In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 last night on the road, allowing the Hawks to pick up their fourth straight win and their fifth straight road victory. Al Horford scored a career high 34 points in last night’s win, which improved the Hawks to 33-23 overall and 15-13 on the road. The Hawks will remain out west to take on the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night at 9 pm. The game will be televised on Sport South.
The 2012-2013 regular season will draw to a close for Shorter University’s basketball teams on Saturday night as the Hawks and Lady Hawks hit the road to take on Alabama-Huntsville. Coverage will be provided on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com. Tip off is set for 6 pm for the women and 8 pm for the men.
The Noon Optimist Club of Rome held their 2013 Student of the Year Awards Banquet for Rome and Floyd County high school seniors last night at the Palladium on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.
In college basketball, the Georgia Highlands College Lady Chargers’ time in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament came to an end last night as they fell to South Georgia Technical College, 76-67, at home. The Lady Chargers could still receive a bid to participate in the NJCAA tournament. Those bids are expected to be released on Sunday.
The Atlanta Braves took a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday in Spring Training action in Lakeland, Florida. Juan Francisco contributed to the Braves’ win with a three run homer in the first inning. The Braves will face the Philadelphia Phillies today at 1:05 pm in Clearwater.
Committee members and a chairman for the 2013 Rome-Floyd SPLOST Citizen Committee were announced last night at the regular meeting of the Floyd County Commission. The Rome City Commission is expected to announce their committee appointments soon. The group will be charged with making recommendations on projects to be included in a possible one-cent special purpose, local option sales tax.
Work is coming along on the Myrtle Hill Mausoleum at Rome’s historic Myrtle Hill Cemetary. Bill Kerestes, director of Mausoleum Sales, says that in spite of setbacks from the weather, the mausoleum is set to be finished in late April.
Tonight’s a big night for the Darlington Lady Tigers and the Model Blue Devils as both teams are headed for the Elite Eight round of their respective state high school basketball tournaments. We’ll have coverage of the games on WLAQ AM 1410 and 95.7 FM The Ridge!