Updated Chick-fil-A Sports: Coosa Lady Eagles volleyball team heading back to state finals. Georgia no. 6 in first College Football Playoffs poll. Weekly soccer updates.  Rome High climbs to 14th in USA Today poll. Berry 9th, 11th in twin football polls. Georgia Highlands Chargers no. 22 in preseason men’s basketball.

Updated Chick-fil-A Sports: Coosa Lady Eagles volleyball team heading back to state finals. Georgia no. 6 in first College Football Playoffs poll. Weekly soccer updates. Rome High climbs to 14th in USA Today poll. Berry 9th, 11th in twin football polls. Georgia Highlands Chargers no. 22 in preseason men’s basketball.

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Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

From Tuesday evening’s game vs. Gordon Lee. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jeff Wilson, superintendent.

High school state volleyball playoffs.  Click each ‘class’ for the playoff bracket.

Class AA: Coosa beats Gordon Lee Tuesday night; advances to the state AA finals on Saturday. They’ll play Elite Scholars Academy. 1:30 p.m. at McEachern High School.

Class AAAA : Cartersville will host St. Pius X on Tuesday in semifinals. 6 p.m.


Georgia no. 6 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. The first top four: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and LSU. Michigan is no. 5. Click Playoffs


LOCAL SOCCER UPDATES

The YMCA Arsenal Rome Select soccer teams stormed through the weekend with a 7-4-1 record to reach a .500 average with 41 wins, 41 losses, and 12 ties for the season.
  • The G’04 C-Red went 1-1 over the weekend. On Saturday, the squad travelled to Tifton and lost to 7th place UFA South Georgia Premiere 2-1. Malone Christen put Arsenal on the board in the 1st half when she lofted a nice pass from Joey Kunczewski over the keepers head and into the net. South Georgia netted two 2nd half goals to take the lead. Arsenal had several good chances to tie but couldn’t find the equalizer. Sophie Gaither recorded five saves in goal. On Sunday, the team traveled to Mableton and topped 11th place Smyrna Soccer Club 8-0. Arsenal saw a slew of scorers with Christen, Kunczewski and Alexis Medrano all netting two goals. Olivia Beach and Ashley Marin each scored one. Gaither and Christen teamed up in goal to record the shutout. Arsenal now sits in a tie for 2nd place with a 6-2 record. They finish the regular season Nov. 10/11 with home games against Ambush White and UFA Black. Kunczewski and Christen currently sit in a tie for first place in the league in scoring with 8 goals.
  • The G’02 A beat Cherokee Impact Elite 3-1.
  • The G’04 C-Blue lost to GA Storm Silver 3-1.
  • The G’06 C-West beat Concorde Fire West 4-0. Their 5-2-2 record has them in 4th place.
  • The B’00 I B beat UFA Red 4-2. Their 5-2-1 record has them in 4th place.
  • The B’01 I lost to Rapids FC 4-1.
  • The B’03 I lost to 5th place GA Rush 5-0 and tied 7th place UFA Red 0-0. Their 5-2-3 record has them in 4th place.
  • The B’05 I beat 3rd place Columbus Red Star 2-0 and 6th place Athens United Gold 4-0. Their 7-2-1 record has them tied for 4th.
  • The B’06 C-Yellow beat SSA Chelsea Select Black 6-1 with goals from Andy Perez (2, assists Yaser Samha), Mateo Trujillo, Jacob Dupree (assist Perez), and Alexis Valencia (2). Their 5-2-1 record has them in 3rd place.
  • The YMCA Rome Arsenal Academy teams hosted Dalton’s Lady Belles Sunday with a 1-2-1 record. That gives them a season record of 32-44-9. They travel to Dallas and Kennesaw next weekend to play MAYS, Concorde, and SSA.
  • The G’10 lost to the Dalton Lady Belles 6-3 although they were tied at the half 1-1. Melanie Hernandez got 2 goals and Haven Penney 1.
  • The G’09 tied the Dalton Lady Belles 2-2. Bella Echanique began the scoring with a nicely taken shot. Annabel Chandler scored with a shot that kissed the post from a nice cross provided by Lyla Patterson. In their 2nd game Arsenal outlasted Dalton 9-4 with goals from Dani Sanchez (2), Avagail Barksdale (2), Emily Gentry, Annie Watterson (2), Lorena Lom, and Lilliana Tapia.
  • The G’07 lost to Dalton 5-0.
  • Compiled by Roy Dickinson

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Unity Christian School won Monday’s three-way tie-breaker between Victory and Horizon. Unity won the first “game” vs. Victory Christian in four overtimes, 30-24 final score. Unity then played Horizon and won in the first overtime, 6-0.. Will play at Peachtree Academy as the second seed in first round of GICAA playoffs. 7:30 p.m. Friday. See John McClellan’s updated prediction below:

Unity Christian School (5-4) at Peachtree Academy (9-0)

  • Series History: Peachtree Academy leads 2-1
  • Last Meeting: Peachtree Academy defeated UCS 47-6 on September 14, 2018
  • The UCS Lions closed out the regular season Friday night with a dominating 42-12 win over Hearts Academy and ended the year tied for second place in Region 2 of the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic association’s 8-man division. The Lions then won out Monday night in a mini-playoff over Horizon Christian Academy and Victory Baptist School to earn a spot in the GICAA state playoffs. The Peachtree Academy Panthers closed out an undefeated regular season on Friday night with a 60-0 win over Young Americans Christian school on their way to the Region 3 championship.Only one team—Kings Way Christian School—came within 40 points of the Panthers in 2018. Peachtree Academy wins by 14.

John McClellan high school picks: Critical region games this week with Pepperell over Chattooga; Coosa beats Gordon Central; Rockmart over Model; wins for Darlington, Cartersville, Calhoun.  McClellan

Rome High no. 14 in USA Today Super 25 rankings: The Wolves previously were ranked 16. Colquitt is the only Georgia team to make the list. USA

Georgia Middle School Athletic Association: Second round playoff pairings for Saturday at Barron Stadium. Sixth Grade Creekview at Rome, noon; seventh Grade River Ridge at Rome, 2 p.m.; eighth grade Rome at Centennial.


High school state volleyball playoffs.  Click each ‘class’ for the playoff bracket.

Class AA: Coosa will host Gordon Lee on Tuesday.

Class AAAA : Cartersville will host St. Pius X on Tuesday in semifinals. 6 p.m.


COLLEGES/football

Berry College jumped to No. 9 in the latest American Football Coaches Association following Saturday’s conference-clinching win. The Vikings also are ranked No. 11 in the D3football.com Top 25. The rankings are both the highest in program history for each poll.  The Vikings are now one of just three teams in NCAA Division III to secure their spot in the NCAA playoffs, joining St. Johns and UW-Whitewater. The NCAA playoffs are set to begin on Nov. 17 after the Vikings close regular season competition on Nov. 10 at Trinity University. A win against the Tigers would secure Berry’s second-straight 10-0 regular season. The selection show is set for Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. EST when Berry will learn their opponent and whether or not the opening round will be hosted at Valhalla Stadium for the second consecutive year.

Berry: Off Saturday. Next: Nov. 10 at Trinity University, 2 p.m. Schedule

Shorter: At North Alabama, 2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday.  Schedule

Georgia Bulldogs: Saturday at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS. Schedule / SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech: Saturday at North Carolina, 12:15 p.m.  Schedule  / ACC Schedule

COLLEGES/Other

Georgia Highlands Chargers no. 22 in preseason NJCAA D1 basketball poll: NJCAA

Chargers schedule

Lady Chargers schedule


NFL

Atlanta Falcons (3-4).  At Washington on Nov. 4, 1 p.m., Fox. Schedule


BASEBALL

From the Rome Braves: 2019 schedule: Rome opens on the road April 4 in Kannapolis. Schedule / Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery


COMMUNITY

Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot 5K and Health Wobble benefiting United Way of Bartow County is Saturday, Nov. 17. The long-running event adds Harbin Clinic as the title sponsor this year but keeps the same great course encircling Sam Smith Park and also serves as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Along with the 5K race, which starts at 9 a.m., the event will have a pre-race costume contest and a two-mile health wobble. The wobble is a two-mile, non-timed walk. “Harbin Clinic is excited to become a part of this Cartersville tradition and be able to help put a focus on health and wellness in Bartow County while also supporting the many great things the Bartow County United Way does in the community,” Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock says. Wire2Wire Running will provide timing and results. Registration for the 5K is $25 and $20 for the health wobble, and people can sign up at Active.com. To guarantee T-shirt size, participants need to be registered by Sunday, Nov. 11. Race-day registration for the 5K is $35 and $25 for the wobble. Packet pick up will be on Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lobby of the United Way, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. Register for the Race

Dec. 8: Registration is under way for the annual #JamieStrong Rome Half Marathon to be held at State Mutual Stadium. In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event that is presented by GoGo Running includes a Half Marathon Relay and a 5- kilometer race. The Rome Half will once again benefit area middle and high school running programs with some of the proceeds benefiting the family of Rome teen runner Jamie Hughes (JamieStrong). All of the races start and end at State Mutual Stadium, with the 5k starting at 8 a.m. and the Half Marathon and Relay starting at 8:05. Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k Finishers receive long sleeve tech T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Rome Braves. The area’s high school teams and athletes will be honored the night before at the 2018 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Banquet that will be held Friday, Dec. 7. For more: www.romehalf.com or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.
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