Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports
The 2019 spring season is set to begin for several Berry College athletics teams this weekend following a historic spring last year. Brief season outlooks for the sports of baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, track & field and equestrian are listed below.
The Berry College baseball team will open the year receiving votes in the D3baseball.com Preseason Top 25, just seven spots outside the ranks. The Vikings will return four seniors for the new year including William Gibbons, Casey Whitaker, Devin Post and J.T. Eggert. The season will begin on the road on Feb. 5 at Piedmont. The team’s home opener is set for Feb. 9 when the team opens a three-game series against Emory & Henry.
Berry’s equestrian team will open spring competition with a home show on Feb. 2-3 after strong competition in the fall. The Vikings hunt seat team continues to rank near the top of the region while western also qualified several riders for regionals in March. IHSA Nationals are May 2-5 this year.
Men’s & Women’s Golf. Men’s Schedule / Men’ Roster / Women’s Schedule / Women’s Roster
The Berry men’s and women’s golf teams wrapped up fall competition in October at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome. With a lot of golf under their belt already, the men’s team rose as high as No. 22 in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll last fall. The women rose as high as No. 11 in the WGCA poll. Spring competition will open on March 1 at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, Ga. The SAA Championships are for April 26-28 in Dickson, Tenn. where the women’s team will look to repeat as SAA Champions. The men’s team earned a fourth place finish at the tournament last season.
The Berry men’s lacrosse team is coming off a 12-4 season, finishing 5-1 in SAA play last year. The mark was the team’s best since the 2015 season. Berry is set to return 11 seniors for the new year. The Vikings will open the season on Feb. 3 at Salisbury and are on the road for the first seven games of the year. The team’s home opener is set for March 16 against Marymount (Va.)
Brittni Hall will once again lead the Berry women’s lacrosse team, now in her second season. The team posted a 4-11 overall record last season and were 1-5 in league play. However, this season the team will welcome seven freshmen to join the four returning seniors in the new year. Berry opens the season on Feb. 2 at Point. Their home opener is set for Feb. 21 against Life University.
The Vikings are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history. Berry finished the year 39-6, winning their sixth straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season championship and advancing to the NCAA playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The Vikings advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history. The team is on the road for the entire month of February, beginning on Feb. 9 with a doubleheader at Covenant. Berry’s home opener is set for March 1 against DePauw.
Men’s & Women’s Tennis. Men’s Schedule / Men’ Roster / Women’s Schedule / Women’s Roster
The Vikings tennis teams are set to open the 2019 spring season on Feb. 22 against Piedmont at the Rome Tennis Center. Both teams posted a 2-4 conference record last season with the men finishing 7-9 overall and the women posting a 9-7 finish. The women’s team will return All-SAA selection, Kathryn Barker for her sophomore year. The team as a whole will rely on young talent, as Karleigh Dills and Sydney Stone are the only upperclassmen. On the men’s side, Ryan Miner returns as the lone senior as the Vikings welcome a pair of freshmen to the mix.
Men’s & Women’s Track & Field. Men’s Schedule / Men’ Roster / Women’s Schedule / Women’s Roster
Berry’s track & field teams are already underway with indoor competition, having shattered numerous records already. Both teams have a pair of indoor meets in the month of February before the annual Victor Icebreaker Duals on March 2.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Wednesday/boys and girls
Rome at Villa Rica: Girls — Rome falls to 5A no. 1 Villa Rica, 77-39. Boys: Wolves downed by Villa Rica, 77-48.
Chattooga at Model: Girls — Model 62, Chattooga 38. Boys: 59-56 Chattooga over Blue Devils.
Rockmart at Bremen
Girls: Troup County 61-37 over Cedartown. Boys: Troup County wins, 67-42.
Friday/boys and girls
Rome at Hiram
Model at Armuchee
Rockmart at Coosa
Pepperell at Chattooga
Gordon Central at Dade County
- Lady Chargers: The Lady Chargers overcame a tough first half to pull away for the 84-62 win over the Lady Tigers of Andrew College. The Lady Chargers 15-9, 10-1 in conference play, return to action on Saturday at home versus Southern Crescent Tech, tip off 2:00pm.
- Chargers: Chargers get the tough loss at home to the Tigers of Andrew College 68-62. The Chargers, despite leading by 13 with 17:30 to go in the game, couldn’t find their rhythm offensively shooting only 11 /41, 26.8% in the second half. The Chargers 18-4 , 6-2 in conference play return to action on Saturday at home versus Southern Crescent Tech, tip off 4 p.m.
Rome Braves’ 2019 ticket options: Individual game tickets go on sale via all outlets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, but you may stop by during the Rome Braves Pick-A-Seat Event to purchase tickets/ticket plans early, in person, starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 are Renny Bryner, Sally Echols, Dr. Gary Graves, Jonathan Kilgo, David Mathis. Banquet is Feb. 25. Hall of Fame