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Ward Gossett

Stories by Ward

Tyler Biddle came up with a surprise Thursday.

If not for baseball, Brody Binder might have been a college football quarterback.

It was cold for a spring afternoon -- 42 degrees and a stiff wind forcing fans into heavy coats and under blankets and quilts -- so the scene wasn't necessarily conducive to baseball or a pitchers' duel.

Eric Hart is proving himself right while proving others wrong.

Kenny Struthers singled and doubled in his first two at-bats, but it was the Arts & Sciences hitter's third and fourth plate appearances Thursday that made the difference in the Patriots' 5-4 victory over Notre Dame.

Brett Hardy pitched a no-hitter for four innings, but all he could do in the seventh was wipe the sweat from his brow as Red Bank made a stiff comeback push in the District 6-AA baseball game.

Central High School principal Finley King may have found a jewel to extricate the Purple Pounders from a sticky situation.

The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.

For one of the few times in his teaching and coaching career, Tyner football coach Wayne Turner was caught unawares earlier this week.

Central High School again is looking for a football coach.

Alex Prewitt flirted with a no-hitter for three innings and gave up just three hits over the next three Thursday, and his Hixson High School baseball team improved to 13-7 with a 5-3 victory over stubborn Meigs County.

The Central High football coaching job is once again up for grabs.

The best thing for Signal Mountain on Wednesday afternoon was locking down its third straight District 7-AA baseball win.

Other than a third-inning pitching lapse, Boyd-Buchanan had the best of all the baseball facets in a 9-2 victory Tuesday at Silverdale Baptist Academy.

Kyler Burke is currently at home, and no offense to his wife, parents or brother, but there are places he'd rather be.

It had been a long and uncomfortable dry spell for Boyd-Buchanan's baseball team, which entered the season with high hopes of extended postseason play.

Chattanooga's Mike Craft has been named co-referee of the year by USA Wrestling.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Joe Shamblin was up most of Monday night, battling through a gut-wrenching virus.

Heath Eslinger felt frustration and disappointment after the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fell way short of All-America honors for any of its competitors at the NCAA wrestling tournament this past weekend.

Tyler Payne passed up four solid NCAA Division I baseball offers. The McCallie junior decided instead to continue his career at Lee University.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's thoughts of a national wrestling championship have been placed on hold for yet another year.

Drew Vaughn, McCallie's pitcher Thursday, is drawing interest from Penn State and Georgia Tech, among other college baseball programs.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is positioned to take its biggest step in collegiate wrestling since Heath Eslinger arrived.

Wright State women's basketball fans are celebrating, thanks in large part to former Chattanoogan Mike Bradbury.

Notre Dame was on the wrong end of a Monday shellacking, and the Irish baseball players were eager to redeem and prove themselves Tuesday.

John Dixon and Frank Lowery are AARP guys, eligible for membership in the national senior citizens group for more than a decade.

Even though it was the home opener and the first game of the annual Scenic City Classic, Thursday was just another day for most of the McCallie baseball family.

Making his first varsity pitching start, Brett Standifer got and gave more than he expected Tuesday.

Corey Mock was on the bus, ready for the overnight, eight-hour ride home.

Despite entering the Southern Conference tournament today with five top-seeded wrestlers, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Heath Eslinger reminded his regular-season champions that there are no sure things.

Beginning in late February for the past four seasons, East Hamilton baseball coach Steve Garland has loaded gear in his truck and driven away from school for practice.

There could be tight high school baseball races throughout the Chattanooga area if coaches know their stuff.

Five University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestlers including a pair of freshmen have been selected to the all-Southern Conference team.

National wrestling rankings have come and gone at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

For the fourth time this season, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team won nine of 10 matches in a dual meet.

It's tough to emphasize something that isn't the most important item on the agenda, but that's what Heath Eslinger has undertaken the past few days.

Eight of the top 12 teams at last week's traditional TSSAA state tournament are from southeastern Tennesee, and based on returning medalists that fact doesn't figure to change.

Ending a streak of eight wins in a row, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team climbed on the bus from Columbus, Ohio, with a two-match losing streak.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- TSSAA executive assistant Mark Reeves said early in the weekend that he felt excitement at the state wrestling tournament that he hadn't felt since the event moved to the Williamson County Agricultural Expo several years ago.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Garrick Hall was sick before the Tennessee state wrestling championships.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Shower facilities at the state wrestling tournament may have moved from impossible dream.

Top 11 team scores: 1. Cleveland 215, 2. Wilson Central 166.5, 3. Bradley Central 141, 4. Ravenwood 132, 5. Soddy-Daisy 120.5, 6. Franklin 108.5, 7. Heritage 102, 8. Clarksville 98.5, 9. Cookeville 96.5, 10. Blackman 84.5, 11. Walker Valley 84.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The Class AAA state wrestling championship was Cleveland's for the taking, while Baylor was chasing McCallie well behind Father Ryan in Division II and Hixson collapsed after leading A/AA heading into the semifinals.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cleveland held an 18-point lead over co-favorite Wilson Central in the Class AAA division of the Tennessee state wrestling tournament.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cleveland was making a strong run Thursday for the Tennessee Class AAA wrestling championship, but Wilson Central was even stronger.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The new-look parts of the Tennessee high school state wrestling championships will be unveiled today when the Division II and Class A/AA tournaments get under way at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo.

There's no question that Chattanooga area wrestlers will be able to compete in Tennessee's Class AAA state tournament that begins tonight at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo in Franklin.

Most of the area’s Class AAA wrestling teams left Tuesday for the state tournament in Franklin, opting to go a day earlier than planned to avoid any travel issues.

Tyler Reid's athletic career was put on hold.

Even with a pair of leaders sitting out and reserves stepping in, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga upped its record to 15-5 rather handily.

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