February 13, 2014

Region 7-2A tournaments may start today

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— Northwest Georgia began thawing out Thursday, but some of the plans for postseason basketball tournaments involving high school teams in Murray and Whitfield counties remain on ice.

After a three-day delay caused by inclement weather and potentially hazardous road conditions, the Region 7-2A tournaments are expected to start today, while Region 7-4A teams will wait another day and Region 5-3A teams may or may not take the court today.

Barring another delay for Region 7-2A, the boys teams from Morris Innovative and Murray County will play at 3 p.m. today at Calhoun High School, where all tournament games will be played. The winner of that game faces Chattooga at 9 p.m.

Murray County’s girls team is scheduled to play Coosa at 6 p.m. The winner won’t play again until Saturday, the day originally scheduled for championships and third-place games in the tournaments.

Originally set to begin Monday, the Region 7-2A tournaments aren’t alone in being delayed this week. No local basketball teams have taken the court for competition since last Saturday, when the Region 7-4A tournaments each held one game at Cass High School in Cartersville, and in fact the only high school contest involving a local team this week was Northwest Whitfield’s girls soccer team opening its season with a 10-0 win at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Monday.

The inclement weather has ranged beyond northwest Georgia, though, and so has the disruption of region basketball tournaments. As a result, the Georgia High School Association is allowing regions until Wednesday to complete tournaments and report their state tournament qualifiers to the GHSA. Regions originally were mandated to be finished by Saturday, but the GHSA pushed that date back twice this week. The GHSA’s website said dates for the first through third rounds of the state tournaments haven’t been decided. The first round originally was scheduled for Tuesday (girls) and Wednesday (boys), but both were pushed back a day with the first delay and will be pushed back again.

In Region 7-4A basketball at Cass, Dalton’s girls play Cedartown at 10 a.m. Saturday, while Southeast’s boys play Cass at 2:30 p.m., Dalton’s boys play Pickens at 5:30 p.m. and Southeast’s girls play Gilmer at 7 p.m. Northwest Whitfield’s boys and girls teams aren’t scheduled to play until Monday, meaning it will have been 10 days since they closed the regular season with wins against Dalton in Tunnel Hill.

In the Region 5-3A basketball tournaments, which will be played at Cartersville High School, a decision on the schedule won’t be made until today. If games are played today, the Coahulla Creek girls will take on Ringgold at 4 p.m., Coahulla Creek’s boys will face Sonoraville at 7 p.m. and North Murray’s boys will play at 8:30 p.m. against Gordon Central.

In high school wrestling, state traditional tournaments for some classifications were scheduled to begin Thursday at The Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth before all six classifications were compressed to two-day events and then postponed until next Friday and Saturday.

Because The Arena is unavailable for next weekend, the GHSA intends to use alternate host sites. As of Thursday afternoon, ghsa.net listed no further information on those sites. A total of 13 wrestlers from Murray and Whitfield counties have qualified for either the Class 2A, 3A or 4A tournaments.

This week was originally slated to include several soccer and tennis matches for local teams, and some will try to return to action today.

Dalton’s soccer teams will host Alabama’s Fort Payne at the turf practice field on the Dalton High School campus. The girls game starts at 5 p.m. and the boys will follow.

Coahulla Creek’s soccer matches scheduled for today at Buford have been postponed, and no makeup date has been determined.

Dalton State College’s men’s basketball team traveled to Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday to take on Faulkner University, where tip-off was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. central. Because of an early deadline, that game was not completed before today’s edition of The Daily Citizen went to press.