Sports Columns

December 31, 2012

What's Going On: Resolve to support our area teams

Now that you have stood in the return line at Walmart for 14 hours to get a gift card in exchange for the small neon blue sweater that your grandma gave you, it is time to sit in front of the television for that extravaganza that is bowl paradise.

And while the college bowl season may not feature any remarkable matchups for the most part, outside of the national championship game, that won’t stop us viewers from eating it up. From the Techsters today against everyone’s favorite former Volunteers coach — Lane Kiffin — and his Trojans of USC to tomorrow’s seemingly never-ending caravan of football, the cherry on top of your college football sundae is here.

And while college football is in the process of wrapping up, things are seemingly just getting to the good parts in the local sports scene. So as you sit in your favorite recliner watching your favorite institution of higher learning, make some resolutions.

Resolve to check out the local high school basketball scene.

North Murray has a first-year coach in Tim Ellis, but the Mountaineers are an experienced bunch with some great talent. Dalton and Northwest’s boys are also in the upper level of teams, while North Murray’s girls and Northwest’s girls are real contenders this year.

While the teams are coming off of holiday tournaments and the turning of the calendar break, this week marks the beginning of “important” basketball. Up until now, area teams have been tuning up, finding the right combinations and getting into shape for the stretch run through the region and subregion schedules. The run is here.

Dalton and Coahulla Creek will be the only teams at home on Friday night, but the races for region tournament seedings begin with play this weekend, and there are several strong contests on the local schedule in the coming weeks for both boys and girls teams.

But the biggest thing on tap for the weekend will take place on the wrestling mats.

Coming out of the holiday season, the area’s wrestlers get to the most important time of the year with team wrestling this week before the traditional individual tournaments later in the year.

The area dual championships will be this weekend with Murray County heading to the 7-2A duals at Lovett, North Murray hosting Coahulla Creek and the rest of 5-3A and Dalton, Northwest and Southeast Whitfield all traveling to Cedartown for the 7-4A duals. The tournaments all begin on Friday and will conclude on Saturday.

• For local golfers, now is the time to get your season passes at Nob North Golf Course. The course has a variety of membership levels and can be tailored for you, your family or you and your family. For more information, contact the course at nob_north@yahoo.com.

Chris Whitfield is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Got something you think should be in What’s Going On? Contact him at chriswhitfield@daltoncitizen.com.

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