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.

Baylor too much for Division II newcomer CCS, 42-8

Published Sep. 23 2017

With an eye to the future, Chattanooga Christian scheduled Division II-AAA football powers McCallie and Baylor this season.

Hargis: First half of high school football season has brought surprises

Published Sep. 22 2017

We've officially reached the halfway point of the high school football season. Yeah, I know — hard to believe, right?

McCallie's Thomas Priest will play soccer for Lipscomb University

Published Sep. 21 2017

McCallie School senior Thomas Priest has committed to sign a soccer scholarship with Lipscomb University.

Tyner rallies late to beat Marion

Published Sep. 16 2017

Standing with one hand resting on one of his player's shoulder pads and the other thrusting his index finger into...

'Arms race' of technology taking place in area prep football scene

Published Sep. 15 2017

At the rate things are moving, area high school football fans can expect stadiums to soon have luxury suites, a...

Pirates overwhelm rival Marion Warriors, 56-18

Published Sep. 9 2017

Statement made.

Hargis: Intensity, state success in Pirates-Warriors rivalry unmatched

Published Sep. 8 2017

Sometime late this afternoon, the South Pittsburg football team will exit its field house, board two buses and make the...

Hargis: Tyner's 1997 Rams share close championship bond

Published Sep. 7 2017

The gold ball sits atop a locker in a corner of coach Wayne Turner's office. There is no fancy trophy...

Daniel Bituli, Colton Jumper total 23 and 18 tackles for Vols [photos, video]

Published Sep. 5 2017

As news broke last week that the Tennessee football team had lost star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. for the season,...

Tennessee defeats Georgia Tech 42-41 in overtime

Published Sep. 4 2017

The Tennessee Vols defeated Georgia Tech 42-41 in overtime Monday night at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Big plays help Jeremy Elston-led Tyner beat Polk, 36-22

Published Sep. 2 2017

Big plays — a Tyner tradition every time the Rams have been a playoff threat — were on full display...

Hargis: All of Lookout Valley has reason to celebrate

Published Sep. 1 2017

It was just before last Friday night slipped into Saturday morning when Lance Rorex emerged from the Lookout Valley football...


Sequatchie knocks off Marion in OT

Published Aug. 26 2017

For once, Sequatchie County football coach Adam Caine will not get tired of hearing his wife tell him "I told...

Central linebacker Vincent McColley matures into leader

Published Aug. 25 2017

For all practical purposes, the football game was over.

Hargis: Calhoun football program has habit of winning under coach Hal Lamb

Published Aug. 25 2017

Drive around this neighborly town for any length of time, and you'll quickly realize that for the hardworking folks who...

Second-half push helps Howard top Brainerd 33-12

Published Aug. 20 2017

After a back-and-forth first half in which the two teams mirrored each other in nearly every phase — yardage, penalties...

South Pittsburg defense holds late to outlast Sequatchie County

Published Aug. 19 2017

In snapping a three-game losing streak to the Indians, South Pittsburg rallied twice from seven-point deficits and made two huge...

Hargis: Things I know about the 2017 prep football season

Published Aug. 18 2017

As we get set for the first Friday night of the 2017 prep football season, here are a few things...

Purple Pounders outlast Mustangs, 48-36 [photos]

Published Aug. 18 2017

Teachers, please excuse any Central High School football players who have a harder time than usual focusing in class today.

This week's area prep football previews

Published Aug. 18 2017

Here are this week's area prep football previews.