Because Tennessee high school football teams were allowed to begin practicing in helmets and shoulder pads last week to acclimate to the heat, not as many area teams opted for two-a-day practices this year.
On the first day that area high school football teams began practicing in full pads, even Mother Nature was in midseason form.
Assistant Sports Editor Stephen Hargis is visiting more than 20 schools in Tennessee and Georgia all day and into the night. Check throughout the day for updates on how area prep football teams are getting ready for the upcoming season.
Pads will begin popping loudly throughout the Chattanooga area Monday morning as high school football teams in Tennessee begin practicing in full gear.
When Steve Chattin was planning how he wanted to build the fledgling Heritage High softball program, he followed the blueprint used by one of the nation's top prep football teams. For years, Valdosta football coaches made sure their feeder programs ran the same offensive and defensive schemes used by the varsity so that when the younger kids reached high school they already had a grasp on the game plan.
While it won't be full-contact just yet, the familiar sound of pads popping returns to area football fields today as high school teams take advantage of a new TSSAA rule allowing them to begin practicing in shoulder pads and helmets one week earlier than in previous years.
After seven years of turning Whitwell High School's softball team into a perennial Class A contender, Grace Pickett has decided it was time to step down from her alma mater.
Before he began breaking tackles and outrunning area defenders, Frahn D'Anjou's first step to becoming one of Chattanooga's most accomplished high school running backs was as simple as A-B-C.
Throughout his football career, versatility and brute strength have separated Jacques McClendon from his sizable competition.
Time has clouded a few of the memories from his life, but when Ken Honea talks about his years of playing football, the details become as clear as a sun-splashed autumn afternoon sky.
ATLANTA — They had ordered tickets and made plans to be at Turner Field on Friday months before the season began.
Any great sports debate begins with a difference of opinion.
The scar runs just along the outside of his left knee, serving as both a four-inch-long reminder of the night his football career was derailed and an inspiration to get back on the field and prove the doubters wrong.
Summer college football camps are like the male version of beauty contests, but thankfully without the swimsuit competition.
It was a banner year for high school sports in northwestern Georgia, and the finalists for this year's Scrappy Moore Coach of the Year award reflect that area's success.
Like long sideburns and muscle cars, multisport athletes produce golden memories.
The eyes of Tennessee's high school sports rules makers are on Texas.
Most of them were up much earlier than summer vacation should require.
Four of the six finalists for the Scrappy Moore Female Athlete of the Year award excelled in more than one sport and the two that didn't dominated their chosen sport.
After a long and sometimes frustrating search, North Jackson High School has found its new football coach.
In a move to help high school football players around the state get acclimated to the heat before full-contact practice begins, the TSSAA Board of Control has approved a recommendation to move up the date of the first day football teams can practice in helmets and shoulder pads by one week.
Always looking for ways to make our Best of Preps banquet better and to ensure we credit the people who deserve recognition, our sports staff expanded the number of awards to be given this year.
The smallest school in the area came up the biggest as Lookout Valley teammates Jamal Jones and Vann Scribner led the Tennessee all-stars to a 10-7 victory over Georgia in the football game featuring recent area high school graduates Saturday night at McCallie's Spears Stadium.
What's better than Christmas in July? Football in June.
Chipper Jones, one of the most popular players in Atlanta Braves franchise history and one of the most nationally recognized professional athletes of all time, will be the featured speaker at this year's Times Free Press Best of Preps banquet June 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Now that the last state tournament has been held, let's take a quick glance back at the just completed high school season, before we turn our attention toward the next wave of college prospects or championship contenders in the area.
One of the most accomplished coaching careers in Chattanooga sports history came to a sudden end Friday morning when Robert High was told he no longer would be in charge of boys' basketball at Brainerd High School.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — You can count on one hand the number of breaking news stories that could trump anything happening on the fields of the BlueCross Spring Fling state tournament.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — It was more a football move or even something out of the WWE than what you'd expect to see on a baseball field.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Not even the late-evening long shadows of his competitors could catch Simon Holden.
Legendary high school basketball coach Robert High has been told he will not be Brainerd boys’ coach next season. In 37 seasons as the Panthers’ coach, High won more than 900 games and three Class AAA state championships.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The only thing that shone brighter than the gold medals around her neck were the braces on her teeth.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Just as important as Reid Clements' strong pitching and timely hitting by the bottom of the lineup, short-term memory loss by Silverdale Baptist Academy's entire baseball team helped the Seahawks reach a state championship game for the first time in any sport for the school.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After narrowly surviving its first elimination game earlier Thursday with a seventh-inning stand, Whitwell's softball team managed some late insurance to get through its second game of the day.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — There's a new star on the Chattanooga area's track scene, and she's going to be around for a while.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — For a brief moment the ball popped out of Chance Brown's glove and hung in the air.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — While they didn't look overwhelmed by the state tournament, Meigs County's young softball Lady Tigers certainly went through some growing pains here in their two games.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After having Tuesday off, Baylor's softball team joins the Spring Fling action today in the Division II bracket.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Reid Clements swore he didn't feel comfortable on the mound until the fifth inning.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — About the same time as their classmates were being handed their diplomas Tuesday night, Whitwell's three senior softball players were celebrating for a different reason.
The area's first state champion of the 2013 Spring Fling couldn't have come in more dramatic fashion. It certainly couldn't have been any closer as Baylor's Selena Popp claimed the Division II pentathlon title by a single point at Middle Tennessee State University on Monday.
Baylor’s Selena Popp is the area’s first Spring Fling state champion this week, holding on for a dramatic one-point win today in the Division II pentathlon at Middle Tennessee State University.
So much for easing into the Spring Fling.
From her living room, hundreds of miles away from her old Soddy-Daisy home, Amy Robertson Whitaker can still close her eyes and visualize the scene.
Veteran teams loaded with talent and accustomed to success don't need any help, but Marion County provided it anyway Friday evening.
The nagging injuries are now behind her and so, too, is the competition.
As if he needed added motivation, McCallie's Antoine Ferguson knew he had to finish his final event of the Division II state track and field qualifying meet as quickly as possible Thursday afternoon.
Sale Creek softball coach Clifford Kirk continues to recover in a local hospital after suffering a heart attack on the field during a game Wednesday night.
Sale Creek softball coach Clifford Kirk collapsed along the third-base line during the seventh inning of Wednesday night's Region 3-A high school championship game against Whitwell.
Just a couple of months after hiring one prep coaching icon to take over its football program, Sequatchie County High School has added another legend to its staff.