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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After coaching softball at Ooltewah High School for 25 years, the last 20 as head coach, Norma Nelson was fired last May by former principal Mark Bean at the end of last year's 21-16 season.
Tyner boys' basketball coach Gerald Harris had a message for his team before Tuesday's TSSAA Class AA state sectional home game. He wrote on the dry-erase board in the locker room: "In order to win the state, you've got to get in."
Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team had to call on its reserves Monday in its TSSAA Class A state sectional. And thanks to their key contributions, the Buccaneers reserved a spot in Murfreesboro.
It's been a year since Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team left the Chattanooga State gymnasium after a season-ending loss that left the Buccaneers a game short of advancing to the TSSAA Class A state tournament.
Arts & Sciences' girls are going today where no Lady Patriots basketball team has gone before. It happens to be Clarkrange, which is north of Crossville on Highway 127.
Coosa came into Thursday's Georgia Class AA boys' basketball quarterfinal at Calhoun with nearly half its losses being to the host team. Now the word "nearly" can be taken out of that sentence.
Van Buren County and Arts & Sciences both seem to favor playing a knockdown, drag-out brand of basketball. So when the teams met Wednesday in the Region 3-A girls' high school championship game, it was fairly evident ahead of time what was going to happen.
One boys' semifinal in the Region 3-A high school basketball tournament at Arts & Sciences was destined to be close all the way. One team made sure that wasn't the case in the other.
Comebacks were the order of the day in the Region 3-A girls' high school basketball semifinals Monday at Arts & Sciences. One was early; one was late. One worked; one didn't.