Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports. People: Gaylor joins Braves’ triple A team. Golfer Jessica Welch, a Rome native, earns spot at Women’s Open. Rome Middle football back at Clemson. Rome Braves go for sweep tonight.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports. People: Gaylor joins Braves’ triple A team. Golfer Jessica Welch, a Rome native, earns spot at Women’s Open. Rome Middle football back at Clemson. Rome Braves go for sweep tonight.



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Rome’s Gaylor now part of the Gwinnett Braves: The resume doesn’t get much more homegrown than this: Rome High, Berry College and the Rome Braves. Stephen Gaylor continues to be a success on just about every level of baseball, an accomplishment that has him now one step away from the major leagues. Gaylor — who started the season with the double A Mississippi Braves — is now assigned to Triple A Gwinnett. Background: He signed a professional baseball contract with the Atlanta Braves organization 34 months ago after his collegiate career at Berry ended  in May. A centerfielder, he hit .373 for the Vikings with a team-leading 25 stolen bases. In his final game he went 4-4 with four stolen bases and set a new career benchmark for stolen bases (89). He was a first team Southern Athletic Association selection in 2013 and 2014. His first stop was rookie league, the Gulf Coast Tigers. He moved up to “low A” ball with the Rome Braves before continuing his climb within the organization. Gaylor, a Rome native, was a star at Rome High as well. (Background via earlier Berry College release).


That’s Jessica Welch on the cover of the Jacksonville University record book.


Rome native Jessica Welch qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament: This note from one of our readers and verified by the Florida State Golf Association. Jessica Welch, now from Thomasville, shot a 137 to be declared the medalist at Friday’s tournament, earning her a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open. She also had a stellar career at Jacksonville University. Family background: “Jessica is the daughter of Tommy and Valerie Welch.  Tommy is a graduate of West Rome High School and began his football coaching career at West Rome High under Mike Hodges. Tommy later returned to Rome and was the head football coach and AD at Armuchee for eight years. (Corrected to Jacksonville University)

A convergence of champions: Rome Middle School football is back at Clemson this summer — and this one’s a little different. For one, Clemson is the reigning national champion in college football and riding one of the top winning streaks in the nation over the past several seasons. But the young Wolves know a bit about that as well after watching their older siblings and friends bring home Rome High’s first ever 5A state football title in December. Photo courtesy of Chris Cromer.


  • Rome Braves take third straight vs. Tourists, 3-1; goes for sweep tonight. Asheville media release: Bryse Wilson

    pitched the Rome Braves to a victory against the Asheville Tourists back on May 23. Sunday afternoon, the right-hander did it again. Rome bested Asheville in a low-scoring afternoon affair 3-1. Vince Fernandez was the only Tourists player to reach base against Wilson. Asheville’s outfielder was hit by a pitch in the second inning and hit a solo Home Run in the bottom of the fourth to break a 0-0 tie. Rome responded with an unearned run in the top of the fifth to tie the game back up 1-1. Ty Culbreth finished the fifth inning with the game still tied and Asheville’s bullpen took over. Justin Ellison gave the Braves the lead with a lead-off Home Run in the seventh. Rome added one more in the eighth on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the ninth, Manny Melendez led off the frame with a single to right. It was Asheville’s second and final hit of the game. Wilson finished with seven innings pitched while Adam McCreery tossed the final two frames to earn the save. The Tourists have scored a total of three runs over their last four home games. All three runs have come courtesy of solo home runs.

    Next up: Today 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

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates


What’s ahead at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College this summer:
-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 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
Arsenal Summer Soccer Camps: two options:
-June Camp: Begins Monday, June 19-23, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
-July Camp: Begins Monday July 10-14, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Contact Scott McCreless at 706.346.6725 or Chase Watterson at 706.506.3562.
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. Details: Facebook page @berryvolleyball
 Day Camps & Clinics: 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)

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