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Stephen Hargis

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Aside from a good day’s work put in before most of the rest of the city had even made it to their job site, the one certainty that came from the second day of fall camp for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was this — the players were due for a nap once team meetings ended.

Like a character from the Snickers commercials Russ Huesman just wasn't himself Wednesday.

There was no shortage of enthusiasm throughout the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team’s first fall practice Wednesday afternoon.

Housing has been assigned, physicals have been administered and equipment has been handed out. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team now is ready to take the field this afternoon for the start of preseason camp and the first steps toward the season opener at Central Michigan in just four weeks.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

Football practice time in Tennessee

Get live updates as Stephen Hargis tours the area as high school drills begin

It all begins anew. Winter workouts became summer conditioning, which led to 7-on-7 passing camps, and now cleats will dig into dew-soaked practice fields this morning as high school football teams across Tennessee are allowed to put on full pads and prepare for the season's kickoff.

When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach.

Nearly a dozen former University of Tennessee football players were in South Pittsburg this weekend to help with Eddie Moore's youth camp.

JASPER, Tenn. — The anticipation has been building for prep football teams throughout the Chattanooga area since last season ended. Teams across the state are allowed to begin practicing in pads Monday in preparation for kickoff to the new season, which is less than four weeks away.

The last time the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team was the preseason pick to win the Southern Conference Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album had just been released, E.T. was the top grossing movie, Danica Patrick and Lil Wayne were newborns and Knoxville hosted the World's Fair.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team is the preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference according to both the media and coaches poll, which were announced today.

Since even before he played in the National Football League, Eddie Moore knew he wanted to give back to the community that helped mold him.

The day of the week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's football season opener is the same, but the preparation leading to the Thursday night kickoff at Central Michigan will be noticeably different than last year.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a new radio home for its football and basketball programs.

The clutter inside a garage can tell you a lot about the folks who live inside the house. From muddy cleats and soccer balls to mountain bikes and fishing poles, the distinct contents of any garage can define a family's activities.

Most every opportunity Sammy Seamster has had on a football field has come because he was able to ignore the limitations others tried to set for him and outwork those around him.

The small window of time to catch their breath is over now.

An already thin position has gotten thinner as redshirt sophomore defensive back Will Johnson informed University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coaches that he will not return to the program this season. According to head coach Russ Huesman, Johnson is leaving for "family reasons."

The preseason honors continue to roll in for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program as three seniors have been named to The Sports Network preseason All-America team.

During his playing days, there was no batter better at coming up with the big hit when Lookout Valley needed it than Lance Rorex.

ATHENS, Tenn. — Taking the stage inside the McMinn County High School gym, just about an hour from where he introduced himself to the college football world by sending Bill Bates to his backside on the Neyland Stadium turf, Herschel Walker proved he can still energize a crowd.

As is often the case when there's the potential for a public/private school debate, everything else to be discussed winds up becoming an afterthought.

Les Compton still remembers the sunny summer afternoon, nearly 30 years ago, when he toured the site of what would become Grace Baptist Academy.

Kareem Orr has really big plans for his senior football season at Notre Dame High School. So big, in fact, that he doesn't want any off-the-field distractions getting in the way of his goals -- not even his own recruitment.

Notre Dame all-state athlete Kareem Orr has verbally committed to sign a football scholarship with the University of Louisville.

The house I grew up in was in such a rural area it made Mayberry look like a metropolis. There wasn't another kid my age for miles, so sports and my imagination were how I learned to entertain myself.

Area school system builds indoor football field

New Sequatchie building covers many activities

DUNLAP, Tenn. — In the football-crazed Sequatchie Valley, where each school takes great satisfaction in one-upping its neighboring rivals, Sequatchie County High School has claimed bragging rights in facilities.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Even though the debate over a potential public/private school complete split was never mentioned openly during the two days of the TSSAA Board of Control meetings, the subject was discussed during the closed-door session, according to one board member.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Looking to simplify the state's high school football playoff scenario, TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress unveiled a classification plan designed to combine the best aspects of two proposals.

The way LaQuisha Jackson sees it, all the changes she's undergone in the past year have prepared her for the biggest move of her running career.

When the TSSAA Board of Control begins its summer meetings this evening, the nine-member group will devote much of its time to discussing football classifications.

When the football season kicks off, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won't be flying under the national radar.

Winning a state championship was not a requirement to become a finalist for the Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award. But it certainly didn't hurt.

Four of the six finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore male Athlete of the Year award were multisport standouts, including one three-sport star. The finalists are Ringgold's Slade Dale, McCallie's C.J. Fritz, Baylor's Rafael Gaglianone, Dalton's Eder Mora, Gordon Lee's Jonathan Ragsdale and Meigs County's Levi Woods.

Six of the Chattanooga area's most accomplished female high school athletes have been named finalists for this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps Scrappy Moore Award.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — From the time he began running competitively, six years ago, Ramsay Ritchie set a goal that one day he would win a 1600-meter state championship. In his last opportunity Friday night, the McCallie senior achieved that goal, pushing himself past what he thought he had left over the final 200 meters.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — By now Tyler Davis is used to the confused glances and double-takes.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Two years removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and with soreness still tightening the muscles in his right arm after just two days' rest since his last start, McCallie senior Elliott Dockery pitched the game of his life when his team needed him most.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — One year after becoming the TSSAA's fastest sprinter by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashs and anchoring the state-championship 4x200 relay, Signal Mountain sophomore McKenzie Ethridge topped that performance with an incredible last-place finish Thursday night.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Although there has been some audible grumbling about Spring Fling event prices, the $10 all-day tickets and $5 parking fee are not new.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — By the time she was in middle school, Kate Kaufman had played seven sports.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — You don't have to watch Susan Crownover coach her GPS softball team for long before two words pop into your mind: "tenacious" and "winner."

LEBANON, Tenn. -- A four-run seventh inning pushed Memphis University School past Baylor, 6-5, in Wednesday night's loser's bracket of the Division II-AA state baseball tournament at Wilson Central High.

LEBANON, Tenn. — The hardest throw Tyler Payne made all day didn't come during his six innings of work on the mound.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A promising start to the Class A baseball tournament took a bad turn for Boyd-Buchanan on Wednesday as the Buccaneers lost two games and were eliminated.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Action continued on field across the Murfreesboro area for the second day of the Spring Fling with tennis and softball Wednesday morning. Chattanooga-area teams were set to get going in baseball, soccer and more softball this afternoon.

LEBANON, Tenn. — The way he took care of his business on the mound, it was almost as if Baylor freshman Gavin Roberson was trying to finish before curfew.

LEBANON, Tenn. — In the end the game was decided from John Hennen's rear end.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The bottom of the order kept finding a way to get on base, and the top of the order did its job to drive those runners home.

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