Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: High school softball, volleyball state tournaments under way. 550 already signed up for Saturday’s Harbin Hero Hustle.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: High school softball, volleyball state tournaments under way. 550 already signed up for Saturday’s Harbin Hero Hustle.


Pepperell High softball travels to Banks County for the opening round of the state playoffs on Wednesday. “This bunch is motivated!,” writes PHS Principal (and photographer) Jamey Alcorn in his Twitter post. More softball playoff updates below. Also: Volleyball.


550 already signed up for Saturday’s Harbin Hero Hustle in downtown Rome on Saturday.  Online registration is now closed but you can register at Rome Floyd Parks and Rec at 1 Shorter Ave. or on race day (see below). When you do, you’ll be 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. 

Expanded report: Race-day registration costs $30 for the 5K race. Last year’s event drew more than 450 participants with many of them paying homage to their favorite superheroes and villains. “I never imagined so many super heroes lived in the friendly confines of Rome and Floyd County,” RFPRD Director Kevin Cowling says. “I can’t wait to see the amazing costumes and the fast times our local heroes turn in again this year.”  A fun, fast course awaits this year’s group of heroes. The event also offers a way to help participants give back to a local charity in the Harbin Hero Challenge. During online registration and race-day registration, registrants can select one of five charities to support, earning that charity points in the Hero Challenge. The costume categories are: Best hero or villain; best junior hero (age 10 and under); Best league of heroes (two or more heroes). After the race concludes and the hustling heroes have once again saved the day, awards will be presented to race and age group winners. The charity which tallies the most points will be crowned the Harbin Hero Challenge winner and earn a $1,000 donation.

Race day details: Registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Start times: 5K at 10 a.m.; walk at 10:05 a.m. Starts at Bridgepoint Plaza, ends at Town Green.

Race day forecast (10 a.m.): 68 degrees, 3-mph breeze; light rain possible.


John McClellan: Pepperell vs. Rockmart, Darlington vs. Trion, Coosa vs. Dade County among week’s top games. McClellan
This Friday’s games:

Pepperell (4-2, 3-0) at Rockmart (4-2, 3-0)

Woodland (3-4, 2-3) at East Paulding (2-4, 2-2)

Sandy Creek (3-3, 0-2) at Class 4A Number 1 Cartersville (7-0, 3-0)

Unity Christian School (6-1, 2-1) at Harvester Christian Academy (1-5, 0-3)

Chattooga (1-5, 1-2) at Model (1-5, 1-2)

Dade County (3-3, 2-1) at Coosa (4-2, 2-1)

Cass (0-6, 0-4) at Class 5A Number 1 Rome (6-0, 4-0)

Class A Public Number 10 Trion (5-1, 3-0) at Darlington (4-3, 3-1)

Armuchee (1-5, 0-3) at Gordon Central (0-6, 0-3)

Adairsville (3-3, 0-1) at Sonoraville (4-3, 1-1) 

OFF: Calhoun, Cedartown, Georgia School for the Deaf 


1A private: Darlington hosts Galloway at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday

2A: Pepperell vs. Banks County: Today at 4 and 6 p.m.

-Armuchee vs. Social Circle

-Rockmart vs. Elbert County

3A: Calhoun hosts Cedar Grove

4A: Cedartown at Heritage

Full brackets, schedules. (Or check GHSA now)

        Coaches, please report scores by adding @hometown to your Twitter update.


1A private: Darlington at Our Lady of Mercy

2A: Washington at Armuchee

Kipp at Coosa

Chattooga vs. Douglass

Pepperell at. Rabun County

3A: Sonoraville at Savannah

4A: Chestatee at Cartersville

5A: Rome at Chamblee

Fall brackets for the playoffs: GHSA


Berry Vikings sports updates. Football: Berry hosts Hendrix, 2 p.m. Saturday. Schedule

Shorter Hawks sports updates. Football: Shorter hosts North Alabama, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium. Schedule.

Georgia Bulldogs‘ football. No. 5 Georgia hosts Missouri, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Saturday at Miami,  3:30 p.m.; ABC.

Alabama Crimson Tide.  Alabama hosts Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Norman’s No-Nos: New picks coming Thursday. Norman was eight for 10 last week. For the year: 50 right, 10 not-so-right.

Final TV schedule for the other SEC games this Saturday: South Carolina at Tennessee, Noon, ESPN; Auburn at LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS; Texas A& M at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN 2

Volleyball Bests Emory 3-0 for First Time in Program History

Berry Volleyball bests Emory 3-0 for first time in program history:  On a night veiled in grief and remembrance for fallen student athlete David Shankles, the Berry College volleyball team defeated the No. 4 Emory Eagles for the first time in program history. Surrounded by nearly 600 members of the Berry community, the Vikings surged to their 12th straight victory of the year behind solid blocking and efficient hitting. Although the Vikings trailed in overall kills 46-38, the Eagles committed 25 attacking errors and hit .145 for the match. Berry hit .192 and added to their national-leading pace with 11 blocks as a team. Volleyball

Berry men’s soccer blanks Scots 4-0:  Four different Vikings scored as the Berry College men’s soccer team shutout Covenant College 4-0 on Tuesday night. Soccer

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates


The Falcons host 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.


Half Marathon, companion events return Dec. 2, to benefit local high school teams: To register and for more information: or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.

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