Stephen Hargis (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6293
Stephen has covered sports in the tri-state area for the Times Free Press for more than 26 years and was named Sports Editor in February of 2015 after 10 years as assistant sports editor, where he oversaw the prep sports staff. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP newsroom, having won 54 awards at the state, regional and national level ranging from investigative work to feature and news writing, including 22 awards in the past three years. Stephen was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla., in 2012, and has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with Green Eyeshade southeast regional awards three times, where his work was noted for its high standards of ethical journalism. He received an Associated Press national award for a season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football team, became the first writer from the TFP staff to win first-place as the state's top overall sports writer by the Associated Press Media Editors and has also been named the state's overall Writer of the Year three times in the past four years. He has been awarded the state's top prep writer a record 18 times, including each of the past six years, is the first writer on the TFP staff to win the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club's Sports Writer of the Year and was recognized with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state. He is also a regular contributor previewing and highlighting prep football on local television. In 2013, Stephen co-authored a book about University of Tennessee football entitled "Game Of My Life". Stephen is a lifelong Chattanooga area resident and has two children, Riley and Lauren.

Experienced CCS aiming for girls' soccer state title

Published Aug. 14 2018

So much for easing into the schedule. Two of Chattanooga's most accomplished high school girls' soccer programs — Baylor and...

Central impressive in its two Best of Preps Jamboree quarters

Published Aug. 12 2018

The Purple Pounders are just days away from their season opener.

Grundy County gets to celebrate at Sequatchie Valley Jamboree

Published Aug. 11 2018

After a tumultuous summer, Grundy County's football team got a shot of adrenaline.


Prep football jamborees begin tonight

Published Aug. 10 2018

Friday nights in the Chattanooga area belong to high school football once again.

Notre Dame reloads for another Division II-AA title run

Published Aug. 7 2018

Notre Dame turned back the pages last football season, using a blast from the past offense to find its future....

Terrell Owens tries out for CFL team a day after Hall of Fame induction [video]

Published Aug. 5 2018

There's no question Terrell Owens is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He believes he can still be a pro...

Baylor, McCallie look to return to elite status in Division II-AAA football

Published Aug. 5 2018

Baylor and McCallie both hope to make a deeper run into the football state playoffs this season.

Bradley, Cleveland, Ooltewah again chasing Maryville

Published Aug. 3 2018

Not even a head coaching change could slow Maryville High School's football dominance.

Rhea County, Soddy-Daisy chasing Knoxville Catholic

Published Aug. 3 2018

If the talent along the offensive and defensive fronts is any indication, Knoxville Catholic isn't going to budge this year...

Central, Howard and everyone else hope to close gap on Anderson County

Published Aug. 2 2018

For the Region 2-4A football race to be more than a one-horse event this year, the six teams chasing Anderson...

Cleveland's Keegan Jones ends whirlwind recruitment, commits to UCLA

Published Aug. 1 2018

Former Cleveland High School running back Keegan Jones put the brakes on a roller coaster recruiting process Wednesday evening by...

Red Bank remains the team to beat in Region 3-3A

Published Aug. 1 2018

Typically when a high school football program makes a coaching change it's because the team has struggled.

Everyone else chasing Tyner again in Region 3-2A

Published Jul. 31 2018

The smirk spoke much louder than any words could have. Asked how good his Tyner football team could be this...

Whitwell again expected to challenge South Pittsburg in Region 3-1A

Published Jul. 30 2018

It was a season of almosts for the teams of Region 3-1A in 2017.

Annual prep practice tour covers 22 teams [photos]

Published Jul. 24 2018

It has become my own personal gauge for determining when summer is almost over and high school football season is...

High school football annual prep tour

Published Jul. 23 2018

For a sneak peek at today's practice storylines from more than 20 area teams, follow along with the annual prep...

Prep football teams begin practice in pads today

Published Jul. 23 2018

It's been an offseason filled with change, but today is one of the surest signs that normalcy is returning to...

Grundy County names former Vols player as first black head football coach in school history [video]

Published Jul. 20 2018

Change has come to Grundy County, and it's much more significant than simply naming a new coach.

James Talley named Howard basketball coach

Published Jul. 13 2018

James Talley is the new high school boys' basketball head coach at tradition-rich Howard.

Bledsoe County football coach resigns one month before season begins

Published Jul. 13 2018

With only about a month remaining before the prep football season kicks off, Bledsoe County coach Dennis Therrell has resigned.