Notre Dame

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.

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

Hixson coach Raul Fernandez drilled his boys' tennis team on a lot of singles this week leading up to Thursday's Region 3-A/AA championship match against Boyd-Buchanan. The hard work paid off.

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.

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

The Signal Mountain boys' soccer team started Thursday evening's match 80 minutes away from a potential first-ever District 7-A/AA regular-season championship. Less than a minute in, they had inched closer with a one-goal advantage.

Sam Eberle fielded a disappointing, if not devastating, call in January.

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.

Notre Dame's Tyler Roberson recently signed scholarship papers to continue his soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan College, an NAIA school in Athens.

Clark Marshall has had to work his way back slowly into soccer-playing shape after tearing the ACL in one his knees six months ago.

Kenny Struthers singled and doubled in his first two at-bats, but it was the Arts & Sciences hitter's third and fourth plate appearances Thursday that made the difference in the Patriots' 5-4 victory over Notre Dame.

Howie Sompayrac, one of the area's most successful high school athletic directors, has decided to step down after 15 years at Notre Dame. Sompayrac will finish out the current school year after making the announcement to faculty and coaches on Tuesday.

The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.

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