Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated Press Sports Editors' conference in Kissimmee Fla. in 2012, and won second-place at the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists national awards, where his work was recognized for its high standards of ethical journalism. He also has an Associated Press national award for his season-long story following the Taft Youth Center football team.
This year Stephen received an Award of Excellence in Tennessee's Golden Press Card Awards and was named the state's Best Prep Writer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, which also awarded him second place in both Best Feature Writer and Best Investigative Writer categories.
Stephen was named Tennessee's Sports Writer of the Year for 2011, has been awarded the state’s top prep writer award 15 times and has won 17 other state awards ranging from Best Investigative Writer, Best Feature Writer to Best News Writer. He has also won the prestigious Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club’s Sports Writer of the Year and the TSSAA’s Sportsmanship Award for Contributor of the Year in the state.
Stephen has two children, Riley and Lauren.
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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Her day's work began around 1 in the afternoon, but a little more than six hours later, standing in her warmup suit and cheering on teammates, Baylor senior Selena Popp looked as if she had barely broken a sweat.
Before the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's spring workouts, Times Free Press reporter Stephen Hargis posed five questions that coaches hoped to answer by the conclusion of their allotted 15 practices.
There were plenty of reasons for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman to smile following Friday night's Blue/Gold spring game.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team capped its spring workouts Friday night with the annual Blue/Gold game at Finley Stadium, with the blue team, made up mostly of second-string offensive players and starting defenders, claimed a 24-10 win.
When: Tonight at 7 Where: Finley Stadium Admission: No charge. Also, hot dogs and Coca-Cola products are free (while supplies last, courtesy of the UTC Mocs Club and Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling), and there is a free youth clinic beginning at 5:15 for eighth-graders and younger. The Mocs will receive their 2013 Southern Conference championship rings.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team wrapped up its final practice before the Blue & Gold spring game with a nearly two-hour workout Wednesday.
Howie Sompayrac, one of the area's most successful high school athletic directors, has decided to step down after 15 years at Notre Dame. Sompayrac will finish out the current school year after making the announcement to faculty and coaches on Tuesday.
Eight girls from the Chattanooga area have been named to the 2014 Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state basketball teams.
There was no Saturday morning hangover for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team following Friday evening's scrimmage.
His defensive coaching roots wouldn't allow Russ Huesman to get carried away when assessing how well the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's offensive line had performed during Friday evening's scrimmage at Finley Stadium.