Updated: Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: West named Darlington’s head boys’ basketball coach, assistant athletic director. Rome Braves win 3-1, take series in Charleston; on to Kannapolis tonight.

Updated: Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: West named Darlington’s head boys’ basketball coach, assistant athletic director. Rome Braves win 3-1, take series in Charleston; on to Kannapolis tonight.

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.

Nathan West

West named Darlington’s head boys’ basketball coach, assistant athletic director. Media release: Nathan West is joining Darlington as head boys’ basketball coach and assistant athletic director. A native of Anniston, Ala., West has over nine years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level, and replaces Bradley Pierson (‘05), whose family is relocating to Tennessee for his wife’s job.

“I am thrilled that Nathan will be our next varsity boys’ basketball coach and assistant athletic director,” said Eddie Guth, director of athletics. “He is smart, charismatic, and a very hard worker. We look forward to his leadership, positive attitude, and delightful spirit. We warmly welcome he and his family to the Darlington Community.”

West holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. At the collegiate level, West played a year at Marion Military Institute before transferring, and finishing, his next three years at Birmingham Southern College where he was a co-captain and his team won a conference championship in 2010.

West took his athleticism into his career as he served first as an assistant basketball coach for Saks High School in Anniston and then Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala. He then took a role at the collegiate level as assistant men’s basketball coach and head varsity reserve coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He comes to Darlington from Franklin County High School in Eastpoint, Fla., where he has served as head boys’ basketball coach and assistant principal for the past two years.

During his first season at FCHS, West guided his team to finish as district runner-ups and an appearance in the Elite 8, the first time in school history to host a regional championship. This past season, the team finished as district champions, region champions, and made a Final Four appearance, all firsts for the program in over a decade.


BASEBALL

Rome Braves, with 3-1 win, move into first place in southern division.  Media release: The Rome Braves defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 3-1 in their series finale on Thursday night, igniting the game-winning rally with their patience at the plate. Trailing 1-0 in the 7th inning the Braves used five walks and an RBI single from Jose Bermudez to score three runs and take the rubber game of the set. Coupled with an Augusta loss, the Braves claimed sole possession of 1st place in the Southern Division.

Rome starter RHP Jose Olague was once again outstanding on the mound. Olague fired 7 innings and earned the win. Charleston got its only damage against him in the 5th inning. RiverDogs second baseman Oliver Dunn doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Olague stranded two in the inning and was consistently at his best throughout the evening with runners in scoring position.

Rome was handcuffed by Charleston starter RHP Luis Medina but immediately began their rally once he departed after the 6th inning. Facing reliever RHP Tanner Myatt the Braves worked three straight walks to open the inning. Shea Langeliers, Griffin Benson and Greg Cullen all reached base and Langeliers scored on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, one out and the score tied 1-1 Rome outfielder Jose Bermudez ripped a go-ahead RBI single into right to score Benson. Justin Dean worked a bases loaded walk to bring in the final run. Rome got five total walks in the inning and took a 3-1 lead they would not surrender.

Olague fired a scoreless 7th inning and gave way to LHP Tanner Lawson in the final two frames. Lawson retired all six batters he faced to earn his first save of the season.

Bermudez finished the night 1-4 with an RBI. Brendan Venter was 1-3 with a walk. Drew Campbell was 1-4 with a double. Olague threw 7 innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out one and walked two while lowering his ERA to 3.15.

Rome took two of three in the series and also wrapped up their season-series against Charleston by winning five of nine games against their division foe. Rome continues its road trip with a three game series in Kannapolis against the Intimidators. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 pm.

Rome Braves (12-9, 42-48):                     3 R         3 H    0 E

Charleston RiverDogs (9-12, 46-45):      1 R         6 H    0 E

W: Jose Olague (8-6)

L: Tanner Myatt (3-2)

S: Tanner Lawson (1)

Time: 2:32

Attendance: 4,751

Next:  In Kannapolis. Game times: 7 tonight and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Next home game: Monday, July 15.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
South Atlantic League all-star game to be hosted by Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium next June 23. Details

Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


FOOTBALL

From Cartersville High: Reserve seat tickets for the 2019 football season got on sale Monday, July 15. Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cartersville High School Attendance Office. The cost is $125 each. Any questions: 770-387-4777.

HHPodcast Interview: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. High school football  / Click to the podcast

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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