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The 2018 GoGo Running All-Area High School Cross Country teams have been announced. The student-athletes be honored at the annual All-Area Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Krannert Ballroom at Berry College where the Female and Male Runners of the Year and the Coach of the Year will be named.
The banquet precedes the #jamiestrong Rome Half Marathon, presented by Redmond Regional Medical Center, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 at State Mutual Stadium and include a Half Marathon Relay and a 5-kilometer race. The Rome Half will once again benefit Rome-area middle and high school running programs, and honor freshman Jamie Hughes, who battled Osteosarcoma – a very rare but aggressive bone cancer that attacks children in their growth spurts – for more than a year before the Rome teen recently passed away.
Named as 2018 All-Area runners this season are:
Ashley Hartness (Calhoun), Chloe Purdy (Armuchee), Nora Bailey (Rome), Kayla Hutcherson (Armuchee), Kaitlyn Stahl (Rome), Riley Triplett (Sonoraville) and Mari Morales (Calhoun).
Maggie Hawkins (Darlington), Blaine Fox (Armuchee), Laura McCurry (Rome), Sadie Medckie (Armuchee), Anna Gibson (Calhoun), Maggie Gentry (Rockmart), Maggie Whitehead (Unity Christian), Jessie Schroeder (Model), Jasmine Velasco (Gordon Central) and Savannah Price (Trion).
MIDDLE SCHOOL RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Ashley Morales (Rome)
Chaney Holder (Armuchee), Patrick Motes (Rome), Esdras Real (Rome), Felipe Barrios (Calhoun), John Finn (Rome), Lawson Blake (Darlington) and Landon Liddle (Darlington).
Nahum Trenti (Sonoraville), Anthony Linatoc (Rome), Chris Spate (Coosa). Brady Blalock (Calhoun), Gary Jones (Rome), Patrick Dupree (Armuchee), Wes Connely (Armuchee), Davis Yeargan (Armuchee), Alexander Stevens (Armuchee) and Christian Weatherby (Pepperell).
MIDDLE SCHOOL RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Simon Schabort (Model)
Additional details below.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
No school Friday for Rome students: “All Rome City Schools’ classes will be canceled on Friday. The decision to cancel school is due to transportation concerns and traffic conditions accompanied by the projected game attendance of students, parents, teachers, and community members.” Rome faces Warner Robins on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a rematch from last year’s 5A title game.
John McClellan’s high school football semifinal picks: Rome over Warner Robins in 5A rematch from last year; Calhoun to fall in its 3A repeat from 2017. Cartersville wins by two; Rockmart advances with six-point victory. McClellan
Semifinals for high school football this Friday:
Class 2A: Rockmart will host Callaway.
Class 3A: Calhoun will host Peach County (rematch of last year’s controversial 3A title game won by Calhoun).
Class 4A: Cartersville will host Marist.
Class 5A: Rome will travel to Warner Robins (rematch of last year’s 5A championship game). Tickets: $15. Pre-sale at Barron Stadium Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Or online or at Warner Robins on the day of the game. RHS students may purchase tickets are school.
College Football Playoff penultimate selection:
Georgia Bulldogs: SEC Championship vs. Alabama, 4 p.m. Saturday, CBS.
- Former Model High and Berry College standout Michelle Abernathy Lane will be the guest speaker the 2018 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Banquet to be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Krannert Ballroom at Berry College.