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Earlier this year, the ACC held its men’s and women’s championships at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. This spring, make way for the top high school tennis stars in the state. It’s the latest push to bring high school championships to Rome following last spring’s successful state baseball tournament at State Mutual Stadium. The media release:
The Georgia High School Association has contracted with the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College to hold the State Tennis Championships at the 60-court facility beginning next spring. Girls and boys finals in all seven GHSA classifications will be held there beginning May 12, ending a 10-year run for the championships at the Clayton County Tennis Center at International Park in Jonesboro. An exact schedule for the finals will be posted at a later date on the GHSA web site, but it is anticipated that 40 courts will be used for competition, thus allowing all eight girls matches to be put on at the same time in a morning session with all eight boys finals going on simultaneously in an afternoon session. But with 40 courts in use, all five lines of each team match can go on at the same time in all eight divisions (Classes 2-A through 7A, and Class A Public and Private). This will mean exact match times for all classes and no waiting for the No. 3 singles players. “The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College welcomes the GHSA State Tennis Championships to the City of Rome and we look forward to a wonderful competition featuring the best high school tennis teams in Georgia,” said Tom Daglis, Executive Director of the tennis center. Open since July 2016, the tennis center offers permanent outdoor seating for 800 spectators along with 220 parking spaces directly on site and 250 more on the hill directly adjacent to the tennis center. All-day admission will be $5 and parking will be free. For more: www.rometenniscenter.com.
Norman’s No-Nos: 12th Man? What 12th Man as the Crimson Tide visits College Station. Norman Arey
From Berry Athletics: Stat of the Day:
Berry Football‘s 10-game win streak dating back to last year is the fifth longest active streak in NCAA Division III. The Vikings try to keep the streak alive, traveling to Sewanee this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Hawks hope to stop a streak in the other direction: Shorter’s football team lost 22 consecutive games since its 26-21 win over Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 26, 2015. Shorter is at Gardner-Webb (Boiling Springs, NC) on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. kick.
Georgia Bulldogs‘ football. Next Saturday: No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt, noon.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Next game: Oct. 14 at Miami. Time: TBA
Alabama Crimson Tide. Saturday: Alabama at Texas A&M, 7:15 p.m. EDT
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
John McClellan high school picks: Rome, Cartersville, Darlington should cruise Friday night; bye week for a lot of schools. McClellan
This week’s games:
Rome at Hiram. Radio: 99.5 FM The Jock.
Darlington at North Cobb Christian. Radio: 1410 AM
Calhoun at Adairsville
Cartersville at LaGrange. Radio: 100.3 FM, 1450 AM WBHF
Cedartown at Central of Carrollton. Radio: WGAA 1340 AM.
Sonoraville at Haralson County
Paulding County at Woodland
East Paulding at Cass
Georgia School for the Deaf at Mississippi School for the Deaf
Off this week: Armuchee, Chattooga, Coosa, Gordon Central, Model, Pepperell, Rockmart, Trion and Unity Christian.
High school softball
Lady Tigers defeat Trion 8-6 on Wednesday, move to semi finals today beginning at 4:30 p.m. vs. Bowdon (at Gordon Lee).
All high school coaches, please send your sports news with a simple Twitter post. We’re @hometown.
The Berry College volleyball team will host a “Dig Pink” Pack the House game on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. to honor the late Karson Beaty through fundraising for the SideOut Foundation. Beaty, sister of sophomore setter Jordan Leitch, lost her decade-long battle with breast cancer on August 4, 2017, but not before positively impacting everyone around her. With a characteristic smile, positive attitude, and a desire to help others, Beaty worked as a social worker for both the Tennessee Early Intervention System and the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Ontology Department, inspiring everyone around her. “Karson faced pain that we never thought imaginable,” Leitch said about her sister. “But she continuously put others before herself. She has a pure heart, and she loves others immensely. Karson is in a place where she only sees light and feels no more pain, and it brings joy to my heart knowing she is my guardian angel. Karson is strong and courageous, and she showed me how to be brave and love others, and that is something I am forever thankful for.” In honor of Beaty, the matchup between the Vikings and the No. 3 ranked Eagles of Emory University will include pink t-shirt sales for $10, with 100% of the sales going to the SideOut Foundation. The SideOut Foundation partners with volleyball teams all over the country to inspire science and hope in the match against breast cancer. Other aspects of the Dig Pink match include fan BINGO, a pink t-shirt serving competition between sets two and three, pink balloons decorating the gym, and pink socks and laces as part of the volleyball players’ attire for the contest. In a partnership between both the Berry and Emory volleyball programs, the teams have set a $2,000 fundraising goal for the event. If you would like to donate to the cause directly, please visit https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/12789.
Georgia Highlands sports reports.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates.
The Falcons are off this Sunday; hosting the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Oct. 15; game on CBS.
- 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium. Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.
The Bernard Neal Memorial Clock is up at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College will be dedicated Friday at 6:30 p.m. For more: 706-236-4490
The Harbin Hero Hustle returns to the streets of downtown Rome on Saturday, Oct. 14. Registration continues, helping one of the five local charities competing for the $1,000 prize from Harbin Clinic. Those in the running include: Rome Floyd YMCA, Summit Quest, The Sweet Cocoon, Floyd County CASA, Living Proof Recovery. Here’s how to sign up