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High school football championships get a new home: The Georgia High School Association announces all eight state football championships, sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance, will be played at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta (formerly Turner Field) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14.
This is key as Northwest Georgia, over the past five seasons, has been home to two 5A titles (Rome), two 4A titles (Cartersville) and two 3A titles (Calhoun).
“We are excited to announce that the GHSA/Tommy Guillebeau Football State Championships will be held at Georgia State Stadium,” said GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines. “Charlie Cobb at Georgia State University has been tremendously supportive in planning with the GHSA an event that will provide a first-class experience for our student athletes and benefit our participating schools. We look forward to our partnership with Georgia State University.”
The move comes after two years of trying to hold the games at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Six of the eight games were “snowed out” in 2017 and had to be played at local high school venues, and then last year’s contests were moved to a Tuesday and Wednesday because of a weekend conflict with the Atlanta United soccer team’s MLS final.
Exact game times at Georgia State will be announced at a later date but it is anticipated the usual schedule of four games on Friday and four games on Saturday will be maintained.
“We thank Dr. Hines and the Georgia High School Association,” said Georgia State Athletic Director Charlie Cobb. “Georgia State is honored to host the eight GHSA state championships this December. It is exciting for us to know that the culminating point for high school football throughout the state is Georgia State Stadium. Our staff will showcase a first-class experience for the players, coaches, and fans of the participating teams.”
Berry Baseball claims eight All-SAA honorees (Vikings) — In exclusive voting by head coaches of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), the Berry College baseball team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Conference teams, the league office announced on Tuesday. The team closed the 2019 season 28-15 overall with a 13-8 conference mark. The Vikings finished third in the regular season and exited the SAA Tournament in round two. Berry’s 28 victories this season marks the second most overall wins since the Vikings joined NCAA Division III.
Berry’s DeSantis earns bid to NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships (Vikings — Berry College’s Preston DeSantis earned one of just six individual bids to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, the NCAA DIII Men’s Golf Committee announced on Monday.
Next: At home vs. Greenville, tonight at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 10:35 a.m.; Friday at 7 p.m.
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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 www.brighterbirthdays.org.
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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 2A: Rockmart 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 8, Harlem 3. Model moves to the final four; will host Vidalia (beat Lamar County 4-3) on May 14. The other side of the bracket features Bremen vs. St. Vincent’s.
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 ator 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 email@example.com or call 706.252.1337. For more information or to register for our summer youth programs online, visit https://www.rfpra.com/basketball.
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 www.berryfootballcamps.com. The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — 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.