Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: That’s eight straight wins for Rome Braves; Atlanta legend Ralph Garr at State Mutual tonight. Tech’s Josh Pastner in town Tuesday. Arey retired? No-No. Norman Arey returns soon with football picks — and ‘observations.’ High school scrimmages tonight.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: That’s eight straight wins for Rome Braves; Atlanta legend Ralph Garr at State Mutual tonight. Tech’s Josh Pastner in town Tuesday. Arey retired? No-No. Norman Arey returns soon with football picks — and ‘observations.’ High school scrimmages tonight.


The Rome Braves announce the Atlanta Braves legend Ralph Garr will make an appearance at State Mutual Stadium on Friday (gates open at 6 p.m., first pitch at 7 p.m.)  Garr works in Player Development for the Braves and serves as the Southeast Texas Area Supervisor. “We are so glad to have Ralph with us in Rome for our annual Retro Night,” says Rome Braves General Manager Michael Dunn.  “Ralph is a Braves legend and I know fans will want to meet him and reminisce a little about the early days of the franchise.  He’s a true gentleman and a great ambassador for the Braves.”    Garr played for 12 years in the major leagues, eight of them in Atlanta and batted .300 or better five times during his career.  In 1974, he was selected to the National League All-Star team and won the N.L. batting title that same season hitting .353.  Affectionately known as the “Road-Runner,” because of his speed, Garr swiped 137 bases and is eighth on the all-time Atlanta stolen base list.   An autograph session will take place from 6 until 6:30 p.m. on the front concourse.

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner to be in Rome on Tuesday, Aug. 8: This is a great chance to hear Josh Pastner talk about his dazzling first season with Tech and what’s ahead in 2017-18. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. Heritage First Bank, 501 Broad St., Rome. The agenda: 6 p.m., food and refreshments. 6:30: Introduction by the Rome Georgia Tech Network. 6:35: Pastner’s talk followed by Q&A. For more, please email:

Norman Arey’s back and better than ever as college football season arrives: Perhaps you read where Norman Arey had retired from journalism to an easy life of walking his prize standing poodle Fletcher around downtown neighbors each day. Yes — and “no-no.” Arey returns to Hometown Headlines soon for what might be a tenth year of Norman’s No-Nos, his unique takes on 10 college football teams that are “locks to lose” that weekend. Norman’s No-Nos will begin before the Alabama-Florida State game. Plus there’s more Norman. Now free of his print confines to the folks on Sixth Avenue, Norman will be contributing occasional sports observations throughout football season. So add a double dose of Norman Arey to your fall lineup starting soon on the sports pages of Hometown Headlines.


Georgia High School Football Daily. Strong showing for the Rome Wolves in the 5A preseason all-state team. Football Daily

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Watters Historical Preservation Society and Model High School will present ‘A Season to Remember’ in the Model High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.  Admission is free.


Model High intrasquard scrimmage set for 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at Woodard-Tuggle Stadium. The practice starts at 5:30 p.m. and the scrimmage at 6. Free admission. Parents are asked to bring sports drinks (Powerade/Gatorade) in any quantity, bottles or powder. The sports drinks will be used for pre-game meals during the season. Season tickets also will be on sale for $30 (which save you money and no standing in line). Also, Coach Powers and the TD Club will be around to update you on the upcoming events and opportunities.

Rome High/Middle Schools’ third annual Soap Game returns Friday at Barron Stadium. Wolves

Georgia High School Football Daily. Star quarterback Trevor Lawrence among the top 4A prospects in the preseason picks. Football Daily

John McClellan on the 2017 high school season: What you need to know about new coaches, rules changes, the playoffs and more. Click McClellan.

2017 high school football schedule across Northwest Georgia. Click high school

Your school-by-school look at the start of high school football season. Includes notes on upcoming events, scrimmages and the first official games of the season. Send updates to

  • Armuchee: Opens Aug. 18 at LaFayette. Also: Pictures are Aug. 4 and Meet the Tribe is Aug. 5. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Southwest Whitfield.
  • Coosa: Hosts Coahulla Creek on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Pickens.
  • Darlington: Hosts Gaston, Ala., on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11  hosting Rockmart.
  • Model: Hosts Sonoraville Aug. 25. Also: Season tickets go on sale; $30 for all five home games. Pickup at the field house 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Cedartown.
  • Pepperell: At Ridgeland Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Paulding County. Scrimmage Aug. 18 at Cass.
  • Rome: Discount cards with proceeds helping the Rome Wolves football team now on sale; contact Chris and Sherri Cromer. Hosts Harrison Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Pepplebrook.
  • Unity: Hosts Shiloh Hills Christian on Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 12 v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy
  • Cartersville: At Allatoona Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Westminster.
  • Adairsville: Hosts Ridgeland Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Woodland.
  • Cass: Scrimmage Aug. 18 hosting Pepperell.
  • Woodland: Hosts River Ridge Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Adairsville.
  • Calhoun: Hosts Douglas Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Northwest Whitfield.
  • Gordon Central: Hosts Murray County Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Sonoraville.
  • Sonoraville: At Model Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Gordon Central.
  • Chattooga: Hosts Fort Payne, Ala., on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Trion.
  • Trion: Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Chattooga.
  • Rockmart: At Cedartown on Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 4, hosting Bowdon. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Darlington.
  • Cedartown: Hosts Rockmart Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Model.


Braves pitcher Ryan Schlosser  had three strike outs and one hit during two innings pitched during the marathon 12-inning win Thursday night. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more game photos, please click gallery.
  • Rome Braves get eighth straight win, 6-5 in 12 innings. Media release: The Rome Braves picked up their eighth straight win, defeating the Asheville Tourists Thursday night 6-5 in 12 innings at State Mutual Stadium before 1,388 fans. Willie Abreu tripled to score a run and Tyler Nevin added a sacrifice fly RBI in the first inning to give Asheville an early 2-0 lead. The Braves made it a 2-1 game in the second thanks to a Leudys Baez run scoring single. In the third, Asheville crossed the plate two more times for the 4-1 lead on a double steal with runners at first and third and Bobby Werns RBI single. Rome continued to chip away at the lead in the fourth on Kurt Hoekstra’s single to score a run for the 4-2 score. The bottom half of the fifth inning saw Rome take the lead with three runs on a bases loaded walk by Izzy Wilson, and a two out two run single by Baez making it a 5-4 game. Asheville tied the contest in the seventh on a groundout to score a run by Wernes. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 12th when Kurt Hoekstra delivered the game winning single to give the Braves their eighth straight win.  Matt Custred (1-3) gets the win for Rome while Juan Pena (0-1) suffers the loss for Asheville.
  • What’s next:. Asheville tonight at 7, Saturday at 6 and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
  • Roster updates: None.
  • ‘Game Faces’ by Mills Fitzner:

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Training camp in Flowery Branch is under way. When, how to see the Falcons as they begin practice for the 2017 season. Preseason schedule: Aug. 10 at Dolphins, Aug. 20 at Steelers, Aug. 26 vs. Cardinals at home and Aug. 31 vs. Jaguars at home. Click Falcons


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


The 31st Annual Roman Rumble 5K Run and 2 Mile Health Walk is Saturday, Sept. 16. Background 

The Harbin Hero Hustle returns to the streets of downtown Rome on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s how to sign up
Also: See how the hustle is tied into the Harbin Hero Challenge and how you can help five local nonprofits earn at least $500. Challenger
Arsenal fall recreational soccer league returns: Schools are back in session and we are ready to play soccer. The league is for ages 4 to 15 for boys and girls.  Early registration is under way and runs through Aug. 22. Focus of this league is participation and fun. Fundamental skills of the game are developed and refined through activities and games. Sportsmanship, respect and responsibility are all key components of this league. All our recreational coaches are licensed through Georgia Soccer. Every game starts with a prayer and ends with a handshake. Practices are held once a week for an hour. Practices begin Aug. 28. Games are played on Fridays or Saturdays. Games begin Sept. 8/9 and end Nov. 3/4 (nine-week, eight-game season). Every child receives an award at the end of the season and there is a season-ending party for players and their team. Age groups are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U with separate boys and girls divisions in each age group.    
  • Early registration discount:  YMCA members  $69; potential members, $109.                           
  • A $10 regular registration increase applies after Aug. 22. 
  • Cost includes jersey, end of season award and end of season party as well as Georgia Soccer Association registration.  

 Lil’ Gunners fall preschool soccer: Classes focus on introducing soccer through outrageously fun games and activities. We help develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good teammates – on and off the soccer field. Classes meet at Grizzard Park on Thursdays  from 4:50-5:25 p.m. There is a maximum of 15 participants per class. Cost: $26 for Y members; $40 for nonmembers. Session 1: Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Session 2: Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2. Cost includes team shirt and medal.

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