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What's Going On: Rivals play with it all on the line
Last season the main region challenger to Dalton High School’s boys soccer team was Southeast Whitfield.
This year, it’s the guys from Tunnel Hill.
Sure, the last time Dalton and Northwest played, the Catamounts dominated in a 6-1 victory with zero Sub-region 7-4A implications. But they will play again, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bruins’ field.
Why do I feel this one could be a little closer?
What's Going On: Schedule gets tight in region
At the collegiate level of baseball, one of the staples of the sport is the three-game series. The visiting team comes in on Thursday night or Friday morning with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the Major League level, it stretches to another game in most cases and one rolls right into the other.
Starting this week, local high school baseball teams will get a taste of that tight scheduling and the importance of having strong depth in your pitching rotation.
What's Going On: Milkshake is worth a long ride
I’m not a fan of milkshakes. However, if you are, then there’s extra incentive to make the most of what could be a staple of the area’s bicycle community.
A group of local riders has organized a weekly event called the “Milkshake Ride,” a 20-30 mile event throughout the Cohutta-Varnell area.
What's Going On: Rivalries are the gift that keeps on giving
This year, the spring prep season’s version of Christmas comes eight days early.
On March 16 of last year, I had my first experience watching Dalton High School’s and Southeast Whitfield’s boys soccer teams play. This year, fans like myself don’t have to wait as long to watch area soccer at its finest — and the Catamounts don’t have to wait as long to erase bad memories of last year.
What's Going On: Local rivals meeting up on the road
Meeting on the big field only makes this one bigger for schools which could rightly be considered cousins.
Two local high school baseball programs — Coahulla Creek and Northwest Whitfield — will play one another for the first time Friday night. But it’s not at the Colts’ field in Varnell or the Bruins’ home in Tunnel Hill. The two schools, which are about 10 minutes away from each other will instead play at AT&T Park, the home of the minor league baseball’s Chattanooga Lookouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.
What's Going On: Bruins making hoops history
Three years ago, Northwest Whitfield High School boys basketball coach Ryan Richards had a team with most of its talent in its under classes and a schedule that was beyond brutal. The Bruins were playing in what was then the second-highest classification in the state, and each region game was a full-blown trip.
That year, the Bruins won just six games. But even then, Richards said he thought his team had turned a corner.
What's Going On: Some are ending and some begin
There’s only one trip left to make. After traveling to Macon last year for the Class 3A statehigh school wrestling tournament, I witnessed both the beautiful and ugly side of a championship match.
Dalton High School’s Sidney Wheeler had a shocking come-from-behind victory in the 182-pound finals, and Southeast Whitfield’s Carlos Fraire fell just short in his 200-pound encounter. It was truly the agony and ecstasy of sports.
Ruritan Tourney set for March 23
The 14th annual Spring Place Ruritan Club Golf Tournament is set for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on March 23 at Indian Trace Golf Course in Murray County.
Club members are now signing up teams and hole sponsors for the four-person select shot event as they anticipate another good tournament. The cost to enter is $55 per person — mulligans are $5 each for up to two per golfer, and range balls are extra — and space is available for up to 25 teams. Hole sponsorships are available for $125 each.
What's Going On: Lacrosse to take a huge step forward
Mike Sanderson has been a man on a mission for the past two years, and his dreams of Dalton becoming a hub of lacrosse activity is taking another leap forward.
What's Going On: Hop on the caravan
Back when the Atlanta Braves started the 1982 season with a 13-game winning streak on their way to winning the old National League West, I could easily name every single person on the roster and probably be able to tell you exactly what each player was hitting and which pitcher had the best earned run average on the team.
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