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Former Ooltewah High and University of Tennessee defender Jacques Smith was taken as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons just moments after the NFL draft ended Saturday evening.

While some area teams are still competing for spots in the spring state championship tournaments, arguably the area's best example of the grit and determination that makes high school sports so compelling had her athletic career end on a dusty softball field this past Tuesday.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — It took just one inning for Whitwell to re-establish itself as the dominant softball team in District 6-A.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — After going an entire regular season without losing to another Class A team, Whitwell's softball team was just four outs from suffering its second such loss in as many days, and to the same opponent.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was the bottom of the order that helped South Pittsburg finish on top of the District 6-A baseball tournament.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — As if reclaiming the District 7-AA tournament championship weren't sweet enough, the Sequatchie County softball team did so by beating archrival Bledsoe County for a third time this season Monday evening.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — For five innings Chase White kept reminding himself to be patient.

A strong collection of field-events athletes helped propel Gordon Lee to its first Class A girls' track and field state championship Saturday at Albany, Ga.

In a matter of months Nicolette Gordon has gone from knowing nothing at all about pole vaulting to become one of the best in the state in her classification. The Chattanooga Christian School junior took up the sport only after two knee surgeries forced her to end an eight-year gymnastics career.

It was while walking off the Finley Stadium turf, before he even had processed the just-completed Blue/Gold spring game two weeks ago, that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman began grousing.

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.

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