Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: 2018 GoGo Running All-Area High School Cross Country teams announced; banquet Dec. 6. Georgia earns no. 4 spot in College Football Playoff ranking.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: 2018 GoGo Running All-Area High School Cross Country teams announced; banquet Dec. 6. Georgia earns no. 4 spot in College Football Playoff ranking.

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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:

GIRLS
FIRST TEAM

Ashley Hartness (Calhoun), Chloe Purdy (Armuchee), Nora Bailey (Rome), Kayla Hutcherson (Armuchee), Kaitlyn Stahl (Rome), Riley Triplett (Sonoraville) and Mari Morales (Calhoun).

HONORABLE MENTION

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)

BOYS
FIRST TEAM

Chaney Holder (Armuchee), Patrick Motes (Rome), Esdras Real (Rome), Felipe Barrios (Calhoun), John Finn (Rome), Lawson Blake (Darlington) and Landon Liddle (Darlington).

HONORABLE MENTION

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.


COLLEGES/football

College Football Playoff penultimate selection:

 No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 1 Alabama at 4 p.m. Saturday in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. TV: CBS. For more on the playoffs
 A Georgia win could mean both SEC schools make the final four next Sunday and play for the national championship, first on Dec. 29.
A ‘Bama likely knocks Georgia out of the running (becomes a two-loss team).
The top 10 College Playoff Teams: Alabama is no. 1, followed by Clemson (ACC championship on Saturday), Notre Dame (regular season over) and Georgia (SEC). No. 5 is Oklahoma (vs. Texas Saturday), no. 6 Ohio State (vs. Northwestern Satuday), No. 7 Michigan (regular season over), No. 8 Central Florida (vs. Memphis Saturday), No. 9 Florida and no. 10 LSU (both concluded regular seasons).

Georgia Bulldogs:  SEC Championship vs. Alabama, 4 p.m. Saturday, CBS.

Georgia Tech:  Next: Bowl game to be decided.

COLLEGES/basketball

Berry College:  Men’s schedule /  women’s schedule

Shorter University: Men’s schedule / women’s schedule

Georgia Highlands: Men’s schedule / women’s schedule

Georgia Northwestern: Men’s schedule / women’s schedule

NFL

Atlanta Falcons, 4-7.  Next: Sunday at home vs Baltimore, 1 p.m., CBS. Already eliminated from playoffs.  Schedule


BASEBALL

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


COMMUNITY

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.
  • 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.
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