Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Hal Lamb joins Christian Heritage as Athletic Director of Development. Trevor Lawrence declares for the NFL draft, posts thank you video to Clemson community. Brooke Brumbelow named Berry sports information director. Weekend football: NFL wild card games and then Monday’s college football championship.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Hal Lamb joins Christian Heritage as Athletic Director of Development. Trevor Lawrence declares for the NFL draft, posts thank you video to Clemson community. Brooke Brumbelow named Berry sports information director. Weekend football: NFL wild card games and then Monday’s college football championship.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

BASEBALL

Baseball America reports the league sent teams a memo saying that spring training for the Double-A levels and below will be delayed until after MLB and Triple-A players have left from their spring training camps. That would include the Rome Braves, even as a High A team beginning this season.

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule


HIGH SCHOOLS

Hal Lamb

Christian Heritage School announces the naming of Hal Lamb as the school’s Athletic Director of Development. Lamb will join CHS’s  athletic department in the summer.

Lamb’s arrival at the Dalton school comes in the midst of record-breaking athletic seasons for CHS. Most recently, the Lions earned the title of region football champions for the 2020 season, starring two Player of the Year award recipients. Currently, the school’s varsity boys basketball team, led by CHS alumnus and Middle School Athletic Director Tyler Watkins (’07), finds itself ranked in the top 10 in the state of Georgia.

Over the past several years, the college-preparatory, independent, Northwest Georgia Christian school has made state-playoff appearances in each athletic season along with the school’s first state championship title, held by the varsity boys golf team, under the leadership of Athletic Director of Operations Chad Jordan. Jordan also was named GHSA Region 6A’s Athletic Director of the Year last spring; he continues serving the school in his current role.

Lamb is recognized as an influential leader and a man of character. Having served as both a head football coach and athletic director at Calhoun High School, he was instrumental in the growth and enhancement of the school’s overall program. In February 2019, Lamb announced his retirement from his 21-year coaching career at Calhoun. During his tenure, Lamb led the Jackets to a 233-37 record, claimed three state titles (2011, 2014, 2017) and held 18 straight region titles (2001-2018). The renowned coach stepped away with the most victories of any Georgia high school football coach in this century.

Most recently, Lamb was recognized last January as Coach of the Decade by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Head of School Kent Harrison is excited to see how the addition of Lamb to the leadership team will enhance the school’s efforts and the overall experience for students as he fosters relationships, both internally and externally.

“I am extremely proud of the department that Chad and his team of coaches have established thus far,” said Harrison. “Having both Chad and Hal direct the various areas of our athletic department together is truly a dream come true. Hal’s reputation, Godly character, and outstanding leadership make him the perfect addition to our CHS family, and we could not be more excited to have him on board.”

Said Lamb: “Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. I am excited about joining the team at CHS in their mission to prepare young people, not only for life but for eternity. I truly feel that the work they are doing is worth doing, and I am eager to be a part of it.”


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

As Trevor Lawrence declares for the NFL draft, the Cartersville High alum and Heisman runner-up posts a thank you video to the Clemson community.

Monday: National Championship: Alabama vs. Ohio State, Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN.


COLLEGES

Brooke Brumbelow 

Berry College Director of Athletics Angel Mason announces the hiring of Brooke Brumbelow to serve as the new director of sports information and promotions. 

Brumbelow joins Berry after working for the Orlando Magic as communications manager. Her primary responsibilities included generated publicity for the organization’s on and off the court initiatives, serving as a staff writer and copy editor, managing the credentialing process, facilitating media arrangements for home games, producing the game program and assisting in the publication of the media guide, helping to facilitate media interviews and player appearances and supporting all areas of the communications department.

Before working with the Magic, Brumbelow worked with the University of Georgia’s media relations department for five years, where she was the contact for three Olympic sports, served as the assistant sports information director for women’s softball and managed the credentialing process for football and basketball.

Brumbelow graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and communications, and then with her master’s degree in sport administration in 2017.


NFL

The National Football League released the schedule for the Wild Card Weekend ahead. For more, click NFL

Saturday

  • AFC No. 7 seed Indianapolis Colts at AFC No. 2 seed Buffalo Bills, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
  • NFC No. 6 seed Los Angeles Rams at NFC No. 3 seed Seattle Seahawks, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)
  • NFC No. 5 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFC No. 4 seed Washington Football Team, 8:15 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday

  • AFC No. 5 seed Baltimore Ravens at AFC No. 4 seed Tennessee Titans, 1:05 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)
  • NFC No. 7 seed Chicago Bears at NFC No. 2 seed New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m. (CBS, Nick, Amazon Prime Video)
  • AFC No. 6 seed Cleveland Browns at AFC No. 3 seed Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (NBC, Telemundo, Peacock)

The Divisional Playoffs schedule will be announced once all wild card games have been played.

Atlanta Falcons: Track the general manager interviews here.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


 

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