Sports Columns

Sports Columns
  • 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

  • Chris Whitfield: Take Dalton in Region 7’s big Cat fight

    Is it really almost over? Didn’t the high school football season start two weeks ago? How did we get to this point where all that is left to do is to say goodbye?

    November 8, 2013

  • Jamie Jones: Deck the halls with suplexes

    Here are the notes and news items from the week in pro wrestling: WWE is releasing two DVDs just in time for the holiday shopping season: “The History of WWE” and “Raw: The 20 Greatest Episodes Uncut & Unedited.”

    November 7, 2013

  • A Look Ahead: Football push takes center stage in preps

    A tip of the hat to the Northwest Whitfield High School softball team for winning its second straight Class 4A state championship.
    Next on the agenda in Tunnel Hill — a trip to the football state playoffs.

    November 4, 2013

  • Chris Whitfield: Guru plays favorites in cousin wars

    I’d say I told you so, but gloating over my phenomenal success this high school football season is getting kind of boring.
    Awww, who am I kidding? But quite frankly, the adoring fans and dedicated followers of the Guru of Gridiron Guessing have come to expect nothing less from the Peerless Prep Pigskin Prognosticator.

    November 1, 2013

  • Chris Whitfield: Are playoffs in the cards for Raiders?

    Devin Golden, my buddy across the desk here in the newsroom at The Daily Citizen, likes to crunch numbers, ponder the possibilities and calculate percentages on all sorts of things related to high school sports. He is sort of his own sabermetrics guru of the high school football playoff possibilities.

    October 25, 2013