Ward Gossett (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6288
E-mail: wgossett@timesfreepress.com
An assistant sports editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Ward has covered a variety of sports for the News-Free Press and the Times Free Press since becoming a full-time staff member in 1970. He traveled the country as the University of Tennessee football beat writer University of Tennessee from 1984-1999 and also covered men's and women's college basketball. Prior to that he served as the paper's Atlanta Falcons beat writer, while also covering college football and high school sports, specializing in football, wrestling and baseball. He also spent many summer evenings and weekends covering men's and women's softball and was the paper's boxing writer for several years. Ward is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Tennessee chapter), the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. He currently covers high school sports — primarily football, wrestling and baseball — but also covers University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Ward can be reached at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765 or 423-757-6288. Follow him at Twitter.com/wardgossett.

Whitwell moves to 6-0 behind Trace Condra

Published Sep. 23 2017

Friday was a night to honor Whitwell's past — football players, band members and cheerleaders — and the Tigers did...

Central's giant, Wyatt Garrett, gaining attention in second year of football

Published Sep. 22 2017

After the 2016 high school football season, Wyatt Garrett lumbered up to Central football coach Cortney Braswell.

Prep Football Notebook: Opposing coaches Justin Barnes, Mac Bryan good friends

Published Sep. 22 2017

Hamilton County's largest high schools by population will clash on the football field tonight at 7:30 when Soddy-Daisy hosts Ooltewah....


Meigs County sophomore quarterback Aaron Swafford is area player of week

Published Sep. 19 2017

He's just a sophomore, but he obviously gets it.

Trojans lose heart-breaker to Knox Catholic, 49-48

Published Sep. 16 2017

Knoxville Catholic bused the 100-plus miles Friday expecting if not a cakewalk then at least cookies and cream.

Heritage quarterback Blake Bryan is area Waffle House player of week

Published Sep. 12 2017

For three football seasons Blake Bryan was an understudy.

UTC wrestling schedule highlighted by visit from Virginia Tech

Published Sep. 7 2017

A mid-November visit from Virginia Tech and home meets against Southern Conference rivals Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb highlight the University...

Irish's Cameron Wynn selected as Waffle House player of week

Published Sep. 5 2017

The effects of the late-week storms were still in effect last Friday night, and gusting winds left Notre Dame's air-raid...

Baylor's Mason Reiniche will compete for Team USA in world wrestling tournament

Published Sep. 3 2017

Mason Reiniche is in Athens, but the Baylor School junior isn't there to see the Bulldogs.

Notre Dame outscores CAK 41-10

Published Sep. 2 2017

Visiting Christian Academy of Knoxville scored first and last. Unfortunately for the Warriors, though, Notre Dame did a whole lot...

Cleveland High School wrestling coach Joey Knox hires fellow former Mocs

Published Aug. 30 2017

First-year Cleveland High School wrestling coach Joey Knox has completed his staff, and he went back to his college roots...

East Ridge Pioneers' Lorenzo Stewart is Waffle House All-Star player of the week

Published Aug. 29 2017

Lorenzo Stewart made a name for himself as a defensive bulwark, finishing the 2016 high school football season among the...


Powerful Knoxville Catholic rolls over Baylor, 56-24

Published Aug. 26 2017

Baylor won the opening toss, but it was one of the few wins the Red Raiders had Friday in a...

Signal Mountain quarterback Tom Vatter looking to future rather than past

Published Aug. 25 2017

Tom Vatter had a miserable weekend.

Prep Notebook: Baylor extends season-opening win streak to 18

Published Aug. 25 2017

When it comes to season-opening football games, Baylor School is an odds-on favorite.

Bruins bruiser Dominique Sistrunk is season's first area player of week

Published Aug. 22 2017

There's bad news for Northwest Whitfield football opponents, and then there's news that might cause them to shudder.

Bruins bruiser Dominique Sistrunk is season's first area player of week

Published Aug. 21 2017

There's bad news for Northwest Whitfield football opponents, and then there's news that might cause them to shudder.

Cleveland caps comeback with nine seconds to play against Rhea County [photos]

Published Aug. 19 2017

Cleveland combined its speed with cohesion and just enough precision to battle back from a two-touchdown deficit for a 21-14...

Hixson's Jack Jullian returns to football after 4-year layoff

Published Aug. 18 2017

More than trophies from those competitions, academics — specifically geometry — actually led to Jullian's reconnection with football.

Lorenzo White-led Baylor dances past Notre Dame, 42-21, in area opener

Published Aug. 18 2017

The Erlanger Sports Medicine Kickoff Classic was Notre Dame's shindig Thursday night, but after a few early slips, Baylor took...