Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rockmart boys win state 2A tennis championship. Highlands’ basketball coach Phil Gaffney leaving for Florida college.  Honors for Berry student athletes. Coach K football camp returns. Rome Braves split doubleheader in Lakewood..

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Rockmart boys win state 2A tennis championship. Highlands’ basketball coach Phil Gaffney leaving for Florida college. Honors for Berry student athletes. Coach K football camp returns. Rome Braves split doubleheader in Lakewood..

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.


Georgia High School Association State Tennis Boys Class 2A champs: Rockmart! The Yellowjackets defeated Early County on Monday to win the Class 2A State Championship. Final score: 3-2.

Berry College’s Allie Robertson claimed the individual National Championship in Novice Western Horsemanship at the 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship, leading the Berry western team to a sixth place finish. Robertson claimed her second career individual title, earning first at the 2017 IHSA Nationals in Intermediate Horsemanship. She also claimed second in team Advanced Western Horsemanship on Sunday.

Leggett Headlines 19 Total Berry Track & Field All-Conference Honorees (Release) — Berry College’s Genesis Leggett claimed her second career Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honor to lead 19 total Vikings track & field All-Conference winners.

Women’s Tennis Earns Three All-Conference Honorees (Release) — The Berry College women’s tennis team placed three players on the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) All-Conference list, the league office announced on Monday. Berry’s Allison Ivey and Sara Myers earned second-team recognition. Kathryn Barker claimed honorable mention.

Glatt Earns Men’s Tennis All-Conference Honors (Release) Berry College’s Rory Glatt earned Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Men’s Tennis All-Conference second-team honors, the league office announced on Monday.


The Sixth Annual Coach K Football Camps Inc. Youth Football Camp will take place at Berry College on Tuesday, May 28-Friday, May 31 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Williams Field at Valhalla. This is a noncontact football camp for 7-12 year olds. Please register on-line at The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email — Tony Kunczewski, Head Football Coach, Berry College

The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2019 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.


Rome Braves take game win, 3-1, over Lakewood;  Media release: Playing their first doubleheader of the 2019 season on Monday, the Rome Braves split their two games with the host Lakewood BlueClaws, winning 3-1 in Game 1 and getting shutout 8-0 in Game 2. The nightcap defeat ended the Braves four game winning streak but still left them with a series win over Lakewood and a winning record during their seven game road trip.


Taking part in a pair of 7 inning games the Braves started fast despite the unseasonably cold temperatures on Monday when Logan Brown ripped an RBI single into right in the 1st inning of Game 1, scoring Greg Cullen who had doubled. Lakewood later tied it 1-1 in the 3rd inning on a sacrifice fly to deep center. Still knotted up in the 4th inning Justin Dean came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded and drove a line drive single up the middle, scoring two runs to give Rome a 3-1 advantage.

RHP Trey Riley pitched around a few jams and ended up clearing 6 frames. He departed with the lead and gave way to reliever Kurt Hoekstra. Making his first appearance of the series, the Michigan native enjoyed a perfect 7th inning with two strikeouts to ice the win, giving Rome a four game winning streak and insuring Riley his first victory of the season. Riley pitched 6 innings, allowing only one run which was unearned. He gave up four hits, struck-out four and walked five. The save by Hoekstra was his fourth of the season, tying him for the team lead with fellow closer Lukas Young.

Game 2 was an offensive struggle for the Braves against Lakewood pitchers Ethan Lindow and Kyle Glogoski. The BlueClaws shut the Braves out on only three hits, none for extra-bases. Rome starting pitcher Odalvi Javier surrendered a trio of homeruns to the Lakewood lineup, including a three run bomb in the 5th inning to Ben Pelletier that put the game out of reach. The BlueClaws earned a doubleheader split and prevented a Braves sweep with the 8-0 win.

Dean went 2-7 with a walk and two RBI during the doubleheader. He hit safely in all four games of the series against Lakewood. Greg Cullen went a combined 2-6 with a double and a run scored in two starts on Monday. Logan Brown was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored in his Game 1 start.

The Braves end their road trip with four wins in seven games. They’ll enjoy an off day on Tuesday and open a brief three game homestand on Wednesday at State Mutual Stadium against the Greenville Drive. First pitch in the series opener is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Alan Rangel (1-1, 6.14). Greenville has not announced their starting pitcher.

Game 1

Rome Braves (13-16):                    3 R       4 H    2 E

Lakewood BlueClaws (9-21):        1 R       4 H    1 E

W: Trey Riley (1-4)

L: Manuel Silva (0-1)

S: Kurt Hoekstra (4)

Time: 1:59

Game 2

Rome Braves (13-17):                    0 R       3 H    1 E

Lakewood BlueClaws (10-21):      8 R       8 H    3 E

W: Kyle Glogoski (1-1)

L: Odalvi Javier (0-2)

Time: 1:52

Attendance: 1,391

Next:  Off  today. At home vs. Greenville, Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 10:35 a.m.; Friday at 7 p.m.

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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Georgia Highland’s Phil Gaffney named head coach at Gulf Coast State in Panama City: Gaffney joined GHC in 2011 and quickly built one of the most successful two-year college basketball programs in the country. His bio from GHC follows:

Georgia Highlands College welcomed Phil Gaffney in August 2011 as the college’s new athletics director and men’s basketball coach.  Gaffney comes to GHC from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina, where he held the position of athletics director since 2005.  He also coached men’s basketball at GTCC, as well as Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York, Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.

Gaffney has enjoyed success coaching at the Junior College level setting the record for most wins in a season at four different schools, Georgia Highlands (34), Guilford Tech (28), Mohawk Valley (27), and Columbia-Greene (22). He led Georgia Highlands, in just their third year of existence, to the National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS and a “Final Four” appearance, losing to the National Champion in a semi-final overtime game. GHC won more games in the 2015 National Tournament (3) than any other team in history from the state of Georgia. This past year, GHC led the nation in wins (34), and reached the “Final Four” in the 2016 National Tournament. All four colleges he has coached at have achieved top 5 National rankings under his direction. Gaffney has been named Region Coach of the Year seven times. He has coached eight All-Americans, and eight Region Players of the Year. His teams have amassed over 430 wins in his 21 years as a head coach. Six former players went on to play professionally.

He started the athletic programs at Guilford Tech and Georgia Highlands College from scratch, building them into nationally known programs. During Gaffney’s tenure as Director of Athletics at Guilford Tech, three of his four athletic teams earned national rankings. Three teams won Region X Championships; two athletes were named Division I All-Americans. Three different coaches received Coach of the Year honors. At Georgia Highlands, the women’s basketball team earned an unprecedented #6 national ranking in their inaugural season. Three of the four athletic teams have achieved National rankings, with all four programs winning Regional playoff games. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Region 17 Championships in 2016, with the men’s team also winning one in 2015. The women’s team reached the “Sweet Sixteen” while the men reached back to back “Final Fours”.

Gaffney holds a Bachelor of Science in physical education from the State University of New York College at Brockport.


HIGH SCHOOL/baseball

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

Class 4A: Cartersville will host Northside on Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Class 2ARockmart will host Harlem in quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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. State championship are May 17-18.

Girls, 2A: Model will host Harlem-Toombs County on Tuesday, 5 p.m.


Class 2A: Pepperell will play at Vidalia in quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Class 5A: Rome plays Whitewater on Wednesday.


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.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation announces that registration for the Youth Summer Basketball program ends May 13.  Boys and girls who are 8-13 years of age as of September 1, 2019 may register for this 4-week program for a fee of $90. Teams will be selected by player draft. Player evaluations are scheduled for May 15. After these, the coaches will use player draft to form teams of balanced skills and ability levels. Pre-season practices begin on Monday, May 20 (players must be registered to practice) and are limited to three per week and no longer than 75 minutes.  The season runs from June 3 through July 12 (no games the week of Independence Day). RFPRA is always in need of volunteer coaches and referees.  If interested, contact Rick Haase at or call 706.252.1337.  For more information or to register for our summer youth programs online, visit


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