Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
E-mail: shargis@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
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.

Hargis: Grider family and South Pittsburg football are inseparable

Published Oct. 20 2017

In large block letters, the 3-by-4-foot metal sign hanging above the black double doors of the main entrance reads "Donald...

Pirates hold off Whitwell in 3-1A classic, 21-14 [photos]

Published Oct. 14 2017

Round one goes to South Pittsburg. But just barely.

Hargis: Terdell Sands helping Howard more now than ever

Published Oct. 13 2017

Like any good son, when Terdell Sands visited his mother on her birthday, he brought flowers. Sadly, when Sands delivered...


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No. 2 Maryville pulls away from Owls for 54-34 win

Published Oct. 13 2017

For nearly three quarters, Ooltewah traded punches Thursday night with perennial state power and second-ranked Maryville.

Final-play field goal lifts Whitwell over Trousdale

Published Oct. 7 2017

Austin Nunley did not see the football sail end over end through the uprights.

Hargis: Ken Colquette's skill set went beyond X's and O's

Published Oct. 6 2017

Sometime during tonight's pregame warmups, Ken Colquette will find his spot just behind the Marion County High School football team's...

Bears rally past Trojans in second half for 38-28 win

Published Oct. 6 2017

With his team trailing by two scores to begin the second half, Bradley Central coach Damon Floyd had a very...

Prep Notebook: McCallie's Jr. Clay commits to Tennessee Tech basketball program

Published Oct. 5 2017

For as long as he can remember, Jr. Clay has dreamed of playing Division I college basketball.

Hargis: We need to try to understand each other better

Published Sep. 29 2017

Few topics spark debate or light emotional fuses faster than racism or patriotism. When you combine the two, as we've...

Red Bank's diametric duo also dynamic [photos]

Published Sep. 29 2017

They share the offensive workload and are a complete nightmare for opponents to defend, but that's pretty much where the...

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.