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First Round State Tournament games Friday and Saturday
5A Boys: Cass at Columbia
5A Girls: Rome at Southwest DeKalb, 6 p.m. Friday.
4A Girls: Cedartown at Marist, 6 p.m. Friday.
- Jackson County at Sonoraville, Friday.
- Calhoun at Morgan County, 6 [p.m. Friday.
- Calhoun at Franklin County, 6 p.m. Saturday.
- Adairsville at Jefferson, Frfiday.
- Coosa at Spencer, 6 p.m. Friday.
- Chattooga will host Temple, 7:30 p.m. Friday
- Model at Callaway, 4 p.m. Saturday.
- Rockmart will host Jordan, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
- Gordon Central at Bremen, Friday.
- Chattooga will host Heard County, 7 p.m. Friday.
- Rockmart will host Callaway, 6 p.m. Friday.
Private A: Girls Darlington (Number 9 seed) will host Our Lady of Mercy. The winner will travel to Mount Paran.
Public A: Girls Trion (Number 14 seed) will host Elite Scholars Academy. The winner will travel to Wheeler County.
GAPPS Region 1-A
- Girls (Bracket): Unity Christian girls will play John Hancock Academy Friday at 7 p.m. at South Georgia College in Douglas in the quarterfinals.
- Berry Men’s basketball. 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Oglethorpe, Senior Night.
- Berry Women’s basketball: 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Oglethorpe, Senior Night.
- Shorter Men’s basketball: Tonight vs. Auburn University at Montgomery, 7:30 p.m.
- Shorter Women’s basketball: Monday at Kennasaw State, 11 a.m.
- Georgia Highlands’ men: 70-66 over South Georgia Technical College. Next: Feb. 19 at Albany Tech.
- Georgia Highlands’ women: South Georgia Tech 68-66 over GHC. Next: Feb. 17 at Southern Crescent.
Tonight: Jr. NBA Skills Challenge. The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge is set for next Thursday at Thornton Center Gymnasium at 102 N. Floyd Park Road. The event starts at 6 p.m. This event provides boys and girlsthe opportunity to showcase their skills through dribbling, shooting and rebounding competitions. The event is free for all participants and organizations. Boys and girls compete separately in two different age groups. The competition is is for kids ages 9 through 13. The age control date for this event is Aug, 31, 2020, and is set by Jr. NBA Guidelines. The first-, second- and third-place finishers in each age group and gender will advance to the Regional Competition at Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson. The Regional Competition will take place on March 22. Finalists in the Regional Competition win an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Finals. For more information and to register, please contact Jay Houston at Houstonj@floydcountyga.org.
Saturday: Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic School, 401 E. Seventh St., Rome. Free and open to boys and girls, ages 9 through 14. It was delayed last Saturday because of the snow. Contact: Mike at 706-266-2615 or Mel at 706-234-8669.
Feb. 22: The 2020 Rome Arsenal Soccer Jamboree. The event will be held at Grizzard Park at 1170 Turner Chapel Rd SE.
- Every team is guaranteed two halves against different schools. All interested middle school teams are welcome to participate.
- All matches will be 30 minutes with 10 minute break between matches.
- There are limited bleachers, tell your parents to bring chairs.
- Concessions will be available. Jamboree T-Shirts will be sold on site for $10. Admission will be $5 for adults and $4 for students.
- Please bring registration fee made out to Rome YMCA ($35 per team)
- Competing schools: Ashworth, Valley Point, Trion , Babb, Christian Heritage, New Hope, Adairsville, Model, Oglethorpe County, Lake Oconee Academy, Red Bud, Dalton, Otwell, Rome, McCallie, Sutton, Armuchee, Cartersville, Pepperell, Oak Ridge, Cedartown, Coosa, Heritage, Sprayberry, Woodland, Red Top, Berry, Rockmart, St. Mary’s, Marietta
Feb. 27: Larry Lester, co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will mark the centennial of organized black baseball with a public lecture at Berry on Thursday, Feb. 27, in McAllister Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m. Part of Black History Month, the lecture, “Only the Ball was White,” will be followed by an open discussion. Admission is free and cultural events credit is available. Lester’s lecture is sponsored by Berry’s departments of Communication and History. In addition to co-founding the museum and serving as its research director and treasurer, Lester has spearheaded the recovery of the statistical record of black baseball in America, a project funded and sanctioned by Major League Baseball. He is also chair of the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro League’s Committee, which organizes the annual Negro Leagues Baseball Conference in former Negro league cities throughout the Midwest. An author of nearly a dozen books on black baseball, Lester has also contributed research to more than 200 publications. He also wrote the forewords to both books on the Negro leagues written by Dr. Brian Carroll, professor and chair of Communication at Berry, who will introduce Lester in February. Prior to his lecture at Berry, Lester will join two former Negro Leaguers, Rome’s own Butch Haynes and former Kansas City Monarchs pitcher Eugene Scruggs, at the Rome Area History Museum for a special discussion and luncheon. Tickets can be purchased online at RomeGeorgia.org/LunchandLearn or in-person at the Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center and Gift Shop at 402 Civic Drive in Rome.
Marh 14: Harbin Clinic’s Leprechaun-a-thon 5K run and two-mile health walk returns. The 5K race begins from Bridgepoint Plaza and winds its way through the Kingfisher Trail and Riverview Park before finishing on the pedestrian bridge. Race start time is set for 7 p.m. with the walk starting five minutes later. The always-fun costume contest begins at 6:15 p.m. and offers participants, who are invited to dress in green, glowing attire, a chance to win prizes. Registration is now open for the race. Pre-registration for the 5K race is $25 and $20 for the walk. Thanks to Harbin Clinic’s sponsorship, all money raised from the event will go to help fund Rome-Floyd Park and Recreation’s Active Adult Programs. The 5K race is chip timed with special themed awards going to the top three male and female finishers in each age group as well as awards going to the overall male and female winners, male and female masters winners and male and female grandmasters winners. The awards ceremony will follow the race at the Town Green. Packet pickup begins on Wednesday, March 11, from noon to 6 p.m. at RFPRA headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. for groups. Packet pickup will be available for everyone on Thursday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 5:30 p.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza. Race day registration for the run and the walk is $35. All pre-registered runners receive a fun Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon T-shirt as well as an armband offering discounts to downtown businesses and restaurants. For more.