Girls Preparatory School

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Little did anyone who was watching the Baylor-GPS softball game Tuesday at Starplex No. 3 know that when the second batter of the game homered, it would be enough to win.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Girls Preparatory School tennis team fought, rallied and ultimately prevailed. The Baylor girls persevered.

As Clifford Kirk's successor, Wes Skiles has been "the guy having to follow the guy." But perhaps Soddy-Daisy's softball program could not have picked a better guy.

The starter's gun not only signifies the beginning of today's pentathlon and the Spring Fling state tournament, but is also the first step of a very busy week for Baylor's Selena Popp. The junior will attempt to become the first track & field athlete in school history to repeat as pentathlon state champion when that event kicks off the week-long Spring Fling today 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.

Kevin Nguyen and Carl Phillips had a pretty rough beginning to their week, losing in the Region 3-A/AA tennis doubles championship match after holding a one-set lead. The week ended a lot better for them, though.

GPS became the first Chattanooga-area team to earn a spot in next week's state tournament Thursday when the Bruisers defeated Briarcrest 15-0 and 11-2 in a best-of-three sub-state series at Memphis.

Much like Bo Jackson was in football, McCallie's Tons Ferguson may be better at his "hobby" than his preferred sport of baseball.

It will be interesting to see next school year how many players it takes to fill soon-to-be GPS graduate Kelby Crownover's athletic shoes.

SEWANEE, Tenn. — Three players from Chattanooga prep schools have played very big parts in the Sewanee tennis teams' march to national tournaments this spring.

If the Baylor girls' tennis players needed a shock, they got one pretty quickly Tuesday afternoon.

Pope John Paul II experienced the highs and lows of life at the top of the East/Middle Region in TSSAA Division II-AA softball all in one day.

Michelle Fleenor was one-half of the Girls Preparatory School doubles team that won an individual state championship last season. Baylor's Samantha Caswell is a two-time defending Division II-AA state singles champion.

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

The last time that Polk County High School's softball team won a regular-season district title, "Schindler's List" won the Academy Award for best motion picture that year. The theme from "Aladdin" won best song at the Grammy Awards. And no player on Polk's current regular-season-championship team was born yet.

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