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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.

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.

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.

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.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga signee Cori Jennings pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and batted in two runs as Gordonsville beat visiting Whitwell 3-1 in a Class A softball sectional Saturday evening.

Thursday's pitching performance by Arts & Sciences' Brianna Taylor at Frost Stadium wasn't perfect. But it was awfully close.

If Skyler Anderson pitches a strikeout, OK. If he gets the out another way, that's just as good.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — Clinging to its final out in its final at-bat, Whitwell seemed to be on the verge of ending its softball season Monday.

Red Bank outfielder Mackenzie Cagle has signed scholarship papers to play softball at Bryan College in Dayton.

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

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — After going an entire regular season without losing to another Class A team, Whitwell's softball team was just four outs from suffering its second such loss in as many days, and to the same opponent.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was the bottom of the order that helped South Pittsburg finish on top of the District 6-A baseball tournament.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — For five innings Chase White kept reminding himself to be patient.

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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