Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
Stephen has covered sports in the tri-state area for the Times Free Press for more than 26 years and was named Sports Editor in February of 2015 after 10 years as assistant sports editor, where he oversaw the prep sports staff. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP newsroom, having won 54 awards at the state, regional and national level ranging from investigative work to feature and news writing, including 22 awards in the past three years. Stephen was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla., in 2012, and has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with Green Eyeshade southeast regional awards three times, where his work was noted for its high standards of ethical journalism. He received an Associated Press national award for a season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football team, became the first writer from the TFP staff to win first-place as the state's top overall sports writer by the Associated Press Media Editors and has also been named the state's overall Writer of the Year three times in the past four years. He has been awarded the state's top prep writer a record 18 times, including each of the past six years, is the first writer on the TFP staff to win the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club's Sports Writer of the Year and was recognized with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state. He is also a regular contributor previewing and highlighting prep football on local television. In 2013, Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football entitled "Game Of My Life". Stephen is a lifelong Chattanooga area resident and has two children, Riley and Lauren.

Austin Peay's Will Healy named FCS national coach of year

Published Dec. 14 2017

Will Healy was home in Clarksville, Tenn., packing for a long recruiting trip when a call came from his athletic...

Notre Dame falls 41-13 to Eric Gray-led Lausanne in state final [photos]

Published Dec. 2 2017

Despite a bright beginning Notre Dame's state championship hopes quickly turned Gray late Saturday afternoon.

Union City edges Rams in second overtime for state title, 27-21 [photos]

Published Dec. 2 2017

The effort and athletic ability that had carried Tyner back to the BlueCross Bowl for the first time in 20...


Sam Stovall-led line ignites high-powered Irish offense

Published Dec. 2 2017

The collection of athletes carrying the ball for Notre Dame's offense needs only a small opening, just enough to get...

Tyner falls in double overtime of state championship game

Published Dec. 1 2017

Despite rallying in the closing seconds to force overtime, Tyner fell short in Friday afternoon's Class 2A Blue Cross Bowl,...

Ke'un Webb, Tyner teammates honoring Marquice Craddock in state final

Published Dec. 1 2017

The entire Tyner community was saddened this week as news spread that one of their own, former Rams all-state quarterback...

Preview of today's TSSAA Class 2A final between Tyner and Union City

Published Dec. 1 2017

his is a rematch of the 2A state championship game from 20 years ago, which was Tyner's most recent appearance...

Bledsoe County kicker Gabe Boring wins Mr. Football award

Published Nov. 28 2017

Bledsoe County's Gabe Boring was named the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football kicker of the year Monday afternoon.

Greenback again denies South Pittsburg a title try, 31-21

Published Nov. 25 2017

After fighting from behind much of the night, with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game and trailing by...

Jaylen Bowens looks to lead Tyner back to state-title game

Published Nov. 24 2017

For as long as he can remember, from the time he barely could grip a football at age 5, Jaylen...

Pirates have own version of potent triple option: Kelley, Raulston and Tipton

Published Nov. 24 2017

In this town, where folks expect to discuss the high school football team's next playoff opponent as they pass the...

Garrett Raulston scores four TDs in Pirates' 33-7 romp [photos]

Published Nov. 18 2017

If the first round was a decision, the second round was a knockout.

Rematches highlight area high school football playoffs tonight

Published Nov. 17 2017

Tonight should be a pretty good gauge of whether familiarity does in fact breed contempt. Of the 30 high school...

Hargis: Seniors are big reason McCallie's season is not over yet

Published Nov. 17 2017

The sun had long since disappeared behind the mountains, quickly dropping the temperature enough that you could see your breath...

David Blackburn: Jon Gruden a viable option to coach Vols, would listen to offer

Published Nov. 15 2017

There are few people who care more about the University of Tennessee and its football program than David Blackburn.

Four Chattanooga area players among Mr. Football finalists

Published Nov. 13 2017

Four players from the Chattanooga area were named finalists for the TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards Monday.

Pirates smother Red Devils in 49-0 Class 1A playoff win

Published Nov. 11 2017

For all the first-half struggles on offense, South Pittsburg's defense was dominant throughout, and that was the difference Friday night.

Meigs County standout Martin Smith pushes on after family tragedy

Published Nov. 10 2017

About 10 minutes before tonight's second-round playoff game kicks off, Meigs County High School's football locker room will be a...

Jacob Saylors leads Marion County football team's turnaround

Published Nov. 10 2017

For the better part of his first three varsity football seasons, Jacob Saylors proved to be a special talent.

Here's a preview of tonight's Chattanooga area high school football matchups

Published Nov. 10 2017

The Red Devils and Pirates last met seven years ago in a state championship game won by South Pittsburg...