In your local college basketball update from over the weekend, Shorter University had a victorious day in Mount Vernon, Georgia against Brewton Parker on Saturday. The 22nd ranked Lady Hawks beat the Lady Barons 77-48. That netted the number two seed for the Lady Hawks in the upcoming Southern States Athletic Conference tournament, set for February 29th thru March 3rd at the Forum in downtown Rome. The number one Hawks picked up a 90-63 win over the Barons, allowing the Hawks to claim their first ever SSAC East Division title. The Hawks, who now have 26 wins and two losses overall this season with 15 wins and one loss in the SSAC, nabbed the number one seed in the SSAC tourney and are pretty much guaranteed a trip to the NAIA national tournament next month. The Shorter men also reached a couple of milestones on Saturday as head coach Chad Warner notched his 100th career win and forward Walter Hill surpassed 1,000 career points. Shorter’s basketball teams will get back into action at home against SSAC rival Lee University on Thursday night. The women will play at 6 pm, followed by the men at 8 pm. The games will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
In local college softball, Berry opened their 2012 season with a pair of losses to Birmingham-Southern in a double header yesterday, 12-8 and 8-0. The Lady Vikings will return to action this weekend at the Rhodes College Classic.
In high school basketball playoff news from over the weekend, the Coosa boys and the Model girls both emerged as victors in the Region 7 AA tournament at the Dalton Trade Center. Coosa beat Dade County 87-65 in the boys championship on Saturday, while Model took a 35-33 victory from Calhoun in the girls title game.
The Rome Exchange Club honored exemplary youth in our community with its Youth of the Year competition on Friday. High school seniors from area schools delivered speeches on the topic, “All Aboard! Today’s Youth Strengthening America One Community at a Time”.
COLLEGE BASEBALL WEEKEND UPDATE: SHORTER TAKES ONE OF THREE FROM SOUTHERN POLY, BERRY SPLITS WITH BEREA
In local college baseball from over the weekend, Shorter University’s Hawks were in Marietta to take on Southern Poly. The Hawks dropped both games of Friday’s double header, 10-3 and 8-2. They salvaged a win in Saturday’s game 3-2. The Hawks will host Reinhardt in a double header tomorrow at 1 pm at Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Portland Trailblazers 97-77 on Saturday night. The loss leaves the Hawks with a 19 win – 13 loss record so far for the 2011-2012 season with ten wins and six losses on the road. They continue their current five-game road trip in Chicago against the Bulls today at 4 pm.
Exciting news for baseball fans – Atlanta Braves began reporting to Spring Training over the weekend. Their first Spring Training game is set for March 3rd against the Detroit Tigers.
The Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville has a plethora of events planned for the next week or so. Marketing Director Joe Schulman says it will all start with a Junior Astronomy Workshop tonight and culminate with Family Science Night next Friday night. Activities will also include the latest installment in the Tellus Lunch and Learn series, “Fossils: Where Geology and Biology Intersect”.