Chick-fil-A Sports Report: The Rome Braves open the home stand with a thud; rematch tonight. Harbin Clinic named presenting sponsor of Corky Kell Classic games at Barron Stadium next week.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: The Rome Braves open the home stand with a thud; rematch tonight. Harbin Clinic named presenting sponsor of Corky Kell Classic games at Barron Stadium next week.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Braves Greyson Jenista takes aim at the plate Tuesday night before Delmarva unloaded a bit later in the game. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click photo gallery.


Rome Braves hammered 11-3 in home opener vs. Delmarva. Media release: The Rome Braves fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds 11-3 Tuesday night at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 2,017. Rome grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second on Jefrey Ramos’ (12) solo home run and Marcos Almonte’s RBI single. In the fourth Delmarva made it a 7-2 game when seven Shorebirds crossed the plate. Jean Carlos Encarnacion and Ryan Ripkin each had RBI singles, Cadyn Grenier doubled home a run, two throwing errors allowed
three runs to score, and Mason McCoy added a sacrifice fly RBI. Only three of the seven runs were earned. Delmarva added two runs in the seventh on a Seamus Curran
(13) two-run home run as well as a run in the eighth. Rome scored in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a throwing error but the Shorebirds added another run in the ninth
for the 11-3 final. Jhon Pefullo (4-6) earns the win and Rome starter Freddy Tarnok (4-3) gets the loss. Tarnok went 3.2 innings allowing three earned runs on four hits.

Next:  At home today, Thursday vs. Delmarva, 7 p.m. starts. Friday-Aug. 13, West Virginia.

South Atlantic League playoff tickets on sale: The Rome Braves announce that 2018 South Atlantic League playoff tickets are on sale.  Rome would host game two of the best-of-three league championship series on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. Rome also would host game three if a third game is needed. In the best of five finals round, Rome would host games one and two, Sept. 10 and 11. Ticket prices range from $5 to $11 in advance or $6 to $13 the day of the games.   Rome clinched a playoff berth by winning the Southern Division in first half of the season. For more: 706-378-5100.

Roster moves:

Mills Fitzner’s photos from this season and nine earlier ones. Click photo gallery.

Amy Crawford performs the National Anthem before Tuesday’s game. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more, please click photo gallery.


From Floyd County Schools: In the spirit of unity and competition, all four Floyd County high schools came together to establish the Glenn White Award. The award is to be given annually to the county high school that’s accumulated the most GADA Director’s Cup points over a school year. It was decided that the award should be named in honor of Dr. Glenn White, the school system’s director of student services, because of all he’s done for the students of Floyd County, as well as throughout the state as the Georgia High School Association president since 2014. Congratulations to all Armuchee High School student athletes and coaches on winning the inaugural award. That’s Principal John Rhodarmer in the center with White to the right, and Football Coach Todd Wheeler.


Harbin Clinic named presenting sponsor of the Corky Kell Classic football games (Calhoun v. Ridgeland, Rome v. Marietta) on Aug. 16 at Barron Stadium. Harbin

John McClellan: Closer look at region play for area high schools — plus the first games of the new season for each one.  McClellan

Preseason Scrimmages:  All teams may play one scrimmage against another opponent. In addition, teams who did not conduct spring practice may play a second scrimmage. Here is the preseason scrimmage schedule for 2018 (from John McClellan).


  • Whitefield Academy at Darlington
  • Northwest Whitfield at Calhoun
  • Trion at LaFayette
  • Adairsville at Woodland, 730 p.m.


  • Southeast Whitfield at Armuchee
  • Coosa at Bowdon
  • Mt. Zion at Model
  • Pepperell at Cass
  • New Manchester at Rome
  • Cedartown at Chattooga
  • Temple at Rockmart
  • Sonoraville at Gordon Central

Aug. 18

  • Unity Christian School v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy

Rome, Calhoun preparing for separate games in Corky Kell Classic at Barron Stadium on Aug. 16: For football fans in Northwest Georgia who can’t wait

for the start of the 2018 season, The Corky Kell Classic is delivering an early start — five weeks from tonight. On Thursday, Aug. 16, Rome’s Barron Stadium will host a double-header featuring four playoff teams, two of which are defending State Champions, when 3A Calhoun faces 4A Ridgeland at 5:30 p.m. and 5A Rome takes on 7A Marietta at 8:30 p.mAdvance tickets will be sold at the Barron Stadium ticket booth on Aug. 2-3, Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 13-16. Ticket booths will open at noon and close at 3 p.m. and are $12. Purchasing tickets the day of will cost $17. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Cartersville High: Canes’ reserved seat football tickets now on sale in the attendance office at CHS. Tickets on sale, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Seven home games this year and tickets are $125 each. Cash, check or credit card.

An updated, team-by-team look at the 2018 high school football season. For a look at all the schedules — for teams in Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Bartow and Chattooga counties — please click High School 2018.


Shorter Football: The Hawks open the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Samford in Birmingham. Schedule

Berry Football: The Vikings open at home on Saturday, Sept. 1, vs. Maryville, 6 p.m. Schedule


Atlanta Falcons preseason schedule. The first game is this Friday vs. the New York Jets on the road. Schedule



USTA girls championship at the Rome Tennis Center: Play runs daily through Saturday, Aug. 11. Free admission.

Aug. 18: Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K & 2 mile Health Walk. Registration is now open.  To register, please click Registration Page.   This year’s race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. The start and finish are at  Heritage Park at the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers. For more

Heroes are getting ready to run, walk, fly and maybe even crawl into Rome for the 2018 edition of the Harbin Hero Hustle 5K and two-mile health walk on Sept.  29. But before the race can soar into action, the Harbin Heroes need your help in selecting five local charities to participate in the Harbin Hero Challenge. These charities are superheroes for the community and will receive a portion of $4,250 in donations from Harbin Clinic. The nomination period ends at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 27. To nominate a charity, individuals need to post the charity name and include the hash tag, #HarbinHeroChallenge to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  A quick note: Shares and likes don’t count, as nominations and creating an image with the hashtag and charity name won’t work either. The hashtag “#HarbinHeroChallenge” must be in the text of the post or comment, or the vote doesn’t count. For expanded details, please click Harbin Hero Hustle.

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