The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.
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.
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.
For the Baylor boys' basketball team Saturday evening, it was as simple as hitting free throws.
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.
All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.
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.
Baylor School and Tennessee Fury outfielder Lauren Lewis has been rated No. 25 nationally by studentsports.com on its Hot 100 list of college softball prospects in the class of 2015.
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.
It's hard to gauge the team strength of the Halls Invitational wrestling tournament in Knoxville, but winning by 68.5 points there over runner-up Bradley Central gives Wilson Central reason to boast heading into the Division I state duals Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Franklin.
A close game amid a lot of emotion with a wild finish.
There were times Thursday evening that Baylor coach John Gibson wondered if his girls' basketball team was going to hit a shot against chief rival Girls Preparatory School. But once the Lady Red Raiders shook off the dreadful start, they became more of what he's come to expect.
The Signal Mountain wrestling team is coming off a disappointing finish in the East Hamilton Invitational. The program still is looking for its first tournament championship after finishing second to Dalton.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In the official renewal of one of the area's most colorful wrestling rivalries of the 1980s and '90s, TSSAA Division II power Baylor rebounded from a 16-point deficit to bump off public school power Bradley Central 37-25.