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Stephen Hargis

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WHITWELL, Tenn. — It was on the drive through town, on his way to his initial interview, that R.C. Helton knew for sure just how much he wanted the Whitwell High School football coaching job.

Whitwell High School has named R.C. Helton as its new head football coach. Helton is a 1983 East Ridge graduate who has coached prep football in Arizona for more than 20 years, including the last three seasons at Trevor Browne high in Phoenix.

Looking to take the program to a higher level, Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Chattanooga Christian School has named longtime college assistant Rob Spence as its new head football coach. Spence was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers University the last two years and has previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Clemson and Syracuse.

Throughout its unlikely run to reach the Region 3-A boys’ basketball championship game, Sale Creek had thrived on controlling the tempo.

Once University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive line coach Alex Atkins informed the staff he would be leaving to take the same job at Georgia Southern, the domino effect resulted in moving spring practice back about two weeks.

Dan Wadley resigned Monday as McCallie's basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

Dan Wadley resigned today as McCallie School’s basketball coach after eight seasons and more than 130 wins.

McCallie simply had no answer. Outsized in the post, the Blue Tornado basketball team also struggled to defend Memphis University School's long-range gunner Bailey Buford.

Rarely is a coaching search this easy for both sides. When the Hixson High School football job came last month, Dan Duff knew he would pursue it. And once he did, school officials knew it was a perfect fit.

One of the city's most storied prep football rivalries again will be held on campus each season. After using Finley Stadium as its home field against Baylor since 2000, McCallie School has decided to head back to the ridge, beginning this fall.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — With his team short on size but tall on athletic ability, coach Eric Zensen knew his Whitwell girls needed to control the game's tempo Friday to secure a spot in next week's Region 3-A semifinals. So every chance they got, the Lady Tigers sped things up.

Dan Duff is returning to Hixson High to coach football. Duff coached the Wildcats from 1996-2002 before leaving to take over the program at Rockmart (Ga.), and led Hixson to its first playoff appearance during his first stint.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The longest dry spell in District 6-A boys' basketball is over. For the first time in 30 years Sale Creek owns the district tournament championship, after claiming a wild 74-71 win over top-seeded Marion County.

Ironically the thread that ties together the mapdot towns making up the Sequatchie Valley is the same one that often divides its people.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Van Buren County's girls wasted no time defending their District 6-A tournament championship.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Normalcy returned to the District 6-A basketball tournament Monday. After a day of upsets Saturday, in which the lower-seeded teams won all four games, the higher seeds reclaimed dominance Monday, but just barely in the nightcap.

The combination of conference changes and the chance to earn two huge paydays will give this year's University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football schedule a considerably new look and feel.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — It was shake-up Saturday in the District 6-A tournament as the lowest seeded boys' and girls' teams both pulled upsets to advance to the semifinals and secure a spot in next week's region tournament as well.

JASPER, Tenn. — Ricky Ross will coach football in Marion County after all.

Levi Woods was just trying to help Meigs County win as many basketball games as he could. Making history never occurred to him, but that's just what happened Friday afternoon when he became the program's first state Mr. Basketball finalist.

Moments after surviving yet another scare from rival GPS, the expression on Baylor girls' basketball coach John Gibson was more relief than excitement.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County High School has named former Calhoun defensive coordinator Ricky Ross as its new head football coach.

It wasn't so much a marketing strategy for the program as it was an honest way of connecting with the type of players the coaches wanted to bring in.

What happened to this area’s top signing day recruits of the past decade?

Building off the momentum of an 8-4 season that included a share of the Southern Conference championship, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff had pieced together an impressive collection of commitments from high school stars since December.

It wasn't without an element of drama near the end, but by noon Wednesday the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had capped one of the best recruiting classes in program history. The Mocs signed all 19 players who had committed before last weekend but the final two made the coaching staff wait a bit longer than they would've liked.

The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

The football staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has big plans for the future. And they want to get there quickly.

For now Kareem Orr's cell phone buzzes with only the occasional call or text from friends. That soon will change.

It's a match made in heaven. Or at least on a Baptist college campus.

Hoping to bring back brighter days to its football program, Red Bank High School has dipped into the Sunshine State to find its new head coach.

Red Bank has hired a football coach from the sunshine state, hoping to bring back brighter days to its program.

It is a day as much about family as it is about football. In three days — national signing day — countless high school players will surround themselves with relatives, friends and coaches to celebrate an important accomplishment in their young lives.

For the first time in its fledgling football program's history, Chattanooga Christian is making a coaching change.

Aside from their football skills, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014 recruits also could form a couple of really strong sprint relay teams.

The infectious smile is back. After years of clinching his jaw so tightly he wonders how he didn't break his teeth, Adarius Bowman finally has reached a level of contentment and no longer is trying to outrun his past the way he would an opposing football defender.

While Sunday was a day of rest for many, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff certainly wasn't taking time off. The recruiting momentum for the Mocs continued with a pair of Memphis-area players committing, giving the program 18 total with one week to go before national signing day.

When East Tennessee State University revives its football program next fall it will have a definite Chattanooga-area flavor to its roster.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may have found the offensive centerpiece of this recruiting class, and its quarterback of the future.

While there's still work to do down the homestretch, with just one week remaining before NCAA football commitments officially join their chosen programs, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga staff has put together one of the most talented incoming classes in recent memory.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's wave of recruiting momentum continued Friday with the fourth commitment in five days.

One of the biggest needs for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football staff to fill in this recruiting class is linebacker. Having graduated two starters at that position, the Mocs can offer recruits early playing time, and Thursday evening one of the state of Georgia's top outside linebackers bypassed scholarship offers from several FBS programs to commit to the Mocs while making an on-campus visit.

Jason Fitzgerald is going back home. Sort of.

Former Central head football coach John Allen has been hired to take over the program at Powell (Tenn.) High School.

Former Central head football coach John Allen has been hired to take over the program at Powell (TN) High School. Allen, who resigned last November after three seasons with the Purple Pounders, takes over a Powell program that played for the Class 5A state championship in 2011 and reached the semifinals the following season.

Jason Fitzgerald is going back home. Sort of.

The biggest decision remaining for Trevor Wright now is which side of the ball he will play on. The Greeneville (Tenn.) High School all-state athlete ended his recruiting battle Tuesday by committing to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during an in-home visit from three Mocs' coaches.

JASPER, Tenn. — In a game that tested the nerves of players, coaches and fans on both sides Tuesday night, it was ultimately the experience in such times that helped the Marion County boys' basketball team hang on for a wild 74-71 overtime win over Sale Creek.

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