Updated Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: High school basketball scores and schedules. Latest signings from Coosa, Darlington, Model, Rome and Cartersville — plus meet the new coaches. Soccer registration under way.

Updated Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: High school basketball scores and schedules. Latest signings from Coosa, Darlington, Model, Rome and Cartersville — plus meet the new coaches. Soccer registration under way.

HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS

No. 13 Khalyl Watters puts it back up for the GHC Chargers. Details below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

The 7AA regional boys and girls basketball tournaments is at Model High School again Friday with the championship games Saturday. Admission is $7 per person. Concession: Hot dogs, popcorn and pizza.

Girls’ scoreboard and schedule:

Wednesday:

Darlington pounded by St. Francis, 85-30.

Thursday:

Carrollton 66, Rome 63.

Friday:

Model vs. Pepperell, 4 p.m.

Rome vs. loser of Villa Rica/Kell game, 4 p.m.

Rockmart vs. Gordon Central, 7 p.m.

Boys’ scoreboard and schedule:

Wednesday:

Darlington falls to Walker, 61-59.

Friday:

Chattooga vs. Coosa.

Rockmart vs. Pepperell winner, 8:30 p.m.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AND SIGNINGS

At Model, Richard Ross is the Blue Devil’s new head coach.  You can watch the media briefing from Wednesday morning by clicking here. Ross spent last season as defensive coordinator at 3A Sonoraville High. Ross previously held the head football coach position at Marion County High School (TN). In addition, he has been defensive coordinator at Calhoun, Adairsville, and Mary Persons high schools. Coach Ross holds degrees from Point University (B.S.), Jacksonville State (M.Ed.) and Lincoln Memorial (Ed.S.). He is certified to teach Physical Education, Early Childhood and Special Education, and is certified to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
At Armuchee, Jeremy Green, left, was named head football coach. He’s shown above with Principal John Rhodarmor at Wednesday afternoon’s media brief. Watch it here. Green most recently was defensive coordinator at 5A Cass. Prior to working at Cass, he held positions at Armuchee, Sonoraville, Franklin County and Lafayette. His experience includes seven years as a coordinator at two different schools, both with repeat playoff appearances and victories. Green is an Armuchee High School graduate and his family has many ties to that community.   He is certified in all social studies fields and is gifted certified. He holds degrees from Kennesaw State (B.S.) and Nova Southeastern (M.Ed.).

SIGNINGS

We ask area schools to use the specific format below with the student athlete’s name, the school and one photo per student. No video, PDFs or other digital items will be posted. 

COOSA: The following Coosa High students signed Wednesday

Chandler Hubbard signed with LaGrange CollegeBack row (L-R): LaDonna Turrentine (principal), Judson Cox (asst principal), Nathan Wehunt (asst football coach), Todd Wheeler (head football coach), Jeff Shiflett (athletic director) Front row (L-R): Trevor Hubbard (dad), Chandler Hubbard, Jeanie Hubbard (mom)
Kameron White signed with LaGrange College. Back row (L-R): Ryan White (cousin), Jaylon White (cousin), Kelly Tolbert (aunt), Trevor Hubbard (former principal) Front row (L-R): Rae McCombs (grandmother), Kameron, Tasha White (mom)
Brooks Moore signed with Shorter University. Back row (L-R): LaDonna Turrentine (principal), Judson Cox (asst principal), Todd Wheeler (head football coach), Nathan Wehunt (asst football coach), Jeff Shiflett (athletic director) Front row (L-R): Angela Moore (mom), Brooks, Lance Moore (dad), Peyton Moore (brother)
Mason O’Neal signed with Shorter University. Back row (L-R): LaDonna Turrentine (principal), Judson Cox (asst principal), Todd Wheeler (head football coach), Nathan Wehunt (asst football coach), Jeff Shiflett (athletic director) Front row (L-R): Heather O’Neal (mom), Callen O’Neal (brother), Mason, Jody O’Neal (dad).

 

DARLINGTON: These Darlington varsity football players signed to play at the collegiate level on National Signing Day on Wednesday:

  • Elijah Ball – Wofford College
  • Jacob Hunt – UNC Charlotte
  • Karl Swiger – Wofford College
  • Tijai Whatley – Georgia Tech
Elijah Ball – Wofford College, pictured with his mother, Lynn Ball; brothers Dakota Ball and Cameron Ball; and Darlington coaches Dean Ratledge, Tommy Atha and Eddie Guth.
Jacob Hunt – UNC Charlotte, pictured with his parents Kristy and Kevin Hunt and Darlington coaches Dean Ratledge, Tommy Atha, Eddie Guth and Gavin Lawrence.
Karl Swiger – Wofford College, pictured with his parents, Paige and Dr. Rick Swiger
Tijai Whatley – Georgia Tech, pictured with his mother, Nikita Jackson; his grandmother, Sue Jackson; and grandfather, Bernard Jackson.

MODEL

Model High School’s Hayden Smith signed with Stetson University. Back row (L-R): Ashtyn Smith (sister), Gordon Powers (head football coach), Malachi House (uncle)
Front row (L-R): Jay Smith (dad), Hayden, Briana Smith (mom)

ROME

The list of college signees from the 5A state champion Rome High Wolves are:

  • Mason Hunter (swimming) Michigan.
  • Braden Hyde (baseball) Toccoa Falls.
  • Adam Anderson (football) University of Georgia.
  • T.J. Cammack (football) Navy.
  • Jamarcus Chatman (football) Florida State.
  • Jaquon Griffin (football) Georgia Tech/
  • K.J. Hicks (football) Tusculum University.
  • Trai Hodges (football) Southeast Missouri State.
  • Quen’Terrious Kennemore (football) Lincoln University.
  • Jackson Norton (football) University of the Cumberlands.
  • Jaylynn Sykes (football) Marshall University.
  • Jordan Watkins (football) Reinhardt University.

CARTERSVILLE

The 2018 Signing Class includes:

  • Bryce Wilkins – Reinhardt
  • Terry Berdin – Reinhardt
  • Demetrious Winters – Miles College
  • Darian Poellnitz – Miles College
  • Grant Harris – University of the Cumberlands
  • Cameron Rowland – Huntingdon College
  • Bradley Kirk – Shorter University
  • Nick Root – Carson-Newman University
  • Jonathan Cruz – University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Rico Frye – Bowling Green University
  • TJ Horton – University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • Nyvin Nelson – University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • JaCorey Johns – Wake Forest University
  • EJ Turner – Kansas State University
  • Trevor Lawrence – Clemson University

Cartersville/Bartow County: Here’s a list of the Cartersville-Bartow County college signings courtesy of WBHF AM 1450-100.3 FM. Committed


BASEBALL 

Rome Braves‘ 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium.

Saturday at the stadium: Pick a seat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season (and all the way back to 2008).

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

  • Georgia Highlands: GHC women defeat Atlanta Metro 92-55. Men: Chargers 95, Atlanta Metro 73. Next: Lady Chargers return to action on Saturday at South Georgia Tech, tipoff 1 p.m. Men at 3 p.m.
  • Berry men:  At Centre, 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Berry women: At Centre, 6 p.m. Friday.
  • Shorter women: Tonight, at home vs. Christian Brothers, 6 p.m.
  • Shorter men: Tonight, at home vs. Christian Brothers, 8 p.m.

Softball

After opening the year 2-0 with a pair of run-rule victories over Covenant yesterday, the Berry College softball team was tabbed No. 19 in the first National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll of the 2018 season.  The Vikings completed a historic season last year collecting a program-best 40 wins, their fifth straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season title and their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Berry will be back home on Sunday for a doubleheader against Huntingdon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY

Arsenal spring recreational soccer league returns: For ages 4 to 15 for boys and girls, early registration runs through Feb. 17. The focus is participation and fun. Fundamental skills are developed and refined through games and activities.  Sportsmanship, respect and responsibility are all key components. 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 one hour. Practices begin March 6th. Games are played on Fridays or Saturdays. Games begin March 16th and end May 12th (nine week, eight game season). Every child receives an award at the end of the season and there is a season-ending pizza party for players and their teams. Age groups are U6, U8, U10, U12 and U15 with separate boys and girls divisions in each age group.      Cost: YMCA members  $69; non members $109. A $10  regular registration increase applies after Feb. 17.   Cost includes jersey, end of season award and Cow Patty Bingo party as well as Georgia Soccer Association registration.  
Lil’ Gunners 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 Thursday afternoons from 5-5:35 p.m. and there are a maximum of 15 participants per class. Y members $ 25; non members, $40. Session 1 – March/April – 3/153/22, 4/5 & 4/12. Session 2 – April/May – 4/194/26, 5/3 & 5/10.  Cost includes team shirt and medal.

 

Berry Half Marathon / 10K / 5K / Fun Run returns March 10. Complete details here.

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