Hope you enjoyed the pretty weather Rome and Northwest Georgia experienced over the weekend as the rain moves into the area today. The National Weather Service is calling for a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for today with highs near 70. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch are possible today. Rain remains in the forecast thru tomorrow, after which skies will clear and temperatures will begin to drop.
In your Spring Training update, the Atlanta Braves had a lucky day at the ballpark with a 2-1 St. Patrick’s Day victory over the New York Mets yesterday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A solo home run from Chris Johnson in the fourth inning accounted for one of the Braves’ two runs. Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran allowed only one run, a leadoff homer from the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin in the first. Teheran gave up three hits and struck out seven.
Shorter University’s baseball Hawks fell to Gulf South Conference rival West Georgia 7-0 yesterday in the finale of a three game series in Carrollton. The teams split Saturday’s double header, with West Georgia winning the opener 6-5 and Shorter taking the victory in the nightcap 7-4. The Hawks are now 8-15 overall and 5-4 in conference play. They’ll host Albany State in a non-conference double header tomorrow at 1 pm.
The 6th annual St. PETrick’s Day Pet Parade is set for tomorrow (Saturday) in downtown Rome. Registration will begin at 10:30 am at Bridgepoint Plaza, with the parade to traverse Broad Street at noon. The event is a fundraiser for the Rome Floyd Humane Society. Office manager Benny Terry says that a plethora of activities will accompany the parade. He adds that Rome Mayor Evie McNiece will serve as grand marshall.
A heartfelt congratulations is being sent out this morning from 95.7 FM The Ridge and WLAQ AM 1410 to the Shorter University Hawks basketball team for nabbing their first ever national title! The Hawks emerged as the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division I Men’s Basketball Champions with a 90-87 overtime victory over Oklahoma Christian in the title game on Saturday at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Brooklyn with a 105-93 win over the Nets last night. It was the Hawks’ third straight victory. They’ve now accumulated a 37-29 record for the 2012-2013 season. The Hawks will return to their home court at the Philips Arena in Atlanta tonight as host to the Dallas Mavericks. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm. The game will be televised on Sport South.
The Shorter University softball team completed a 3-1 conference road trip with a split against defending NCAA Division II national champion and No. 2-ranked Valdosta State on Sunday in Valdosta. The Lady Hawks fell in the opener 5-1 before taking the nightcap 3-0. Shorter, who swept West Florida on Saturday, improves to 22-4 overall and 10-2 in the Gulf South Conference. They stand alone in first place in the conference standings. The Lady Hawks will host GSC rival West Alabama in a double header on Wednesday at 1 pm.
The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville will host an Observatory Open House tonight from 8 pm until 10 pm. Marketing director Joe Schulman invites the public to see the stars at Tellus! Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. The museum will be closed during the event.