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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.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was on the drive through town, on his way to his initial interview, that R.C. Helton knew for sure just how much he wanted the Whitwell High School football coaching job.

Whitwell High School has named R.C. Helton as its new head football coach. Helton is a 1983 East Ridge graduate who has coached prep football in Arizona for more than 20 years, including the last three seasons at Trevor Browne high in Phoenix.

Looking to take the program to a higher level, Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Throughout its unlikely run to reach the Region 3-A boys’ basketball championship game, Sale Creek had thrived on controlling the tempo.

Once University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive line coach Alex Atkins informed the staff he would be leaving to take the same job at Georgia Southern, the domino effect resulted in moving spring practice back about two weeks.

Dan Wadley resigned Monday as McCallie's basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

Dan Wadley resigned today as McCallie School’s basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

McCallie simply had no answer. Outsized in the post, the Blue Tornado basketball team also struggled to defend Memphis University School's long-range gunner Bailey Buford.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — With his team short on size but tall on athletic ability, coach Eric Zensen knew his Whitwell girls needed to control the game's tempo Friday to secure a spot in next week's Region 3-A semifinals. So every chance they got, the Lady Tigers sped things up.

Rarely is a coaching search this easy for both sides. When the Hixson High School football job came last month, Dan Duff knew he would pursue it. And once he did, school officials knew it was a perfect fit.

One of the city's most storied prep football rivalries again will be held on campus each season. After using Finley Stadium as its home field against Baylor since 2000, McCallie School has decided to head back to the ridge, beginning this fall.

Dan Duff is returning to Hixson High to coach football. Duff coached the Wildcats from 1996-2002 before leaving to take over the program at Rockmart (Ga.), and led Hixson to its first playoff appearance during his first stint.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The longest dry spell in District 6-A boys' basketball is over. For the first time in 30 years Sale Creek owns the district tournament championship, after claiming a wild 74-71 win over top-seeded Marion County.

Ironically the thread that ties together the mapdot towns making up the Sequatchie Valley is the same one that often divides its people.

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