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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team competes today in the Navy Classic at Annapolis, Md., and it will be the first individual tournament competition for the Mocs' starters.

For the second consecutive week, Knoxville Catholic turned away a Chattanooga area opponent's two-point conversion and escaped with a one-point win.

Notre Dame High School can boast quality skill guys from quarterback Alex Darras and running back Auston Banks to defenders Tyler Enos, Kealey Green and Ricky Ballard.

Throughout Hixson High School's long football history, Wildcats coaches never had a running back combination to match Kedrick Bradley and Isaiah Robinson.

Shane Turner has begun his head coaching career, taking over Red Bank's wrestling program following a year as an assistant to Ben Reichel.

There will be another tournament at the TSSAA state wrestling championships this year.

Slade Dale may be headed to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship but that doesn't mean he's quite ready to turn his back on football.

The outcome was a foregone conclusion.

Two first-time opponents will be at Maclellan Gym tonight for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.

It took two overtimes and a bold gamble, but Knoxville Catholic assured itself of a third trip to Chattanooga next week.

At a recent District 6-AA meeting, the football coaches selected Willie Stewart as the league's best defensive back.

All Tennessee kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time

Cleveland's Austin Stevison was one of five wrestlers expected to sign scholarship papers Wednesday with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

As a rising sophomore, Harrison Moon attended his first college football camp at Oklahoma. He was the only one at the camp invited to coach Bobby Stoops' office.

Central High School will begin looking soon for its sixth head football coach since 2000.

John Allen has resigned as the football coach at Central High after just three seasons.

Isaiah Robinson has consistently had good games throughout the season, amassing more than 1,300 yards through the regular season.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga let one slip away Sunday and finished the Hokie Duals at Virginia Tech with a 1-2 record.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time since 2008, Rhea County was back in the state football playoffs and the Eagles made the most of it Friday, beating visiting Lenoir City 35-24 in the first round of Tennessee's Class 5A playoffs.

There was a time when a steak, cooked medium rare where the center is more red than pink, was high on Ryan Young's favorites list.

Slightly more than a dozen TSSAA Division I football teams are entering the first round of tonight's state playoffs with 4-6 records.

As he enters the high school football postseason, running back George Porter can look back with pride at his career totals. He flirted with Fran D'Anjou's career rushing record, running for 3,575 yards.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Email by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

There are no playoffs this season for Sale Creek’s football team, but coach Ron Cox emphasized to his players last week that Friday night’s regular-season finale was not the end for the Panthers.

McMinn County coach Bo Cagle looked over on the bench at one point of Friday's game and saw tears leaking from his quarterback's eyes.

After just a year on the job, Shane Roberson has stepped aside as baseball coach at Hixson High School.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Bill Price got another district championship, but the Signal Mountain football coach's biggest win might have been avoiding a victory dousing in the final minute.

The last Friday of Tennessee's high school football regular season has numerous coaches changing their postgame rituals.

Rhea County has clinched the District 6-AAA championship and will be in the Class 5A playoffs.

Unranked Duke 13, No. 16 Virginia Tech 10.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

Ron Crawford has nowhere to go Friday night -- unless his wife tells him differently -- so he might go scouting or simply stay at home and catch the scores on the radio.

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at

The preseason all-conference picks were pushed to the limit and freshmen and sophomores made their presence felt Saturday in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Blue/Gold intrasquad wrestling match.

Tyner made it five in a row over the East Ridge football program Friday, but more important to the Rams, they kept a desperate sprint to the postseason going.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been voted by Southern Conference wrestling coaches as the team to beat in the 2013-14 season.

It isn't all about district championships in Tennessee, some of which could be decided tonight although several won't be until next week.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It's on to Columbus.

His critics were wondering how Austin Herink would top a season-opening passing performance that yielded 472 yards.

How many more years are non-scholarship private schools that are in Tennessee's Division I with public schools going to stay, or be allowed to stay?

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an email to Ward Gossett at by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at

East Hamilton had 439 yards of offense and limited Soddy-Daisy to a sole touchdown in a 38-7 District 5-AAA victory Friday night, yet Hurricanes coach Ted Gatewood left the field somewhat perplexed if not disappointed.

The University of Kentucky may take the redshirt from Reese Phillips, the true freshman quarterback from Signal Mountain.

It's a whisper for the moment, but the Whitwell football team is close to a playoff appearance.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Their offense somewhat lacking, Heritage's Generals turned to pitching, defense and aggressive baserunning to advance in the Georgia AAAA state softball tournament Wednesday.

Cody Ingrassia and the McHone brothers, senior Dusty and sophomore Clay, had been sharing the rushing load for Whitwell.

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