Sports Columns

February 2, 2014

Devin Golden: Dalton-NW basketball game could decide sub-region's top seed

Last week’s winter weather made this week’s already-busy six-day stretch even busier.

But, if any good comes from it, the rematch between the high school boys basketball teams at Dalton and Northwest Whitfield increased in significance.

Officially set for Thursday, Dalton and Northwest will play one another in a game that could send power in the Sub-region 7B-4A standings one way or the other. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys follow with a planned 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Northwest’s girls clinched the sub-region title in Saturday’s 47-46 win against Heritage-Catoosa. The Lady Bruins are playing for a possible undefeated league record and rivalry pride. Dalton’s Lady Catamounts, 3-4 in league games, play for the same rivalry reasons and seeding in the Region 7-4A tournament, which begins Saturday.

For the boys, it’s a little bigger.

Northwest is looking fresh. The Bruins have won three in a row — all sub-region games — and are second place at 6-2 in the league standings. But Dalton won the first meeting — and because of it, waves that first-place flag right in Northwest’s face.

With the win Friday against LaFayette, which fell to 5-3 in the league, Dalton is 6-1 and has three games this week. The Catamounts start Tuesday against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, who are better than their 2-5 league record and gave Northwest’s Bruins all they could handle on Friday.

Then comes the trip to Tunnel Hill in a win-and-clinch scenario for Dalton. On Friday, the Catamounts finish the regular season with a home game against Ridgeland.

• We already had state swimming and diving scheduled for this weekend (starts Thursday and concludes Saturday). We already had sectional wrestling this weekend (Friday and Saturday). Then there are the many rescheduled basketball games from last week.

Add in college football signing day, and this will be a fun week.

Wednesday is a big hump day for a lot of high school football seniors as the national sports spotlight shines on national signing day, the official date when seniors can ink their names and letters of intent to whatever college program they choose.

Last season, four North Murray players — Tino Hernandez, Jacob Mays, David Martin and Brady Swilling — celebrated their decisions on national signing day, and Dalton’s Robert Hardaway signed with Georgetown University.

This year could see as many players from Murray and Whitfield counties announcing their intent to play at the next level. Please let The Daily Citizen know of any players who will be signing on Wednesday.

• The weather didn’t just affect games and events. It also stopped The Daily Citizen’s weekly “After Deadline” podcast from taking place and the continuation of the greatest sports movie tournament.

But the one-week pause won’t stop the project altogether. The podcast returns this week with another two-part episode talking about local high school and college sports, plus the quarterfinals of the sports movie bracket.

• The Dalton Parks and Recreation Department has registration open for its Rebel lacrosse program. All interested players, ages 8-14 years old, must sign up by Feb. 19. To learn more, call Mike Sanderson at (706) 313-2077.

• We’ve got lacrosse. We’ve got ping pong. We’ve got all sorts of lesser-played sports available.

Wait, ping pong?

All those interested in competing in a ping pong tournament or league should email jeffbramblett7@hotmail.com.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen and has faith he and Chris Whitfield will make the right decisions in the sports movie tournament. You can contact him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com

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