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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.

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. — Notre Dame teammates J.R. Davis and Charles Jabaley saw the success of former Signal Mountain doubles partners Forrest Hooten and Adam Wolfe in the 2013 TSSAA tennis tournament and wondered, "Why not us?"

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

Despite a better total score than she won with last year, Baylor's Selena Popp was unable to repeat her Division II pentathlon state championship, finishing third overall Monday at Middle Tennessee State University.

The biggest issue facing high school sports in more than a decade is still months from being decided, but if the Chattanooga area is any indication there is a clear consensus on the public-school/private-school debate.

Matti Sue Nafie and Emily Wilt attributed last season's loss in the finals of the Region 3-A/AA individual doubles tournament to nerves. Monday afternoon, a couple of pre-match "selfies" and a calmer demeanor seemed to eliminate any chance of a repeat.

DALTON, Ga. — The Southeast Whitfield boys' soccer Raiders found themselves in an unfamiliar position when the playoffs started — at home.

Area high school football coaches have looked, are looking or will look for fit and familiarity in spring practice.

The decision was actually pretty simple for Charles Jabaley and J.R. Davis.

Paul Fortmiller was at the right place at the right time. But just by a couple inches.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — There are a lot of things that Katarina Saskova doesn't understand about life in the United States. Tennis isn't one of them.

In a matter of months Nicolette Gordon has gone from knowing nothing at all about pole vaulting to become one of the best in the state in her classification. The Chattanooga Christian School junior took up the sport only after two knee surgeries forced her to end an eight-year gymnastics career.

After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.

Randy Young started the season unsure not only about what his Tyner soccer team would look like but where the Rams would call their home.

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