This is a crazy time of the year for all of us, but it is also a delight for sports-loving fans of area teams. And while this week is mostly about family, Aunt Tish’s sweet potato casserole and giving someone the evil eye as you both spot the same deal on Black Friday, it is also a time of plenty on the hardwood, on the mat and on the gridiron.
The biggest story of the week will come Friday night when the Dalton Catamounts head south on I-85 to the sparkling town of Tyrone for a meeting with top-ranked Sandy Creek in the second round of the state football playoffs, but there is a plethora of other things going on as well.
So loosen up the belt, fight off that tryptophan nap and get ready for plenty of action. Here’s a look at what is going on in the area.
• Basketball and wrestling share the limelight this time of the year, but let’s focus on the hardwood first.
Dalton, North Murray and Christian Heritage will finish up their round-robin carousel with Martin Luther King Jr. today before closing down for a few days to enjoy the giblet gravy. The Christian Heritage and MLK girls will meet in a battle to determine who are the real Lions at 6 p.m., and North Murray and Dalton face off at 7:30 p.m. in the Cat’s Den.
The Dalton girls will be in action on Friday in the Southeast Thanksgiving Hoopsfest, which will begin on Tuesday at Southeast Whitfield. Northwest Whitfield’s girls, North Murray’s boys and both Southeast teams will play in the tournament, which will have action on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday before wrapping up on Saturday.
In other hoops action, the Murray County teams will play in the Zaxby’s Thanksgiving Classic at Ridgeland, but the schedule has been moved around quite a bit.
Because of Ridgeland’s second round state football playoff game on Friday night, Murray County’s basketball games against the Panthers have been moved. Originally scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. with a girls-boys doubleheader, the Indians and the Panthers will now play on Tuesday night. The rest of the schedule for the tournament is unchanged with Murray County playing on Wednesday afternoon in Rossville and playing again on Saturday in the round-robin event.
Remember to keep up to date on the local prep schedule each day in our Scoreboard feature and always online at www.daltonnow.com/events.
• While Southeast’s wrestling team kicked off the varsity season this past Saturday with an impressive showing at the Alexander Duals, the rest of the area’s teams will get plenty of action on Wednesday at the Coahulla Thanksgiving Duals in Varnell.
Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Murray County all have matches scheduled for Tuesday elsewhere, but they will join North Murray, Ringgold, Armuchee and Adairsville along with the host Colts on the mats at the school’s expansive gymnasium for a day that should be fast-paced and offer plenty of action. Three rounds of matches will start the day at 9:30 a.m. After a break for lunch, bracketed wrestling will take place at 1:15 p.m. with the final matches for the championship beginning at 3 p.m.
• Need a holiday idea for a certain outdoorsman or woman?
This holiday season, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is offering gifts guaranteed to please hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts, and benefit the wildlife and wild places they enjoy. The state is offering lifetime sportsmen licenses which cover all hunting and fishing. Prices are set by age group but a money-saving alternative from buying your hunting and fishing licenses each year. For example, for children under the age of two, you can go ahead and buy a license for the rest of their life for just $200.
Also available are Georgia Outdoor Recreational Passes, which are required for outdoor recreational activities at 32 state-owned sites such as wildlife management areas. A $19 pass covers the entire year rather than paying each time you enter an outdoor recreational area. For more information on either program, visit www.georgiawildlife.com.
Chris Whitfield is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Got something you think should be highlighted in What’s Going On? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.