Signal Mountain

Even with a limited cross country background, new Ooltewah coach Brian Hitchcox knows talent when he sees it.

If he hadn't seen it, McCallie School football coach Ralph Potter might never have believed it.

At least according to volleyball.com, Class AA Signal Mountain's Taelor Kellum is considered the most talented high school volleyball player in the Chattanooga area. But by her own admission, she still has something to prove.

The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.

Only one District 7-AA football coach disagreed, and he voted for his own team No. 1. Everybody else believes Notre Dame or Signal Mountain will be at the top when the final regular-season whistle is blown on Oct. 31.

Tickets for the the inaugural Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic on Aug. 21 at Finley Stadium, matching the McCallie and Cleveland high school football teams, are on sale now at www.timesfreepress.com/kickoff. Tickets cost $8 in advance and will be $10 on the day of the game.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

It all begins anew. Winter workouts became summer conditioning, which led to 7-on-7 passing camps, and now cleats will dig into dew-soaked practice fields this morning as high school football teams across Tennessee are allowed to put on full pads and prepare for the season's kickoff.

Twelve area players were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state boys' soccer teams that were announced Monday.

TSSAA Division I coaches and athletic directors from high schools in the southeastern part of the state met Thursday at Chattanooga Christian School to discuss football classification proposals and the possibility of a split between public and all private schools.

Ashley Whitney is a Nashville native and resident who won a swimming gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. That was in the women's 800-meter freestyle relay.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Even though the debate over a potential public/private school complete split was never mentioned openly during the two days of the TSSAA Board of Control meetings, the subject was discussed during the closed-door session, according to one board member.

While steamrolling the Georgia all-stars for 409 rushing yards in Saturday’s 45-7 win, the Tennessee squad rotated its only six offensive linemen with resounding success.

  • June 9th, 2014  |
  • By By David Jenkins

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.

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