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RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Shane Pendley knew something was up right away.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- Sammie Henson has coached wrestling in nearly every corner of the country except the Southeast. That, however, hasn't prevented the first-year West Virginia University head coach from making a pair of northwest Georgia stars a part of his initial recruiting class.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Hal Lamb doesn't get to turn on his fiery side often, but the Calhoun High School football coach was more than a little hot as his team trailed 10-7 at Ringgold Friday night.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- In case anyone needed a reminder of the strength of the Gordon Lee High School softball team, Thursday's 18-3 dismantling of Region 7-AA foe Dade County should suffice.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Sydney Smith admits competition has brought the best in her.

TRENTON, Ga. — If Friday night's final nonregion tuneup was a test for the Northwest Whitfield Bruins, the grade likely would be incomplete.

TRION, Ga. — Three games into the 2014 high school football season, much of the heavy lifting already has been accomplished for the Trion Bulldogs.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — With the high school softball postseason in Georgia less than two weeks away, coaches are hoping for signs their teams are about to peak.

As a defensive player in the modern game of pass-heavy offenses, Zach Weathers was understandably giddy heading into Friday night's game against Dade County and its wing-T attack.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

The Chattanooga Lookouts' strong run to a spot in the Southern League championship series is a case of a baseball team peaking at the right time. Title opponent Jacksonville, however, has reached a different peak.

Sean Gray is the worrying sort, not an altogether odd personality trait for a football coach.

Heritage overcame some offensive growing pains to give E.K. Slaughter his first win as the Generals' coach Friday night, doing so with strong special teams and a defense that forced four turnovers.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — The ending was a bit hairier than Richie Wood might have wanted, but the end result was the statement the second-year Ridgeland High School softball coach was expecting.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — When asked to describe what makes Emily Armour tick, Gordon Lee High School softball coach Dana Mull has a quick answer.

DALTON, Ga. — The final stats won't go down as a game to remember for Kaelen Riley, but the Calhoun High School junior first-time starting quarterback was all smiles Friday night as he exited venerable Harmon Field.

DALTON, Ga. — If the eight-year-old Dalton-Calhoun football rivalry has taught us anything, it's to never anticipate a certain style of game.

Not much has gone as planned athletically for Caleb Mariakis, but the tribulations were put to rest this past weekend when the Ridgeland High School senior wrestler committed to West Virginia University.

How often do you hear a coach say his football team is like a family?

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — The blueprint is one Ringgold High School football fans should get accustomed to.

TRION, Ga. — Late in Trion's 21-15 season-opening football win over old rival Gordon Lee, one of the Trion administrators was overheard saying he wished he could find the shotgun the visiting Trojans had been shooting themselves in the foot with all Friday night.

A down has yet to be played in Georgia Region 7-AAAA football this season, yet each of the league's eight teams already feels like a winner.

Georgia's Region 6-AAA will not be for the faint of heart — or for football fans who enjoy defensive-minded games — in 2014.

Ringgold defensive lineman Zach Morris is the No. 4-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors. Morris, who committed to Duke University last year, sat down with the Times Free Press recently before the start of his final prep season.

Dalton linebacker Nate Mays is the No. 5-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors.

Ringgold offensive lineman Hunter Sosebee is the No. 7-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors.

Dalton tight end and defensive end Chase Westfall is the No. 8-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — One game hardly defines a season, but for a Heritage High School softball team with mega expectations, Monday night's opening-game 4-1 win over Catoosa County rival Ringgold was — the Generals hope — a glimpse of things to come.

Ridgeland linebacker Ian Hayes is the No. 11-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors.

Ian Hayes

Reclassification in Georgia affects all high school sports, but the latest round arguably will have more of an impact on softball than any other.

North Murray continued its strong showing on the 7-on-7 summer football circuit by winning a tournament Saturday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — It was just a few days ago but the events couldn't have been any more different for the athletes wearing the distinct colors of the Northwest Whitfield Bruins.

DALTON, Ga. — The Southeastern 7-on-7 Championships in Dalton offers a little bit of something for each of the 32 high school football teams involved, and the one common benefit of the passing-league competition was very evident Saturday at each of the event's four sites.

The second half of the Southern League's schedule hasn't been kind to the Huntsville Stars after a dominating opening half, but whatever was ailing the Milwaukee Brewers' Class AA farm team the last three weeks wasn't evident Friday night.

A near-capacity crowd celebrated the Fourth of July a day early at AT&T Field on Thursday, but it was the Birmingham Barons who provided most of the in-game fireworks.

Birmingham proved to be a buzzkill on 80s night at AT&T Field Tuesday. The Barons scored early and often to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts, 10-5, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-game series.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Make no mistake, Matthew Crownover has every intention of giving professional baseball his undivided attention — just not yet.

Birmingham proved to be a buzzkill on 80s night at AT&T Field Tuesday. The Barons scored early and often to defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts, 10-5, taking a 2-1 lead in the five-game series.

Summer vacation is hardly a time of rest for high school athletes. Between hectic summer league competition and workouts at school, there is precious little down time.

On the surface it appears Ed Clendenen has stepped back, and while it's true the veteran high school coach will spend the 2014-15 school year in a seemingly lesser role in an unfamiliar surrounding, there is nothing that suggests he's slowing down.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Olivia Tamewitz had a choice: Wait and see if her dream of playing softball in the Southeastern Conference would still work out or be proactive and choose a different path.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — High school football coaches usually don't put too much stock in 7-on-7 competition results. However, it's easy to understand why David Gann believes last weekend could turn out to be a turning point for his North Murray team.

Coaches and athletes in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia often lament the fact that there is very little in-season competition between area high school programs in the two states. The TSSAA and the GHSA are on different reclassification cycles, so scheduling interstate contests proves difficult.

In the athletic realm there is little the three major award winners from Thursday night's Best of Preps Banquet have in common except, obviously, success.

TRENTON, Ga. — The long-awaited home track meet at Dade County High School will have to wait until next spring. Maybe.

TRENTON, Ga. — It was going to take a perfect situation to get Cole Hicks to leave his assistant basketball coaching job at Dade County High School. He found one this week.

The Chattanooga Lookouts used a huge fifth inning to win 6-3 Saturday night at AT&T Field and even their series with Mississippi.

FOLKSTON, Ga. — As "We Are the Champions" blared from the sound system at the Charlton County High School baseball field and the home team was being mobbed on the pitcher's mound, the Gordon Lee Trojans huddled in near disbelief in right field.

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