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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.

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.

Winning a state championship was not a requirement to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award. But it certainly didn't hurt.

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. — From the time he began running competitively, six years ago, Ramsay Ritchie set a goal that one day he would win a 1600-meter state championship. In his last opportunity Friday night, the McCallie senior achieved that goal, pushing himself past what he thought he had left over the final 200 meters.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — One year after becoming the TSSAA's fastest sprinter by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashs and anchoring the state-championship 4x200 relay, Signal Mountain sophomore McKenzie Ethridge topped that performance with an incredible last-place finish Thursday night.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Throughout the 2014 soccer season, Signal Mountain had used a combination of heart, skill, determination and a little chaos to produce an unbeaten record and the program's first-ever trip to the Class A/AA state tournament.

There hasn't been anything flashy about them, and at times there has been very little pretty about the way the Signal Mountain soccer Eagles have played this season, but one thing can't be disputed.

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.

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