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.

Pirates claim fifth straight district baseball title

Published May. 9 2018

Not even a solid night on the mound and at the plate could spare E.J. Cagle from a little extra...

Lady Indians rally for 7-AA softball title

Published May. 8 2018

Standing a few feet away from her teammates — who were still jumping up and down celebrating their come-from-behind win...

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota hopes to connect with Best of Prep athletes

Published May. 6 2018

When Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota speaks next month in Chattanooga, he will have one clear message for the hundreds...

Whitwell clobbers South Pittsburg for 5-A softball title

Published May. 5 2018

As dominantly as Anna Yell was pitching, she wasn't going to need much offensive help.

David Conrady is named new McCallie basketball coach

Published Apr. 23 2018

McCallie has named David Conrady its new basketball coach.

Big sixth inning leads Baylor past McCallie [photos]

Published Apr. 13 2018

Through five innings Thursday night, McCallie had played almost error-free baseball to battle back and even the score against rival...

Baylor School assistant football coach Tim Daniels dies

Published Apr. 12 2018

Baylor School administrators confirmed assistant football coach Tim Daniels, a former Red Bank head coach, died Thursday evening of an...

Baylor track coach Bill McMahan to retire this year

Published Apr. 12 2018

Baylor School track and field coach Bill McMahan will retire at the end of the current season, he announced Wednesday.

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota to speak at Best of Preps banquet June 14

Published Apr. 8 2018

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota — one of the most exciting young players in the NFL — will be the...

Baylor's Austin Clark retires as basketball coach after 36 years

Published Apr. 5 2018

Austin Clark, one of the most iconic high school coaches in Chattanooga history, has announced he is retiring as head...

Central High School brings back Curt Jones as football coach

Published Mar. 27 2018

Central High School found its new head football coach, and it's a familiar name. Curt Jones, who coached the Purple...

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard named Gatorade girls' player of the year for Tennessee

Published Mar. 19 2018

It's difficult to become the first to accomplish something in Bradley Central girls' basketball's storied history, but that's just what...

Ooltewah hires football coach

Published Mar. 16 2018

Ooltewah High School announced Friday afternoon that Scott Chandler has been promoted to become its new head football coach.

TSSAA votes for complete private-public split

Published Mar. 15 2018

The TSSAA's Legislative Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal for a total public-private split.

TSSAA votes for complete private-public split

Published Mar. 14 2018

The TSSAA's Legislative Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal for a total public-private split.

John Rhodes leads Chattanooga Christian into new baseball season

Published Mar. 11 2018

John Rhodes always has understood the importance of first impressions.

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard named Class AAA Miss Basketball

Published Mar. 6 2018

Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard has been named Class AAA Miss Basketball during an awards ceremony in Murfreesboro Tuesday night. Van...

Tyner brings Bees to their knees, sprint into state tournament

Published Mar. 6 2018

Not quite two minutes into the second quarter, during a momentary substitution break, four of the five Upperman players on...

Baylor boys fall to Brentwood Academy in state title game

Published Mar. 3 2018

Baylor battled but simply could not stop Darius Garland in the crunch as Brentwood Academy won its fourth consecutive Division...

McMinn Central girls win fourth straight Region 3-AA title

Published Mar. 1 2018

While the names on the backs of the jerseys change, the results simply do not.