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.

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...

Baylor junior Teddy Lepcio plans to play baseball for Army

Published Apr. 21 2017

He's still young, barely old enough for a driver's license, but Teddy Lepcio is close to realizing two of his...

Rhea County scores four in seventh to tie Trojans Classic hosts

Published Apr. 21 2017

Per tournament rules, a tie in Soddy-Daisy's Trojans Classic counts as half a win and half a loss.

Kolby Hinshaw homer gives Central 6-AA advantage

Published Apr. 12 2017

Even with four district games to be played, the feeling in both dugouts Tuesday at Hixson was that this was...

Silverdale's 11-run inning too much for Notre Dame [photos]

Published Apr. 8 2017

Gray Ange had a feeling of accomplishment late Friday afternoon. His Silverdale Baptist Academy Seahawks rallied from a 4-2 deficit...

Chattanooga Christian connection has strengthened Wharton brothers' relationship

Published Apr. 7 2017

When he was a teenager, somewhere around the age one begins driving, Ben Wharton's mom and dad were serving as...

High school baseball pitch-count rules bring shifts, playoff change conversation

Published Apr. 7 2017

Slightly more than a week ago, a high school baseball decision was set aside, Walker Valley's win over Bradley Central...

Cleveland's Sewell no-hits McMinn County

Published Apr. 5 2017

Since he was able to shuck his long johns, Camden Sewell has donned a different pitching persona.

Justin Wheeler triple ignites Chattanooga Christian School's nine-inning win

Published Mar. 31 2017

Justin Wheeler wasn't happy with the showing in his first two plate appearances Thursday against South Pittsburg, so the Chattanooga...

Bears overcome strikeout woes, topple Owls 3-2

Published Mar. 29 2017

Despite being just three weeks into the season and a seemingly never-ending battle with inclement weather, District 5-AAA has no...

Pitching for a car, efficient Asa Blake paces Cleveland victory [photos]

Published Mar. 24 2017

Asa Blake picked up his first varsity baseball pitching victory Thursday with a one-hitter against Central in Cleveland's 12-0 opening-round...

Memorial service Saturday in Atlanta for wrestling great Jim Glasser

Published Mar. 24 2017

In his time at the Lovett School in Atlanta, wrestling teams coached by Jim Glasser won 13 state championships.


Motivated Hurricanes rebound for 8-7 win over Trojans

Published Mar. 22 2017

Soddy-Daisy secured its only lead in its initial at-bat Tuesday afternoon, parlaying a bunt single and back-to-back errors into a...

Double luck helps Signal Mountain hold on behind Seth Wicker, 4-3 [photos]

Published Mar. 17 2017

Alec Woolums was dead meat at third base on a stolen-base attempt but survived when the throw from home skipped...

Three UTC wrestlers begin NCAA tourney quest

Published Mar. 16 2017

UTC departed around noon Tuesday for the tournament that starts today in St. Louis, with Eslinger also taking Chris DeBien...

Baylor overcomes weather, extra innings to nip McCallie in 9

Published Mar. 15 2017

There was "free baseball" at Baylor on Tuesday — the last thing anyone huddled and covered in the stands or...

Baseball Preview: Tennessee signee Nick Woods overcomes pair of ACL surgeries

Published Mar. 12 2017

He was hurt both times while playing quarterback for the Hurricanes, the first time as a sophomore in his first...

Campbell wins SoCon wrestling; 3 Mocs advance to NCAA tournament

Published Mar. 5 2017

Campbell University, one of the newest Southern Conference wrestling members along with Gardner-Webb and SIU-Edwardsville, won its first league championship...

UTC Mocs face uphill battle at SoCon wrestling tournament today

Published Mar. 4 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga finished third in the Southern Conference wrestling standings behind Appalachian State and Campbell.

Unbeaten Bradley Central Bearettes survive Lady Jets' challenge, 59-47

Published Mar. 3 2017

For one of the very few times this season, the Bradley Central girls' basketball team had to reach down deep.