Heritage Baseball turns to Ex-Navy SEAL for success
Heritage Baseball turns to Ex-Navy SEAL for success

The Heritage baseball team replaced their cleats with running shoes, and traded in the diamond for a little mud. 

Bradley Central star Rhyne Howard wins Miss Basketball 2018
Bradley Central star Rhyne Howard wins Miss Basketball 2018

Bradley Central girls basketball star Rhyne Howard was named the 2018 Class AAA Miss Basketball of the year Tuesday night. 

Baylor boys advance to State Championship; girls fall to Brentwood Academy
Baylor boys advance to State Championship; girls fall to Brentwood Academy

After a long day of battling two top teams, only one made it to the championship on Saturday.

Central's Cortney Braswell takes HC position at Ridgeland
Central's Cortney Braswell takes HC position at Ridgeland

Former Central head football coach Cortney Braswell has accepted the head coach position at Ridgeland High School.

SBA's Elijah Kirk signs Fishing Scholarship with Bryan College
SBA's Elijah Kirk signs Fishing Scholarship with Bryan College

Silverdale Baptist Academy senior Elijah Kirk became the fourth member of SBA's Fishing Team to sign a college scholarship in six years. Elijah Kirk signed to fish at Bryan College on Wednesday. 

Calhoun holds off Peach Co. 10-6 to claim AAA State Title
Calhoun holds off Peach Co. 10-6 to claim AAA State Title

Calhoun may have been the underdog the last couple weeks of the post-season, but now they have the hardware to prove the Yellow Jackets shouldn't be underestimated. 

Tyner falls in double overtime in 2A State Title game
Tyner falls in double overtime in 2A State Title game

Exactly twenty years after the Tyner Rams won their first state championship over Union City, the Rams would face the Golden Tornadoes once again for the 2A State Title. Except this time, Tyner would fall short. 

Notre Dame prepares for defending state champs Lausanne
Notre Dame prepares for defending state champs Lausanne

For the the first time in its 140 year history, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be competing in the state championship game.  

9 local players named TSSAA Mr. Football Semifinalists
9 local players named TSSAA Mr. Football Semifinalists

The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Nine locals were named semifinalists.

Central Pounders lose playoff game, but win the day with unselfish act of kindness
Central Pounders lose playoff game, but win the day with unselfish act of kindness

Have you ever heard a coach say it's moments not scores that you remember later in life? The Central Purple Pounders had one of those moments last Friday. It's a heartwarming story about how an unselfish act made the night's final score all but irrelevant.

Several local high school stars sign college scholarships
Several local high school stars sign college scholarships

Wednesday marked the start of the early signing period in basically every sport except football. More than a handful of local prep stars took advantage of it and signed college scholarships.

Cleveland races past region rival Ooltewah 42-7
Cleveland races past region rival Ooltewah 42-7

Cleveland raced right past region rival Ooltewah 42-7 Friday night.  

Heritage's Zach Scott stays optimistic despite career-ending diagnosis
Heritage's Zach Scott stays optimistic despite career-ending diagnosis

A doctors visit four weeks ago changed the course of Zach Scott's junior season, as well as his future in football.

East Ridge to host Central in our #FNF3 Game of the Week
East Ridge to host Central in our #FNF3 Game of the Week

Another Friday Night Football Game of the Week vote went down to the wire. In the end Central at East Ridge won the honor by just 41 votes.

Beloved North Georgia football coach Bill Napier passes away
Beloved North Georgia football coach Bill Napier passes away

Bill Napier, a beloved football coach in North Georgia, passed away Tuesday night. 

North Murray AT Murray Co. to be featured as our #FNF3 Game of the Week
North Murray AT Murray Co. to be featured as our #FNF3 Game of the Week

The voting wasn't close this week, North Murray at Murray County ran away with our #FNF3 Game of the Week vote. That means for the first time in recent history our Game of the Week crew is headed to Chatsworth, GA.

Bradley Central senior returns to the field after fatal crash
Bradley Central senior returns to the field after fatal crash

A star on the court and on the field, Taye Cobb was just fourteen years old when a deadly crash threw him into the jaws of life. 

Cleveland vs. Bradley Central win #FNF3 Game of the Week vote
Cleveland vs. Bradley Central win #FNF3 Game of the Week vote

A late surge in the polls lifted the Cleveland vs. Bradley Central rivalry back into the #FNF3 Game of the Week spotlight.

Bradley Central at Ooltewah win #FNF3 Game of the Week Vote
Bradley Central at Ooltewah win #FNF3 Game of the Week Vote

Friday Night Football's Game of the Week crew will be at Ooltewah on Friday as the Owls host the Bears.

Heritage beats Ringgold first time in school history
Heritage beats Ringgold first time in school history

After ten long years, the Generals' wait is finally over. 

Heritage to host Ringgold in our FNF3 Game of the Week
Heritage to host Ringgold in our FNF3 Game of the Week

Week two features another cross town rivalry in our Friday Night Football Game of the Week with Heritage hosting Ringgold. Ringgold has won nine straight meetings dating back to when Heritage's first year open in 2008. The Generals had the Tigers on the ropes last year in our Game of the Week but fell in overtime 40-34. We'll hear from both teams leading up to Friday when Ch. 3 Sports Reporter Jill Jelnick will be live at Heritage High School with pre and post game live coverage. ...

Old foes, McMinn Central and McMinn Co. meet in first #FNF3 Game of the Week of 2017
Old foes, McMinn Central and McMinn Co. meet in first #FNF3 Game of the Week of 2017

Old foes McMinn Central and McMinn County will be featured in 2017's first Friday Night Football Game of the Week. 

Central outlasts Walker Valley in Chattanooga Kickoff Classic, 48-36
Central outlasts Walker Valley in Chattanooga Kickoff Classic, 48-36

The nightcap in Chattanooga's Kickoff Classic at Finley Stadium wasn't short on offense as Central beat Walker Valley 48-36.

FNF Preview: East Hamilton hoping to stay healthy at QB
FNF Preview: East Hamilton hoping to stay healthy at QB

East Hamilton's Achilles heel over the past couple years has been their depth at quarterback. 

Best of Preps jamboree schedule set
Best of Preps jamboree schedule set

For the second year in a row the Times Free Press will be the proud sponsor of the Kickoff Classic Best of Preps jamboree at Finley Stadium.

FNF Preview: East Ridge ready to use running back by committee
FNF Preview: East Ridge ready to use running back by committee

The Pioneers have a handful of backs returning, and the running game could see more of a team effort this season.

#FNF3 Season Preview: Tyrus Ward bringing pride back to Brainerd
#FNF3 Season Preview: Tyrus Ward bringing pride back to Brainerd

Tyrus Ward had all the excuses in the book to not take the Brainerd football head coaching job, but Ward wanted nothing to do with excuses and everything to do with Brainerd football.

FNF Preview: Boyd Buchanan benefiting from experienced senior class
FNF Preview: Boyd Buchanan benefiting from experienced senior class

The high school football season is less than two weeks away, and Boyd Buchanan head coach Carter Cardwell is eager to get started. 

FNF3 Preview: Chargers new motto "grow up in a hurry"
FNF3 Preview: Chargers new motto "grow up in a hurry"

Head Coach Mark Mariakis is getting ready for his second year with Chattanooga Christian School, and once again it looks like growing pains will be the story for the Chargers this year.  

#FNF3 Season Preview: Central Pounders see "growth" from 2016
#FNF3 Season Preview: Central Pounders see "growth" from 2016

Central continues to grow as Cortney Braswell pushes to flip the script on the winless team he inherited last year. Braswell said, "last year we found ways to lose games. When things didn't go our way our level of competition went down. I tell them all the time, they don't shut the scoreboard off until the game is over. We're gonna keep playing until then. I think we'll see it in how we play for the entirety of the game." The Pounders finished 3-8 in 2016. Central lost two...

FNF3 Preview: McCallie with youngest team yet
FNF3 Preview: McCallie with youngest team yet

 After making it to the Div.II-AA state quarterfinal last season, the Blue Tornado graduated a talented senior class. 

FNF3 Season Preview: South Pittsburg not worried about turnover
FNF3 Season Preview: South Pittsburg not worried about turnover

Not many teams would call a 12-2 season that ended in the 1A state semifinal a disappointing season, but not many teams have expectations as high as South Pittsburg.

FNF3 Season Preview: Ringgold fueled by missed playoffs in 2016
FNF3 Season Preview: Ringgold fueled by missed playoffs in 2016

The Ringgold Tigers missed the playoffs for just the second time in 10 years under head coach Robert Akins in 2016. The double overtime loss to Sonoraville in the play-in game still lingers, but in a good way.

FNF3 Preview: McMinn Central looking forward to returning to Chattanooga region
FNF3 Preview: McMinn Central looking forward to returning to Chattanooga region

McMinn Central will now be in the brand new Class AAA-District 3, with Brainerd, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Loudon, and Sweetwater. 

FNF3 Preview: Marion Co. returns another experienced upperclass
FNF3 Preview: Marion Co. returns another experienced upperclass

The Marion County Warriors have been to the 2-A State Championship the last three years in a row, and they're goal this year is to make it a fourth. 

FNF3 Season Preview: NW Whitfield loaded on offense, again
FNF3 Season Preview: NW Whitfield loaded on offense, again

Northwest Whitfield led by its offense won its first ever home playoff game in 2016. The Bruins are loaded again on offense and it all starts with returning quarterback Luke Shiflett and running back Dominique Sistrunk.

FNF3 Season Preview: Red Bank Lions primed to defend region title
FNF3 Season Preview: Red Bank Lions primed to defend region title

Red Bank will lean on a mix of multi-position athlete Calvin Jackson and a veteran defensive line led by Jamel Davis as the Lions look to defend their region championship.

FNF3 Season Preview: Ridgeland Panthers
FNF3 Season Preview: Ridgeland Panthers

The Ridgeland Panthers are coming off a region championship under third year head coach Wesley Tankersley.

Bradley Central beats Soddy Daisy in overtime to win UTC's 7-on-7 tournament
Bradley Central beats Soddy Daisy in overtime to win UTC's 7-on-7 tournament

UTC head football coach Tom Arth invited high schools from around the area to compete in the Moc's 7-on-7 tournament.

Dalton books ESPN2 football game vs Harrison in October
Dalton books ESPN2 football game vs Harrison in October

The Dalton Catamounts will play on ESPN2 vs. region rival Harrison led by the nations top ranked recruit Justin Fields on October 19 at Harrison High School.

Baylor's Seaberg competing in World Games on U.S. National Football Team
Baylor's Seaberg competing in World Games on U.S. National Football Team

Former Baylor School football player Ryan Seaberg may not be in the NFL, but in a few short weeks he'll be competing for something no player has ever accomplished. 

Dalton's Dylan Cole commits to UTC, excited to play for hometown team
Dalton's Dylan Cole commits to UTC, excited to play for hometown team

Dalton High School rising senior Dylan Cole committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Tuesday.

McCallie's Drew Viscomi up for National HS Soccer Player of the Year vote
McCallie's Drew Viscomi up for National HS Soccer Player of the Year vote

McCallie's Drew Viscomi has already signed with Northwestern University, but may be taking another award with him to college. V

Fighting Fitz's win evenly matched Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game
Fighting Fitz's win evenly matched Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game

Meigs County head coach Jason Fitzgerald was the head coach of the "Fighting Fitz's, who got on the board first. 

Meigs Co. caps emotional season with another Softball State Title
Meigs Co. caps emotional season with another Softball State Title

Meigs County battled from the losers bracket to beat Forrest twice on Friday winning a second straight TSSAA Class A State Softball Championship. A visibly emotional Head Coach Jeff Davis after the game said, "It's a great group of kids, we've had a rough year off the field, had several family members that died. This is for him. It's just really emotional. I've got a dear friend fighting cancer, he was big part of our softball program, he had two kids in it. Jeff this is for you...

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