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Kelley Smiddie

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Silverdale Baptist Academy's softball team lives to play again — again.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — What a difference a day made for Soddy-Daisy.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Walker Valley needed one victory Tuesday at Cleveland High School just to keep its softball season alive. The Lady Mustangs needed two victories to keep their hopes alive for a district championship.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy's softball team is back in a familiar spot.

The 2014 Central softball team matched what the previous two Lady Purple Pounders teams did in winning the District 6-AA high school regular season. But Monday at Central, this year's Lady Pounders team did one better.

Jackie Baird saved her best for last.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Anyone who thinks Ooltewah isn't playing better softball in the latter part of the 2014 season compared to the first part should've been at Cleveland High School to see the fourth-seeded Lady Owls take on the District 5-AAA tournament's top-seeded team in a winners-bracket semifinal Saturday morning.

As competitive as the District 5-AAA high school softball season was in 2014, it was fitting that the regular-season championship and No. 1 seeding for the district tournament — which starts today — came down to the last game of the regular season.

Last year Arts & Sciences was one victory away from winning the first TSSAA district softball tournament for a program that has been around since the mid-1990s.

Ooltewah junior Allie Jones has committed to continue her softball career with Lincoln Memorial University, an NCAA Division II member competing in the South Atlantic Conference.

Davey Smith grew up dreaming of playing in Yankee Stadium. And now he's doing just that.

East Hamilton and Soddy-Daisy could be headed for a showdown Monday at Soddy-Daisy for the regular-season championship in District 5-AAA softball.

Ooltewah senior Sloan Sullivan is planning to sign volleyball scholarship papers with Middle Tennessee State University today at the high school at 1:30 p.m.

After Monday's development at Silverdale Baptist Academy, things are all square at the top of the District 5-A high school softball standings.

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.

Little did anyone know that Allie Jones' home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning would end the scoring in the final of the first Ooltewah Invitational high school softball tournament. But thanks to junior right-hander Cameron Baltimore and her defense, it did.

Silverdale Baptist Academy scuffled through the District 5-A high school softball season a year ago while Arts & Sciences was busy winning the district regular season for the first time in school history.

Central might be the only high softball team in District 6-AA with an overall winning record, but the Lady Purple Pounders still have work to do to win the league's regular-season championship and earn the top seeding for the district tournament.

Longtime "Blue-Chip" basketball camp director Rick Bolus also grades high school players by state and provides a Top 12, a Second 12 and and a list of the next-best 25.

Brie Levy lived out the dream of every batter Monday at East Hamilton.

Not even three weeks into the TSSAA softball season and already evidence shows that a collection of freshman pitchers are making a big impression in the Chattanooga area.

Baylor emerged as the only 2-0 team through the first three games at The Summit of Softball Complex on Friday in first-day action in East Hamilton’s Choo Choo Classic high school tournament.

The hits were nearly even between Marion County and Sale Creek in their District 6-A high school softball game Monday at Sale Creek. That's in total, not distance.

Soddy-Daisy's softball team traveled to Kentucky over the weekend, and for two reasons.

On Thursday, Soddy-Daisy's Lady Trojans were able to put Tuesday's tough loss at Walker Valley behind them — way behind them.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In a high school softball game filled with almosts, the last one went Walker Valley's way.

No more games at Warner Park. No more games at White Oak Park. Red Bank has a true home field again.

Baylor sophomore Haven Bethune and freshmen Gabby Gray and Lilly Turner have been selected among the best of their classes in the nation by prepvolleyball.com.

Norma Nelson's softball career coaching record against Ooltewah High School is now 1-0.

After coaching softball at Ooltewah High School for 25 years, the last 20 as head coach, Norma Nelson was fired last May by former principal Mark Bean at the end of last year's 21-16 season.

Tyner boys' basketball coach Gerald Harris had a message for his team before Tuesday's TSSAA Class AA state sectional home game. He wrote on the dry-erase board in the locker room: "In order to win the state, you've got to get in."

Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team had to call on its reserves Monday in its TSSAA Class A state sectional. And thanks to their key contributions, the Buccaneers reserved a spot in Murfreesboro.

It's been a year since Boyd-Buchanan's boys' basketball team left the Chattanooga State gymnasium after a season-ending loss that left the Buccaneers a game short of advancing to the TSSAA Class A state tournament.

Arts & Sciences' girls are going today where no Lady Patriots basketball team has gone before. It happens to be Clarkrange, which is north of Crossville on Highway 127.

Coosa came into Thursday's Georgia Class AA boys' basketball quarterfinal at Calhoun with nearly half its losses being to the host team. Now the word "nearly" can be taken out of that sentence.

Van Buren County and Arts & Sciences both seem to favor playing a knockdown, drag-out brand of basketball. So when the teams met Wednesday in the Region 3-A girls' high school championship game, it was fairly evident ahead of time what was going to happen.

One boys' semifinal in the Region 3-A high school basketball tournament at Arts & Sciences was destined to be close all the way. One team made sure that wasn't the case in the other.

Comebacks were the order of the day in the Region 3-A girls' high school basketball semifinals Monday at Arts & Sciences. One was early; one was late. One worked; one didn't.

It was evident that the high school basketball teams on the floor at Boyd-Buchanan on Saturday were highly motivated.

Brainerd guard Jamee Ward did not have one of her best shooting nights of the basketball season Friday when the Lady Panthers hosted Polk County in a TSSAA girls' Region 3-AA quarterfinal. And still she only needed eight points from her teammates for Brainerd to win.

Bledsoe County's girls take a 21-4 record into their TSSAA Region 4-AA basketball quarterfinal tonight at 8 EST. The first thought they gave to playing in a region quarterfinal was exactly 25 games ago.

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