They weren't allowed to say it all season long, but on Friday night, they could scream it from the top of their lungs.
Catoosa County Sports
An excellent 8-3 season came to an end for the Heritage Generals on Friday night as St. Pius X rolled into Boynton and pulled away in the second half for a 42-14 victory in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
John Hill connected on the game-winner with four seconds left to play to rally the Chattanooga Valley Eagles to a 58-57 road victory at rival Rossville on Thursday.
The Chattanooga Valley and Rossville Middle School wrestling teams lost to Dade County Tuesday night in Flintstone, but the host Eagles would salvage the night with a win over the Bulldogs in the final match.
Just one week after finding out the new classifications for all of the schools in the GHSA, the state's high school governing body rolled out their new region alignments on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers trailed by one point after the first quarter on Tuesday night, but outscored rival Lakeview 11-2 in the second quarter and added to their lead in the third as they improved to 2-0 with a 34-21 road victory in a non-league game.
A huge crowd filled the gymnasium at Saddle Ridge Middle School on Friday afternoon has the Mat Mustangs took on visiting Heritage in a much-anticipated early-season dual match.
A thrilling finish in Chickamauga saw the Chattanooga Valley Eagles move to 1-0 with a 34-33 victory over Gordon Lee in the season-opener for both teams on Thursday.
Macie Collins hit 1-of-2 free throws with 6.7 seconds left to play in overtime and the Heritage Lady Generals opened up the 2019-2020 basketball season with a thrilling 41-40 home victory over Baylor on Tuesday night.
A combined middle school team of Heritage and Ringgold swimmers represented Catoosa County in a meet against McCallie and GPS at GPS on Oct. 30.
Kale Davis crossed the finish line in 19:15 as the Ringgold Tigers placed 21st overall in the Class 3A boys' state cross country championships in Carrollton on Saturday.
The Ridgeland Panthers took another step toward a home playoff game with a hard-fought 31-21 win over an improved Gilmer team in Ellijay on Friday.
The North Murray Mountaineers scored 17 points in the final 3:04 of the first half and tacked on one more touchdown in each of the final two quarters to pick up a 31-0 victory at LFO on Friday night.
Heritage junior Allison Craft was the top finisher from Region 6 in the girls' Class 4A state cross country championship race on Friday at Carrollton High School.
Ask anyone that follows the sport of softball and that has lived in this part of the state for the last 40 or 50 years and they will all tell the same story of how northwest Georgia used to dominate slowpitch softball on the high school scene.
The Heritage Generals' 2018 season ended memorably with the program's first-ever fastpitch state softball title in Columbus as the Navy-and-Red won the game in walk-off fashion.
Gordon Lee played in the state volleyball Final Four for the first time just 12 months ago, while it has been nearly 20 years since LaFayette advanced to the state semifinals.
Three teams, all located within just a few miles of each other in the top corner of northwestern Georgia, all had designs on bringing home state fastpitch softball championships back from Columbus on Saturday.
The Ringgold Tigers found themselves in an 8-8 battle at halftime against Haralson County on Friday night, but the Rebels' ground game would be too much in the second half as the visitors from Tallapoosa pulled away for a 28-8 victory on rain-soaked Don Patterson Field.
The LFO Warriors picked up a big road victory at Sonoraville on Friday night as they hung on for a 27-26 win. The victory denied the Phoenix a playoff berth, while also keeping their own state playoff hopes alive.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers rebounded nicely from Thursday night's upset loss by hammering Lumpkin County, 10-1, in an elimination game in the Class 3A state tournament in Columbus on Friday.
The Heritage Generals got six very strong innings from ace pitcher Rachel Gibson as they opened defense of their Class 4A state title with an 8-0 victory over LaGrange Thursday in Columbus.
Region 6-AAAA released its All-Region teams on Tuesday and region champion Heritage and region runner-up LaFayette were both very well-represented.
Another outstanding season for the Ringgold Lady Tigers volleyball team came to an end on Tuesday night with a straight-sets loss to powerhouse Pace Academy in the second round of the GHSA Class 3A state tournament.
Heritage Junior Allison Craft, last year's Region 6-AAAA individual cross country champion, was attempting to defend her title on Tuesday, but had to settle for third place at the region championship meet in Jasper.
The Georgia High School Association live streamed its universal coin flip to determine possible home-court advantage for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the state volleyball tournaments on Monday. Teams in the upper half of the brackets won the coin flip.
After bowing out of the state playoffs early last season as a No. 1 seed, the Ringgold Lady Tigers were bound and determined not to let it happen again.
The LFO Lady Warriors saw their season come to a close with a loss to No. 1-seeded Jefferson in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Saturday.
The LFO Warriors scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to rally from a 10-7 halftime deficit and post an important 29-10 road victory at Coahulla Creek on Friday. night.
Quarterback Nick Hanson threw three touchdown passes, two to Logan Lowe, and the Heritage Generals picked up an important 35-22 region victory at Gilmer on Friday night.
If there were any teams headed to the Class 4A state tournament in Columbus this year hoping that a senior-less Heritage Generals team wouldn't have what it took to defend their state championship, Tuesday night served as something of a rude awakening.
For the past six years that Chris Logan has been the head coach of the LaFayette Lady Ramblers, his team has gotten a little closer to a region title each and every year.
There were two big prizes on the table for the top-seeded Ringgold Lady Tigers as they began play in the Region 6-AAA volleyball tournament at Murray County High School on Saturday.
The visiting Murray County Indians blocked an extra point in overtime and escaped Don Patterson Field with a 17-16 Region 6-AAA victory over Ringgold on Friday.
A missed extra point in the final minute of the game proved to be the margin of victory for the Heritage Generals on Friday night as they scored an important 21-20 victory over visiting Pickens on Homecoming at Jeff Sims Field.
With less than two weeks to go before the region championships, cross country teams in Catoosa and Walker County battled teams from all over northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee at the Fast Break Challenge, hosted by Heritage High School, on Thursday.