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.

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...


Prep Football Preview: Signal Mountain Eagles

Published Aug. 18 2017

Signal Mountain 2017 high school football preview.

Prep Football Preview: Sequatchie County Indians

Published Aug. 18 2017

Sequatchie County 2017 high school football preview.

New prep football season kicks off tonight at Finley Stadium

Published Aug. 17 2017

It starts tonight. No more passing leagues or scrimmages. The sweat of August begins its evolution into the sweet of...

Howard, Baylor, Soddy-Daisy each 2-0 in Best of Preps jamboree [photos]

Published Aug. 13 2017

If there are any swelled heads among Howard's football Hustlin' Tigers, there better be some ice to bring the swelling...

Takeaways from the Southeast Kickoff Classic jamboree

Published Aug. 12 2017

The jamboree was unique to the area in that each of the seven participating teams played two quarters with regulation...

Region 2-6A Preview: Bradley Central may challenge Maryville

Published Aug. 7 2017

Life goes on, but life as the folks in Maryville have known it has changed.

Region 4-5A Preview: Rhea County biggest threat to favorite Knoxville Catholic

Published Aug. 6 2017

Rhea County has run with the big dogs, well enough to win last year's Region 4-5A football title, but it...

Region 2-4A Preview: Championship up for grabs

Published Aug. 5 2017

It was almost by default that Anderson County finished atop a poll of Tennessee Region 2-4A football coaches.

Region 3-3A Football Preview: Red Bank favored to repeat

Published Aug. 3 2017

The Lions began preparing for 2017 with both success and failure as their motivation.


First-year head coaches for prep football must learn quickly

Published Jul. 27 2017

When asked what he learned in his first year as a head football coach, Central's Cortney Braswell replied, "Man, what...

First day in full gear: Tennessee prep football teams ready to begin [photos]

Published Jul. 24 2017

By this evening, the locker rooms are going to stink.

Red Bank hires new wrestling coach

Published Jul. 14 2017

Red Bank High School has hired Nathan Wehunt to coach its wrestling program.

Former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski joins Notre Dame High School staff

Published Jun. 6 2017

Jeff Jagodzinski was looking at going home to Wisconsin, completing a full circle by returning to his old high school...

Reviewing Chattanooga area spring football

Published Jun. 4 2017

A look at area Tennessee football spring drills.

Henry County eliminates Ooltewah in AAA softball

Published May. 26 2017

The ride came to an end Thursday with a 3-1 loss to Henry County in an elimination game.

McCallie baseball falls just shy of state title quest [photos]

Published May. 26 2017

McCallie lost 6-5 to Brentwood Academy at Middle Tennessee State University's Reese Smith Field, coming up two runs shy of...

McCallie baseball team loses, then wins; will play for state title today

Published May. 25 2017

That storybook finish McCallie had been authoring hit a shredder Wednesday night, but the authors remained alive with chapters still...