Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Everything (and face) you want to know about the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club’s 33rd Annual Basketball Banquet. High school baseball updates and schedules. Local college basketball and softball updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports. Everything (and face) you want to know about the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club’s 33rd Annual Basketball Banquet. High school baseball updates and schedules. Local college basketball and softball updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fil-A, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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

NORTHWEST GEORGIA TIP-OFF CLUB: 33rd Annual Basketball Banquet

Special honorees, left to right: David Newby, Carey Winkler, Johnny Farmer, Hazel Hall


On Tuesday, March 5, the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club held its 33rd Annual Basketball Banquet, celebrating the achievements of 26 schools in the region.  The Banquet was held in the Krannert Center Ballroom at Berry College, with a crowd of nearly 500 attendees. The keynote apeaker was David Newby, CEO of Profile Custom Extrusions in Rome.

The awards began with a presentation to Mr. Newby.  Carey Winkler was awarded the Basketball Official of the Year award and Johnny Farmer from Fannin County was awarded the Graham Woodell Award.  Hazel Hall of Darlington was celebrated for reaching the 400 Wins Club.  Phil Gaffney of Georgia Highlands College was celebrated for reaching the 500 Wins Club.

DECEMBER TEAMS OF THE MONTH: The Tip-Off Club selects one student from each team to create a “Team of the Month.”  Each student selected for a Team of the Month received a certificate.


Team of the Month Coaches

Girls L-to-R: Stephanie Candell of Sonoraville, Hazel Hall of Darlington, Melanie Thornbury of Unity Christian, and Burt Jackson of Cass (not pictured Bob Williams of Northwest Whitfield).
Boys L-to-R: Hank Peppers of Lafayette, Tyler Watkins of Christian Heritage

Also honored were the Team & Coach of the Month.  For December, the Girls Team of the Month and Coach of the Month was shared between Cass/Burt Jackson, Northwest Whitfield/Bob Williams, and Unity Christian/Melanie Thornbury.  The Boys Team and Coach of the Month was Christian Heritage/Tyler Watkins.  The January Girls Team of the Month and Coach of the Month was shared between Darlington/Hazel Hall and Sonoraville/Stephanie Candell.  The Boys Team and Coach of the month was Lafayette/Hank Peppers.


For the first time, the Tip-Off Club awarded a Sportsmanship award to Cash Allen of Chattooga.



The Team of the Year players were awarded with certificates and t-shirts for their achievements during the entire season.


The Girls High School Team of the Year and Coach of the Year award was shared between Bob Williams of Northwest Whitfield and Melanie Thornbury of Unity Christian.  The Boys High School Team and Coach of the Year was awarded to Hank Peppers of Lafayette. L-to-R: Hank Peppers of Lafayette, Melanie Thornbury of Unity Christian, not pictured – Bob Williams of Northwest Whitfield.


The evening ended with the awarding of the High School Most Valuable Player of the Year awards.  Jada Griffin from Northwest Whitfield was selected as the MVP for the girls teams.  Alex Kelehear from Lafayette and Caleb Byrd from Rome were selected as the the MVPs for the boys teams. L-to-R: Caleb Byrd of Rome, Alex Kelehear of Lafayette, not pictured – Jada Griffin of Northwest Whitfield.

Additional coverage: Several local schools have posted additional coverage from the banquet. Please check with your school’s Facebook page for more.

HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Wednesday results

Model 14, Coosa 3: Gavin Freeman is your winning pitcher for the Blue Devils. It was an 11-hit game for Model including two dingers.

LaFayette at Armuchee

Cedartown 18, Dade County 3.

Darlington hosts Mount Paran

Rome falls 11-1 to Carrollton

Friday schedule

Pepperell at Gordon Central

Armuchee vs Rockmart

Model at Coosa

Darlington at Mount Paran

Rome at Woodland

Saturday schedule

Model at Murray County


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

  • Chargers: The Chargers (22-9) advance to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament on Friday as they travel to no. 1 seed Andrew College, tip off 7:30 p.m.

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


The Berry College softball team remained undefeated last week, improving to 5-0 on the year and climbing to the No. 7 spot in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25. The Vikings opened Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play last weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee. In two games, Berry plated 28 runs. One of the highlights so far has been senior third baseman, Katlin Seger. The Kennesaw, Ga., native is currently leading NCAA Division III in batting average for teams playing five games or more. She is hitting .737, is 14-for-19 on the year with five doubles, 10 RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Arsenal spring recreational soccer league is back:  For ages 4 to 15 for boys and girls.  Focus of this league is participation and fun. Fundamental skills of the game are developed and refined through games and activities.  For more:
Lil’ Gunners spring preschool soccer: Classes focus on introducing soccer through outrageously fun games and activities.


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

Atlanta Braves spring training. Track the latest from Disney. Atlanta


March 16: The Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon returns. Harbin Clinic once again is teaming with Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation and Parker Systems for the event, which is the largest 5K race in Northwest Georgia, featuring all the fun and festivities of the previous eight years rolled into one giant, green gala. Race day festivities kick off with the costume contest at 6:30 p.m. The 5K race, featuring a mostly flat and fast course, begins at 7:30 p.m. with the walk starting a few minutes after at 7:40 p.m. Event registration is open. Preregistration costs $25 for the 5K and $20 for the walk. Kids age 12 and under and groups of 10 or more athletes can register for $20 by visiting the parks and rec administration office at 1 Shorter Ave. For more.

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