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Critical note from the Georgia High School Association regarding this weekend’s championship games and the weather:
“In the unlikely event that any football championship games have to be postponed this weekend because of winter weather conditions, the GHSA wants to make fans aware of the contingency plan.
“Any games that could not be played Friday or Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium would be made up Dec. 15 or 16 at the site of the highest-seeded participating team (or the team winning a coin flip if both participants are equal seeds and both their stadiums meet GHSA seating requirements. Note: the same seating requirements for semifinal games in the GHSA Constitution would be used in this case.)
“A decision to postpone games this weekend would be reached after consultation among the GHSA, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials and the weather service and will be posted immediately on the GHSA web site.”
That coin flip would include the Rome-Warner Robins game as both were no. 1 seeds in 5A.
The same is true with Calhoun-Peach County as both were no. 1 seeds in 3A.
More honors for the 2017 Vikings football team: Berry College’s head football coach, Tony Kunczewski, collected his second Regional Coach of the Year honor in as many days after D3football.com announced its All-South Region teams on Tuesday night. Senior Mamadou Soumahoro was named the South Region Defensive Player of the Year, the first honor in Berry football history. Joining Kunczewski and Soumahoro, Mason Kinsey and Tristen Cline were selected to the third team offense after career seasons. Click Vikings
State 5A Championship: Rome vs. Warner-Robins at 4:30 p.m., Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
- Tickets: SOLD OUT. Rome’s 3,000 ticket allotment for Friday’s championship game are gone. Plenty of seats on sale at the stadium beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. $22 each. Tickets also on sale at the stadium Friday beginning at 9 a.m., gates 1 and 2.
- Watch the weather: Atlanta could see snow Friday afternoon.
- Parking: Rome High School fans are encouraged to park in the “Home” lots: red and silver. Passes may be purchased for $20 at the following link: https://www.ghsa.net/ghsa-foo
- Rome schools closed Friday: Rome City Schools has decided that Friday.
- Live TV (free): All state championship games will also be televised live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
- Watch parties: Rome City Brewing Co. will have a watch party Friday afternoon/evening for the Rome game. Arrive early; it was packed in 2016. RCBC will be showing the Calhoun game beginning at 1 p.m. as well.
- Radio: The Rome-Warner Robins game also will be broadcast on 99.5 FM The Jock. Pregame starts at 4 p.m.
State 3 A Championship: Calhoun vs. Peach Co. at 1 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
- Tickets: SOLD OUT. Some 2,000 tickets — the school’s allotment — were gone by Wednesday afternoon so all that’s left is walk-up tickets Friday morning at the championship site. Cost: $22.
- T-shirts: “We sold 1,692 shirts that will be proudly worn” at Friday afternoon’s game.
- Classes: Calhoun schools closed Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Brackets are out for the 2017 high school Christmas tournament: Held at Georgia Highlands’ Floyd campus and Berry College, the 2017 tournament is again sponsored by Seven Hills Rotary as well as the Rome News. The games are on Dec. 18, 19, 21 and 22 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and tickets are $6 per person (everyone 5 and older). Click brackets (we will post full brackets on our Sports pages as the tournament begins).
From Darlington: Outstanding athletes in varsity cheerleading, crew, cross country, football, softball and volleyball were recognized at the Fall Sports Assembly on Monday, Dec. 4, in Morris Chapel.
- Senior Caroline Cordell of Rome received the Most Valuable Person Award.
- Sophomore Chloe Duck of Cave Spring received the Pillar Award.
- Senior Jacqueline Cline of Rome received the Academic Award.
- Senior Josi McKibben Rome received the Most Valuable Person Award.
- Senior Alex Gardner of Nassau, Bahamas received the Pillar Award.
- Junior Amelia Hoyt of Rome received the Academic Award.Cross country:
- Sophomore Maggie Hawkins of Cedartown and junior Lawson Blake of Rome received the Most Valuable Person awards.
- Seniors Samanda Cox of Rome and Pierce Monroe of Cedartown received the Pillar awards.
- Senior Emily Edwards and junior Jack Eady, both of Rome, received the Academic awards.Crew:
- Junior Marissa Joseph of Acworth received the Most Valuable Person Award.
- Senior Stacy Chen of Rome received the Pillar Award and the Academic Award.
- Junior Jollyoung Liu of Shanghai, China received the Most Valuable Person Award and Academic Award.
- Senior Oliver Wang of Tianjin, China received the Pillar Award.Volleyball:
- Senior Callie Maffett of Rome received the Most Valuable Person Award and the Academic Award.
- Senior Julia Holmes of Rome received the Pillar Award.
- Senior Tijai Whatley of Rome received the Most Valuable Person Award.
- Senior Tigger Frix of Plainville received the Pillar Award.
- Junior Rhett McDurmon of Rome received the Academic Award.
Where’s Norman? It’s Thursday but no Norman’s No-Nos today. The regular college football season is over and Norman Arey will be back with his top 10 bowl predictions later this month.
Georgia Bulldogs: Play Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. Jan. 1 as part of the College Football Playoffs. Winner advances to Jan. 8 championship. 8 p.m., ESPN.
Darlington to host Atlanta Boys and Girls College Exposure Camps. More than 200 elite soccer players and 25 men’s and women’s college coaches (each) will be at Darlington this weekend for this event. Saturday: Girls camp, ages 13-19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Girls. Sunday: Boys camp (ages 14-19) , 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Boys
-Expanded details:Darlington School will play host to hundreds of elite soccer athletes during the Atlanta Boys and Girls College Exposure Camps. The camps are designed by college coaches for the elite-level club and U.S. soccer academy player in mind. More than 25 college coaches will be in attendance, providing skill instruction during technical warm-ups as well as small sided and full field games. College coaches evaluate in the moment using a proprietary app and all players will receive both verbal feedback and a digital evaluation. Each player will receive one-on-one time with college coaches and speed and agility testing will help players see how they stack up against other players in their graduation year. There will also be a NCAA seminar geared towards preparing players for the NCAA process. “I attended a similar event that was held in Tampa and was tremendously impressed,” said Chad Liddle, director of Darlington School Soccer Academy. “The list of colleges in attendance is impressive for both days, and this camp usually sells out at 265 players each day.”
The Falcons. Tonight at 8:30 p.m. on NBC vs. New Orleans Saints. Next: Monday night, Dec. 18, vs. the Bucs, ESPN.
GHC Chargers return to action on Friday at the Corral versus Roane State, tip-off 7:30 p.m.
GHC Lady Chargers: Dropped a conference game to the Lady Titans of Albany Tech 72-63. The Lady Chargers were led by Sharai Lay with 18 and 11 rebounds and Anna Stewart with 14 points. GHC (6-4) on the year and (2-2) in conference play will return to action on Monday at home versus Gadsden State at 5:30 p.m.
Rome Braves’ 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium. Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.