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Ward Gossett

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Although Major League Baseball's annual player draft ended last Saturday, there are unselected players who still have chances at professional careers.

Ringgold's Matt Crownover, who just finished his sophomore season at Clemson, was selected in Saturday's Major League Baseball annual player draft by the San Francisco Giants.

By Ward Gossett

Tad Whitaker has had a busy week, the future University of Tennessee at Chattanooga kicker from East Ridge practicing both football and soccer in preparation for Tennessee-Georgia all-star contests today and Saturday.

There wasn't time Wednesday afternoon for Zach Stephens to slip away to a batting cage or even a weight room.

In the first major step he's taken since accepting an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, McCallie wrestler Adam Connell will be sworn in this morning in Knoxville as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

While many of his peers hit the beaches this past spring, Rhett Morgan headed west rather than south or east, and his fun in the sun revolved around wrestling alligators.

More than 100 two-student teams are expected in Dayton this Saturday for the Tennessee high school fishing tournament.

A group of wrestlers headed by Southern Conference champions Nick Soto and Levi Clemons departed Thursday for the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.

Kamaal Shakur, a Wrestling USA Dream Team member, heads the class of 2014 recruits for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.

Boyd-Buchanan has Buzz, Baylor has the lucky charm of Eddie Etter and McCallie has its on-the-bus name game.

Josh Rider never saw it coming. He had his back turned to most of Boyd-Buchanan's players as he compared postgame notes with assistant coach Ken Anderson.

Former Baylor School linebacker David Helton is among players named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced this week.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Ashley Moffitt, Sequatchie County's leadoff batter in softball, looks the part — lithe, athletic, speedy.

In a long-anticipated Region 3-A baseball meeting of old rivals, Boyd-Buchanan posted a 6-1 victory Thursday night at South Pittsburg to claim the right to host a sectional game today.

The Hixson High School baseball team was looking forward to going to the midstate, but the Wildcats would have preferred to do it at next week's Spring Fling in Murfreesboro.

Baseball for decades at Tyner was an afterthought, even a walkover for district opponents.

If Skyler Anderson pitches a strikeout, OK. If he gets the out another way, that's just as good.

An off night at the wrong point in the season led to a crushing end of a great season, Signal Mountain coach Bumper Reese said after his Eagles were crushed 12-2 by DeKalb County in a Region 4-AA baseball semifinal Monday night.

At least two area district champions face uphill battles today in region baseball semifinals.

New area Georgia head football coaches are Heritage's E.K. Slaughter, Sonoraville's Jim Kremer, Coahulla Creek's Chad Barger and Chattooga's Charles Hammon.

Area high school football coaches have looked, are looking or will look for fit and familiarity in spring practice.

Bryant Blackmon knew 2014 would be a banner year when he learned that he and wife Meghan would have their first child, daughter Reed, in July.

Both will move on in the postseason, but District 5-A champion Boyd-Buchanan will host a Region 3-A baseball semifinal Monday while Silverdale Baptist Academy travels.

For a guy that doesn't get a shot at everyday starts and stardom, Austin Calfee wears the hero's epaulets fairly well.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — There were only two plays that separated Grundy County and Signal Mountain in the District 7-AA baseball tournament championship game.

Hixson put its fate in the hands of a freshman and Tanner Moylan responded in a big way, striking out 11 on his way to an eight-inning, 2-1 victory over Central in the District 6-AA baseball tournament Monday night.

Boyd-Buchanan pitcher Skyler Anderson entered Saturday's game with an earned run average of 1.23.

On almost any other occasion, Red Bank High School baseball coach Trey Hicks might have come close to blowing a gasket.

Seeking to bolster its faculty and athletic coaching staff, Signal Mountain Middle/High School has hired Kendra Bell, Barry Loyal and Phil Mansueto.

Rusty Signal Mountain had to come from behind and Sequatchie County had to hold on, but both advanced from lose-and-pack-it-in District 7-AA tournament baseball games Thursday.

Wendell Weathers is stepping down as wrestling coach at Ooltewah High School but only to step into administration as the school's new dean of students.

After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.

Dakota Fowler pitched a two-hitter and Matt Ford stroked a two-run homer to lead Central to District 6-AA baseball's regular season championship.

Sam Eberle fielded a disappointing, if not devastating, call in January.

Tyler Biddle came up with a surprise Thursday.

If not for baseball, Brody Binder might have been a college football quarterback.

It was cold for a spring afternoon -- 42 degrees and a stiff wind forcing fans into heavy coats and under blankets and quilts -- so the scene wasn't necessarily conducive to baseball or a pitchers' duel.

Eric Hart is proving himself right while proving others wrong.

Kenny Struthers singled and doubled in his first two at-bats, but it was the Arts & Sciences hitter's third and fourth plate appearances Thursday that made the difference in the Patriots' 5-4 victory over Notre Dame.

Brett Hardy pitched a no-hitter for four innings, but all he could do in the seventh was wipe the sweat from his brow as Red Bank made a stiff comeback push in the District 6-AA baseball game.

Central High School principal Finley King may have found a jewel to extricate the Purple Pounders from a sticky situation.

The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.

For one of the few times in his teaching and coaching career, Tyner football coach Wayne Turner was caught unawares earlier this week.

Central High School again is looking for a football coach.

Alex Prewitt flirted with a no-hitter for three innings and gave up just three hits over the next three Thursday, and his Hixson High School baseball team improved to 13-7 with a 5-3 victory over stubborn Meigs County.

The Central High football coaching job is once again up for grabs.

The best thing for Signal Mountain on Wednesday afternoon was locking down its third straight District 7-AA baseball win.

Other than a third-inning pitching lapse, Boyd-Buchanan had the best of all the baseball facets in a 9-2 victory Tuesday at Silverdale Baptist Academy.

Kyler Burke is currently at home, and no offense to his wife, parents or brother, but there are places he'd rather be.

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