Opinion

May 15, 2013

Pack the stadiums tonight

If you support Dalton High School, Northwest Whitfield High School or Southeast Whitfield High School, here is the challenge.

Can you make tonight, a rather pedestrian Wednesday in the middle of May, the best sports night of the year?

Three high school boys soccer teams from Whitfield County will play in two separate Georgia High School Association state tournament semifinal matches a mere nine miles apart tonight. Dalton welcomes Spalding High School to Harmon Field for a 6:30 p.m. start, and Northwest Whitfield hosts Southeast Whitfield at Bruin Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

In short, Whitfield County has a 75 percent monopoly on the Class 4A semifinals.

The stakes are high. The winners of these two Class 4A semifinals contests will play one another Friday for the state championship. The rivalries are obvious. Northwest versus Southeast speaks for itself, and both would love to beat the Catamounts. The actual quality of play is tops. Dalton is 20-0, while Northwest and Southeast are perfect this season against Georgia schools not named Dalton, Northwest or Southeast.

So the atmospheres should reflect this.

Football is the unchallenged king of the South, and Whitfield County’s rise to soccer dominance will not change that fact. However, our area’s football scene cannot duplicate what we have here. And the same goes for basketball, baseball or any other team sport. While we may see one or two local teams make a deep run, we won’t see this type of dominance by one county.

Any team reaching the semifinals is a noteworthy accomplishment. Three teams in the same sport reaching them in the same year is memorable.

So to the Dalton fans, make this ordinary spring Wednesday at Harmon Field feel like a Friday night in the fall. To Northwest and Southeast supporters, make the scene in Tunnel Hill a carbon copy of the biggest football game.

For one night, make soccer king of Whitfield County.

Because in Georgia, Whitfield County is king of soccer.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014