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.

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...

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 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.

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...

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.

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.

Hixson gets up from knockdown to capture 6-AA baseball title

Published May. 10 2017

It took a rather painful wake-up call, one that lasted for seven innings, but Hixson finally captured its third District...

Boyd-Buchanan rolls, will test Silverdale today

Published May. 9 2017

Bray Wilson went to the field Monday with the idea that he would be Boyd-Buchanan's designated hitter.

Ooltewah, Walker Valley open 5-AAA baseball series with wins

Published May. 8 2017

Ooltewah cleanly handled 15 fielding opportunities. The Owls also turned a crucial double play, and catcher Andy Reed threw out...

Some Tennessee coaches prefer Georgia High School Association's system for state baseball

Published May. 4 2017

Peach State prep teams have already begun the baseball postseason, and some Tennessee coaches are wondering if they shouldn't follow...

Efficient Nathan Camp, Holden Tucker pitch Ringgold into round of 16

Published Apr. 29 2017

Georgia's top-ranked AAA baseball team wasted little time or effort Friday in advancing to the state tournament's round of 16,...

Thai teen embraces American life, including sports, as Grace student [photos]

Published Apr. 28 2017

Tsipsagon Tsiptsipsagon is 8,000 miles from his parents, but he has a home away from home with Carlton and Millicent...

Pirates' Micah Genter outduels Wildcats' Tanner Moylan

Published Apr. 27 2017

Hits were at a premium and defense was, at best, shaky. The pitching, though, was what high school baseball coaches...

Pitcher Joseph Wharton keys Chargers' 7-AA championship win

Published Apr. 26 2017

A year ago Joseph Wharton rarely got close to a baseball field. As a matter of fact, the Chattanooga Christian...

Sequatchie County to retire Dakota Hudson's number

Published Apr. 21 2017

In just two seasons of professional baseball, Dakota Hudson has jumped from first-round draft pick and the Gulf Coast rookie...