Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Model’s Edgar Reyes-Cornejo to play soccer at Shorter. 11 Berry baseball players earn all-conference honors; Beasley named coach of the year. Calhoun’s legendary coach retires. Rome Braves to honor Military Hero each game.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Model’s Edgar Reyes-Cornejo to play soccer at Shorter. 11 Berry baseball players earn all-conference honors; Beasley named coach of the year. Calhoun’s legendary coach retires. Rome Braves to honor Military Hero each game.

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.

Congratulations to Model High Senior Edgar Reyes-Cornejo who will continue his education and soccer career at Shorter University.

Immediate family pictured left to right:  Eustacio Reyes (father), Rolando Reyes-Cornejo (brother), Edgar, and Esmeralda Cornejo-Reyes (mother).


COLLEGES

In voting by head coaches of the Southern Athletic Association, the Berry College baseball team placed 11 student-athletes on the All-Conference teams. After finishing 32-9 overall and winning the regular season in his 24th year of coaching, Head Coach David Beasley was named the SAA Coach of the Year. He has an overall record of 693-447-2 and is the winningest coach in Berry history.

Tyler Calvert headlined the honors with SAA Player of the Year recognition and first-team All-SAA recognition. On the season, the first baseman was named SAA Player of the Week four times, led the team in batting average with .438, in OPS with 1.266, in runs with 54, in triples with four, in home runs with 11, in stolen bases with 19, RBI with 62 and in slugging percentage with .778. He finished first in the SAA in multiple categories as well—batting average, slugging percentage, runs scores, RBI, home runs, stolen bases and sacrifice flies. He currently leads nationally in RBI and ranked seventh in home runs.

Zack WalchSpence JohnsLevi CloudBen Coker and Mason Carnes joined Calvert in the first-team recognition. John D’AmelioDalton Smith and Jack Poist claimed second-team honors, while Weston Bray and Patrick O’Rourke earned honorable mention.

  • Walch, a senior from Norcross,  claimed his third All-Conference honor and posted a .433 batting average with 53 runs and 16 RBI. He led the Vikings in hits with 65 and finished second in doubles with 10. He finished first in the conference in hits and in at-bats, third in doubles, second in batting average and top-ten in slugging percentage with .503.
  • Johns, a senior from Dacula,  earned his third All-Conference honor and connected with 45 hits, 31 runs and 35 RBI. Posting a .402 batting average, he led the team in doubles with 12. In the conference, he finished third in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage with .560, top-ten in on base percentage with .488, top-ten in runs scored, third in RBI and second in doubles.
  • Cloud, a freshman from Decatur, started in 32 games at third base for the Vikings, connecting with 40 hits, 27 runs and 21 RBI. Additionally, he was named the NCBWA NCAA DIII Rookie of the Month for the month of February.
  • Coker, a senior pitcher from Dacula, Ga., claimed his third All-Conference recognition after posting a 4.04 ERA and an 8-1 overall record. This season, he broke the all-time DIII era record in strikeouts at Berry with 251. In the SAA, he finished first in strikeouts with 71 and first in wins with eight.
  • Carnes, a sophomore from McDonough, appeared in 15 games for the Vikings, posting a 2.63 ERA, leading the team. With an overall 2-0 record, he posted nine saves in 24 innings pitched, only giving up seven runs on the year with 17 strikeouts. He finished first overall in the SAA in saves.
  • D’Amelio, a sophomore from Evans, connected with 19 hits, 13 runs and 10 RBI for the Vikings this season. Posting a .284 batting average, he had six games with multiple hits on the season.
  • Smith, a senior from Covington, earned his first All-Conference honor after starting in 38 games for the Vikings and tallying six doubles, two triples and 22 RBI. With a .310 batting average, he connected with 35 total hits and posted a .440 on base percentage, finishing in the top-ten in the SAA.
  • Jack Poist, a freshman from Hoover, Ala., started in 31 games in left field for Berry and finished with a .404 slugging percentage, tallied 39 hits, 29 runs, 27 RBI with five doubles and one triple. In the SAA, he finished top-ten in RBI.
  • Bray, a junior from Cleveland, earned his second All-Conference honor after starting in 19 games for Berry behind the plate. He recorded 126 putouts with six assists and a .978 fielding percentage. Offensively, Bray had 17 hits with 14 runs and 11 RBI.
  • O’Rourke, a sophomore pitcher from Alpharetta, started in 10 games this season and posted a 4.50 ERA with an overall 7-1 record. This season, he pitched a perfect game vs. Millsaps, earning him local and national recognition and honors. In the SAA, he finished second in wins, top-ten in strikeouts with 47 and top-ten in innings pitched with 54.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Calhoun baseball coach Chip Henderson retires after lauded career; new coach sought. Calhoun City Schools would like to congratulate Coach Chip Henderson on a remarkable career as head baseball coach at Calhoun High School which includes 3 state championships and over 600 total wins. Due to Coach Henderson’s retirement from coaching at the end of the 2021 season, Calhoun High School is in search of a head baseball coach to lead the development and growth of the program moving forward. Ideal candidates will have experience and proven success as a head coach leading a high-level program. All areas of certification will be considered. All candidates who wish to be considered for the position should email a statement of interest and a resume to Calhoun City Schools Athletic Director, Brock Holley (holleyb@calhounschools.org) and Calhoun High School Principal, Dr. Peter Coombe (coombep@calhounschools.org). In addition, external candidates should complete an application (click here)


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves over Cubs, 5-0.  Ronald Acuña Jr. broke a tie and sparked a win with a monster 481-ft HR, the 2nd-longest HR in MLB this year.

  • Next: Hosts Chicago Cubs, tonight through Thursday at 7:20 p.m.
  • A look at Atlanta’s spring training report for minor leaguers. Minors

Rome Braves 2021 season: First game is May 4; home opener May 18.

  • The Rome Braves are partnering with The LeNoir Group to honor past and current military through the Military Hero of the Game program. The program pays tribute to military members of our community with tickets and a parking pass to a Rome Braves game and videoboard recognition of the military personnel during the game. To nominate a deserving candidate in our area, please click Thank You
  • Friday: To promote the return of Minor League Baseball, the Rome Braves are giving away a collectible “Baseball Is Back” schedule poster. The Braves will be outside Gate 2 (near the Customer Service booth), and will bring it “safely to your car on the curb… limit 2 per car.” Details
  • Rome Braves plan 3 nights of fireworks, 8 nights with bobbleheads and food/drink specials in 2021 season. Also: Single-game tickets are now on sale. 2021
  • Season starts May 4 on the road; home opener is May 18 vs. Bowling Green. 2021 schedule

TENNIS

May 8: High school tennis finals coming to Rome: The Georgia High School Association’s state championships in tennis will be played at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. The schedule:

  • Girls Report at 8-8:30 a.m; play at 9 a.m.
  • Boys Report at noon-12:30 p.m.; play at 1 p.m.
  • Tickets: $5. Tickets will be sold exclusively on GoFan, no cash sales at site.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL/spring

  • May 13: Darlington’s spring scrimmage, 7 p.m. at home vs. North Murray.
  • May 14: Rome High’s Red and Gold Scrimmage
  • May 14: Coosa High ‘Eagles under the Lights.’
  • May 15: Armuchee v Woodland (Ala.) at Jacksonville State University, 11 a.m.

Camps

The Darlington Youth Football Camp will be held June 1-4 from 9 a.m.-noon each day and is free for all boys ages 6-14.  Registration forms can be found at www.darlingtonschool.org under Summer Programs or email tatha@darlingtonschool.org.


ATLANTA FALCONS

dirty-bird-report

From the Atlanta Falcons: The 2021 NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Deportes live from Cleveland, Ohio. The Draft will kickoff with the first round on Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET with the second and third rounds beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 30, and the fourth through seventh rounds beginning at noon ET on Saturday, May 1.

Falcons fans can get their pre-draft fix by tuning into Fox 5 Atlanta for a special edition of Dirty Birds: Path to the Draft on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The special will feature exclusive interviews with general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith as well as breakdowns from former Falcons Harry Douglas and D.J. Shockley.

AtlantaFalcons.com will air a special Pre-Draft live show at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday shortly before the Falcons go on the clock. Presented by Truist, the show will be live streamed on AtlantaFalcons.com. and led by Wes Durham, Dave Archer, and D.J. Shockley. The trio will break down the teams’ roster, needs, prospects the Falcons could target, and their picks for how the draft will shake out. The show will also feature interviews with Smith and Fontenot as they put the finishing touches on their preparations.

Falcons Picks

  • Round 1 | Pick 4 (4 overall)
  • Round 2 | Pick 3 (35 overall)
  • Round 3 | Pick 4 (68 overall)
  • Round 4 | Pick 3 (108 overall)
  • Round 5 | Pick 4 (148 overall)
  • Round 5 | Pick 38* (182 overall)
  • Round 5 | Pick 39* (183 overall)
  • Round 6 | Pick 3 (187 overall)
  • Round 6 | Pick 35* (219 overall)

* – Denotes a compensatory pick.

  • What to know about the NFL Draft beginning April 29. Draft

COMMUNITY

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation and Darlington School play host to Major League Baseball’s youth event: The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for Rome and Floyd County. Boys and girls show off their skills and abilities in these free and fun competitions at the local level with the opportunity to advance and compete at the regional level.
  • Today: The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition is the one for you to show off your all around baseball skills. Set to take place at 6 p.m. boys and girls age 14 and under compete at the Alto Park Complex to see who has the most accurate strike in the game, furthest hit from a stationary tee, and quickest base running times from starting at home plate to finishing at home plate. Local winners can advance to the regional level competition. Register today to show off your baseball skills at rfpra.com/pitchhitrun.
For all the details or to register, visit our web site at rfpra.com. Registration must be done prior to event day. Both competitions age cut off is July 17, 2021. For more information, contact Jeremiah Blanton at BlantonS@floydcountyga.org.


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