December 26, 2012


Championships fill list of biggest stories

The seasons come and go, but after we have opened the presents, carved the ham and enjoyed a double helping of Aunt Sally's sweet potato casserole at the Christmas dinner table, it is a natural time of the year for reflections.

Each year brings about times of celebration, times of disappointments and times that make us stronger and help us to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. The year 2012 was no different as the local athletes and personalities of the local sports scene provided a year packed full of reasons to cheer, times of reflection as we honored grand accomplishments and milestones and plenty of reasons to think that the next 12 months will be just as memorable.

During the past year champions have been crowned, individuals have been honored, and we have said goodbye to those who have passed away. Here — in no particular order — are the top 10 stories in area sports as chosen by The Daily Citizen sports staff along with the other notable events and stories of the year.

Running the road again

An area that already was flush with high school athletics returned to the college side.

Dalton State College’s hiring of Derek Waugh as athletic director made the idea of the college returning to athletics a future reality. Waugh’s hire in February came six months before as big a hire, when the Roadrunners nabbed Dalton-native Tony Ingle to lead the college’s premier sport, men’s basketball.

Those two were the major moments in a 2012 dominated by Dalton State — which also has hired coaches for volleyball and competitive cheerleading, plus men’s and women’s cross country, golf and tennis. Next fall should include the first sporting events at Dalton State in many years, with men’s basketball returning after nearly three decades.

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  • Loran Smith: Big Three still a big deal for fans

    AUGUSTA — Sinatra is gone, but we still have his music. The same is true with Nat King Cole and Elvis. It would be nice to hear them in concert again, however. With Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, we are not sure what it will be like when they are no longer the honorary starters at the Masters.

    April 11, 2014

  • Lusk Memorial golf tourney set for next week

    The 2014 Dr. Earl W. Lusk Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday at Dalton Golf and Country Club and will support the many college scholarships that Rotary provides to high school seniors each spring.

    April 10, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Meeting old friends under the big oak a tradition, too

    The first time I was in a train station in Great Britain and saw a sign that read, “Meeting Place,” it brought me to a pause. How simple, how functional was this sign? In small towns it is not a problem to meet someone at Sheppard’s Filling Station or at the fireplug across the street from the Baptist church, but at a busy venue — like European train stations — there is nothing more sensible than meeting at the “Meeting Place.”

    April 10, 2014

  • Ruritan scramble will be held at Indian Trace

    The 14th annual Spring Place Ruritan Club Golf Tournament is April 12 at Indian Trace Golf Course in Chatsworth.

    April 5, 2014

  • Dalton's Lowery in top five of flight at GSGA tourney

    Dalton’s Ron Lowery opened with an 83 Wednesday and is tied for fourth place in his flight at the Georgia Super Senior Championship.

    April 3, 2014

  • Local golfers in action at Georgia Four-Ball

    The Georgia State Golf Association’s 2014 season is underway with two teams tied for the overall lead at the Georgia Four-Ball Tournament.

    March 29, 2014

  • DSC just eight back at tourney

    Dalton State College’s men’s golf team is in seventh place after the first round of play at the 12-team Emmanuel College Invitational, but the Roadrunners are well within striking distance as the 36-hole tournament concludes today.

    March 25, 2014

  • Chris Whitfield: North Murray grad leads Emory to league crown

    Former North Murray High School golfer Colby Hipp has made a big splash with his new teammates at Emory University in Atlanta.

    March 20, 2014

  • Indian trace refurb 1 mlh.jpg Improving your lie

    CHATSWORTH — In the fall of last year, Indian Trace Golf Course brought in new course superintendent with a mission.
    The course, which is in north Murray County and more than 25 years old, doesn’t need to be totally redesigned, but some changes have been needed.

    March 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Registration open for Georgia Four-Ball Championship

    Registration is open for the 43rd edition of the Georgia Four-Ball Championship, which will be held April 25-27 at Cartersville Country Club.

    February 20, 2014