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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.

Signal Mountain's Anna Althaus had dealt with a tear of an anterior cruciate ligament before. So when she went to make a defensive play in the Lady Eagles' season-opening basketball game against GPS and felt a twinge in her knee, she didn't immediately think the worst.

Not coincidentally, the Bradley Central High School girls' basketball team's level of play increased dramatically when Brooke Copeland entered Tuesday's game at Baylor.

Hoops for Hope V produced five winners on the hardwood Saturday at Signal Mountain. But more importantly, six individuals were presented scholarships thanks to the labor of love the event is for the many involved.

When asked when was the last time Hixson's girls were in sole possession of first place in their district high school basketball standings, 35-year-old Lady Wildcats coach Matthew Smith said, "Probably before I was born."

The fifth Hoops for Hope high school basketball benefit for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund is being held Saturday at Signal Mountain starting at 11 a.m.

Boyd-Buchanan's 48-45 boys' high school basketball victory Tuesday at Sale Creek was every bit the defensive struggle the final score indicates.

For 39 seasons Lookout Valley's Joe Galloway sat in the shadow of the bench while his basketball teams played in the spotlight. But on Friday, it was Coach's turn to bask in the limelight for a while.

Arts & Sciences' Jamani Greer and Kiara Suttles recently signed scholarship papers and will continue their softball careers at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

Thanks to a surplus of skilled receivers on both teams, the passing games at Cleveland and East Hamilton have really caught on.

McCallie had some stretches Thursday at East Hamilton that the players would just as soon forget about. But ultimately they had enough good stretches -- particularly the one at the end -- to come away with a 68-65 victory over the Hurricanes.

Bradley Central's Bearettes have a mission this high school basketball season not only to make a return trip to the Class AAA state tournament but to get there with their full complement of players. Then they'll take their chances.

BENTON, Tenn. — Big plays right before halftime are often big factors in the outcomes of football games. and that was the case in Friday's TSSAA Class 3A playoff game at Polk County.

Last week, Silverdale Baptist Academy's football players were faced with the difficulty of trying to put perhaps the most painful loss in the high school program's nine-year history behind them. Having 14 seniors helped.

Meigs County senior Morgan Boggess has accepted a softball scholarship offer and will sign Friday with Austin Peay State University.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County established the run, the tempo of the game, and the dominance that was on the way with its first possession Friday night.

When Notre Dame sophomore Tyler Enos was in middle school at OLPH, he was looking for something to do in the football offseason. So, he decided to try playing tennis.

Sometimes you've just got to go with your gut feeling.

The TSSAA District 5-A football championship is only one of the things at stake tonight when Boyd-Buchanan hosts Silverdale Baptist Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Things started bad for Baylor's Lady Red Raiders in the TSSAA Division II-AA state volleyball championship match Friday. Then they got worse.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Anyone who thought the high school football game Friday at South Pittsburg would be a battle between the Pirates' speed and Polk County's physical prowess underestimated South Pittsburg's physical characteristics.

The immediate importance for Bradley Central and its home football game tonight against Soddy-Daisy is that it's a District 5-AAA matchup and one the Bears need to win to improve their chance to qualify for the state playoffs.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Baylor's Lady Red Raiders have the opportunity today to compete for the third TSSAA state volleyball championship in program history.

The Signal Mountain and Red Bank volleyball seasons ended Thursday in the TSSAA Class AA state tournament at Murfreresboro.

Win one, lose won was the pattern Wednesday for four of the five local teams in first-round competition Wednesday in the TSSAA state volleyball tournament at Murfreesboro. Win one, lose none was how it went for Baylor.

All the elements have seemed to come together in 2013 for Baylor's volleyball team.

Baylor's Lady Red Raiders were just getting warmed up when the TSSAA Division II-AA sub-state volleyball match came to an end Saturday.

Don't be surprised if Hixson's celebration is still ongoing.

Down a set and trailing late in the second one, Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman asked her players a simple question Thursday during a timeout.

Ooltewah continued its season-long unbeaten streak against its league opponents Tuesday and won the Region 3-AAA championship in the process.

Sloan Sullivan hosted a party at her family’s house before Ooltewah played Stone Memorial in the first of Monday’s Region 3-AAA high school volleyball semifinals. Then the Lady Owls basically continued the party on their home court.

Ooltewah was again the top-seeded team in the District 5-AAA high school volleyball tournament. But unlike last year, the Lady Owls arrived there in a different fashion -- a much more dominant fashion.

East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood wanted his team to work on its running game in Friday night’s District 5-AAA high school football game against McMinn County. And thanks to the Hurricanes’ passing game, the coach got his opportunity.

Not much Thursday at Red Bank rivaled the comeback the host team made in the fourth set of the District 6-AA high school volleyball championship match -- except maybe the way Central responded to it.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots may not have known it, but Boyd-Buchanan volleyball coach Ashley Rose implied that they taught her team a valuable lesson on Sept. 10.

Paybacks were the order of the day Tuesday at Signal Mountain.

Signal Mountain junior Taelor Kellum has accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of Florida.

Both Ooltewah and Cleveland proved Tuesday at Ooltewah that how a team plays in its previous outing has nothing to do with how it will play the next time out.

Sixth-seeded Walker Valley showed Monday what a deep league District 5-AAA is in volleyball. But it was third-seeded East Hamilton that survived and advanced.

Coaches of the top four seeded teams in the District 6-AA high school volleyball tournament basically said the same thing this past week when asked about the tournament.

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