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Kelley Smiddie

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Ooltewah was again the top-seeded team in the District 5-AAA high school volleyball tournament. But unlike last year, the Lady Owls arrived there in a different fashion -- a much more dominant fashion.

East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood wanted his team to work on its running game in Friday night’s District 5-AAA high school football game against McMinn County. And thanks to the Hurricanes’ passing game, the coach got his opportunity.

Not much Thursday at Red Bank rivaled the comeback the host team made in the fourth set of the District 6-AA high school volleyball championship match -- except maybe the way Central responded to it.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots may not have known it, but Boyd-Buchanan volleyball coach Ashley Rose implied that they taught her team a valuable lesson on Sept. 10.

Signal Mountain junior Taelor Kellum has accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of Florida.

Paybacks were the order of the day Tuesday at Signal Mountain.

Both Ooltewah and Cleveland proved Tuesday at Ooltewah that how a team plays in its previous outing has nothing to do with how it will play the next time out.

Sixth-seeded Walker Valley showed Monday what a deep league District 5-AAA is in volleyball. But it was third-seeded East Hamilton that survived and advanced.

Coaches of the top four seeded teams in the District 6-AA high school volleyball tournament basically said the same thing this past week when asked about the tournament.

Who needs Desmond Pittman?

Chattanooga Christian's volleyball team spoiled Notre Dame's party Thursday, but the Lady Chargers seemed to be having a nice one of their own.

Presumably Donald Pickett knew what he was getting into when he accepted the head softball coaching position at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., before the 2009 season.

Notre Dame High School is 9-18 in volleyball following Monday's wins over East Ridge and Red Bank. And although that might seem like a disappointing season, it could still end up a championship one for the Lady Irish.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Marion County played a little better defensively -- if you want to call it that -- than Sequatchie County did in Friday's high school football game at Marion County.

Red Bank's Lionettes are proving again in 2013 that unseating them at the top of the District 6-AA high school volleyball standings isn't going to be easy.

Races are heating up in most area volleyball districts with less than two weeks left in the TSSAA Division I season, but for Sale Creek and Ooltewah, their races are already won.

Sonoraville's volleyball players thought they were all set for a promising high school season when in July senior teammate Bre Horner's mother, Sabrina, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The battle for the top spot in the District 7-AA high school volleyball race has had more twists and turns than the main road from Chattanooga that runs up and down Signal Mountain.

Ooltewah running back Desmond Pittman and his big buddies along the offensive line terrorized East Hamilton's defense Friday night. Heck, the way Pittman ran, he'd give Freddy Krueger nightmares.

When the high school golf season started, Jake Campbell was just hoping he could make Boyd-Buchanan's starting lineup. Thursday at Chatata Valley, the freshman won the Region 3-A/AA individual championship and led the Buccaneers to a 322 total and the team title.

After her team earned its 30th win of this high school season, Baylor volleyball coach Sarah Lail explained that having hitting depth and striving for a balanced attack has made her Lady Red Raiders so tough to defend. But on Tuesday at Baylor, GPS simply found Gabby Gray tough to defend.

After the District 5-A/AA high school golf tournament, Boyd-Buchanan junior Madison Balthrop and senior Lauren Foster both expressed a fondness of playing the Chatata Valley course in Cleveland.

Sale Creek entered this high school volleyball season having advanced to a Class A state sectional in 2012, which came after a school-best third-place finish in the state tournament the year before.

It's no secret that perseverance is a requirement for any high school football team trying to beat Polk County this year. And East Ridge persevered Friday night.

Ooltewah did not turn in a commanding performance Thursday at Soddy-Daisy, but at least thanks to the Lady Owls' effort, their lead in the District 5-AAA high school volleyball race is commanding.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots probably felt they should've won the first set Tuesday against Boyd-Buchanan in their District 5-A high school volleyball match at CSAS. But as things turned out, it didn't matter, because they won the others.

It was not Hixson's game plan to hang within scoring distance and wait until the fourth quarter to try to win Friday's District 6-AA high school football home game against Tyner, but that's basically what happened.

Hixson opened its District 6-AA high school volleyball season Thursday and already may be the league's team to beat the rest of the way.

Signal Mountain had the longest sustained run of consecutive points in Tuesday's high school volleyball match at Chattanooga Christian. But the rest of the District 7-AA showdown belonged to the Lady Chargers.

In 1964, the Beatles made their American television debut with a live performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." That same year, Catherine Neely made her debut as head volleyball coach at East Ridge High School.

Hitter and setter MacKenzie Harris is the only player who has been part of the Silverdale Baptist Academy volleyball program the last four years. And as a result, she has become part teammate, part counselor and part role model.

With Friday's game at East Hamilton tied going into the fourth quarter, it was obvious the team that made the key plays in the last 12 minutes would be victorious.

Last year when Tony Brown's knees told him it was time to end to his near-10-year NFL career, he had to think about what he wanted to do next. He hadn't even considered coaching until then, but because he did, those involved with East Hamilton's football program are grateful.

The 27th Choo Choo Classic high school volleyball tournament will be held this weekend at East Ridge and Red Bank.

The only thing that stymied Ooltewah's football team Friday night at Brainerd was the weather.

Meigs County senior Morgan Boggess has accepted a scholarship offer to play softball at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

The turning point in Tuesday's District 5-AAA high school volleyball match at Soddy-Daisy was easy to spot.

The TSSAA volleyball season starts this week and Hixson and Bradley Central are holding tournaments on the first weekend.

Courtney Stewart made the decision recently to resign her position as softball coach at Sequatchie County High School, and her sister, Kelly Somerville, has been promoted from assistant to head coach.

Baylor's Maya Mathis has accepted a scholarship offer to play softball at the University of Tennessee.

In four years East Hamilton worked its way into becoming one of the most competitive Class AA high school volleyball programs in the Chattanooga area, if not the state.

Whitwell High School recently hired Derrin Easterly as its softball coach. He succeeds Grace Pickett, who resigned after last season.

Former Baylor School volleyball standout Nicole Sumida has transferred from Lee University to NCAA Division I Butler University in Indianapolis.

The Tennessee Fury ‘96 from Chattanooga registered their third top-five finish in an Amateur Softball Association national tournament when they placed third this past weekend in the 16-under nationals in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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