Kelley Smiddie


phone: 423-757-6293




Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball.
Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC.
Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County didn't have a passing yard in Friday's TSSAA Class 2A quarterfinal football game. But the Warriors didn't need one.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Junior Daniel Dotson has been doing about as low-profile of a job possible for Rhea County’s football team this year at the sport’s most high-profile position.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every successful organization has those who do great deeds but rarely receive a great deal of credit. And to hear Marion County football coach Ricky Ross tell it, his team is loaded with them.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — The simple mathematics is this: Cold weather, plus a stout running game, equals Rhea County moving on.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Rhea County High School's football team is 11-0, and for several reasons.

Considering GPS coach Jennifer Williams' team won twice Tuesday, she may consider revitalizing the city basketball jamboree as a win-win-win situation.

One of Hamilton Heights' starters Monday in the first night of the city high school basketball jamboree was 6-foot-11 Abdulhakim Ado. One of Signal Mountain's was Michael Cate, listed at 5-7 on the Eagles' roster.

The last two Marches, Central boys' basketball coach Rick Rogers has taken his players — dressed alike in their warmup suits — to Murfreesboro to watch the TSSAA state tournament. But in March 2015, the Purple Pounders hope to be doing more than just watching.

Locally there's at least one group of girls who can rival Baylor's starters this basketball season.

Since the TSSAA went to its current format for football playoffs six years ago, Rockwood had made trips to Boyd-Buchanan for games in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and all were losses. Throw in a loss at Silverdale Baptist Academy last season and the Tigers were fruitless in all their trips to Chattanooga.

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