Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports:  Record season for Rome Aerials Gymnastics Team. Two high school/college signings including the first woman wrestler. High school soccer state tournament updates. Rome Braves drop fourth straight….

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Record season for Rome Aerials Gymnastics Team. Two high school/college signings including the first woman wrestler. High school soccer state tournament updates. Rome Braves drop fourth straight….

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.

Xcel Gold team members at the State Championship. Left to right: Rachel Tanner, Molly Ledbetter, Naomi Goodwin and Evie Shropshire.


The Rome Aerials Gymnastics Team just finished a record-breaking season. The Xcel Gold team broke the gym record for the highest team score twice in the same season, while remaining undefeated throughout the regular season. The first time was at Tucker’s Valentine Invitational with a 113.000 and the second time was at the Xcel State Championships in Gainesville with a 113.325 finishing sixth place out of 47 teams.

The Aerials’ Level 3 team finished eighth at their State Championship, quite the accomplishment, given that it was most of the girls first year competing. The Rome Aerials also had several individual accomplishments including several State Champions and 11 Regional qualifiers. State Champions include (Kylie Leming- Bars-9.55, Floor-9.45, All Around-37.550, Naomi Goodwin-Floor-9.425, Evie Shropshire- Beam-9.7, Molly Ledbetter-Floor-9.6, Morgan Mitchell-Vault-9.3, Rebecca Goodwin-Vault-9.35). Blythe Crabbe fought through injuries to place second on beam, third on bars and third All Around at Level 9 State Championships where she qualified to compete at Regionals against gymnasts from 7 other states.

Head Coach Kari Narramore contributes this year’s success to dedicated coaches and gymnasts that give it 110% at every practice, stating “You can’t replace hard work; it is invaluable.”

Front row (left to right): Riley Pelfrey, Hannah Goodwin, Molly Ledbetter, Evie Shropshire, Camdyn Clark, Rachel Tanner, Piper McCreary, Taylen Tant. Back row, left to right: Chloe Schuttinga, Sara Wood, Macy Galenzoski, Kylie Leming, Allison Rivers, Morgan Mitchell, Mary Burke Smith, Lily Cook, Emily Daniel, Naomi Goodwin, Ansley Parrish.

Congratulations to Armuchee High Senior Brynlea Hall who will continue her education and cheerleading career at Shorter University.

Front row left to right: Brandy (mother), Carys (sister), Brynlea, Leonard (dad), and Delaney (sister). Back row left to right: John Rhodarmer (AHS principal), Telisa Chapman (AHS athletic director), Destinee Lofton (sister), Karsy Edge (niece), Kelli Stamey (AHS cheerleading coach), and Jennifer Dougherty (AHS cheerleading coach).


Congratulations to Model High Senior Chrystan Smith who will continue her education and wrestling career at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

  • Chrystan is the first female in Floyd County to ever receive a wrestling scholarship!
Front row left to right: Mary Ellis (grandmother), Chrystan, Darryl Ellis (grandfather), and Braxton Redwine (brother). Back row left to right: Todd Gilleland (MHS athletic director), Ben Woodall (MHS head wrestling coach), Shawn Whittle (MMS teacher and mentor), Chris Rowland (MHS assistant wrestling coach), and Scott Savage (MHS principal).


FOOTBALL: Armuchee High has a big evening planned: “If you have been waiting for some football then Armuchee High School is the place to be. At 4 p.m., you can catch our first day of spring practice and at 6 you can watch our middle school Indians play in their Blue/White Game. Its going to be a great day to celebrate the building of our program. Admission to the middle school game is either a box of protein bars, Gatorade or detergent.


Rome Braves fall 8-3 to the Grasshoppers; fourth consecutive loss. Media release:  The Greensboro Grasshoppers used a 6 run rally fueled by three homeruns to take the fight to the Rome Braves on Wednesday evening and ultimately defeated the visitors 8-3 in a series-clinching victory. Despite a pair of homers from Trey Harris, the Braves were unable to muster a comeback en route to dropping their fourth consecutive game overall.

Greensboro has been able to use walks and homers to do the majority of their damage against the Braves pitching staff in the series. On Wednesday it was one frame that unraveled on starter RHP Odalvi Javier, chasing him from the game after 2.2 innings and putting Rome in a position it could not recover from.

With the game tied 0-0 in the Bottom of the 3rd inning, Javier walked the leadoff man Zac Susi on 9 pitches. The next hitter, Fabricio Macias followed with a two run homer. Lolo Sanchez made it back-to-back bombs on a shot out to left. Another walk and an elevated pitch count got Javier out of the game. Reliever LHP Tanner Lawson then surrendered a two run shot to Rodolfo Castro making it 5-0. Another run scored after a double and an error.

In the hole 6-0, Rome got a long homerun from Harris in the 4th inning out to left center, landing over the outfield berm and onto the concourse. The same day he was named Rome Braves Player of the Month for April, Harris enjoyed the first multi-homer game for a Braves hitter this season. He smacked a line drive shot out to left in the 9th inning to bring Rome within five. The only other tally on the night for the visitors came on a double-play groundout off the bat of Ricardo Rodriguez.

Rome pitchers have allowed six homeruns and walked 13 hitters across 16 innings in the series. They’ve also struck out 18 Grasshoppers.

In addition to the big effort by Harris, Logan Brown went 1-2 with two walks. Rodriguez finished the night going 1-3 with a double and a walk. Javier threw 2.2 innings, allowed four runs on two hits, though both knocks were homers. He struck out three and walked three.

Rome and Greensboro conclude their three game series on Thursday evening at First National Bank Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7. Rome will start RHP Alan Rangel (0-1, 6.35) while Greensboro will counter with RHP Steven Jennings (1-3, 7.89).

Rome (9-16):               3 R       5 H   2 E

Greensboro (16-9):     8 R       9 H    1 E

W: Nicholas Economos (3-1)

L: Odalvi Javier (0-1)

Time: 2:58

Attendance: 3,159

Next: At Greensboro today, 7 p.m.; in Lakewood Friday through May 6.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive

Star Wars Night at the Rome Braves, sponsored by Harbin Clinic, is set for May 18 at State Mutual Stadium. The game, pitting the Rome Braves against the Columbia Fireflies, starts at 6 p.m. Raffle tickets for  signed Braves merchandise will be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit Brighter Birthdays, a non-profit organization that helps children in need celebrate their birthdays through the delivery of bags filled with toys and living essentials. Harbin Clinic is offering a coupon for two popcorns and two Home Run Hill tickets for $10. Coupons are available at all Harbin Clinic volunteer desks, Harbin Clinic Dermatology Rome at 550 Redmond Road, and Harbin Clinic locations at 330 Turner McCall Blvd. “We’re excited to sponsor Star Wars Night at the Braves for such a great cause,” says Kenna Stock, Harbin Clinic CEO. “Brighter Birthdays does a wonderful job of bringing joy to birthday boys and girls throughout our region.” Fans are encouraged to dress in Star Wars fashion, and professional cosplayers in authentic costumes will be at the game to help the crowd get into the galactic spirit and raise money for Brighter Birthdays. For more, visit

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HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

Georgia High School Association State Baseball Tournament: Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications. Second round games will be May 2-3. Championships will be May 21-23.

Class 4A: Cartersville will host Flowery Branch on May 2.

Class 3ACalhoun will play at Pace Academy on May 2.

Class 2A:

  • Rockmart will host Elbert County on May 2.
  • Chattooga will play at Social Circle on May 2.
  • Model will play at Callaway on May 2.

Class A: Trion will play at Clinch County on May 2.

State Mutual Stadium to be one venue for the GHSA State Baseball Tournament on May 21-23.


Pairings in Georgia High School Association State Soccer Tournament:  Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications. The second round games will be May 1-2. State championship are May 17-18.


Class A-Public: Georgia Military 2, Trion 1 in overtime.

Class 2A:

  • Bremen 6, Coosa 0.
  • Gordon Central falls 5-0 to Union County.
  • Model girls 6, Oglethorpe County 2; next: Elite Eight vs. Harlem-Tooombs County winner.
  • Pepperell falls to Lamar County, 9-1.

Class 3A:

  • Lovett 6, Calhoun 0


Class A Public: Trion will play Georgia Military, May 2.

Class 2A: 

  • Armuchee will play at Bremen, May 2.
  • Coosa will host Putnam Co., May 2.
  • Gordon Central will host Union, May 2.
  • Pepperell will play at Social Circle, May 2.

Class 3A: Calhoun will play at Westminister on May 2.

Class 4A: Cartersville will play at Southeast Whitfield, May 2.

Class 5A: Rome will face Clarkston on May 2.


Georgia High School Association State Tennis Tournament: Brackets for each class are now included; just click ‘Class 2A’ or other classifications. All girls matches Saturday will start at 9:30 a.m. and boys matches at 1:30 p.m. at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Schedule

Boys Class 2A: Rockmart will play Early County at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Class 2A State Championship.


Baseball: Shorter Hawks take on the University of West Florida at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala., in the first-round GSC conference game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Gulf South Conference Track & Field Championships for men and women will take place at Barron Stadium Thursday through Saturday. Events start at 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. GSC


The Bartow History Museum and Rose Lawn Museum announce the History Hustle is slated for May 4. The 5K begins and ends at the Rose Lawn Museum, a Victorian home. Along the course, enjoy seeing some historic homes as you make your way through local neighborhoods. Afterwards, stay and enjoy Rose Lawn’s free May Market. Then, use your race shirt for free admission to the Bartow History Museum in historic downtown Cartersville.  The run/walk (strollers welcome) begins at 8 a.m. with check-in between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $25 and race day registration is $30. Registration includes a T-shirt; however, sizes and quantities are limited. Those planning to participate can park at the Civic Center or the Courthouse. historic-5-k. For additional information, contact Trey Gaines at 770-382-3818, Ext. 6286.

The Exchange Club will hold its annual Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament on May 10 at Stonebridge Golf Club.  The event is sponsored by Heritage Auto Group and Guild Mortgage/Blaine Kirby. All proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center and its child abuse prevention programs. The event, named in memory of Jim Bishop, is a four-man scramble and event registration includes breakfast from The Sweet Bar and lunch courtesy of Chick-fil-A.“We still have a few team slots available for this event, which is now in its seventh year.  Stonebridge is a beautiful course and the day offers a great day of networking among teams and a fun way to support child abuse prevention efforts,” says Tina Bartleson, Executive Director.  Registration deadline is May 7 and forms can be downloaded at or by calling Bartleson at 706-290-0764.

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