February 13, 2014

Weather still shuffling schedules

State wrestling delayed a week

Devin Golden
devingolden@daltoncitizen.com

— The Region 7-4A high school basketball tournaments were pushed back to a Friday start on Tuesday.

Region 7-2A followed suit Wednesday, but Region 5-3A is still up in the air for playing games today.

Inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions have delayed the start of playoff basketball throughout northwest Georgia. Region 7-4A, which started its boys and girls tournaments Saturday at Cass High School in Cartersville, was supposed to continue play Monday, the day Region 7-2A was set to begin its games at Calhoun High School. Region 5-3A was supposed to begin Wednesday at Cartersville High School.

Dalton State College’s men’s basketball team has a game scheduled at 7:30 p.m. central time today at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. The school said a decision won’t be made until this morning on whether or not to play. The team was supposed to leave Wednesday for Montgomery, but didn’t, opting to make the decision later.

On the wrestling mat, the Georgia High School Association has postponed this weekend’s scheduled state traditional tournaments until Feb. 21-22. The GHSA stated in a press release on its website (ghsa.net), that the Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth was unavailable for that weekend and the GHSA “is exploring several options for alternate host sites.” A total of 13 wrestlers from Murray and Whitfield counties qualified for either the Class 2A, 3A or 4A tournaments.

Region 5-3A basketball coaches said the superintendents from the region’s school systems will make a decision today on whether to play games tonight.

The region includes Whitfield County’s Coahulla Creek and Murray County’s North Murray. Both were scheduled to play games today, with the Coahulla Creek girls playing Ringgold at 4 p.m. and the Coahulla Creek boys playing Sonoraville at 7 p.m. and North Murray boys playing Gordon Central at 8:30 p.m. North Murray’s girls are seeded fourth and have a bye in the opening round and would not play today unless a schedule change is made.

If games are called off, the tournament will begin Friday.

The GHSA is allowing regions to conclude tournaments by Monday and pushed the start of the state tournaments back a day, with girls playing first-round games Wednesday and boys playing first-round games Thursday.

In Region 7-2A basketball, the boys teams from Morris Innovative and Murray County were supposed to play today to see who would advance to the eight-team tourney field and play Calhoun in the second round. The game has been delayed until Friday, and no time is set as the coaches try to figure out a timetable to finish play by Monday.

Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield are competing in the Region 7-4A tournaments. If they resume Friday, doubling up on Saturday is a given, with the completion of the tournament on Monday. Should the tournament not begin until Saturday, then teams will double up both Saturday and Monday.

On Monday, games at the Region 6-A tournaments — which include 15 boys and 14 girls teams — were canceled and Christian Heritage was informed its seasons were over because the region had decided to limit the number of teams which would compete to the top eight teams in the regular-season standings.