Sports Columns

January 21, 2013

What's Going On: Hitting lull in the prep sports world

Last season this area saw three five individuals crowned as state champions in some fashion. It would be nice if the same can happen this time around.

The wrestling and swimming and diving seasons are hitting their stretch runs this week with the postseason closer than you think, and many teams are getting as much action in before it’s time to judge which individuals are in top form.

Area traditionals for local wrestling squads take place the first weekend of February with sectionals following and the state duals on Feb. 14-16 at the Macon Centreplex. Swimming and diving’s state meet will be Feb. 8-9 at Georgia Tech.

Starting Tuesday on the mats, Murray County and Coahulla Creek are scheduled for a tri-meet with Ringgold at the Varnell school. North Murray is set to go to Trion. Both start at 5 p.m., while Northwest Whitfield heads to Sonoraville at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Southeast Whitfield’s wrestling squad is hosting Rome and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe starting at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, Dalton heads to Gordon Lee and Northwest travels to Pickens’ Burnt Mountain Classic. The Cats turn right around on Saturday and head to Darlington.

In the pools, Coahulla Creek has a tri-meet scheduled at Adairsville on Tuesday with Cass and Cartersville. The Colts and Dalton will compete Thursday in a tri-meet at Rome, and the Northwest teams will compete Saturday at the Westminster Invitational. Numerous swimmers are trying to earn state qualifying times to lock up a spot at the state meet, and the window of opportunity is closing.

• In the high school basketball scene, teams have started the second half of their region and sub-region schedules. The only local teams playing one another is Friday’s matchup between Region 5-3A schools Coahulla Creek and North Murray. The girls game starts at 7 p.m. in Varnell, and the Lady Colts have won five of their last six games including three of four in region play. The Lady Mountaineers are 4-4 in region play.

Northwest hosts LaFayette Tuesday and Heritage-Catoosa on Friday. The Bruins are 5-0 in Sub-region 7B-4A and have their eyes set on the No. 1 seed.

• Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. the Georgia Rampage will host a Pick Your Seat Day at the trade center. Everyone who has bought season tickets to see Dalton’s new indoor football team play will get the chance to pick their seat to watch the six regular-season home games and one preseason home game. There also will be a practice running concurrently with the promotion and is open to fans to come watch. The Rampage begins its season with a preseason matchup Feb. 26 against the Georgia Panthers.

• The Dalton High football banquet, originally scheduled for last Thursday, was postponed due to the inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the high school’s Commons.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Contact him at devingolden@

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