October 30, 2013

You can be a part of it

You can be a part of it

After more than a year of waiting, the Dalton State College Roadrunners men’s basketball team will finally hit the court tonight against Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., for the first game since the college re-launched athletics.

Starting with the announcement of the return of college athletics and the hiring of an athletic director, visions of hoops once more engulfing the Carpet Capital of the World became a realistic possibility. Next came the hiring of a head coach, hometown legend Tony Ingle, who graduated from North Whitfield High School in 1971 and played at then-Dalton Junior College for two years.

The college had a hoops team from 1968 to 1978. Twice those Roadrunners advanced to the national tournament, and in 1972 they finished ranked No. 2 in the country in the coaches poll. Now after a 35-year wait, this town is once again ready for some basketball, as senior guard Ricky Sears said.

Without athletics at the local college, something feels missing in a small town like Dalton. Now that athletics has returned, especially with the flagship sport of basketball, it is entirely likely that the sense of pride that the previous Roadrunners teams engendered will return as well.

This version of the Roadrunners may not win many games this season. Expectations have been tempered by both Ingle and athletic director Derek Waugh. But that is just part of rebuilding the once winning-rich tradition with new players and new coaches.

So proudly cheer on the Roadrunners tonight, and consider coming out on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the trade center for the home opener against Hiwassee College of Madisonville, Tenn.

It’s a new era for Roadrunners basketball and you can be a part of it.


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