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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Host Soddy-Daisy held off a late challenge by Wilson Central in the Gold final of the 24th Lady Trojan Classic high school softball tournament Saturday at Soddy Lake Kids' Park and edged the Lady Wildcats 3-2 for the championship.
Four teams went 3-0 on Friday in the opening day of Soddy-Daisy's 24th Lady Trojan Classic high school softball tournament, including the host team.
Much like the Postal Service motto that claims its carriers refuse to allow any outside elements to prevent them from making their appointed rounds, Skylar Parton refuses to let even a birth defect prevent her from playing the game she loves.
Soddy-Daisy will honor the memory of former assistant coach Lamar Lasley by dedicating its softball facility Lamar Lasley Field between the varsity and junior varsity games April 22 when the Lady Trojans host Bradley Central at 5 p.m. Soddy-Daisy coach Wes Skiles is encouraging all former Lady Trojans players and anyone associated with the program to attend.
The high school softball teams at Baylor and Arts & Sciences got to know each other well over the last three days. And as things turned out in the championship game of Baylor's Hits for Hope tournament at Warner Park, that was a little too well for the Lady Patriots' liking.
GPS competed in a softball tournament on a Friday, so all coach Susan Crownover was looking for was the usual.
Soddy-Daisy on Thursday made the race for the District 5-AAA high school softball regular-season championship a lot more interesting.
Baylor sophomore pitcher Kayla Hughes can testify that there's nothing like a plan when it comes together.
For the second consecutive year, Baylor is hosting a Hits for Hope high school softball tournament Friday and Saturday at Warner Park with proceeds benefitting the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund.