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Tickets for the the inaugural Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic on Aug. 21 at Finley Stadium, matching the McCallie and Cleveland high school football teams, are on sale now at www.timesfreepress.com/kickoff. Tickets cost $8 in advance and will be $10 on the day of the game.

Bubba Simmons has resigned his position as athletic director at the McCallie School and has accepted the job as principal at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. Jeff Romero, who was an assistant director of communications at McCallie, has been hired to succeed Simmons and will be interim AD for the upcoming school year.

Jeff Baughman was recently hired as volleyball coach at Central High School.

Gordon Lee High School junior Julianna Spradlin of the Set for Life Volleyball Club has been chosen as one of the eight recipients in the United States of the 2014 Athleader Award from the Junior Volleyball Association and the National College Scouting Association.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

Football practice time in Tennessee

Get live updates as Stephen Hargis tours the area as high school drills begin

It all begins anew. Winter workouts became summer conditioning, which led to 7-on-7 passing camps, and now cleats will dig into dew-soaked practice fields this morning as high school football teams across Tennessee are allowed to put on full pads and prepare for the season's kickoff.

Two Chattanooga teams will be representing Tennessee in the Southern Sectional junior team tennis tournament Aug. 15-17 in Lexington, S.C.

When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach.

JASPER, Tenn. — The anticipation has been building for prep football teams throughout the Chattanooga area since last season ended. Teams across the state are allowed to begin practicing in pads Monday in preparation for kickoff to the new season, which is less than four weeks away.

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