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.

Adam Caine resigns as head football coach after strong run at Sequatchie County

Published Feb. 21 2018

Adam Caine, who took Sequatchie County's football program to new heights, resigned Wednesday morning after three seasons and will take...

Lady Raiders beat St. Cecilia 66-32 in state tournament

Published Feb. 21 2018

It had been just four days since Baylor's girls had beaten St. Cecilia by 17 in the final game of...

Brooke McCurdy leads GPS into state tournament second round

Published Feb. 21 2018

Somehow Brooke McCurdy kept finding herself alone, unguarded outside the 3-point line and able to launch bombs repeatedly without much...


Whitwell girls, Van Buren boys win 5-A titles

Published Feb. 18 2018

The wall just inside Whitwell High School's gym that is wallpapered with red banners now has one more to hang....

Howard knocks off Pioneers to extend coach Walter 'Moose' McGary's career

Published Feb. 17 2018

A half-hour before his team was to tip off its District 6-AA quarterfinal — an elimination game against host East...

Whitwell girls open district tournament with blowout win

Published Feb. 16 2018

Whitwell's girls' basketball team put last week's frustrations to rest quickly in Thursday night's District 5-A tournament semifinal, and it...

Silvestro Silvestro finds refuge in basketball thanks to mother's escape from South Sudan

Published Feb. 14 2018

The first thing you notice is the name. So undeniably uncommon — Silvestro Silvestro — it causes a double-take to...

Coach Mac Bryan resigns at Ooltewah to return to North Carolina

Published Feb. 12 2018

Mac Bryan resigned as head football coach at Ooltewah High School on Monday morning after five years with the program.

Averie Sheppard's buzzer-beater lifts Lady Irish to district title

Published Feb. 10 2018

Averie Sheppard never really had time to think about the shot. Considering all that was riding on it, that was...

Four area players named finalists for TSSAA Mr. and Miss Basketball awards

Published Feb. 8 2018

Four seniors from the Chattanooga area have been named finalists for the TSSAA's Mr. and Miss Basketball awards.

Brainerd star defensive back Joseph Norwood is a blueshirt signee for Vols

Published Feb. 7 2018

Brainerd High School all-state defensive back Joseph Norwood had to wait a bit longer than most other football recruits, but...

Brainerd's Joseph Norwood zooms onto recruiting radar

Published Feb. 6 2018

It was somewhere along a quiet stretch of Interstate 75, on the drive back from Knoxville late Saturday night, that...

Red Bank fires head football coach Chad Grabowski

Published Feb. 5 2018

Chad Grabowski admitted Monday afternoon that he was still in shock after being fired as Red Bank High School's football...

Powerhouse Oak Hill Academy pulls away late to beat McCallie [photos]

Published Feb. 3 2018

There was a moment, as they jogged off the court toward their bench during a first-half media timeout, when McCallie's...

UPDATE: Brainerd banned from next two boys' basketball postseasons after brawl

Published Feb. 2 2018

The Times Free Press has confirmed through the Brainerd High School administration and boys' basketball coach Levar Brown that the...

National powerhouse Oak Hill Academy set to play in Dr Pepper TEN Classic

Published Feb. 2 2018

One of the most recognized programs in high school sports will be competing in town this weekend as part of...

Second-quarter run sparks Signal Mountain girls past Red Bank [photos]

Published Jan. 31 2018

It wasn't so much what they finished with as what they started that was most impressive.

Darius Garland leads Brentwood Academy past McCallie

Published Jan. 24 2018

McCallie's basketball team learned two valuable lessons Tuesday night. First, despite a disastrous start, the Blue Tornado realized they can...

Whitwell girls earn second key district win this week

Published Jan. 20 2018

Practice is so overrated.

Baylor knocks off top-ranked McCallie, 54-51 [photos]

Published Jan. 13 2018

Baylor weathered both early and late scoring barrages from rival McCallie for an impressive 54-51 Division II-AA East/Middle basketball road...