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Lindsey Young

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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.

FOLKSTON, Ga. — The idea of a split of Saturday's doubleheader in the GHSA Class A public school baseball state championship series was certainly a possibility to Mike Dunfee. How it transpired, though, was far from what the Gordon Lee coach expected.

On the surface all is quiet on the possibility of a complete public/private school split in Georgia. Behind the scenes is a different story and one that could play out over the next two-year classification cycle.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Jake Rogers has tried for the past 12 months to forget about the way the 2013 baseball season ended.

DALTON, Ga. — Many things make defending the Dalton High School boys' soccer team difficult, but as Spalding High found out during their GHSA Class AAAA semifinal match Tuesday, the Catamounts' overall depth might just be the hardest to deal with.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Sometimes it just works out. Shane Pendley had an itch to scratch, and Ringgold High School had the perfect solution.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Gordon Lee will get another shot at a baseball state championship, and whichever team the Trojans face will have a lot to think about after seeing the scouting report from Monday's sweep of Treutlen County.

CALHOUN, Ga. — Say this for Lance Oubs: He sure knows how to squeeze the drama out of a do-or-die baseball game.

CALHOUN, Ga. ­­— Calhoun may not have turned the tables completely on its baseball nemesis, but the Yellow Jackets did the next best thing on a late Wednesday night.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Facing elimination in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA baseball playoffs, Ringgold leaned heavily on its stars Saturday, and they didn't disappoint. Seniors Logan Baldwin and Slade Dale combined for six hits and five RBIs and junior Zach Morris did the heavy lifting on the mound as the Tigers escaped with a 7-6 win over West Hall.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- If there's one thing Mike Dunfee demands from his baseball players it's trust, both in him and in each other. That intangible came into play during Gordon Lee's 3-2, 5-0 sweep of Commerce in the first round of the GHSA Class A public school baseball playoffs Friday.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — One year of competing in the baseball postseason under Georgia's Class A power-rating system was enough to teach Mike Dunfee a valuable lesson.

CALHOUN, Ga. — For the great majority of his 27 years of coaching high school football, Jim Kremer has known nothing but success.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — Diego Peralta and Edwin Hernandez are, in many ways, typical American teenagers with a love for the sport they grew up on.

Roger Gentry has resigned as head football coach at Sonoraville High School after three seasons, including the program's first appearance in the Georgia playoffs this past season.

Several playoff positions are still up for grabs in northwest Georgia as the regular season ends this week.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It may have been senior night at Heritage High School on Friday, but a freshman led the way in perhaps the baseball team's most important win of the season.

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