tied the score in the top of the sixth inning in Wednesday's Region 3-AA high school softball final at East Hamilton.

After being involved with the softball program at Ooltewah High School for 25 years, Norma Nelson has been fired from the head coaching position she has held the last 20.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The Region 3-AAA high school softball semifinal Monday at Coffee County turned out to be a game of inches. A few inches too high, that is, for Walker Valley.

Soddy-Daisy's Alex Schafer signed a volleyball scholarship last week with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

If Whitwell's Kathleen Sledge tried to erase the memories of last year's Region 3-A semifinal loss at Grace Academy, it didn't work.

Clifford Kirk is no stranger to softball region tournaments, even though his new team is. But that won't be the case after Monday.

Ooltewah defensive back and kick returner Cadarius Montgomery signed football scholarship papers Thursday with NAIA member Bethel University.

Four minus four plus four equals seven. That's the new math being taught at Grace Academy, at least on the high school softball field.

It must be GPS's black and blue colors that make Baylor junior Haley Andrus see red.

Grace Academy gave District 5-A regular-season champion Arts & Sciences a scare in the winners-bracket final of the District 5-A high school softball tournament. Friday at Warner Park, the Lady Golden Eagles sent out an alarm.

Perhaps the best thing East Hamilton's Lady Hurricanes did in Thursday's District 6-AA high school softball championship game was keeping their mouths shut around Maria Walshe.

After East Hamilton went through all its would-haves, and Central went through all its could-haves, and both teams went through their share of should-haves, East Hamilton managed to emerge victorious in the winners-bracket final Wednesday in the District 6-AA high school softball tournament at Warner Park.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy didn't have a lot more hits than Rhea County in their winners-bracket semifinal Tuesday in the District 5-AAA high school softball tournament. But the Lady Trojans definitely had more at the right times.

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