Sports Columns

Sports Columns
  • CHS at SE boys bball 3 mlh.jpg A Look Ahead: Basketball soon starts to heat up

    When you are getting into a cold pool, most people just jump right into it. Some sort of ease their way into the water so the shock of the coldness doesn’t attack every nerve at once.
    That is sort of the way it is with the high school basketball season as well. Usually there isn’t a whole lot of meaning in the first month of the season, so no matter what happens, it really doesn’t affect a team’s postseason chances. So we are all still sort of easing into the water.

    December 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Loran Smith: Bulldogs were rewarded for persistence

    Comebacks are sweet, and if anybody deserved one it was this University of Georgia football team, which has suffered tremendously from injuries this season and particularly in this past Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech.

    December 5, 2013

  • Devin Golden: Rampage season tickets available on team website

    Last season, fans came to the trade center in Dalton to watch an abnormal concept: football in the spring.
    The Georgia Rampage return that idea for another season, and fans can hop on board now.

    December 2, 2013

  • Doug Hawley: Ringing bells for runners

    There is a uniqueness to the annual Silver Bell Sprint race which receives the focus Friday for the 11th time in downtown Dalton.

    November 30, 2013

  • Loran Smith: Turkey day traditions are missed

    There have been some very exciting games between Georgia and Georgia Tech. In the old days when freshmen were not allowed to compete in varsity competition, the annual Thanksgiving Day battles between the Bullpups and Baby Jackets often were classic thrillers.

    November 30, 2013

  • A Look Ahead: Former DHS standout will face ’Runners

    Dalton State College’s basketball team is off to a hot start with an 8-1 record in its return to the court as the program’s signature sport. And even after Friday’s 85-61 exhibition loss to Alabama’s Jacksonville State, the buzz around the program is growing as the Roadrunners prepare to host Auburn-Montgomery at the trade center Tuesday night.
    But a big part of the crowd expected for the game will be there cheering on the visiting Warhawks — or more likely, cheering on a returning hometown product.

    November 25, 2013

  • Jamie Jones: Booker T thinking comeback match?

    Here are the notes and news items from the week in pro wrestling: Booker T may be retired, but he’s not completely retired.

    November 22, 2013

  • Loran Smith: Osborne is a man of integrity

    Tom Osborne didn’t set out to be a college football coach. When that came about, he didn’t worry about making big bucks, which would later become a staple of the profession. Even when he was athletic director at Nebraska from 2007 through 2012, he was probably the lowest paid athletic director of any major college in the country. His salary in this runaway sports salary era was $250,000.

    November 21, 2013

  • A Look Ahead: Lions last of local football teams to cheer for

    One remains, and that number could be a sad zero if Christian Heritage doesn’t gain some revenge Friday.

    November 18, 2013

  • Chris Whitfield: How great of a year can it end up being?

    By northwest Georgia high school football standards, this has been the best season since I joined The Daily Citizen’s staff in 2010.
    Three teams from our coverage area — Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Christian Heritage — are in the state playoffs, and a couple of the state’s best teams are locked in our little corner of the world as well, with Calhoun and Cartersville looking highly capable of making deep postseason runs in Classes 2A and 3A, respectively.

    November 15, 2013