Baylor

By Ward Gossett

Coaches and athletes in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia often lament the fact that there is very little in-season competition between area high school programs in the two states. The TSSAA and the GHSA are on different reclassification cycles, so scheduling interstate contests proves difficult.

In the athletic realm there is little the three major award winners from Thursday night's Best of Preps Banquet have in common except, obviously, success.

Four of the six finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore male Athlete of the Year award were multisport standouts, including one three-sport star. The finalists are Ringgold's Slade Dale, McCallie's C.J. Fritz, Baylor's Rafael Gaglianone, Dalton's Eder Mora, Gordon Lee's Jonathan Ragsdale and Meigs County's Levi Woods.

Six of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished female high school athletes have been named finalists for this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps Scrappy Moore Award.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS undoubtedly saved its best for last.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Baylor's bid for a state soccer championship came up just a bit short Thursday night.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Neither Baylor nor Pope John Paul II did a lot to speed up play in the Thursday's winners-bracket final in the Division II-AA high school softball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Marko Mandic finally put it all together — and at the most opportune time.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — By the time she was in middle school, Kate Kaufman had played seven sports.

LEBANON, Tenn. -- A four-run seventh inning pushed Memphis University School past Baylor, 6-5, in Wednesday night's loser's bracket of the Division II-AA state baseball tournament at Wilson Central High.

LEBANON, Tenn. — The hardest throw Tyler Payne made all day didn't come during his six innings of work on the mound.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS softball coach Susan Crownover said her team's seniors made a vow that their careers were not going to come to an end Wednesday night at Starplex No. 3. And one of them, Madi Stanley, backed it up with her arm and her bat.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Baylor soccer team that Father Ryan saw when the teams faced off less than three weeks ago was not the same Red Raiders who took the pitch against the Nashville side in a Division II-AA state semifinal Wednesday evening.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — One by one, the Baylor girls' tennis players came off the court.

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