The Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic is just one of several all-star border battles that will take place in Chattanooga over the next two weeks.
The Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic Series will get going this Friday, June 6, at Finley Stadium with the Soccer Classics. The girls’ match will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ match at approximately 3:30.
Tennessee leads the girls’ series, 7-1, and has won the last four matches, including last year’s 5-2 victory. Summer Lanter (Soddy-Daisy) took Tennessee Player of the Game honors by scoring a hat trick to tie the game’s all-time single game scoring record.
Suzanne Arafa (Allatoona) took home the Georgia Player of the Game award.
On the boys’ side, Tennessee holds an 8-1 advantage, including the last four in a row.
The Volunteer State got a record 15 saves from keeper Tim Barnes (Notre Dame) in a 3-0 win. Barnes was named Tennessee Player of the Game, while David Perez (Northwest Whitfield) was the Georgia Player of the Game.
Cleveland head coach John Brose will be serving as the head coach for Tennessee on Friday, and will have two very familiar faces in his lineup.
Anfernee Avila, who was the Raiders’ leading goal scorer this season, and Moss Jones were chosen to play for the state.
After the 11th Annual Football Classic (Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Boyd-Buchanan), basketball will take center stage at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday, June 10, beginning with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.
The Tennessee girls have won the last four games in the series and hold a 7-4 lead in the all-time series.
They claimed a 66-57 victory last year behind Tennessee Player of the Game Mariah Massengill (Silverdale). Megan Collins (Southeast Whitfield) tied a record with 24 points to earn Georgia Player of the Game honors.
Tennessee’s boys also hold a 7-4 edge in what has been a very competitive series. Six games in the series have been decided by five points or less, including last year’s thrilling 76-74 contest, won by Georgia in overtime.
Alex Bautista (Dalton) was the Georgia Player of the Game, while Stedmon Ford (Notre Dame) was named Tennessee Player of the Game.
The series will conclude on June 18 with the All-Star Baseball and All-Star Softball Classics. McCallie will host the nine-inning baseball game, while Frost Stadium will be the site of the softball game, which will be a doubleheader. Both events begin at 6 p.m.
Tennessee leads the baseball series, 11-1, although five games have been decided by two runs or less. Tennessee has won the past four games, including last year’s 5-4 victory at Ridgeland.
Dakota Hudson (Sequatchie County) was the game’s MVP. Spencer Mossburg (Silverdale) and Dalton Geekie (McEachern) respectively took home Tennessee and Georgia Player of the Game awards. The oldest of the all-star games, the Softball Classic, will see Tennessee looking to build on a 25-7 edge in the all-time series. The doubleheader has been played each year since 1998.
Sidney Hooper (Walker Valley) was named as last year’s MVP as the Volunteer State girls swept their Peach State counterparts, 4-2 and 1-0. Lydia Ritchie (Bledsoe County) and Savannah Goldsmith (Heritage) took home Tennessee and Georgia Player of the Game honors, respectively