Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Berry basketball star signs professional basketball deal with team in Israel. Rome Braves downed 5-4; return home Thursday with post-game fireworks.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Berry basketball star signs professional basketball deal with team in Israel. Rome Braves downed 5-4; return home Thursday with post-game fireworks.

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.

Berry men’s basketball alumnus Elijah Hirsh (19C) signed a two-year professional basketball deal with Israel’s Elitzur Kiryat Ata, Hirsh announced on Monday.

“It means a lot playing professional basketball and it has always been a dream of mine,” Hirsh said. “I can’t express how fortunate I am to be able to make a living playing this game. I’m excited to get started and keep improving every day.”

The club competes in Liga Leumit, one of the top Israeli basketball leagues and a member of FIBA Europe.

Hirsh became the first Berry men’s basketball player to earn the SAA Player of the Year award after a dominant season. The Vikings finished the year 19-7 overall and 11-3 in conference play. The season was the best in the team’s NCAA Division III era by far and tied the program’s best record since the 2008-09 season. Berry’s 11 wins in conference play nearly doubled the previous season-high of six set during the 2016-17 season.

Hirsh, a senior from Woodstock,  earned his second straight All-SAA first-team nod. He ranked second in the SAA with 17.5 points per game and led the league with 9.2 rebounds per contest. He was also second in the SAA with 49 blocks on the year. His 455 points and 240 rebounds this year puts him third in Berry’s NCAA DIII era record book for points and boards in a single season. Hirsh closed the season with 11 double-doubles. Hirsh was also selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region third team and is one of just two men’s basketball players from the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) to earn All-Region honors.

“The coaches at Berry have had a huge impact on my game but more importantly in the development of my character,” Hirsh said. “They challenged me to get better every single day, seize the moment and enjoy the journey. I can honestly say I would not be in the position I am without their guidance on the court, in the film room and throughout life.”


BASEBALL

Rome Braves’ early lead fizzles as Kannapolis wins, 5-4. Media release: Four early runs weren’t enough for the Rome Braves on Tuesday evening as Kannapolis used a walk-off double to beat the visitors 5-4 at Intimidators Stadium.

The Braves got three runs in the 1st inning and another in the 2nd to build a 4-0 lead but didn’t score again and Kannapolis gradually chipped away at the advantage. Kannapolis took its first lead of the game on a two run walk-off double by Bryce Bush in the Bottom of the 9th inning, spoiling Rome’s bid at a series-tying victory. Instead, the Intimidators have taken the series and will go for the sweep on Wednesday night.

Starting fast against Kannapolis right-hander Jason Bilous, the Braves opened the game with a double by Justin Dean. He scored on an RBI single from Greg Cullen. With the bases loaded and one out Jeremy Fernandez hit a shot up the middle, scoring two runs and giving the Braves an early 3-0 lead. Rome got their final run in the 2nd on a Cullen RBI double into deep right field which scored Jose Bermudez.

Kannapolis began to mount a comeback in the 3rd inning against Rome starter LHP Dilmer Mejia. Bush drove in two on a double into left-center field, making it 4-2. Kannapolis slugger Corey Zangari pulled the Intimidators closer with a solo homerun out to left in the 4th inning. It was the first homer Mejia has surrendered since April 14th, a stretch encompassing 50 innings from the Nicaraguan lefty.

Mejia and Rome reliever RHP Jose Montilla escaped trouble and held the one run lead through the 8th inning. Kannapolis left the tying run in scoring position in the 7th and 8th before breaking through in the 9th against RHP Ryan Shetter. Bush ended his night with two doubles and four RBI for Kannapolis.

Rome had only one hit and did not score a run in the final 7 innings of the game.

Mejia received a no-decision for 6 innings of work. He allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one. Montilla pitched 2 scoreless innings and allowed three hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Cullen was 2-5 with a double and two RBI. Fernandez was 2-4 with two RBI. Dean was 1-4 with a double, walk and a stolen base.

Dean extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the loss.

Rome and Kannapolis conclude their three game series on Wednesday evening from Intimidators Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Alan Rangel (6-4, 4.94) while Kannapolis will counter with RHP Johan Dominguez (4-3, 2.36).

Rome Braves (7-6, 37-45):                         4 R          6 H    2 E

Kannapolis Intimidators (8-5, 36-45):      5 R         15 H    2 E

W: Wilber Perez (2-1)

L: Ryan Shetter (2-1)

Time: 3:02

Attendance: 1,349

Next: In Kannapolis, tonight at 7. Return home on Independence Day vs. Asheville, 7 p.m. first pitch; fireworks to follow the game.

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

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


FOOTBALL

Corky Kell Classic returns to Barron Stadium on Aug. 22 with Rome, Calhoun games: Look for another season-starting double header in Rome as part of the 2019 Corky Kell Classic high school football kickoff. Calhoun is scheduled to play Ridgeland at 5:30 p.m. and Rome hosts Marietta at 8:30 p.m. in the 28th edition of the classic. Media: The classic’s website states all games will be broadcast on CBS46 and Peachtree TV, and will be streamed live on the National Federation of High School Associations Network at NFHSNetwork.com. Radio listeners can tune into 92.9 The Game for coverage of the games (the signal is available in Floyd County).

  • 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school with games starting in August. 2019
  • 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.
  • Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 1 p.m. kickoff. Vikings
  • Shorter Hawks begin the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Hawks
  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  at Clemson, Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ACC Network. Jackets
  • Georgia Bulldogs at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. SEC Network. Bulldogs

COMMUNITY

Aug. 17: The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. Registration is now open for the event with early bird pricing through July 27. This fun and challenging 5K winds through historic downtown Rome, and climbs historic Clocktower Hill in the second mile.  Both the 5K and the 2-mile health walk courses are very scenic, as they take in much of the “Between the Rivers” district of beautiful downtown Rome.  Both events start and end in Heritage Park. Pre and Post Race refreshments, pre and post race massages, music, and fun make this a race not to be missed. Proceeds go to the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Early registration is $25 for 5K and $20 for health walk, after July 27, price increases to $30 and $25. Register

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