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.

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...

Lexington clubs Signal Mountain Eagles, 11-0, Class AA state baseball

Published May. 25 2017

For the second time in as many days on its biggest stage of the season, the Signal Mountain baseball team...

First Spring Fling game a 10-2 loss for Signal Mountain

Published May. 24 2017

A touch of tension and a blistering fastball were more than Signal Mountain could handle in its initial foray into...

Cameron Costo's sac fly in seventh inning lifts McCallie to victory

Published May. 24 2017

With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the bases full and a 2-2 count, Cameron Costo ripped...

Eagles, Tornado represent Chattanooga at Fling

Published May. 23 2017

There was no time for Josh Gandy to celebrate Signal Mountain's first trip to the TSSAA state baseball tournament.

Gordonsville ends Seahawks' season in 10-1 rout

Published May. 21 2017

If he wasn't a proponent of the move that's afoot among numerous Tennessee baseball coaches to change to a best-of-three...

Signal Mountain makes program history, advances to Spring Fling

Published May. 20 2017

Signal Mountain made history here Friday, advancing to the Spring Fling in baseball for the first time.


McCallie upends rival Baylor for state-tournament berth

Published May. 19 2017

Of the six baseball games Baylor and McCallie played this year, Baylor's Red Raiders won four, including a three-game sweep...

Silverdale beats Boyd-Buchanan to win 3-A championship

Published May. 18 2017

For the first time in four seasons, Silverdale Baptist Academy will be at home for a sectional baseball game.

Signal Mountain baseball falls but will move on to Sweetwater with chance at AA state

Published May. 18 2017

Murfreesboro Central Magnet proved to be a thorn once again for the Signal Mountain baseball team, and that midstate nemesis...

Silverdale holds on behind Bryant, Howard against Marion County

Published May. 16 2017

If Silverdale Baptist Academy was expecting to win a one-sided pummeling Monday afternoon, the Seahawks managed to survive a surprise.

Discipline, Seth Wicker push Eagles past Smith County to 4-AA final

Published May. 16 2017

There was more discipline from Signal Mountain's hitters than at any other time this season, and that discipline is sending...

Ten Chattanooga area prep teams in baseball region semis today

Published May. 15 2017

More than any time of the year, the postseason is about contributions, and likely from every player who slips on...

Silverdale wastes few opportunities, wins 5-A championship

Published May. 12 2017

Chase Cook answered the call Thursday and was good enough for a 10-4 District 5-A championship win over visiting Boyd-Buchanan.

Ethan Walls' pitching leads Ooltewah to 5-AAA championship

Published May. 10 2017

Ethan Walls had been here before, pitching for the District 5-AAA baseball championship.