HERMITAGE, Tenn. – The TSSAA board of control approved the proposed district alignments for the next four years, much to the dismay of football coaches in District 5-A and 5-AA, which each have so few teams that filling out a schedule against opponents from similar-sized schools is difficult.
The other major decision made on Thursday that affects the Chattanooga area: The girls’ state soccer tournament will be moved to Murfreesboro starting next season, the first time since 1996 that event hasn’t been played in the Scenic City. Chattanooga, which helped make the Spring Fling a success, has lost that event, along with volleyball and wrestling state tournaments as they have slowly been moved to the middle of the state in recent years.
Murfreesboro has been the beneficiary of those moves. The city plays host to the Spring Fling, boys’ and girls’ state basketball tournaments and the volleyball state tournament. Cookeville hosts football, wrestling is in Franklin, Nashville is home to cross country and bowling is contested in Smyrna.