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Tyler Payne passed up four solid NCAA Division I baseball offers. The McCallie junior decided instead to continue his career at Lee University.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's thoughts of a national wrestling championship have been placed on hold for yet another year.

Drew Vaughn, McCallie's pitcher Thursday, is drawing interest from Penn State and Georgia Tech, among other college baseball programs.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is positioned to take its biggest step in collegiate wrestling since Heath Eslinger arrived.

Wright State women's basketball fans are celebrating, thanks in large part to former Chattanoogan Mike Bradbury.

Notre Dame was on the wrong end of a Monday shellacking, and the Irish baseball players were eager to redeem and prove themselves Tuesday.

John Dixon and Frank Lowery are AARP guys, eligible for membership in the national senior citizens group for more than a decade.

Even though it was the home opener and the first game of the annual Scenic City Classic, Thursday was just another day for most of the McCallie baseball family.

Making his first varsity pitching start, Brett Standifer got and gave more than he expected Tuesday.

Corey Mock was on the bus, ready for the overnight, eight-hour ride home.

Despite entering the Southern Conference tournament today with five top-seeded wrestlers, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Heath Eslinger reminded his regular-season champions that there are no sure things.

Beginning in late February for the past four seasons, East Hamilton baseball coach Steve Garland has loaded gear in his truck and driven away from school for practice.

There could be tight high school baseball races throughout the Chattanooga area if coaches know their stuff.

Five University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestlers including a pair of freshmen have been selected to the all-Southern Conference team.

National wrestling rankings have come and gone at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For the fourth time this season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team won nine of 10 matches in a dual meet.

It's tough to emphasize something that isn't the most important item on the agenda, but that's what Heath Eslinger has undertaken the past few days.

Eight of the top 12 teams at last week's traditional TSSAA state tournament are from southeastern Tennesee, and based on returning medalists that fact doesn't figure to change.

Ending a streak of eight wins in a row, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team climbed on the bus from Columbus, Ohio, with a two-match losing streak.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- TSSAA executive assistant Mark Reeves said early in the weekend that he felt excitement at the state wrestling tournament that he hadn't felt since the event moved to the Williamson County Agricultural Expo several years ago.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Garrick Hall was sick before the Tennessee state wrestling championships.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Shower facilities at the state wrestling tournament may have moved from impossible dream.

Top 11 team scores: 1. Cleveland 215, 2. Wilson Central 166.5, 3. Bradley Central 141, 4. Ravenwood 132, 5. Soddy-Daisy 120.5, 6. Franklin 108.5, 7. Heritage 102, 8. Clarksville 98.5, 9. Cookeville 96.5, 10. Blackman 84.5, 11. Walker Valley 84.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The Class AAA state wrestling championship was Cleveland's for the taking, while Baylor was chasing McCallie well behind Father Ryan in Division II and Hixson collapsed after leading A/AA heading into the semifinals.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cleveland held an 18-point lead over co-favorite Wilson Central in the Class AAA division of the Tennessee state wrestling tournament.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cleveland was making a strong run Thursday for the Tennessee Class AAA wrestling championship, but Wilson Central was even stronger.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The new-look parts of the Tennessee high school state wrestling championships will be unveiled today when the Division II and Class A/AA tournaments get under way at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo.

There's no question that Chattanooga area wrestlers will be able to compete in Tennessee's Class AAA state tournament that begins tonight at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo in Franklin.

Most of the area’s Class AAA wrestling teams left Tuesday for the state tournament in Franklin, opting to go a day earlier than planned to avoid any travel issues.

Tyler Reid's athletic career was put on hold.

Even with a pair of leaders sitting out and reserves stepping in, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga upped its record to 15-5 rather handily.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For the first time in two years, the Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself in a runner-up role entering a tournament's championship finals.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga opened against Campbell at the Fighting Camels' strengths, reeled off six straight wins and left Buies Creek, N.C., with a 32-10 Southern Conference wrestling victory Saturday.

In a tournament nobody but the TSSAA seemed to want, Father Ryan won going away Friday at Baylor, scoring 273.5 points and qualifying 13 for next week's traditional state tournament in Franklin.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's streaking Mocs will be in Buies Creek, N.C., tonight and at Davidson, N.C., on Sunday with the intention of clinching at least a tie for the Southern Conference regular-season wrestling championship.

The goal at Hixson High School hasn’t changed. Coach Garrick Hall and the Wildcats want to win the region wrestling tournament.

No more Soddy-Daisy or Ooltewah wrestlers but the competition figures to be just as stiff in the Region 2-A/AA tournament Friday and Saturday at Hixson.

Tennessee's high school wrestling power balance has undergone a decided shift.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, fresh from a 35-8 Southern Conference win over Appalachian State, moved up to No. 19 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll this week.

They did it at different times but in similar situations and the heavyweights led to victories for champions Cleveland and Baylor in the weekend's Tennessee state duals in Franklin.

Alex Hudson and Dawson Peck recorded technical falls and Scottie Boykin added a major decision to lead the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to a lopsided 35-8 wrestling victory over banged up Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — It's hard to say which was bigger — Cleveland's second straight pounding of Wilson Central to win the Class AAA state wrestling duals title or Baylor coming from behind to secure its first Division II crown since 2011.

Senior Alex Hudson isn't saying adios yet, but he will wrestle his final home meet for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this afternoon.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Region 4 may be the state's toughest for Class AAA wrestling, but the chances of advancing more than two to the state duals is tougher.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Cleveland and Soddy-Daisy wrestling teams are in the Class AAA state duals semifinals while Baylor gained the Division II championship match.

The Hixson wrestling team arrived early in Franklin for the TSSAA state dual championships that begin this afternoon, but the Wildcats and the rest of the Chattanooga-area contingent have had to overcome weather issues and school closings.

Less than a year ago, Niko Brown was putting the finishing touches on a 30-5 season, one that would eventually include a Southern Conference championship and his second trip to the NCAA tournament.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will be taking a step back in time following the current season.

Wilson Central never has won a state wrestling championship, and the upstart Wildcats were on the short end of a record-setting 78-4 beatdown a year ago.

In old-school fashion with a good measure of rough-and-tumble like that taught for years by Luke Worsham and Dave Spencer, Baylor and McCallie went toe-to-toe in wresling Friday night.

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