Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press.
Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970.
Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling.
Over a 40-year career, he has covered everything from junior high sports and dog and horse shows to amateur boxing, softball, bowling, golf, the Atlanta Falcons and UT football.
Ward lives on Signal Mountain and attended UTC. He has received honors from the national Amateur Softball Association and the local Golden Gloves association. He was inducted into the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ward and his wife Becky have two children, Jeni Sompayrac and Josh; and three grandchildren, Jack, Sam and Ben. Ward loves amateur athletics because of the lessons youngsters can learn about teamwork, discipline and perseverance.
Contact Ward at 423-757-6288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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McMinn Central continues to surprise in football, and the Chargers pulled out their second biggest win of the season Friday with a 27-26 victory over Grace Christian in Knoxville.
(Coaches, if there are changes to your schedule, please email Ward Gossett at email@example.com.)
High-powered Marion County entered Friday's football game averaging 43 points per game.
Ben Brown is a senior who returned to football after a two-year absence, and he's made an impact at Red Bank.
A friend showed up at Phil Dees' new, temporary residence earlier this week with fishing rods and tackle in hand.
Malik Talley broke a Scottsboro record that had stood since 1979 and joined his father on Scottsboro's single-game receiving list a couple of weeks ago when he grabbed seven passes for 149 yards against Sparkman.
Storyline: Nick Tiano, the Baylor QB who has committed to Mississippi State, rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in last week's thrilling win over Montgomery Bell Academy, and he may get an early trip to the sideline as he is battling some nagging minor injuries. Brainerd looked better last week in a tight loss to Red Bank and hopes to build on that improved effort.
Jeff Bedard and Niko Brown will be lending their expertise to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.
Blake Foster’s city single-game rushing record had stood for more than a decade, but the Ooltewah runner’s 2002 total of 359 yards was tumbled Friday night.
There is no perfect answer to what's happening in the Tennessee high school football playoffs. Somebody somewhere is going to feel like his team is getting the shaft.