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October 14, 2013

Devin Golden: Hump day filled with state games

All season long, Wednesdays became the unofficial day off from varsity prep sports. Aside from the random Murray County softball game — or a rescheduled contest that was rained out — Wednesdays always were the day on the local high school sports schedule with mostly middle school games and little else going on.

This Wednesday may be one of the busiest days of the fall.

Options are available. Inside or outside? Whitfield County or Murray County? Doubleheaders or single matches?

Really, it comes down to whether you want to watch the softball state playoffs or the volleyball state tournaments.

In the softball world, Northwest Whitfield will host LaGrange to start the Class 4A state playoffs, while North Murray hosts Banks County in the Class 3A playoffs. Both are doubleheaders to begin best-of-three series. Both teams reached the state playoffs last season and the year before, but only the Lady Bruins reached Columbus for the state tournament.

On the volleyball court, Southeast Whitfield will host Fayette County in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs in front of its usually rabid fan base. The Lady Raiders made a run to the semifinals of the Class 4A state playoffs last year.

Thursday already has one big event, as Christian Heritage will travel Thursday to face Holy Innocents’ in the first round of the Class A bracket. The day could include rubber matches of Northwest and North Murray’s softball series.

n Christ Centered Martial Arts wants more kids and families participating in its martial arts training. To do so, it is hoping to make the pricing a bit more affordable.

Starting with an Open Enrollment event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CCMA will begin charging $20 a month for kids and $10 a month for adults for the training program. Families can sign up for $40 a month, regardless how many people are included.

“We were already the most inexpensive martial arts school in Dalton,” said Robert Leamon, founder and instructor.

“We’re trying to reach out to more people. With the way the economy is, we’ve dropped our prices way down.”

n At halftime of each Dalton State College men’s basketball home game this season, the Dalton Chamber of Commerce will host a free 16-team, single-elimination dodgeball tournament for businesses that are members of the chamber.

The games will take place at the trade center, and each dodgeball team must have six players whom all work for the business or are associated. Games will last five minutes and, if one team doesn’t eliminate all of its opponents’ players, the team with the most players left standing wins.

The first 16 teams to contact the chamber at (706) 278-7373 or email at frontdesk@daltonchamber.org will receive a spot.

n The Georgia State Golf Association will host the Southeastern Junior Golf Summit Nov. 4 at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Among those attending will be PGA Tour and British Open Champion Stewart Cink and PGA district director Suzy Whaley. The purpose of the event is to discuss the development of the sport and allow interested fans a chance to hear how the game is being improved for younger players.

Registration costs $60 per person and includes lunch. For more information on the event, visit www.gsga. org/index.php/competitions/event_detail/2348 or contact Jeff Fages via email at jfages@gsga.org or via phone at (678) 324-5969.

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

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