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.

Cameron Wynn runs for 293 yards as Irish capture region title [photos]

Published Oct. 21 2017

There were at least five television cameras at Notre Dame High School on Friday, and they still had trouble keeping...

The Tennessee playoff outlook for local teams

Published Oct. 20 2017

For more than a decade, Polk County was a postseason fixture in football.

McCallie quarterback Deangelo Hardy is area player of the week

Published Oct. 17 2017

For Deangelo Hardy and his McCallie teammates, their biggest game of the year came last Friday.

Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State among Mocs' Southern Scuffle entries

Published Oct. 17 2017

The top three team finishers from the 2017 NCAA Division I wrestling tournament will be represented at the University of...

Rhea County edges Trojans, 38-35, seals playoff host role

Published Oct. 14 2017

Christian Simon was up to his usual tricks and topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and A.J. Velasco was high-stepping after...

Stakely, Wiggins key Sequoyah win over Pioneers

Published Oct. 13 2017

Sequoyah had to hold on, withstanding a furious second-half rally, but the visiting Chiefs locked down at least a fourth-place...

Numerous schools scouting Bledsoe County booter Gabe Boring

Published Oct. 13 2017

Gabe Boring is going places, very likely somewhere much farther down the road than McDonald's or Hardee's or a nearby...

Here's a preview of Thursday night's area high school football games

Published Oct. 12 2017

It's a key game and one that will be televised in the Knoxville area, and the kickoff time for this...

Walker Valley's Kolten Gibson is player of week with 448 yards of offense, 12 tackles

Published Oct. 10 2017

Slightly more than a week ago, quarterback Kolten Gibson went to Glen Ryan, his coach at Walker Valley, and proposed...

Flags, fracas almost overshadow Central romp past East Ridge [photos]

Published Oct. 7 2017

There were big plays — Central quarterback Jaheim Jones had the best night of his career — there was the...

Kyrell Sanford, Tahj Cargle lead Ooltewah past McMinn County

Published Oct. 6 2017

Scoring on its first five possessions, Ooltewah broke free early Thursday night and coasted home for a 40-7 Region 2-6A...

Ultra-versatile Kohl Henke a 'grinder' for Boyd-Buchanan

Published Oct. 6 2017

When Boyd-Buchanan suffered an injury bug that left the team already short on players even shorter, Kohl Henke was there.

Here's a preview of Thursday night's area high school football games

Published Oct. 5 2017

The Owls are coming off a much-needed open date and the opportunity to recuperate, but...

Blue Raiders' Kellye Cawood is area Waffle House player of week

Published Oct. 3 2017

With players like Keegan Jones and Micaleous Elder, some quarterbacks might be expected to fill a lesser role.

CCS struggles but gains first win over Boyd-Buchanan

Published Sep. 30 2017

Chattanooga Christian stared doom in the face and then shoved it back in the closet Friday, rebounding three times for...

Will NFL protests trickle down to affect prep coaches, athletes?

Published Sep. 29 2017

Rather than copying the raised clinched fists of John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympic Games, some NFL...

Rhea County faces Knoxville Catholic tonight

Published Sep. 28 2017

Both Region 4-5A teams are coming off losses to ranked opponents...

Soddy-Daisy's versatile Ty Boeck is area player of week

Published Sep. 26 2017

Friday was the best night of his high school football career, but Ty Boeck may be just getting started.

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.