Kelley Smiddie


phone: 423-757-6293




Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball.
Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC.
Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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It's the time of year in high school volleyball when unfamiliarity becomes a familiar word for many programs.

Although the match was against an opponent her team knew well, first-year Gordon Lee volleyball coach Tricia Goodwin said she thought her players were a little nervous Tuesday at the start of the Lady Trojans' postseason opener. But the jitters didn't last long.

Dade County transfer and current Silverdale Baptist Academy junior Ali Birchfield has accepted a softball scholarship offer from Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville.

Boyd-Buchanan's Kristen Reynolds has a vivid memory of how the Lady Buccaneers' 2013 volleyball season came to a crashing halt. They were in the Class A state tournament, playing Loretto in the fifth and deciding set.

The way things began Saturday at Baylor, it looked as though the home team was going to have its way with St. Benedict Academy and coast its way into the TSSAA Division II-AA volleyball state semifinals.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Walker Valley never led Cleveland in their District 5-AAA high school football game Friday night at Cleveland's Benny Monroe Stadium. But Cleveland coach Ron Crawford had to have felt uneasy the whole time.

Boyd-Buchanan played in the TSSAA Class A state volleyball championship match in 2012, but the Lady Buccaneers didn't get the result they wanted.

Boyd-Buchanan was late to the party Tuesday. But the Lady Buccaneers did make it, and the party at their place was all for them.

Ridgeland and Sonoraville will be among the area teams competing today when the GHSA volleyball state playoffs get under way.

Grace Academy's young volleyball team grew up a little more Monday night at Boyd-Buchanan.

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