Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win 5-0 over Delmarva. High school scrimmage updates. Berry to host first Vikings Media Days on Facebook. Registration underway for Arsenal Recreation Soccer.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Rome Braves win 5-0 over Delmarva. High school scrimmage updates. Berry to host first Vikings Media Days on Facebook. Registration underway for Arsenal Recreation Soccer.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
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Braves Pitcher Keith Weisenburg during Thursday’s shutout of Delmarva. (photo from Mills Fitzner)

Rome Braves get another win with 5-0 victory over Delmarva. Media release: The Rome Braves defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-0 Thursday night at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 1,734.

Rome took a 3-0 lead in the third when AJ Graffanino added an RBI single and later two runs crossed the plate on a throwing error. Graffanino picked up his
second RBI of the game in the fifth on a single to score Justin Dean for the 4-0 score. The Braves added an insurance run in the eighth on Brendan Venter’s RBI
double and the Rome bullpen held the Shorebirds scoreless in the ninth to get the 5-0 win.

Keith Weisenberg (1-2) got his first win of the season while DL Hall (2-7) is hit with the loss for Delmarva. Weisenbrerg enjoyed a good outing going 5.1 shutout
innings allowing four hits and fanning seven

Next:  At home tonight-Monday vs. West Virginia. First pitch at 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.

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: none

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

Clayton Duke sings the National Anthem at Thursday’s Game. (photo from MIlls Fitzner)


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).

Thursday’s games

  • Calhoun over Northwest Whitfield, 48-7.
  • Woodland over Adairsville, 37-10.


  • 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

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.


Thursday was Day 1 of workouts for Berry Football team for the 2018 season.

The Berry College Athletics Department plans to live stream the department’s first Vikings Media Days on Facebook Live. The interviews will be conducted between August 14-21 and will feature coaches and student-athletes from the sports of soccer, football, volleyball and cross country. Winter and spring sports will be conducted prior to the start of their seasons. Berry’s Director of Sports Information & Promotions, Blake Childers, will be conducting and streaming the interviews on the Berry Athletics Facebook page. To tune in, fans will simply go to the Berry Athletics Facebook page at the time the interview is set to go live. Viewers will then be able to comment directly on the video with questions, which will be relayed to the coaches and players throughout the segment. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #BCMD18.

The full schedule can be found below: (Schedule subject to change.) 

  • Tuesday, August 14th – 1:30 PM | Women’s Soccer (Coach Lorenzo Canalis & Megan Radosta)
  • Wednesday, August 15th – 4:00 PM | Men’s Soccer (Coach Richard Vardy & Carson Oakes)
  • Thursday, August 16th – 11:30 AM | Football (Coach Tony Kunczewski & Kevin Grier)
  • Friday, August 17th – 2:00 PM | Volleyball (Coach Caitlyn Moriarty & Hannah Billiard)
  • Tuesday, August 21st – 2:00 PM | Cross Country (Coach Paul Deaton, Will Knowlton & Alexa Bilsky) 

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



Registration underway for Arsenal Fall Recreational Soccer League for ages 4 to 15 for boys and girls. Early registration runs through Aug.20. Focus of this league is participation and fun. Fundamental skills of the game are developed and refined through games and activities. Sportsmanship, respect and responsibility are all key components of this league. All our recreational coaches are licensed through Georgia Soccer. Every game starts with a prayer and ends with a handshake. Practices are held once a week for one hour. Practices begin Aug. 27. Games are played on Fridays or Saturdays. Games begin September 7/8 and end November 2/3 (9 Week, 8 Game Season). Every child receives an award at the end of the season and there is a season-ending pizza party for players and their team. Age groups are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U with separate boys and girls divisions in each age group. Ear registration cost is $79 YMCA members, $119 for non-members. A $10 regular registration increase applies after Aug. 20. Cost includes jersey, end of season award and end of season party as well as Georgia Soccer Association registration.  
Registration is also underway for Lil’ Gunners Fall Preschool Soccer. Classes focus on introducing soccer through fun games and activities. We help develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good teammates – on and off the soccer field. Classes meet at Grizzard Park on Thursday Afternoons 4:30-5:05. There are a maximum of 15 participants per class so register as soon as you can. Cost: $30 for YMCA Members, $45 for non-members. Cost includes team shirt and medal. Dates: Session 1 – September 6, 13, 20 and 27. Session 2 – October 12, 19, 26 and November 2.

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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