July 16, 2012

What's Going On?: Coach will build DSC men's hoops program

— Dalton State College won’t be rolling out the basketballs for another year, but the Roadrunners are getting closer to letting the public know who will be the one rolling out those basketballs when the men’s team starts play in 2013.

Athletic director Derek Waugh and a six-member search committee completed phone interviews with eight candidates for the head coach’s job last week, and Waugh told The Daily Citizen he hopes to have that group narrowed to two to four finalists as early as today.

Step by step, the idea of Dalton State’s athletic program is becoming less something that exists on paper and more a living, breathing thing with names and faces and a real identity. For all the people who have for years asked me “Do you think Dalton State will ever have sports again?” this should be an exciting time.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, and we’re just as eager as you to see who will pace the sideline for the Roadrunners when they finally tip off.

And here’s a look at what else is going on:

• One of the state’s best amateur golfers — arguably the best — lives in the area, and he has built his reputation over the past decade through competition in Georgia State Golf Association tournaments.

If you join the GSGA, I can’t promise that you’ll play nearly as well as seven-time GSGA Men’s Player of the Year David Noll Jr., who had another strong finish at the Georgia Amateur Championship as it wrapped up Sunday. But I do know that the GSGA has offered a great competitive outlet to a lot of local golfers not named Noll, and you might enjoy being a part of that.

The GSGA’s competition schedule is past its midway point for this year, but there are still events left to enter, including the 24th annual Georgia Public Links Championship, which is set for Sept. 8-9 at Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth.

You can find out more about entering this tournament or other GSGA events or simply learn how to become a member by visiting gsga.org.

• The Rome Braves are home to start this week, with games both today and Tuesday, while the Chattanooga Lookouts return to AT&T Field on Thursday. As usual, the week is packed with discounts and promotions if you’re looking to get to either ballpark.

Highlights include buy one, get one free tickets Tuesday at Rome and the ever-popular fireworks Friday in Chattanooga.

And if you’re feeling the call up to the big club is in order, the Atlanta Braves are home for a three-game stint against San Francisco during the middle of the week.

That series includes one of your final chances this season to catch a day game not on the weekend. Thursday is getaway day for the Braves (back-to-back series against the Nationals and Marlins are up next), so they’re set for a noon first pitch at Turner Field.

• The summer schedule is winding down for many select youth baseball and softball teams, but those organizations are looking toward their schedules for fall and spring.

Many are also looking to fill a spot or two on their rosters. If you’re in the hunt for a team, be sure to check out the Local Sports Calendar on page 4B. Several will have tryouts in the next few weeks, and others simply ask that you contact coaches to set up a tryout.

And keep in mind the calendar is always available at daltonnow.com/events.

Marty Kirkland is sports editor of The Daily Citizen. Got something you think we should highlight in “What’s Going On?” Write to us at sports@daltoncitizen.com.