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Today — An afternoon with Phil Jones: 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).
- Rome Braves shake slump, beat Tourists, 2-0. Asheville media release: The Asheville Tourists and the Rome Braves each sent a first round draft pick to the pitcher’s mound on Friday night. Asheville’s Riley Pint (4th overall in 2016) went toe to toe with Rome’s Ian Anderson (3rd overall in 2016). Pint and Anderson went back and forth through the first two frames. Anderson issued a pair of walks in the second inning and Pint worked around a two-out single in the second. Neither pitcher blinked. In the third, Rome used a bunt single and a fielder’s choice to steal the first run of the game. With runners at the corners Randy Ventura was thrown out trying to steal second. Kevin Josephina raced home from third on the out. The Braves added an unearned run in the fifth against Pint who struck out three batters in the four-out frame. Pint’s day was done after five innings but Anderson continued to roll through the sixth. The Braves right-hander turned the game over to the bullpen with a 2-0 lead. Asheville put two runners aboard in the eighth and one runner on in the ninth but the big hit eluded the home team. The Tourists never had a runner reach third base in the game and were edged by the Braves 2-0. Asheville’s bullpen was impressive behind Pint. Bryan Baker, Julian Fernandez and Reid Humphreys combined to pitch four shutout innings with a total of one hit allowed. Both teams are back in action on Saturday night for game two of the series.
- Next up: Tonight-Monday at Asheville. Next home game: June 13 vs. Augusta.
- Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
- Roster updates:
Berry Vikings sports updates.
Football: First game at Maryville on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.
Shorter Hawks sports updates.
- Football: First game vs. Mars Hill at Barron Stadium, 1 p.m. Sept. 2. Schedule
-June Camp: Begins Monday, June 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Contact Scott McCreless at 706.346.6725 or Chase Watterson at 706.506.3562.
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)