Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: 17th coach/athletics executive out at Shorter. 3 Darlington girls lacrosse players honored; Coosa grad signs with Berry. Updates on weekend spring football games. Baseball: Calhoun updates; GHC Chargers need a win today.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: 17th coach/athletics executive out at Shorter. 3 Darlington girls lacrosse players honored; Coosa grad signs with Berry. Updates on weekend spring football games. Baseball: Calhoun updates; GHC Chargers need a win today.



Pictured Left to Right: Front Row: Josi Blackburn (sister), Autumn Blackburn (stepmom), Duke Blackburn, Jenni Duke (mom), Sara Duke (cousin) Back Row: Todd Wheeler (CHS Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director), David Blackburn (dad), Joe Duke (uncle), Jonna Duke (aunt), Trevor Hubbard (CHS Principal)
Coosa High School senior Duke Blackburn signs with Berry College: Playing hard on the field and studying hard in the classroom, Duke Blackburn has been the recipient of notable awards including the Future Eagle Award and the Principal’s Award as a sophomore. His football accomplishments include being named Coosa’s Offensive MVP this past season, being chosen to play in the Georgia North West Bowl, and playing receiver on the local All-Area and All-Region teams.

Football: Spring game schedule for this weekend:.

Rome plays North Paulding on the road, 7 p.m.

Updated: Model will play Darlington at Chris Hunter Stadium on Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Chattooga: The spring game is Saturday vs. Lee (Huntsville) at Jacksonville State University, 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Baseball playoffs/Quarterfinals.

Samanda Cox
Aisling Fields
Lizzie LaVangie

Darlington Juniors Lizzie LaVangie, Samanda Cox and Aisling Fields received state recognition for their performance during the 2017 girls’ varsity lacrosse season.  LaVangie was chosen for Honorable Mention for the 2017 Georgia High School All-Star Lacrosse Team. She led the Lady Tigers with 41 goals, 11 assists, 83 draw controls and 78 ground balls. LaVangie was recognized as the 2017 Most Valuable Player for the team.  Cox and Fields were chosen for the 2017 AAAAA-A All Area 2 Girls’ Lacrosse team. Cox was a true leader on the team and exemplified the Lady Tiger spirit and attitude throughout the season. With 25 goals, 10 assists, 78 ground balls and 41 draw controls, she was recognized as the 2017 Best Offensive Player.  Fields was a solid defensive player this year, ending the season with 32 ground balls. She also aided in the transition of the team’s game and received the 2017 Most Improved Award.


  • Rome Braves  were off Wednesday.
  • Next up:  Lexington in town. Tonight and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 and Sunday at 2.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery
  • Roster updates: 
Lane Pace


No. 17: Lane Pace out as men’s, women’s golf coach at Shorter. Just shy of his four-year anniversary with Shorter University, men’s and women’s golf coach Lane Pace is out. His is the 17th coach or senior athletics administrator to leave — under whatever circumstances — from the Hawks’ sports program since March 2015 following the exit of Bill Peterson as athletics director. It was Peterson who brought Pace to Shorter from California Baptist where he served in the same capacity. “Lane is a special man and a special coach,” said Peterson in a media release we’re quoting from.  “He has an unbelievable track record and is also a man of great faith. We are really pleased that he and his family will be joining the Shorter team.” More from than 2013 release: Pace’s coaching background includes both Division I and Division II experience. He was responsible for both the women’s and men’s team at Jacksonville University in 2000 and 2001. During his tenure at Jacksonville University and then at Longwood University, his programs won five collegiate tournaments. Prior to collegiate coaching, Pace played golf professionally; winning several major club professional events. He is also a PGA professional.

  • What’s next: The university continues to have an interim athletics director (Kim Graham left in December) and now has four head coaching vacancies (men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer and now golf). We’re told to expect more sports shakeups.

Berry Vikings sports updates.

Shorter Hawks sports updates.

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

GHC Chargers Baseball: Columbia State Community College 10, Georgia Highlands College 3 (Final – 9 innings). The Chargers play again today at 11 a.m. in the losers bracket. From Dyersburg State in Tennessee. Chargers / tournament information

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates


On Saturday, the Salvation Army of Rome will have its Fourth Annual Run for the Homeless. This annual event will be held at Redmond Regional Medical Center and funds generated will support the Army’s Men and Women’s Shelter, which operates 365 days a year. The Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army is excited to host the 4th Annual “Run for the Homeless” 5K and GoGo Mile Event to be held on Saturday, May 20th. We are partnering with Cycle Therapy to provide a first class running experience to all who participate. All proceeds will be used for the emergency homeless shelter needs here in Rome. We are asking for your support of this wonderful event!  Register to Run for the Homeless by visiting Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and will end promptly at 7:45 a.m. the day of the race.

An afternoon with Phil Jones set for June 10: Phil Jones arrived at Shorter University to build a football and quickly fit into the Rome/Floyd County community as if he’d been here forever. A veteran coach, Jones quickly made the Hawks’ program relevant. Jones separated from the Shorter program following 11 seasons but remains one of the more beloved sports figures in Northwest Georgia. On Saturday, June 10, old friends and players will gather at the Rome Civic Center beginning at noon to talk football. Or as the organizers call it “swap stories and celebrate the greatest coach we know.”  “Wives, girlfriends, children and parents are welcome. It will be a lot of football talk but a lot of those folks were with us from the very beginning and I know Coach (Jones) will be excited to see them as well. No cost to come.” – Coach Pete (Bill Peterson). RSVP by May 10 to
What’s ahead at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College this summer:
-May 20-23: USTA National L2 Junior Championships 16/18s
-May 24-29: ITF Senior Regional World Championships
-June 10-13: USTA GA Junior Closed Challenger
-July 1-4: USTA National L2 Junior Championships 16/18s
-July 15-18: USTA Georgia Junior Open
-July 22-23: USTA Clocktower Run-Roll Wheelchair Classic
MLB Youth Baseball CampFormerly Hawk Baseball Campdirected by Matt Larry. Session one: June 5-9; session two: June 12-16;  session three: June 26-30, to be held at the Levee fields, Riverside Park.  $95 includes video and T-shirt. Team, multiple weeks and sibling discounts available. For more information, contact Matt Larry at
Rome High Kids Track & Field Camp: Mark your calendars. Kids T&F camp May 30-June 1 ages 6-14. Barron Stadium 6pm-8pm. We will run a meet on that Thursday. More info to come.
Darlington School will host a free youth football clinic for all boys ages 7-12 at Darlington’s Jerry Sharp Field at Chris Hunter Stadium from June 5-8, 9 a.m. until noon. For more information, please email Coach Tommy Atha at
Berry Youth Football Camp: The Fourth Annual Coach K Football Camps Inc. Youth Football Camp will take place at Berry College on Tuesday, May 30- Friday, June 2, from 8-11:30 a.m. on Williams Field at Valhalla. This is a non-contact football camp for 7 to 12-year-olds. Please register online at The cost is $110 and includes a camp T-shirt. Further questions please call 706-236-2290 or email
Berry College Volleyball is hosting a series of clinics and camps this summer. All clinics and camps focus on developing and refining specific skills through repetitions and learning strategies that will increase volleyball IQ. Additionally, players will develop secondary skills and play competitive games in a positive, game-like environment. It is our guarantee that players will learn, compete, and have a ton of fun. Day Camps & Clinics

June 1: Setter/Hitter Clinic
June 1: Serving Clinic #1
June 2: Passing/Defense Clinic
June 2: Serving Clinic #2
July 6-8: All Skills Session #1 (all ages and skill levels)
July 25-27: All Skills Session #2 (all ages and skill levels)

Overnight Camps
July 17-19: Position Skills Camp (designed for ALL levels, grades 5-12)
July 20-22: Elite College Prep (designed for HIGH-level players wanting to play in college, limited to 30 participants)

Athletes can learn more and register on our camp website:   You can also check out our camp Facebook page @berryvolleyball camps for pictures and videos from last summer.

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