Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Third straight win for Rome Braves; sweep possible today vs. Hagerstown. High school scores and next week’s schedule. Local college sports updates. Community sports list.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Third straight win for Rome Braves; sweep possible today vs. Hagerstown. High school scores and next week’s schedule. Local college sports updates. Community sports list.


Third consecutive win, fireworks warm up Rome Braves’ fans Saturday evening: Amid a wind chill of 38 degrees with gusts to 21 mph, more than 2,000 diehard fans cheered the “hometown nine” (thanks, Kevin Karel) to their third consecutive win Saturday night over Hagerstown. They go for the season-opening sweep at 2 this afternoon. The season’s first fireworks display followed the game and from visual purposes at least, it might as well have been Independence Day. Photos by Mills Fitzner. For more, please photo gallery



Rome Braves 5-2 winners over the Suns on Saturday night. The Rome Braves defeated the Hagerstown Suns 5-2 Saturday night at State Mutual Stadium in front of 2,041 cold, wet, but happy fans. It was Rome’s third straight victory. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to a run scoring double by Drew Lugbauer and a sacrifice fly RBI by Kurt Hoekstra. Three more runs crossed the plate in the fifth highlighted by Derian Cruz’s two run triple and Jefry Ramos’ single to plate another run. The Suns scored twice in the ninth on Branden Boggetto’s RBI double and a groundout by Aldrem Corredor to add another run for the 5-2 final. The Rome pitching staff had another stellar night allowing just two runs and three hits. Starter Bruce Zimmermann (1-0) gets the win going five shutout innings while striking out four. Jackson Tetreault (0-1) is hit with the loss for the Sun’s.

Next up: Today at 2 p.m., State Mutual Stadium, vs. Hagerstown.

Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2018 season and before.



Coosa falls to Central of Carrollton, 13-1. Game two: Central 13, Coosa 3.


Monday: Rome at Hiram, 5:55 p.m.

Tuesday: Gordon Central at Coosa, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Pepperell at Dade County, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Model at Armuchee, 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Darlington at Bowdon, 5:30 p.m.

Friday: Armuchee at Coosa, 5 p.m.

Friday: Bowdon at Darlington, senior night, 5 p.m.


Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation to host MLB’s  2018 Jr. Home Run Derby on April 11 at Upper Alto Park starting at 6 p.m. The program provides players an opportunity to participate in a home run hitting contest. Jr. HRD™ is free for boys and girls 14 years of age and under. The program includes three levels of competition, with top performers from the local level advancing to regional level and ultimately, the National Finals prior to the Major League Baseball® Home Run Derby® during MLB ® All-Star Week. To register, visit On-site registration will be available on April 11. The age control date is July 17, 2018, so please make sure to bring a birth certification to verify the child’s age. For more information about the event, contact Stephen Kostoff at


Get a team-by-team look at the 2018 high school football season.  Schedule


Baseball: Berry over Rhodes, 4-3.

Softball: Berry over Birmingham Southern, 3-1

Football: Shorter Hawks’ spring scrimmage is Saturday, April 14, on Ben Brady Field from 11 until noon.

Softball: AUM completed the three-game sweep of the Lady Hawks Saturday afternoon, winning the finale 8-0 in six innings. With the loss, Shorter moves to 15-19 overall and 10-13 in the GSC; while the Warhawks improve to 22-12 on the season and 13-11 in conference play.


The Wolf Nation 5K and 1-mile Wolf Cub Run returns Saturday, April 21 at Rome High School. The annual event supports the RHS Cross Country team.The race starts at the bus ramp, goes around the middle school, then around the high school, then it heads to Wolf Drive and back. After going around the high school, it ends in the bus ramp. To increase participation among elementary schools, $300 will be given to the elementary school with the highest number of participants. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile run. Register

Darlington will again host the annual Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia on Sunday, April 22, at 9 a.m. Now in its 10th year, the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event is sponsored by R.A.C.E. Rome. Over the past nine years, Tri for the Kids has raised $138,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Last year, more than 160 athletes participated in the triathlon. Tri for the Kids is open to participants age 6-15. Ages 6-9 will compete in a 50-yard swim inside Darlington’s A.J. Huffman (’67) Memorial Athletic Center, a 2.3-mile bike ride on a closed portion of Cave Spring Road, and a half-mile run on the school’s campus. Participants age 10-15 will complete a 100-yard swim, 4.6-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. The triathlon is organized into three divisions. The elite division exists for athletes who compete often and want to take their competition to the next level. The beginner division is ideal for first-time triathletes or for those who want a more relaxed pace. A challenger division is also available for those with impaired physical mobility; race volunteers will be present along the course to assist athletes throughout the duration of the event.

  • Race registration for Tri for the Kids is $40 until April 10, and $45 until April 18. All participants must be registered by April 18 at 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia.
  • Registration is available online at For more information about the triathlon, please contact Beth Smith.
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