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As his players trotted into the dugout for their fifth-inning turn at bat, Dade County baseball coach Brent Cooper gave some obvious but sobering instruction.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football program again has benefited from a former Navy commitment's decision to transfer.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Her day's work began around 1 in the afternoon, but a little more than six hours later, standing in her warmup suit and cheering on teammates, Baylor senior Selena Popp looked as if she had barely broken a sweat.

Before the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's spring workouts, Times Free Press reporter Stephen Hargis posed five questions that coaches hoped to answer by the conclusion of their allotted 15 practices.

There were plenty of reasons for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman to smile following Friday night's Blue/Gold spring game.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team capped its spring workouts Friday night with the annual Blue/Gold game at Finley Stadium, with the blue team, made up mostly of second-string offensive players and starting defenders, claimed a 24-10 win.

When: Tonight at 7 Where: Finley Stadium Admission: No charge. Also, hot dogs and Coca-Cola products are free (while supplies last, courtesy of the UTC Mocs Club and Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling), and there is a free youth clinic beginning at 5:15 for eighth-graders and younger. The Mocs will receive their 2013 Southern Conference championship rings.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team wrapped up its final practice before the Blue & Gold spring game with a nearly two-hour workout Wednesday.

Howie Sompayrac, one of the area's most successful high school athletic directors, has decided to step down after 15 years at Notre Dame. Sompayrac will finish out the current school year after making the announcement to faculty and coaches on Tuesday.

Eight girls from the Chattanooga area have been named to the 2014 Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state basketball teams.

There was no Saturday morning hangover for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team following Friday evening's scrimmage.

His defensive coaching roots wouldn't allow Russ Huesman to get carried away when assessing how well the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's offensive line had performed during Friday evening's scrimmage at Finley Stadium.

While his on-field ability and desire speak for themselves, the last hurdle for Jacob Revis to clear before he has the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga center's job solidified is the volume of his actual voice.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most iconic sports figures in America, will be the featured speaker at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps banquet.

After all the years of proving themselves on the field, whether four former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football players and one former local high school star get a chance to continue their careers likely came down to a workout routine that lasted about one nerve-racking hour.

An already thin position for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was even leaner for Monday's practice as sophomore Nakevian Leslie was the only experienced linebacker in the rotation.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team got to work on two game situations for the first time this spring — one scripted by coaches, the other completely out of their control.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's first scrimmage of the spring was designed to let the young, inexperienced players answer questions about how close they are to being ready to contribute.

Regardless of the level of competition, critical injuries are every football coach's worst nightmare.

There are few rungs lower on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football practice ladder than the shame that comes with being a "lame dog."

Keionta Davis dipped his right shoulder and raised his forearm to shove the blocker back on his heels.

Having spent the first two days of spring practice working out in shorts and helmets, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team ratcheted things up a notch Friday evening by going out in full pads.

Not even 500 miles of separation can prevent Nikki West from coaching.

It was a move not every player would be willing to make and that speaks volumes not only for Chris Mayes' versatility but also for his character.

So much for easing into spring practice.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — For the third straight state tournament game, the Meigs County boys' basketball team fell behind big early.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Memphis Mitchell used a smothering defense and blistered the nets offensively to take a commanding 20-point first-half lead over Meigs County.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — As his school's career scoring leader, Levi Woods understands the importance of an assist.

While most football programs enter spring workouts with a level of hope for the next season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will begin practice riding a wave of optimism unlike any in recent memory.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — As the fourth quarter began, Meigs County basketball coach Sammy Perkinson's advice to his team was simple but effective.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Tyner's basketball team found itself trailing even before the first second had ticked off the game clock Thursday.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Tyner's basketball team found itself trailing before even a second had ticked from the clock. It was an ominous start and things never improved as the Rams were beaten 81-62 by East Nashville in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament here at Middle Tennessee State University.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After more than an hour of discussion Wednesday morning, the TSSAA's nine-member legislative council voted to table a proposal to completely split all Tennessee private schools into a separate division from public schools.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Each of Meigs County's basketball players was still at least a decade away from being born the last time the program played a state tournament game.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A dominant three-minute span of the third quarter helped Booker T. Washington turn an otherwise back-and-forth game into a convincing 72-54 victory over Boyd-Buchanan in the Class A state tournament quarterfinals Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State University.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Asked for a scouting report of today's opponent in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinal, Tyner basketball coach Gerald Harris instead wanted to evaluate his own team.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After more than an hour of discussion Wednesday morning, the TSSAA's nine-member Legislative Council voted to table a proposal to split all private schools into a separate athletic division from public schools.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — How quickly the players on Boyd-Buchanan's and Meigs County's basketball teams adjust to their surroundings could determine how long both teams remain in the state tournament.

East Hamilton has named former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant coach Rodney English as its new boys' basketball coach.

The staff is again complete, and now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program can begin final preparations for the start of spring practice.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program has hired Chris Malone as its new offensive line coach, pending university approval.

It took just one warm spring evening for McKenzie Ethridge to race from relative unknown to one of the most talked-about track athletes in Tennessee.

By Gerald Harris' logic, the three Chattanooga-area high school boys' basketball teams still playing have cleared the toughest hurdle already.

The result was worth the wait, according to Central High School administrators.

Central High School has named Eastern Michigan University assistant KiJuan Ware as its new head football coach. Ware served as secondary coach at EMU last season, and prior to that he worked for two years as the offensive coordinator at Western Illinois University.

McCallie School has found a familiar name to fill its head basketball coaching vacancy — former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach John Shulman.

Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach John Shulman will be announced as the new head coach at McCallie School on Friday morning.

Chattanooga Christian School made a smooth transition in its boys' basketball program by naming former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant David Conrady as its new head coach. That move came on the same day that Jim Arnold announced he was resigning as basketball coach to focus attention on his role as the middle school principal.

After two area high school boys' basketball teams earned spots in the state tournament with wins Monday night, four others hope tonight to join them in Murfreesboro. Inclement weather postponed those four games, along with every other boys' state sectional, forcing teams to wait one day before taking the court.

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