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 PINNED  T Friday Night, (11.17.23) Model fell to Callaway 19 - 42, Rome defeated Langston Hughes 42 - 14 & Unity Christian defeated Sherwood Christian 52 - 24. On Saturday in local college games, BerryC is TBA. See all current scores, locations, archives & season schedules NOW at the scoreboard menu link above!
Barron Stadium Track & Field Completely Submerged >> DETAILS, PICS & CONVERSATION
You may have gotten weather info for your outdoor sports events, fishing conditions, etc from him for decades but WSB TV Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns has announced his retirement after 40 yrs set for late November generating 10K+ viewer comments >> DETAILS
Armuchee's Head Football Coach Jeremy Green has announced that he will not return after the 2022 season >> DETAILS
City Tourism Office Releases 2021 Visitor Spending Info Including Sports & Recreation Numbers >> DETAILS
A Murray County football player was injured during the Model football game just before halftime & transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. He was aware & moving while leaving the field for transport (9.23.22). Get more info in the comments >> HERE
FBOE RELEASE: All Floyd County high school athletic event tickets will be sold as general admission and PURCHASED ONLINE ONLY through our ticket provider, GoFan. Fans can access the tickets via the GoFan app, or via the GoFan website.

Fans can access the tickets for Armuchee High, Coosa High, Model High, and Pepperell High via the GoFan app, or via the GoFan website here.


There will be no in-person ticket sales at the high school campuses during the week. However, there will be QR codes at the game sites for spectators to access through their smartphones, as well as credit card readers, to purchase tickets at the athletic event ticket gates.
Young ShorterU Athletics Coach Dies from COVID >> DETAILS
City Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Redmond Trail >> DETAILS & PICS
UPDATE ATTN runners, walkers, hikers, recreational folks, etc ... According to a Berry release, after months of no public access, as of 5.9.21, the Berry College campus has reopened to the public until further notice. Hours are 6A to 7P and the campus is accessible for outdoor recreation use only.
FBOE Issues Release About Death of Multi-Sport MHS Athlete >> DETAILS
Watch Big Tennis Event from Your Car at Rome Tennis Center Mon 1.25 - Sun 1.31 - See Limitations & What to Consider Not Doing >> DETAILS
Walkers, Runners, Hikers, Outdoors Folks, etc - Berry Re-Opening Campus to Public for Limited Time >> DETAILS
Coosa 11.13.20 & Pepperell 11.20.20 Football Games Canceled Due to COVID Exposure >> DETAILS
Mid-Season Reminder for COVID Guidelines While Attending Floyd Schools Athletic Events >> DETAILS
FYi Two Local 10.23.20 Football Games Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Exposure with One Directly Exposed >> DETAILS
Model High Football Re-Scheduled After Opponent's Crew Exposed to COVID-19 >> DETAILS
Rome Tennis Center Launches New Mobile Booking APP & Play Anytime Program >> DETAILS
Public Invited to Ceremony for New Indoor Tennis Courts >> DETAILS
Berry Athletics Announces SAA 2020 Fall Sports Suspensions >> DETAILS
ShorterU Names New Athletics Director >> SHORTER U
Berry Football Player Overcomes Cancer & Returns to Field a Month Later >> DETAILS
Floyd Schools Stadium Lights Will Burn to Honor Classes of 2020 Fridays Through April & Into May >> DETAILS
ACC Cancels 2020 ACC Tennis Championships & Rome Tennis Center Operations Change Amid COVID-19 Concerns >> DETAILS
Rotary Batting Machine Hits Ball 700+ ft - See the hit at 12:40 >> VIDEO
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for New Armuchee High Gym >> PICTURES
Berry Announces New Marriott Hotel at Tennis Center >> DETAILS
Armuchee High Wrestling Hosts Wrestling Event for Toys for Tots >> DETAILS
Coosa High Head Football Coach Announces Resignation >> DETAILS
FYi FBOE to Use Efficient ID System with Alerts for Visitors, Contractors & Volunteers at Schools >> DETAILS
FYi ATTN WALKERS, RUNNERS & HIKERS - Local Trails Have Isolated Sections & TV Personality Physically Shows How You Can Defend Ambush Attacks >> VIDEO
Rome Tennis Center Honored Among 25 Facilities by USTA >> DETAILS
Crowd Views LIVE Video Feed on Barron Stadium's Giant Video Screen of Female RHS Track Athletes Competing in California >> DETAILS & PICS
FYi RFPRA has announced Todd Wofford as the new Director after a search involving 17 other applicants.
UPDATE FCPD Arrests Two Students for Heavy Vandalism Damage to PHS Stadium Bldg >> DETAILS & PICS
FYi RFPRA announces that registration for their first ever Youth Summer Basketball program ends May 13th. Boys & girls who are 8-13 yrd old as of September 1, 2019 may register for this 4-week program for a fee of $90.

Teams will be selected by player draft. Player evaluations are scheduled for May 15th. After these, the coaches will use player draft to form teams of balanced skills and ability levels.

Pre-season practices begin on Monday, May 20th (players must be registered to practice) & are limited to three per week & no longer than 75 minutes. The season runs from June 3rd through July 12th with no games the week of July 4th.

RFPRA is always in need of volunteer coaches & referees. If interested, contact Rick Haase at haaser@floydcountyga.org or call 706.252.1337. For more information or to register for our summer youth programs online, click or tap >> HERE
FYi Due to recent bad weather affecting RFPRD League Baseball & Softball games, the 2019 MLB Jr Home Run Derby has been postponed to Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The event will be moved from Alto Park to Darlington High School Baseball Complex located at 1014 Cave Spring Rd. For questions, call 706.291.0766
FYi MEDIA RELEASE > Floyd County Special Olympics has been postponed due to inclement weather. Tammy Bryant, Special Populations Coordinator, says "The weather forecast is predicting to have 80% chance of rain on 4.5.19. In order to ensure safety for everyone, the decision was made to postpone it." The event will be held on Thursday, April 18th. The event schedule will continue as planned. The parade line up will begin at 9:30a & the ceremonies will begin at 10A. The public is welcome to attend & support our athletes. For questions or for more information, please contact Tammy Bryant at 706.252.6427
The FBOE streamed a LIVE press conference on Facebook on 4.5.19 to meet Model High's new head football coach in the MHS media center >> VIDEO
RFPRA will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run Competition for area youth on 4.24.19 at 6P at Alto Park Fields on Burnett Ferry Rd in West Rome. Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Boys & girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 & have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks & the National Finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

The individual Pitching, Hitting & Running Champions along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of a valid birth document for age verification & have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation's Sports Coordinator, Jay Houston at houstonj@floydcountyga.org

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BerryC Announces New Athletics Director >> DETAILS
Pepperell High Names New Head Girls Basketball Coach >> DETAILS
UPDATE Two RFPRA Employees on Leave During Investigation >> DETAILS | RFPRA Director Submits Resignation >> DIRECTOR RESIGNATION
FYi ATTN RUNNERS, WALKERS & BIKERS: Walking Path Along River Partially Collapsed Behind Riverside Pkwy Museum >> DETAILS & PICS
FYE Ice Rink at the Forum Open Daily Until Late December >> DETAILS
After a give & take game along with a tie at one point on 11.30.18, Rome eventually fell to Warner Robins by 13 in Round Four of the Class 5A state playoffs. See all final scores along with score archives & season schedules at the scoreboard menu link above.
FYi All of the schedules & athletics links accessed in the menu above & on the scoreboard page are now functioning properly after the FBOE recently updated their entire site so a number of previous links were broken from RSN to the BOE site.
Entire GPB Sports Replay of the 9.14.18 Rome vs Carrollton Game at Barron Stadium in Rome >> GPB SPORTS VIDEO
FYi Barron Stadium Fitted with New 1/4 Million Dollar 36 x 20 ft Video Wall & Scoreboard >> DETAILS & PICS
Berry Athletics Director Announces Resignation >> DETAILS
Model High New Stadium Press Box Construction Progress >> LOCATION PIC
FYi If you play golf, tennis, swim, etc at the following location, be advised that the Callier Springs Country Club was destroyed by a massive fire on 5.5.18 >> DETAILS, 14 PICS & CONVERSATION
FYi RFPRA to Host MLB 2018 Jr Home Run Derby at Upper Alto Park Fields >> DETAILS
30 New On-street Parking Spaces Added to W 3rd St Along Tennis Center Fence at Barron Stadium >> PICS & CONVERSATION
Swoosh, She Stripped the Net! See 19 yr old RFPRA Challenger Basketball Shooter Megan Foreman Execute a Perfect Over-the-head Reverse Shot >> VIDEO
RFPRA Partners with Pitch in for Baseball Providing Baseball Gear for Those in Need >> DETAILS
Model's new head football coach is Richard Ross & Armuchee's new head coach is Jeremy Green. Get any bio updates here on Rome >SportsNet >> CONVERSATION
If you are or know an aspiring ice skater for fun or competition, some practice or training could be a reality at a local ice skating rink that is being proposed as a downtown Rome attraction >> DETAILS
Veteran Sportswriter to Speak at Berry College > MEDIA RELEASE: Long-time Boston Globe reporter and ESPN contributor Bob Ryan will speak about changes in sports journalism at 7:30 p.m., Thursday (Feb. 1) in the Berry College McAllister Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. As a Boston College graduate, Ryan started as a sports intern for The Boston Globe immediately after college. He went on to spend 44 years of his life working as a sports columnist for the Globe and covering all of Boston’s sports team including the Boston Celtics in the 1970s.

Ryan would go on to cover 20 NBA finals, 20 Final Fours, nine World Series, five Super Bowls, the last seven Olympics and many other events in his career.

His awards include, but are not limited to: The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s National Sportswriter of the Year four times, the Associated Press “National Sportswriter of the Year” in 2000, the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2006 and the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2015.

Over Ryan’s career, he has published 15 books and appeared on numerous radio and talk shows including “The Bob Ryan Report on Loren and Wally”, “The Tony Kornheiser Show” and “Roundtable” on NPR's “On Point”. Ryan has been a frequent guest host on ESPN's “Pardon the Interruption”, a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters” and a regular contributor on the show “Around the Horn.”
Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees >> DETAILS
Berry Tennis Program Awarded $10K Grant But None Goes to Taxpayer Funded Tennis Center >> DETAILS
ShorterU Names New Head Football Coach >> DETAILS
Rome defeated Warner Robins in a huge shutout for the state title on 12.15.17. Get all the season final scores, schedules & archives now at the scoreboard menu link above!
Rome Football players, coaches, parents & fans. As you travel to Warner Robins tonight & whether you win or lose no matter what, YOU make sure they remember, FOREVER, the night they played the Wolves! >> DETAILS & VIDEO
UPDATE 3 PLAYERS, PARENTS & FANS all over the state are upset about some state title games not being played in the new Atlanta stadium voicing their discontent & with some proposing a re-scheduling yet again to play in that stadium. What do you think? SEE FOLLOWING LINK for details & the conversation. RCS: 'Rome City schools will close on Friday to allow for any staff & students who want to attend the makeup game for the state title in Warner Robins'. Due to last Friday's surprise snow storm, the game was postponed. So Rome did not play at the new Atlanta stadium but will travel to Warner Robins to play for the 5-A state title this Friday at 7:30P & according to RHS, all pre-sale tickets will be honored. A GPB official has confirmed to RSN that only one of several games being played will be aired by GPB Sports Friday night & it is not Rome >> DETAILS & CONVERSATION - Get all the season final scores, schedules & archives now at the scoreboard menu link above!
Model Football Coach Gordon Powers Announces Retirement >> DETAILS
MEDIA RELEASE: Armuchee High School Football Coach, Coach Muhammad Abdellatif, has officially tendered his resignation as Head Football Coach to school officials. He has been the Head Football Coach since the 2014 season, replacing Preston Cash.

"I appreciate the opportunity I've had these past four years to grow as a coach & make an impact on these young students' lives," said Coach Abdellatif. "I wish them the best moving forward."

"Coach Abdellatif is a committed person to his profession & we thank him for his effort, hard work, and dedication these past four years," said AHS Principal Mr John Rhodarmer. "I'm appreciative of the character & leadership lessons he provided to our student athletes. I wish him the best in his future coaching endeavors."

"The resignation has been accepted & a search for a new Head Football Coach will begin immediately. We will work with the football program & assistant coaches to keep off-season programs going during the transition in preparation for the 2018 season," said AHS Athletic Director Mrs Telisa Chapman. "We appreciate everything he has done for the football program over the past four years."

Mr Rhodarmer & Mrs Chapman are working with the AHS Local School Governance Team (LSGT) to develop the process for finding new leadership for the football program.
Berry College's Valhalla Stadium served as an outstanding venue to host the first Pepperell High home football game on 9.1.17. Floyd Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jackson said Friday night was an exceptionally good evening thanks to the assistance of Sports Turf Company, Inc, Berry College, Berry's athletic department & the entire Pepperell community.

Tuesday morning, Sports Turf & FCS authorized personnel met to discuss the progress of the projects happening in Dragon Stadium at PHS. The decision was made that the football game versus Cedartown High School will be played on Lynn Hunnicutt Field at Dragon Stadium on 9.8.17 at 7:30P. FCS Director of Facilities, David Van Hook said those who attend the game may notice there are several incomplete sections of the track that are being cured for the latex coating & striping over the entire track. There are also some areas of the stadium that are not part of the field that are covered with wheat, straw & seed.

The game was held in Valhalla Stadium because of delayed construction on the PHS track & field due to weather-related setbacks that prevented the stadium from being gameday ready for the first home game of the 2017 football season. Though this was not the situation FCS & PHS had originally planned for, this was the first time that one of the four FCS high schools played a regular season game in a college football facility & the response was overwhelmingly positive.

"We want to continue this relationship we’re building with Berry & will certainly welcome a collaborative opportunity that would allow each of our high schools to play a home football game on Bob Williams Field for seasons to come,” said Jackson.
Atlanta Falcons choose Johnson Elementary School as Floyd County's Representative to Kick Off NFL Flag Football Week >> DETAILS
UPDATE 3 Pepperell Dragons to Play First Home Game at Berry's Valhalla Stadium Due to Home Stadium Upgrade Delays >> DETAILS & PIC - See pics of recent sod installation at the link just below.
UPDATE 2 The new sod arrived & was installed after delivery Saturday morning (8.5.17) >> 12 LOCATION PICS - Check back for any new info. EARLIER >> Pepperell Football Field Sod Delivery Delayed & First Home Game Backup Relocation Explored >> DETAILS
A Season to Remember - 1954 Model High School State Championship Football Team Historical Event Aug 8th >> DETAILS & PIC
Four Floyd County Residents bring home awards from 2017 National Senior Games. >> DETAILS & PIC
Dawn Brown Named to Lead ShorterU's Women's Basketball Program >> DETAILS
Berry Baseball Coach Arrested >> RNT - NOTE: To access this story for FREE, simply turn your PC, phone or tablet's cookies completely OFF in your device's browser privacy / security settings but turn cookies back ON for other sites to work properly >> 4 EASY STEPS
Wade Anderson Selected to Lead ShorterU's Men's Basketball Program >> DETAILS
Cpl. Leigh Rush of the Rome Fire Department to Compete at 2017 World Police & Fire Games >> DETAILS
RFPRA: On 6.2.17, the Rome Titans 10u baseball team took home the competitive league championship beating the Rome Spartans 6-3. The Titans finished the season with an impressive 11-1 record. The Titans will be playing for the state championship June 17-18 in Carrollton, Ga.
Pepperell Football Field Being Renovated Due to Drainage Issues >> RNT ( FREE! )
Jeff Rickman Named as New Lady Dragons Basketball Coach >> DETAILS
Newly formed Synergy Racing Inc announces that Rome, Ga native Koby Timms has been named the first of the team's 2017-18 drivers in its Test & Development Program for the ARCA Racing Series >> DETAILS
Clint Decker to Lead Armuchee Basketball >> DETAILS
27th Annual Cops for Kids Softball Tournament >> DETAILS
ShorterU Announces Plans to End Its Wrestling Program >> DETAILS
Coosa Faculty & Staff Soccer Match Adds to ill Classmate's Scholarship Fund >> DETAILS
RCPD RELEASE: Earlier this year, RCPD became aware of a possible inappropriate relationship between a male teacher at Rome High School & a female student. Through a lengthy & thorough investigation, it was determined that Bryan Aspera, a wrestling coach / history teacher at Rome High School, had a sexual relationship with a female student who was a minor at the time. The relationship occurred during the 2011-2013 school years while the now former student was enrolled at the school. After learning of the alleged relationship, detectives were able to develop enough information to file for and obtain an arrest warrant through the Floyd County court system. At this time the investigation is still ongoing & anyone with information pertaining to this matter is asked to contact RCPD's Criminal Investigation Division at 706.238.5122.
FYi Annual Wolf Nation 5K Run / Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Late April >> DETAILS
MEDIA RELEASE: The South Atlantic League Champion Rome Braves open the 2017 home schedule on Thursday, April 13th at 7P against the Charleston Riverdogs. This begins a four game series which includes a noon start on April 14th. Tim Tebow is tentatively scheduled to play in Rome when the Columbia Fireflies come to town April 17 (7P), April 18 (7P) & April 19 (10:30A).
FYi Etowah Skate Park on Kingston Hwy Closed for Resurfacing >> DETAILS
Armuchee's Telisa Chapman is 7-AA Athletic Director of the Year >> DETAILS
Rome Tennis Center Director Says Indoor or Covered Courts Needed to Prevent Further Tournament Loss to Competing Centers >> RNT
RFPRA Rome Aerials Hosting State Meet This Spring >> DETAILS
Registration Underway for Magical March-A-Thon for Kids with Special Needs Event set for early March with Model student & creator Jessica Bryant saying, "... I want to be a pediatrician one day & special needs children are a big part of my life. I have friends with special needs & I want them to feel included & that they can do anything. That's why we're going with a favorite hero or magical character theme, to inspire them to be anything they want ...” >> DETAILS
Coosa Middle Teacher Runs to Fund School's Cross Country Team. See How You Can Help >> DETAILS
7 Athletes to be Inducted at Rome / Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony >> DETAILS
Special Olympics Officials Calling on Medical Community for Help >> DETAILS
ShorterU Suspends Basketball Coach Amid NCAA 'Violations' >> WRGA
Tennis Center Linking to Mall Via Parking Connector >> RNT
Rome High Head Football Coach to Become Athletics Director for Rome City Schools >> RNT
The Rome Wolves have won the 5-A Ga State Football Championship defeating the Buford Wolves 16 - 7 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. See all 2016 local high school score archives at the scoreboard menu link above.
RFPRA > Unified Football Teams to Compete for GRPA State Championship >> DETAILS
Late Thursday night (12.8.16), ShorterU's Sports Information Director, Karen Allen, confirmed to RSN that Shorter's Athletic Director, Kim Graham, has been terminated but she could not provide any further details. As of midnight 12.8.16, Graham's name was still in Shorter's online Athletics directory but has since been removed. ShorterU's media contact, Dawn Tolbert, indicated to RSN that there was no immediate expectation of public disclosure as to why. Check RSN for updates.
Annual Cave Spring Santa Sprint 5K Race for School Tech Fundraiser >> DETAILS
2017 Army Band All-American Selection Tour Visiting Coosa High to Honor Student in Color Guard >> DETAILS
FYi RFPRA Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 3 New Park Playgrounds >> DETAILS
CALENDAR Sports Hall of Fame Members Search to Honor Accomplished Athletes, 3 New Playgrounds Recently Opened, Local Skate Park Status Community Meeting & Rome to Host 6 Day 2017 ACC Tennis Championships >> DETAILS - NOTE: To access this announcements, meetings & events page anytime if this link is removed, just click on the direct calendar link in the main menu above.
The annual Peach State Marching Band Festival was held on 10.22.16 at Barron Stadium downtown with hundreds of band members performing throughout the day & into the night. For other recent & future events, click >> HERE
Berry's game at Valhalla on 10.8.16 was also a Community Appreciation Day. There were several public service groups in attendance for kids to take pictures with various fire, police, swat vehicles. There was also a halftime ceremony thanking those groups for their service to the Rome and Berry communities which was followed by a performance by the Berry drumline.
NEW! Rome to Host 6 Day 2017 ACC Tennis Championships >> DETAILS
UPDATE Darlington Athletic Director, Ed Guth, confirmed to RSN that the injured player is recovering at home & is expected to be fine but he could not provide any further details on the type or extent of the injury(ies). At an away-game Friday night, a Darlington football player was transported to the hospital following a game related injury. Check back for updates.
Four Local Senior Citizens Bring Home 21 Medals from Golden Olympic Games >> DETAILS
FYi The upcoming Rome Shriner's game featuring Model & Coosa will be played at Model on October 28th. The annual parade, that is associated with that local fundraising football game, raises money for free treatment of critically injured kids nationwide & is known for featuring all kinds of comical sights to entertain children of all ages. On 10.1.16, it traveled through downtown ending at Barron Stadium on W 3rd St.
Annual Armuchee Band Competition >> DETAILS
Rome Speedway Celebrates 50th Anniversary >> RNT
Local Paralympic Athlete Gets Pep Rally at Johnson Elementary School for Trip to Rio Olympics >> WSB VIDEO | >> LOCAL DETAILS
Pepperell Football Players Help Clean-up Lindale Area >> RNT
The new 30 acre, 60 court Rome Tennis Center on the Armuchee Connector close to Old Dalton Rd & funded by a local SPLOST held its grand opening on 7.29.16. The public was able to view the facilities & particpate in various activities to further demonstrate the facility's features. For questions, call 706.236.4490
ShorterU Football Player Arrested for Theft >> RNT
New Tennis Center Director & Existing Service Discuss Management Issues & Conflicts - see new management info & tennis center pics in a post just below >> RNT
Longtime Armuchee High Baseball Coach Resigns >> DETAILS
Model Senior Wins RFPRA New Logo Contest >> DETAILS
RFPRA Board Discusses Concerns About Football Competition >> RNT
Annual Local Special Olympics Event on 4.30.16 >> DETAILS
UPDATED Berry Hosts Field Day with Track Dedication Ceremony >> DETAILS
RFPRA Sports Coordinator Lee Morris Resigns >> DETAILS
ShorterU Introduces New Head Football Coach >> DETAILS
RFPRA Reduces Spring Sports Activity Fees >> DETAILS
ShorterU Announces New Head Football Coach >> DETAILS
ShorterU Head Football Coach to Retire >> DETAILS
RFPRA Advisory Board Examining Service Fees >> RNT
Cave Spring 5K Race to Benefit Cave Spring Elementary - The third annual Cave Spring Santa Sprint 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run took place Dec. 6 & began a new tradition for many runners looking to continue the celebration of the holidays with a tour through the heart of Cave Spring.

The town once again welcomed participants on a one-of-a-kind course that weaves its way through downtown Cave Spring, starting & finishing in the town square. All proceeds from the race will benefit the 1:1 technology initiative at Cave Spring Elementary School, with the goal of raising enough money to purchase a Google Chromebook for every student.

“The Santa Sprint has become part of the fabric of our town,” said race organizer & Floyd County Teacher of the Year Tabatha Tierce. “We're excited to give runners a fun reason to come out to Cave Spring. This year, we were hoping many of our students would participate in the fun run/health walk component.” Last year, over 100 people participated in the Santa Sprint & attendance continues to grow. The race welcomed participants of all ability levels from those who are beginners planning their first race to the more experienced runners. The Santa Sprint offers something for everyone as a certified qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race in July. To access additional information & registration, visit http://gogo-racing.com/santa-sprint
Coosa Cheerleaders Win State Title >> DETAILS
It has been announced that the Rome Middle School 8th Grade team has won the State Championship.
Berry College Sports Medicine: A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself >> DETAILS
From Wolves Football, "Congratulations to the Rome Wolves football team for winning game number 100 at Barron Stadium on 10.30.15" & according to a Model statistician, since Model's win on 10.30.15, it has allowed them to host a playoff game at home for the first time since 1979.
Teach Me Tennis Afterschool Program Underway >> DETAILS
A local 9 yr old boy recently appeared in an Atlanta tv news report to help raise awareness & funds to pay for prosthetic limbs. In addition to a Coosa football team ceremoniously drafting him as a team captain >> RNT, it has also been announced that the CEO of an Atlanta company will pay for the boy's $70K prosthetic limbs after a news story about him aired on WSB TV >> WSB
MEDIA RELEASE: Local senior citizens win medals at 2015 Georgia Golden Olympics. Four local seniors racked up on medals during the 2015 Georgia Golden Olympics, collectively winning 17 medals in different athletic categories. Gordon Haney, Luke Studdard, Gladys Mixon & Carol Waddell – all of Rome – traveled to Warner Robbins & competed from September 16-19, where they made their marks among athletes in the areas of shuffleboard, horseshoes, billiards, table tennis & other sports.

Their awards are as follows:

Luke Studdard, 75 - silver medal in Horseshoes and bronze medal in Shuffleboard Doubles

Gordon Haney, 90 - gold medals in Horseshoes, Billiards and Shuffleboard and bronze medal in Shuffleboard Doubles

Gladys Mixon, 63 - gold medals in 15 Meter Walk and 5K Walk and silver medal in Shuffleboard

Carol Waddell, 64 - gold medals in Basketball Free Throws, Table Tennis, 500 Meter Waist Walk and Clock Golf; silver medals in Badminton, Softball Throw, Horseshoes, Shot Put and Javelin
Late afternoon on 9.17.15, Pepperell High School's homecoming parade began in Lindale at the railroad track by the old mill facility & made its way along Park Ave to Dragon Dr & the school. This was the second year of the revived parade that had fallen dormant for a few years after a long tradition of ushering-in homecoming festivities in Lindale. "Last year's parade was very successful & we are happy to once again provide this important community activity for our Lindale residents," commented Phil Ray, principal of Pepperell High School.
Berry Vikings Take 2nd Win at First Game in New Home Stadium >> VIKING RECAP - MEDIA RELEASE: The Berry Vikings' inaugural on-campus football game kicked off against the LaGrange Panthers on 9.12.15 & seating for its first home football game in the new stadium was sold out. This is the third season for the football team, but the first in their new stadium, funded through gifts to Berry’s LifeReady Campaign. Steve Cage, a 1974 graduate of Berry who now serves on the Berry College Board of Trustees, provided the lead gift for Valhalla, now home to football, lacrosse & track-&-field. It was Cage's inspiration to name the stadium Valhalla. Bob & Kay Williams have generously supported Berry & Williams Field is named in their honor. Two alumni members of the Berry College Board of Trustees & their wives, Bert & Cathy Clark & Roger & Candy Lusby, took a leadership role in establishing a matching fund to spur gifts to Clark Track, Valhalla's eight-lane running surface. Alumnae Ouida Dickey & her daughters, Jennifer & Angela, created another matching fund supporting construction of the Dickey Field throws area. That facility, across Maple Dr from the stadium, honors the memory of their husband & father, Garland Dickey, Berry’s first full-time athletic director. Clark Track & Dickey Field have made possible the resumption of full competition in track-&-field for Berry’s student-athletes. Randy & Nancy Berry & Barry & Michele Griswell are generous supporters whose names grace the stadium scoreboard. Other supporters include the Richard & Barbara Gaby Foundation; the Sun Trust Foundation; Berry alumna & trustee Chair Karen Holley Horrell & her husband, Jack; alumni trustee John Eadie & his wife, Elizabeth; football parents Steve & Michelle Tart; the Ebert Family; & alumna Joann Hunter Del Re.
Darlington Football Stadium & Field Upgrades Nearly Complete >> DETAILS
MEDIA RELEASE: The Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich are pleased to announce that Kevin Cowling has accepted the position of Rome / Floyd Parks & Recreation Director. The employment agreement will go before the Floyd County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, for approval. Once approved, Kevin’s first day on the job will be August 17, 2015.

Kevin comes to Rome and Floyd County from Clarksville, Tennessee with 15 years of experience in Parks & Recreation. He has a B.S. in Health Physical Education & Recreation with a minor in Business Administration from the University of North Alabama and is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional. Kevin is a member of the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) and Tennessee Recreation & Parks Association (TRPA) and currently serves as a Network Administrators Board member of NRPA along with past committees and boards of the Tennessee Chapter.

Kevin has a proven track-record of success in the parks and recreation field beginning in 2000 as an Athletic Director for Pell City, Alabama Parks & Recreation Department. In 2006, he relocated to Clarksville, Tennessee which included accepting a position as Manager of Operations & Planning for the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department. He currently administers $3.6 million in divisional budgets with oversight of multiple recreation projects and 130+ employees.

Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord stated that “Kevin comes with great experience and leadership skills that will continue to keep our community moving forward in recreational opportunities.” City manager Sammy Rich stated that “Kevin not only has the necessary credentials to lead recreation, but he is a genuinely nice guy that will be a very good fit for our community as we start a new chapter in parks & recreation for our community.” Kevin Cowling added, "I am very excited to be joining the team at the Parks & Recreation Department. Rome-Floyd County has so much to offer not just in recreation, but for families and quality of life in general. My family and I are very much looking forward to making Rome-Floyd County our home for many years to come".
MEDIA RELEASE: Following a near-drowning incident that occurred Monday afternoon at the Northside Swim Center Pool, RFPRA officials express immense concern & will be investigating the incident further. "We are still gathering all the facts at this time,” said Interim Director Wendy Reid. “As a mother I can’t imagine the fear the child & the family felt. Our thoughts & prayers are with the child, the family & everyone who was present.” Program Coordinator Shawn Schumacher, who oversees the Northside Swim Center, said at the time of the incident three lifeguards were on deck surveying the pool when they saw the unresponsive child on the surface. The child was immediately moved to land where lifeguards administered CPR. Lifeguards were still performing life-saving techniques by the time authorities arrived. RFPRA’s top priority is the safety of its patrons. All RFPRA lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross & undergo a standard interview process. RFPRA seeks to hire experienced lifeguards for the Northside Swim Center. RSN EARLIER >> Monday afternoon, emergency crews responded to the city pool on Kingston Ave in N Rome to the possible drowning of an 7 yr old boy. CPR was in progress prior to the arrival of first responders. An RFPRA official later confirmed to RSN that 3 Red Cross certified lifeguards were on duty at the time of this incident. The boy was transported for treatment within 10 minutes with condition unknown. Check back for updates.
RNT has posted an available position for a new Sports Editor on a news employment website. Another local news source is reporting that RNT insiders have hinted that the current sports editor, Jim Alred, is leaving the paper only a 1.5 yrs after being "promoted", more like inheriting, the position after the previous editor left for more money and better working conditions. This is probably due to the fact that after the recent new owners voided all previous contracts and realized that Alred was making way too much money prior to the takeover or did not want to increase it to his satisfaction >> JOB POST
Rome High Girls' Basketball Coach Resigns >> RNT
MEDIA RELEASE >> Coach Joe Kines, a Cedartown native and longtime coordinator and assistant coach in the SEC, was the guest speaker at the 2015 Pepperell High School baccalaureate service. The program for seniors was held in the Pepperell High auditorium. Coach Kines was the defensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1995-1999 and also coached at the college level for Jacksonville State, Clemson, Florida, Arkansas, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M. Kines also coached in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In January 2014 Coach Kines received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Football Coaches Association for his outstanding success while coaching for 37 years in college football. “We are fortunate that Coach Kines is willing to share his story with our senior class, "commented Phil Ray, principal of Pepperell High and a longtime friend of Kines. "Coach has influenced and motivated young men for almost 50 years and continues to be a respected speaker."
Coach Kines admits the importance of faith in his life and is a sought after speaker representing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ray added, "Coach Kines has stories of success and failures in life to which our seniors can relate.”
New Tennis Center to Have Less Courts Than Originally Planned >> RNT
Atlanta Falcons Safety Clinic for Moms at Model School >> DETAILS - As posted earlier on RSN, if you're a parent of a sports kid, you may be interested in the controversial, investigative documentary that aired about concussions in the NFL on PBS's FrontLine. A similar documentary about high school football concussions called "The Smartest Team" - thesmartestteam.com - also aired with the NFL doc. To get preview info, click >> NFL Concussions (once there, scroll down for several info links) | >> High School Concussions Info | >> HS Football Concussions VIDEO
ShorterU Head Basketball Coach Announces Departure Just a Week After AD Does the Same (see that link below) >> DETAILS
ShorterU Athletics Director Announces Departure >> DETAILS
Pepperell High Announces New Head Football Coach >> more info
New Rome High Football Coach to Make Just Under $100K >> RNT
MEDIA RELEASE: Rome High School announces the hiring of John Reid as the seventh head football coach in school history.

Reid holds a career record of 119-41 (74%) and has a reputation for revitalizing football programs. He comes to Rome from Tift County High School in Tifton. While there from 2012-14, Reid oversaw the rebuilding of the football program from grades six through 12. Included in the project was updating equipment, re-organizing the booster club, building team facilities and improving the on-field product. Prior to Reid’s arrival, the Blue Devils had not enjoyed a winning season since 2008. Under Reid’s leadership, Tift County improved from 2-8 in 2012 to 5-5 in 2013 and 7-4 in 2014. Along the way, his freshman and junior varsity teams recorded winning seasons for the first time in 20 and 10 years respectively and defeated south Georgia powers Valdosta and Lowndes County for the first time in school history.

Before Tift County, Reid assembled a 60-15 record over six years at East Paulding. During his time there, Reid led the Raiders to three region runner-up titles and one region title. In playoff competition, East Paulding reached the quarterfinals three times and the semi-finals once. Against Rome High, Reid is 3-0 with a 27-3 first-round playoff victory at Barron Stadium in 2006 and region wins in 2008 and 2009.

At Alcoa High School in Alcoa, Tennessee, Reid’s 2004 and 2005 teams claimed state championships. The program continued winning after his departure. His sixth grade class of 2004 won state titles in every year of competition from 2004 to 2010.

Reid, a winner of multiple coaching awards from various organizations, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He and his wife Julie have been married 27 years. They have a son and two daughters: Colton, a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force; Kiersten, a basketball coach at Columbus State University; and Courtney, a junior at Kennesaw State University.
Berry Athletics to Launch First-time Full Track & Field Program >> Berry Vikings
Pepperell's Head Football Coach Resigns >> more info
Berry Vikings Basketball Player from Original Team Visits Berry Campus >> Berry Vikings
NFL Films Behind The Scenes of New HD Video Distribution Network for Faster Delivery of Game Content >> NFL
Rome High School Athletics Director Kevin Strickland has confirmed to RSN that head football Coach Franco Perkins will not return as the head football coach >> RNT
Barron Stadium's Late December Parking Lot Work Underway >> RNT
December 2014 Tennis Center Construction Update >> RNT
Coosa & Model, the only remaining local football teams in the playoffs, both fell to their opponents in the season finals. Coosa 17 / Vidalia 45 & Model 14 / Fitzgerald 48.
RFPRA Director Confronts Floyd Commissioner in Heated Exchange During Meeting >> RNT
FYi All 27,000 acres of the world’s largest college campus, Berry College, will become tobacco-free beginning Aug. 1, 2015. This policy will apply to all employees, students, contractors & guests in the interest of the health & well-being of the campus community. Smoking is currently not allowed in campus buildings or on The Martha Berry Museum & Oak Hill property. The tobacco-free policy includes e-cigs, vapor, chewing tobacco, etc. For adult smokers, Berry officials recognize this policy will be challenging & are working to provide appropriate educational programs & professional assistance. Berry’s Health & Wellness Center will also provide smoking cessation assistance to students.
MEDIA RELEASE: RFPRA announced Monday that Richard Garland has officially resigned from his 25 year career and his nine-year post as Executive Director effective January 1, 2015. In his statement below, Richard explained that he has been presented with a great opportunity in the private sector and while the decision was not an easy one, he could not turn it down. Richard has been acting Executive Director for the last nine years, and in that time has guided the agency through the construction of North Floyd Park, Midway Park Renovations, Marine Armory Renovations, Barron Stadium Renovations, North Rome Swim Center Renovations, as well as 17 practice fields’ renovations. Richard’s accomplishments and contributions are too numerous to mention. A 1989 graduate of Shorter College Richard began working for RFPRA in January of 1990 and has served as a gym supervisor, special event coordinator, public information coordinator, sports coordinator, recreation services manager, parks superintendent and finally as the Executive Director.

Jerry Lee - Chairman, RFPRA Board

Mr. Lee:

It is with a very heavy heart that I give you notice of my resignation on January 1, 2015. This has been my home for the past 25 years, and it has been no easy task making the decision to move on. However, I feel it is time for me to do so. I would like to express extreme gratitude to all of those who have influenced or directed my time here. This was my first place of employment out of college and I have had many wonderful experiences during my tenure here than I would ever be able to iterate in this letter but, they will all go with me as I begin a new chapter of my professional career in the private sector. It has been an honor to represent you and the Board as Director of this agency over the past nine years. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of Rome’s finest citizens serving as Board Members. I will not soon forget the lessons that were taught to me by this body. I wish you the very best of luck in the continued negotiations with the City and County and the future of Parks and Recreation in this community. I have poured my life into this agency to see it become the very best it can be. I leave confident that great strides were made under my leadership to reach that vision. I leave a very dedicated group of exceptional people that have made my work a pleasure. They never get the credit or the accolades they have earned for providing this community with outstanding programming, parks and facilities. They will be vital to the agency as the Board moves forward. Again, thank-you for all that you have done to support me. While I may be leaving, a huge part of my heart will always be right here. If I may be of any assistance in this future time of transition, please do not hesitate to call on me. Very kind regards your humble servant

- Richard Garland
The RFPRA recently announced a major donation to Maddox Track at Barron Stadium & the Rome Throws Center on Riverside Parkway that will further enhance the total track & field complex for Rome. Barron Stadium & Maddox Track were renovated with 2006 SPLOST funds to include: Synthetic turf, eight lane NCAA certified track, new lighting system, home side restrooms and concessions, as well as a grand entry in to the stadium. Since the renovations, the complex has hosted three NAIA National Championships, one NCCAA Victory Bowl, two Peach Belt Track and Field Championships, and one NCCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Additionally the Complex hosts Rome Middle & High School Football & Track & Field, Shorter University Football & Track & Field, & Berry College Football.
Berry Vikings football takes its second win which is its first in regulated time. See the final score now at the scoreboard menu link above.
Berry Breaks Ground on Valhalla Stadium >> DETAILS
ESPN Reports Former Local Businessman Tied to UGA Football Player Suspension >> RNT 1 & Local Resident with Same Name Mistakenly Targeted by Fans >> RNT 2
On 10.10.14, Armuchee High School dedicated its stadium track to longtime coach Charlie Weatherford, who was the coach from 1957 to 1987. In the contributed picture below by Scott Pierce, in the front left is Keitha Weatherford & her husband Charlie Weatherford, the honoree. Also pictured left to right in the rear is Anthony McClain, Rick Gilbert, Larry Maxey (school board member), David Cox, Scott Pierce & Bill Burke (right front).
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The Berry Vikings football team secured its first win after one round of overtime >> DETAILS
ShorterU Reports Student Athletes' Records Theft from Campus >> RNT
The RFPRA has organized & facilitated several tournaments & events that have had a positive effect on the local economy.

Last weekend alone, the RFPRA hosted a total of 25 events in parks & recreation centers including Leadership Georgia at Heritage Park, Rome Middle football at Barron Stadium, The Rome Beer Festival at Heritage Park, Roman Rumble 5K at Ridge Ferry (Shoals), Armuchee Ruritan Club Car Show at Ridge Ferry Park (Market), & Jesus in the Park at Ridge Ferry Park (Market). Additionally, RFPRA staff coordinated several seasonal programs over the weekend including Girls Softball, Unified Football & Cheerleading, Challenger Soccer, & NGU Soccer.

"Fall is an even busier time than spring," says RFPRA Executive Director, Richard Garland. "The RFPRA staff does a great job maintaining & prepping park & recreational facilities to attract great community events. These facilities attract thousands of local & regional visitors on a weekly basis who shop, dine & purchase gas while visiting."

On Saturday, the Rome Tennis Circuit Tournament attracted fifty-two players from Rome & surrounding areas including Summerville, Cartersville, Rockmart, Calhoun, & Cedartown. Tennis Coordinator, David Araiza said, "These tournaments give local beginner & intermediate players the opportunity to compete without leaving the city & has allowed players to see tremendous growth & improvement in skill & competition." Two more circuit tournaments are planned this year to be held October 18 & November 15.

Girls Softball Midseason Tournament held September 20 at Alto Park drew 288 people including six teams from the Rome area & one team from Centre, Alabama. Teams played a three-game guarantee style tournament.

Baseball Players Association (BPA) hosted a sixteen team tournament with an attendance of 600 people on Sunday, September 21. Teams from Rome & all over Northwest Georgia participated in the one day tournament held at Riverview Park located behind the levee. Tournament Director, Mark McArthur said his tournament went well and complimented the facilities and newly installed scoreboards. BPA’s next tournament will be held October 19 at the same location.

The RFPRA currently has an additional 179 reservations on the calendar for public & private events to be held at parks & recreation centers September through the end of the year.
Youth Breaks State Record in Local 5K Race >> RNT
Berry College Football Player Surprised on Field by Active Military Brother's Visit >> WSB VIDEO
RFPRA Seeking 60+ Yr Old Softball Players >> more info
RFPRA Launches Discovery Gymnastics for Special Needs Kids >> more info
Rome Native & Berry Graduate Signs Pro Contract with Atlanta Braves >> more info
FYi RFPRA Fall Youth Sports Registration Now Open. Once there, look under News & Announcements >> more info
Shorter Athletics Awarded NCAA Division II Membership >> more info
Unity Christian Announces New Athletics Director >> more info
(7.10.14) The Rome Health Spa in Central Plaza on 2nd Ave has closed after decades of operation. Signs in the front window thank all customers for their support over the years.
Shorter Football Hosts First Tryout Event >> more info
Shorter Coach, Brittni Dulaney Appears on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Starts at 7:15) >> CUED VIDEO
RFPRA Plans to Resurface Area Tennis Courts & Replace Scoreboards >> RNT
Unity Christian School's Joe Curtiss Resigns >> RNT
New Bike Stations Donated for Downtown Trail >> RNT
Berry to Move New Football Stadium Location Due to Eagle Nest >> more info
Northside Swim Center Now Open >> more info
RFPRA Task Force Comparing Local Management to Operations in Similar Communities >> RNT
Model High Principal Glenn White Elected as Ga High School Association President >> more info
Pepperell Tennis Coach Claims 400th Win >> more info
Pepperell & Armuchee Soccer Teams' Just for Kicks Shoe Donation Event >> more info
FYi The river boardwalk is currently open from the Floyd County Judicial Center to behind the Law Enforcement Center parking deck for a scenic walk or bike ride along the Oostanaula River. Work continues on the Riverfront that is adjacent to the Town Green & Forum.
FYi The RFPRA will be offering a new free 5K race this July 4th known as a color run. This is where colored corn starch is thrown in the direction of the runners and colors their skin and clothes. If you are near this, be sure to cover any electronics, especially cameras, because the fine powder will find its way inside the smallest openings.
FYi WSB TV Atlanta Airs Special Feature About Bullying >> WSB
Berry to Host Multiple Sclerosis Fundraising 5K Walk >> more info
RFPRA Discusses Park Closures Amid Budget Cuts >> RNT
Pepperell Football Player Signs Air Force Academy Scholarship >> more info
Armuchee Athletics Announces New Head Football Coach >> RNT
2014 RFPRA Spring Sports Programs Announced >> more info
Auburn's Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn Visits Darlington >> more info
RFPRA Proposes Closing Parks Amid Budget Cuts >> RNT
Bob Williams, of Rome, Donates $500K to Berry Stadium & Field Named After Him >> more info
Selection of New Armuchee Football Coach Underway >> RNT
UPDATE Former RFPRA Gymnastics Instructor Favored in Recent Lawsuit Court Ruling >> RNT
Unity Christian Lions Get New Gym Facility >> more info
GHSA Announces New School Sports Classifications >> more info
RFPRA Youth Basketball Registration Opens Along with Volunteer Staff Positions >> more info
Floyd BOE Discusses Athletics Concussion Policies >> RNT - See more info & video about high school concussions immediately below.
Former Darlington Player Replaced on NFL Team >> RNT
FYi If you're a parent of a sports kid, you may be interested in the controversial, investigative documentary that aired about concussions in the NFL on PBS's FrontLine recently. A similar documentary about high school football concussions called "The Smartest Team" - thesmartestteam.com - also aired with the NFL doc. To get preview info, click >> NFL Concussions (once there, scroll down for several info links) | >> High School Concussions Info | >> HS Football Concussions VIDEO
Berry fell to its opponent in their 9.28.13 football game but did manage to close the gap near the end and make statistical history >> more info
After RNT's sports editor left in the recent past, the "new" (drop-in) sports editor began pandering to all local sports kids' parents for FREE pictures from their events due to low staffing at the paper >> RNT - What do you have to say about being asked to work for free by a company as financially irresponsible as RNT? >> comments
Saturday, 9.21.13, UCS lost another young lion to a longterm injury, this time it was a broken ankle in the first quarter with last time being a broken arm.
Event Operation Costs at Barron Stadium >> RNT
After Berry's domination of the first half with a huge lead, La Grange came back in the 2nd half & closed the gap. But in the end, it was not enough. The Berry Vikings won their second game ever by 10 points. Get the final score now at the scoreboard menu link above and post-game info >> HERE
Name of Berry Vikings' New Stadium Prompts Debate >> RNT
Both local college football teams fell to their opponents in their first games of the season with a huge loss for the Berry Vikings in the first game of their history. Get the final scores now at the scoreboard menu link above. View RSN video of the entire game with non-stop plays & skip to any section by using the player's slider >> VIDEO & get post-game info >> HERE
Unity Christian School continues with its 2-0 record but with one less active lion after an injury in the first kickoff return resulted in a broken arm for one of its players.
One-Armed Berry Tennis Player, Kaleigh Carpenter, Featured on >> espnW
YMCA Soccer Facility Burglarized >> RNT
Two Floyd County Boys' Cross Country Cycling Trip >> RNT
>> BIKE RACK IMAGE - The Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Design Committee is pleased to announce the installation of four bike racks in downtown Rome. This was a joint effort of the Design Committee and BIKE! WALK! Northwest Georgia. Grant funds were contributed by BIKE! WALK!. Special thanks to Julie Smith of Cycle Therapy and David Kenemer of the Northwest GA Regional Commission for their involvement. Ann Pullen, Design Chair stated, "The Committee enthusiastically endorsed placing the bike racks downtown; we hope the availability of "bike parking" will encourage individuals and families to cycle to local shops and restaurants." Racks were constructed by Jimmy Birdsong for Fabco. Look for the racks in the 100, 300, 400 & 600 blocks of Broad Street.
FYi RFPRA 2013 Fall Barron Stadium Event Usage >> SCHEDULE
Shorter Hawks Participate in Canned Food Drive >> more info
RFPRA Superintendent Suspended >> RNT
Among several other policy & cosmetic changes, a recent new mall management team said NO and stopped an annual Lunar Bike Ride event. Organizers for the annual event that usually takes place at Rome's mall were told by the management that the event could no longer take place on the mall's property for various reasons. Event organizers eventually found a new location at Rome's airport in Armuchee.
RFPRA Fall Youth Sports Registration Now Open >> more info
Berry Introduces Dr Tom Hart as New Athletics Director >> more info
FYi The RFPRA has postponed the 2013 fireworks show to a future date due to rain and cloud cover. The new date is the last block party date of the year on Broad Street on Saturday, October 26. The Rome Symphony Orchestra will still perform a free concert at 8P tonight as planned, but it will be relocated to the Rome City Auditorium. If anything changes, check RSN for updates. This year, the actual fireworks display will feature larger 6, 8 & 10 inch shells, twice as big as before, and will be launched from Vaughn Rd which is near the city public works site on the opposite side of Riverside Pkwy.
Former RFPRA Lawsuit Cleared to Continue >> RNT
Shorter Athletics Introduces Karen Allen as New Sports Information Director >> more info
6.4.13 - Former ShorterU Athletics Director, Ricci Lattanzi, was arrested for disorderly conduct, terroristic threats & acts >> RNT - Coach Lattanzi resigned from his position a while back and Shorter Athletics department stated to RSN that Lattanzi departed on his own but would not comment any further >> ARREST IMAGE
The Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament that benefits the John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete Award Scholarship Program took place in mid June at Stonebridge Golf Course. The John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete Award was established to recognize a male & female college bound high school senior in Rome & Floyd County for outstanding academic, athletic & community achievements. The program has awarded over $55K in scholarship money to many extraordinary student athletes.
Northside Swim Center Now Open >> more info
City Requests New Tennis Center Be Funded by SPLOST >> RNT - EARLIER >> State Rep Dempsey Says Proposed Rome Tennis Center Needs Local Funds >> RNT
NCCAA Names ShorterU, Rome-Floyd County as Host of Football, Track Championships >> more info
ShorterU Announces 2013 Football Schedule >> more info
Two explosions killed at least three people and injured many others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon - ROME PARTICIPANT INFO >> RNT Check national news websites for more info.
Rome Native (Darlington graduate) & Current Florida Head Coach (former Auburn defensive coordinator) Will Muschamp Facing Pay to Play Allegations >> FSN
FYi The 2013 Floyd County Special Olympics originally scheduled for Friday, April 5th has been postponed to Thursday, April 25 and will be held at Darlington School. The public is invited to attend.
Berry Sports Official Resigns >> more info
The Rome Braves recently announced that 25 year Atlanta Braves veteran Grady Little threw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the 2013 season on April 6th. Little not only managed within the Atlanta organization but served as manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2002 and 2003 guiding them to an ALCS appearance in 2003. He also managed the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and 2007 appearing in the playoffs in 2006 as the wild card team. "Grady was instrumental in developing many Atlanta Braves players that we know today," says Rome General Manager Michael Dunn. "His involvement in baseball is unparalleled and he is a true gentleman of the game."
Rome Aerials Gymnastics Brings Home 5 State Champions >> more info
More than a thousand people from different states and a few countries were disappointed to find that the annual Berry 5K, 10K & half marathon had been cancelled March 23rd due to heavy rain. Even though the rain had slowed or stopped later in the morning, race officials felt that certain sections of the course were not suitable for safe travel on foot because of washouts and flooding.
RFPRA Hosting USA Gymnastics State Meet >> more info
RFPRA Leprechaun-a-thon 5K & 2 Mile Health Walk >> more info
Berry Baseball Pitcher Slams Into Opponent's Baserunner >> USA TODAY
Coosa Soccer Team Ranked as Number 6 in Georgia >> more info
RFPRA Offering New Tennis Programs >> more info
RFPRA & Local Govts Named in Lawsuit by Former Arrested & Acquitted Employee >> RNT
Rome Braves Miracle Field Spring Registration >> more info
RFPRA Spring Sports Registration >> more info
Berry Announces Initial Football Recruiting Class >> more info AND >> 2013 Roster
Rome Braves Announce New Broadcaster >> more info
Shorter Hawks Announce New Football Players >> more info
RFPRA Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees & Student Athlete Nominees >> more info
Berry Viking's Men's Basketball Coach Resigns >> more info
Todd Wheeler has been named the new head coach of the Coosa football team. The announcement was made in mid January 2013 in front of potential players for the new season.
Berry Graduate & Major League Baseball Player Visits Berry >> more info
Darlington Graduate's Football Jersey Retired >> more info
Georgia Highlands Signs 11 to Inaugural Baseball Team >> more info
Armuchee High wins a 2012 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award >> more info
Coosa High's football coach, Chad Perry, has stepped down but will remain as the school's athletics director >> RNT
Shorter Athletics Director Publicizes Proposal & Berry Returns Fire >> more info
GRCVB Releases Info About 2012 NAIA Event Revenue - Lower Than Past >> more info
Berry Announces Viking Football Uniform Design >> more info
RFPRA Hosting Gymnastics Exhibition >> more info
Model Cross-Country Team Gets State Awards >> more info
Coosa High Runner Places in Atlanta Marathon >> more info
RFPRA Director Suspended Without Pay >> RNT
Berry College Announces Naming & Funding of New Stadium & Track >> more info
Longtime Rome Braves Radio Announcer JB Smith Dies >> more info
NAIA Officials Shorten Contract 2 Yrs Early for Annual Game Event in Rome >> more info
RFPRA Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration >> more info
Berry Vikings Announces & Displays First Football Helmet Design >> more info
Armuchee Middle School Cheerleaders Get $1K Award >> more info
Former Darlington Standout Punting for Buffalo Bills >> more info
Formerly Accused, Arrested then Acquitted RFPRA Instructor Plans Lawsuits for Several Entities >> RNT
ShorterU Secures Long Term Contract with RFPRA for Barron Stadium Use >> more info
Pepperell Football Player Arrested >> RNT
RFPRA Presents Paws in the Park Event >> more info
Coosa Football Player Arrested >> RNT
Berry's Collin McHugh Makes Major League Debut >> more info
Berry Announces New Assistant Athletics Director >> more info
RFPRA Fall Adult Softball Registration >> more info
Tim Garrett Named New Darlington Boys' Basketball Head Coach >> more info
Local Sports Events Nominated for Awards >> more info
Shorter U Athletes Arrive for 2012-13 Season >> more info
Berry Vikings Name New Football Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach
Roman Competing in Olympic Track Event >> RNT
Effective August 4, the RFPRA pool hours will change to Saturday's only from 11a – 5p. The pool will remain open during the week for private rentals; there a few limited dates still available. The pool will also open on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, but will close down for the season after the holiday. The Northside Swim Center is located on Kingston Ave NE at the corner of Church St. NE. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and up. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Only persons with paid admission are allowed inside pool gate. For questions, contact William Pennscott at 706.291.0766 >> more info
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is proud to announce two girl’s fast-pitch all-star softball teams represented Rome-Floyd at State Championships this past weekend. The 8 & Under team coached by Jeff Ogle and the 10 & Under team coached by Steve Powell performed well and were crowned Class A State Champions.

8 & Under – Ella Brewer, Kinsley Coogler, Abi Curry, Riley Davidson, Hannah Earwood, Riley Jenkins, Cora Linos, Rachel Melton, Taemmica Nation, Elizabeth Ogle, Jocelyn Pineda, Sydney Rogers, Emily Self

10 & Under – Nia Allen, Sarah Barnes, Kaylee Clayton, Caroline Dingler, Neeleigh Edwards, Amelia Hoyt, Kathryne Ledbetter, Elizabeth Peyton, Carson Powell, Abbie Roberson, Lainey Simms, Mallory Smith

Berry Vikings Announce Inaugural Football Schedule >> more info
RFPRA Fall 2012 Youth Sports Registration >> more info
RFPRA July 4th Fireworks Event Lineup & Pyrotechnics Crew Behind the Scenes VIDEO >> more info
Former Roman Competing in Olympic Trials >> more info
GHC Signs Players for Inaugural Men's Basketball Team >> more info
RFPRA Awarded Hosting Rights for USAG State Meet >> more info
RFPRA All Sports Camp Registration >> more info
Chipper Jones Plays in Rome During Rehab >> more info
RFPRA Coed Adult Kickball Registration >> more info
RFPRA Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament >> more info
Shorter Softball Player's Catch Featured on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 >> more info
RFPRA Reducing Parks Maintencance Cost with Less Grass Cutting >> RNT
GHC Announces New Women's Basketball Coach >> more info (.doc)
Model High Basketball Coach Andy Akin Retires >> RNT
RFPRA Unified Football Coaches Needed >> more info
RFPRA Dog Park Interest Group Meeting >> more info
Former Coosa Athletic Star & Brother of Recently Injured Coosa Football Player Seriously Injured in Accident >> RNT | >> related story
Stadium Power Outage Suspends Rome Braves Game >> more info
Berry Introduces Tony Kunczewski As First Head Football Coach >> more info | >> VIDEO | >> previous story
Shorter Sports Fields Defaced by Spray Paint >> RNT
Swimming Lessons & Public Swim at Northside Swim Center >> more info
Model Announces New Football Coach >> RNT
Tim Hudson to Pitch for the Rome Braves >> more info
Coosa Senior's Project Nets $9,500 for Injured Football Player Classmate >> RNT
Former RFPRA Gymnastics Instructor, Karen Armstrong, Cleared of Theft of Money Charges >> RNT | >> previous story
Football Coach, Lynn Hunnicutt to Leave Model >> RNT - Click here for exclusive video of Hunnicutt's arrival at Model.
Registration Begins for Braves Miracle Field of Rome >> more info
Armuchee High School Walking Path Community Workday >> more info
Arrest Made for Stealing Football Sleds from Armuchee School >> RNT
Armuchee High Baseball Booster Silver Dollar Showdown Pancake Breakfast >> more info
Atlanta Falcons Serving Salad at Model High >> more info
Rocket Wheeler to Throw First Pitch at Rome Braves Home Opener >> more info
RFPRA Girls Spring Softball Registration >> more info
RFPRA Roman Challenge Youth Basketball Tournament Registration >> more info
Pepperell Student Wins RFPRA Outstanding Student Athlete Award >> more info
RFPRA Select League Baseball Registration >> more info
GNTC Bobcats Win First-Ever NJCAA Region Title >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Adult Softball Spring Registration >> more info
Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) has awarded Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority (RFPRA) hosting rights for the 2012 Boys & Girls District 5 Basketball Tournaments. Larry Powell, Sports Manager, represented the RFPRA to present the tournament bid at the District 5 Athletic Committee Session. An estimated twenty-eight district teams from Northwest Georgia will attend the tournament which starts Monday, February 20 and will run approximately a week. The RFPRA will host district tournament for boys age divisions 9-10, 13-14, and girls age division 9-10. Winning teams at the district level will compete at the state tournaments in March. The public is invited to attend the games and support our local teams. Games will be held at RFPRA gym facilities and schedules will be posted online at rfpra.com
Shorter Hawks Announce 2012 Football Schedule >> more info
RFPRA Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees >> more info
1976 National Championship Vikings Women's Team to Be Honored >> more info
Rome Braves High School Invitational >> more info
RFPRA Spring Sports Registrations Opening >> more info
Shorter Hawks Ink 14 Football Players on National Signing Day >> more info
Pepperell High's Dakota Ball signs with Alabama >> more info
RFPRA Leprechaun-a-thon 5K & 2 Mile Health Walk >> more info
Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau Honored with Sports Award >> more info
RFPRA Budget Cuts & Staff Reduction in 2012 >> RNT
Unity Christian in Rome Forfeits State Football Title & All 2011 Wins Due to Eligibility Issues >> more info
Shorter Basketball Dominates Berry in Back to Back Games >> male results / >> female results
Berry Half Marathon Registration Under Way >> more info
If you don't watch GPB then you've missed the recent promos of a show called Ga Traveler that features the Rome Braves. If you can't watch it on tv, you can view future airdates and the entire show or skip to the Rome section online now starting at 20:00 using the player's slider >> VIDEO
The Horseleg Plantation Country Club golf course has closed indefinitely due to recent decline in usage. However, the clubhouse will remain in operation.
Rome's latest indoor football league, Rome Rampage, has closed it's downtown office, at least for now. As of this report, there has been no official statement on the team's websites as to what the team's fate may be.
GNTC Bobcats to Host "PINK" Games >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Hosts Roman Team Challenge Gymnastics Meet >> more info
Pepperell's Dakota Ball Appears on ESPN >> more info
Model High Receives Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award >> more info
ESPN Sky Cam Rig Crashes Onto Field During Game Barely Missing Player >> video
Bobby Cox to Be Keynote Speaker for Shorter's Meet the Team Dinner, for more info click here and here
GHSA Denies Darlington's & Rockmart's Appeal >> results Georgia High School Association Announces Team Reclassifications >> more info
2012 NAIA Championship Results >> more info
Model High's Tamia Reynolds Named Champion of Character >> more info
Armuchee High Announces New Athletics Director >> more info
Ft Benning Unit Skydives Into Barron Stadium >> more info
NAIA Championship Expected to Generate $1.15 Million Into Local Economy >> more info
Former Alabama Football Star Speaks at 2012 NAIA Event in Rome >> more info
Pepperell's Dakota Ball Selected for National All-Star Game >> more info
RFPRA Needs Basketball Officials >> more info
Unity Christian Lions Win State Football Championship >> more info
Former Pepperell Football Player Marcus Dixon Appears on HBO's Real Sports >> more info
Coosa Cheerleaders Win State Title >> RNT
Rome Braves Miracle Field Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Event >> more info
Former Coosa Football Player Punts for NFL Cowboys >> RNT
Bobcats Defeat Four Year Power >> more info (.PDF)
Rome Woman Wins Savannah Marathon >> RNT
Got Talent? Audition for Rome's New Exhibition Team >> more info
The RFPRA hosted a town hall meeting about the public's use of Barron Stadium's new track with plenty of nonstop moderate and heated discussion between RFPRA's director, citizens, a Shorter athletics coach and a few local govt officials. The tough questions and comments began shortly after the quick introduction and around 38 minutes, RSN's camera eventually went handheld to the front of the room covering the discussion and to better capture faces and emotion. View exclusive RSN video above from this meeting in its entirety. Click here for schedule and more info.
Berry College to Start Football, Track & Field Programs in 2013 (>> stadium rendering image) >> more info | >> followup
Former Youth Activities Inc President Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $50K from Organization >> RNT
Bobcats & Lady Cats Release Rosters, Tough Schedule & Dates to Watch >> more info (.PDF)
Bobcats Bring Big Resume To NJCAA >> more info (.PDF)
Longtime Rome Braves Usher Dies >> RNT
RFPRA Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration>> more info
Lady Cats Basketball Ranked Pre-Season Number One >> more info (.PDF)
Rome Rampage Indoor Football Team's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony >> more info
A 15 yr old Rome High Student and JV football player was found not breathing & unresponsive Saturday afternoon at a Glenn Lake Rd address. He was transported to the hospital but did not survive >> RNT
Shorter Announces Class of 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame >> more info
Berry Students Hold Protest Against Talk of Football Program >> RNT
Armuchee Head Coach Abruptly Resigns >> RNT
2011 NAIA Football Championship Tickets on Sale >> more info
GNTC's All-Time Leading Scorer Earns Spot on Vikings Roster >> more info (.PDF)
Shorter Football to Host SPLOST Appreciation at Barron Stadium >> more info
Rome Braves Release 2012 Schedule >> more info
Georgia School for The Deaf Standout Heads to GNTC >> more info (.PDF)
Rome Braves Break Ground on Miracle Field >> more info
Coosa High Football Player Injured & Airlifted After SUV Rollover. For school support info, click here and for more wreck info click >> RNT | >> related story
Tiger Tandem Signs With GNTC Bobcats >> more info (.PDF)
Girls Volleyball Registration at RFPRA >> more info
Georgia Highlands in Rome Names Philip Gaffney As New Athletic Director >> more info (.doc) - Click here for staff image.
Coosa High Soccer Player Scores National Championship Title >> more info
Gordon Central Standout Signs with Bobcats >> more info (.PDF)
Thornton Center Fitness Room Now Open to the Public >> more info
Armuchee Cheeleaders Excel at Summer Cheerleading Camp >> more info
RFPRA has opened youth flag football & youth soccer registration at rfpra.com
Rome Renegades Coach Critically Injured in Motorcycle Accident >> more info
Dr. Richard Cowan Continues Storied Career with Shorter Athletics >> more info
Stonebridge Golf Course greens underwent an upgrade over the summer and has reopened with its new Champion Burmuda grass greens >> more info
RFPRA Introducing Girls Volleyball to Fall Athletic Program Line-up >> more info
RFPRA Adult Softball Late Summer League Registration >> more info
Rome Braves Host Shoe Donation Drive to Benefit Those in Need >> more info
Shorter's NCAA Division II Transition Underway >> more info
Stultz-Era Begins For Lady Cats Volleyball >> more info (.PDF)
Task Force Launches New Tennis Center Website - For full length video discussions, website links and documentation of the project click here.
Atlanta Brave, Chipper Jones, Plays in Rome During Rehab >> more info
Head coach & Shorter staff anxiously await arrival of 2011 squad >> more info
Unified Football & Cheerleading Registration >> more info
NCAA Accepts Shorter’s Application for NCAA II Membership Process >> more info
Armuchee Sophomore Awarded Tennis Scholarship >> more info
Chattanooga Prep Star Signs With GNTC >> more info (.PDF)
Register Now for RFPRA Youth Baseball, T-ball and Girls Softball >> more info
Four Teens Charged with Sexual Battery During Wrestling Camp on Shorter Campus >> RNT
Rome Braves Manager Replaced >> more info
Darlington Loses a Coaching Legend >> more info
RFPRA LEGO Camp Extension >> more info
Shorter Athletics announces release of 2010-11 Annual Report >> more info
The Rome Braves have placed pitcher Matt Suschak on the suspended list in violation of the Minor League Baseball drug policy. The suspension is retroactive to June 14th.
A Basketball Tradition Coming Full Circle >> more info (.PDF)
Indoor Football League, Rome Rampage Holding Tryouts >> more info
Berry Forming NCAA Division III Conference Along with Other Schools >> more info
RFPRA Youth Summer Baseball Registration >> more info
Stephenson Nearing 500 Wins & Lady Cats Hold Info Session >> more info (.PDF)
Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Bridge Point Plaza >> more info
Rome/Floyd Parks & Recreation Releases 2010 Annual Report >> more info (.PDF)
Northside Swim Center Now Open >> more info
Rome Braves to Honor Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox >> more info
Indoor Football League, Rome River Dogs Changes Name to Rome Rampage >> more info
GNTC Basketball Conference Honorees >> more info
City managed Stonebridge golf facility in Armuchee will be upgrading its greens over the next few weeks replacing the bent grass to Champion Bermuda. The upgrade will start with spraying the greens with herbicide on the 23rd, 24th and 26th. Between the last day of spraying through the 31st, temporary greens will be used. The entire upgrade could last between 6 to 8 weeks. Contact the course office at 706.236.5046 for more info.
RFPRA Summer Gymnastics: Classes, Camps, Parkour >> more info
Braves: Bring Your Dog to the Stadium for Bark in the Park >> more info
Rome High senior Randy Roden named Georgia Wrestler of the Year by Wrestling Insider >> more info
GNTC Cats Country Signs Pair of Wolverines >> more info (.PDF)
Shorter announces plans to apply for membership in NCAA Division II >> more info
The Rome Braves announce that an Atlanta Braves tryout camp will be held at State Mutual Stadium on June 13th. Registration begins at 8:30am at gate six with workouts beginning at 9am.

Players must be 16-22 years of age to participate and are expected to furnish their own cleats, gloves and uniforms. The Braves will provide other necessary equipment. American Legion players must have written permission from their coach.

For more information, contact the Rome Braves at 706.378.5144 or log onto www.romebraves.com
Darlington Class of 2011 Hosting Special Olympics >> more info
Memorial Gym is gone. Click on the image above to view supersize images of the demolition of Memorial Gym on West 3rd St downtown.
RFPRA Adult Softball Summer League Registration >> more info
RFPRA Announces Thornton Center Open House >> more info
Georgia Highlands to Launch Athletics Program & Joins GCAA >> more info Click here for school produced media release video.
Five Darlington Football Players Chosen for Georgia Allstars >> more info
Roman Rivalry Youth Basketball Tournament >> more info
Rome Braves 2011 Roster Released >> more info
Tennis pro John Isner hosting tennis camp this summer >> more info
Club Fitness in Midtown Crossing on Shorter Ave abruptly shut down apparently due to chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings that was noted by a sign on the business. Managers and members were locked out on 3.23.11 and truckloads of equipment were moved out of the business later that evening.
RFPRA Releases Design Plans of Barron Stadium Complex Plan 1 (.PDF), Plan 2 (.PDF), Plan 3 (.PDF)
CVTA March Tennis Madness Day >> more info
Georgia Northwestern Grabs Coaches of The Year Honors >> more info
Bruce Benedict to Throw Out Rome Braves Ceremonial First Pitch >> more info
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority would like to inform the public about demolition work on Memorial Gym. Demolition and construction will impact parking and traffic flow into the Barron Stadium complex. One entrance into the parking lot will be closed and almost half of the Tennis Center parking will be closed. The gates beside the fitness center will remain open so traffic can exit the parking lot onto West 5th. Construction is planned for completion by August.
RFPRA Roman Challenge Youth Basketball Tournament >> more info
RFPRA Adult Softball Spring League Registration >> more info
Ultimate Indoor Football league, Rome River Dogs, has announced plans for a new team in Rome. The team's general manager, Kacee Smith and UIFL co-founder Andrew Haines held a press conference Saturday at the Forum. The formation of a coaching staff is in progress but the team will not begin operations until Winter of 2012 >> more info
New Floyd Recreation Department location at 1 Shorter Ave is now open.
Shorter's Director of Athletic Operations, Ricci Lattanzi, resigned from his position recently. The Shorter Athletics department stated to RSN that Lattanzi departed on his own but would not comment any further.
Darlington School to Host 3rd Annual Triathelon for the Kids (includes video) >> more info
RFPRA Gymnastics & Tumbling Registration Now Open >> more info
Former Coosa High Coach Acquitted of Drug Charges >> RNT
Auburn Tree Poisoning Suspect Arrested >> CNN
2011 Rome Braves Promotional Calendar Released >> more info
RFPRA Adult Flag Football & Kickball Registration Now Open >> more info
View Proposed Tennis Megaplex Joint City / County Commission Meeting, Concept Video & Master Plan >> VIDEO
SSAC Basketball Championship Returns to Rome >> more info
Phil Niekro Headlines Ninth Annual Hot Stove Event >> more info
RFPRA 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet >> more info
2011 Rome Braves Schedule Released >> more info
RFPRA Board Meeting Minutes Now Online >> more info
So, how does that yellow first down line work in the big games? >> more info
Blind Athlete & Mt Everest Summit Climber Speaks at Darlington >> more info
RFPRA Youth Spring Sport Registration >> more info
Shorter University Football Inks 19 on National Signing Day >> more info
See Interior Images of New RFPRA Recreation Center >> more info
SportsEvents readers name Rome a 'Destination to Watch' >> more info
RFPRA Tennis Class Registration >> more info
Dream Parks Project Proposal Underway in Emerson >> more info
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority introduces “Teen Movie & Hoops” a new program for teenagers ages 13-17 at the Thornton Recreation Center from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. The recreation center is open to teens for a night of fun including a movie on the big screen, pizza, games and basketball. The cost is $10 per person and Registration is not required. For questions, call Lincee Powell at 706.291.0766
Shorter University Assessing Possible Move to NCAA Division II >> more info
Buzzer Beater for GNTC Lady Cats >> more info (.PDF)
CRBI Annual Polar Bear Paddle Event >> more info
GNTC Bobcats Shop for Charity >> more info (.PDF)
Two Darlington Students Nominated for Outstanding Athlete Awards >> more info
Pepperell Football Star Marcus Dixon Gets First NFL Start >> RNT
RFPRA 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced >> more info
NAIA Game Brings $1.5 million to Local Economy >> more info
RFPRA Winter Gymnastics Registration >> more info
Darlington Graduate to Coach Florida Gators >> more info
RSN Flashback >> 1990 Channel 5 Pepperell Football Coverage >> video
GNTC Bobcats In Prep For Conference Play >> more info (.PDF)
Pro Football Player / Sports Broadcaster Don Meredith Passes Away >> FSN
GNTC Cats Country In Music City >> more info (.PDF)
GNTC Bobcats Help Walker Care Mission >> more info (.PDF)
Coosa Soccer Player Plays with Elite Squads >> more info
GNTC Lady Cats Fall to East Georgia >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Fitness for Fun Classes >> more info
Barron Stadium Track Closed to Public Indefinitely Through 2010 >> RNT
RFPRA Fall Gymnastics Registration >> more info
Coosa Valley Tennis Association Launches New Website & Logo >> more info (.doc)
Middle School Football Trick Play >> video
GNTC Bobcats Season Opener >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Youth Basketball Officials Needed >> more info
RFPRA to Host USTA National/Regional Jr. Championship >> more info
2nd Annual Braves Celebrity Shootout >> more info
First Practice Signals Official Arrival of Shorter Wrestling >> more info
RFPRA Youth Basketball Registration >> more info
NAIA Contract Extended >> more info
RFPRA Kickball Battle Royal >> more info
Shorter Hawks Defensive Back Arrested for Out of Town Warrant >> RNT
Foster's 4 TDs help Football Hawks nip Georgetown in OT >> more info
Shorter Hawks Take First Win in 2010 Season >> more info
2010 NAIA Football Championship Returns This Fall >> more info
Paws in the Park Benefiting RFPRA Programming >> more info
GNTC Carpentry Class Builds New Bobcat Softball Field Components >> more info (.PDF)
Register Now for RFPRA Fall Break Camps >> more info
The Shorter Hawks took their 2nd loss of the season to the GSU Panthers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta >> more info
See group image below. RFPRA Flip-City Aerials Gymnastics Win Gold in Nationals - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is proud to announce twenty-six team members competed in the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida and won 30 gold metals. Gymnasts competed against over 1,400 athletes from across the country in floor, beam, vault and bars events. Nine gymnasts achieved All-around National Champions. To win All-around, gymnasts must achieve the highest cumulative scores after competing on all four events. Head Coach Haley Murray, Coach Andie Lively and Coach Rana Pyle led the gymnasts to Nationals where 30 team members qualified and many were required to learn new routines within a 3 month time frame after winning at State.
Individual Event Awards: 30 Gold, 26 Silver, 17 Bronze & 9 All-Around Gold
Pictured below L to R - Bottom Row: Trinity Pyle, Ellie Getchell, Anne-Scott Smith, Belle Bryant, Nadia Smith, Reagan Dooley, Mayo Askew, Abbie Vaughn, Anna Bonner, Logan Lively, Grace Schultz, Kai Sato
Middle Row: Gracen Wiggins, Aleeyah Blanchard, Alex Quarles, Macy Early, Sachi Askew, Gracie Padgett, Hannah Green, Michelle Londot, Hannah Schriever, Abby Davenport, Avery Smith, LenayahTaylor, Elizabeth Boyd
Coaches: Coach Andie Lively, Head Coach Haley Murray, Coach Rana Pyle
Not pictured: Ivy Watters  Scroll down for more local sports news >>

The Southern Indoor Football League released a statement that it will not support the bid for Professional Sports & Entertainment Group to host a Rome team. However, in a phone conversation with RSN, SIFL president Thom Hager confirmed the search will continue for another viable team owner for the Rome market with the deadline for the 2011 season being October 1. Otherwise, the formation of a team would be delayed at least until 2012 >> SIFL release
Progressive Sports & Entertainment Group then issued a press release response expressing serious disappointment to the SIFL decision to reject their bid to host a local indoor football league in Rome. Click here to view their press release.
Williams, 12th-ranked UWA too much for Hawks in Opener >> more info
GNTC Ultrasound 5K Run & Walk Event >> more info (.PDF)
Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower Road Race >> more info
RFPRA Softball Registration >> more info
Shorter's Matt Green named Associate Athletic Director >> more info
Benjamin Lampkin a strong addition to Shorter's athletic staff >> more info
GNTC BobCats Load Up For Big 2010 Schedule Signing Steven Ware >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Junior Golf Registration >> more info
GNTC Lady Cats Load Up For Big Schedule >> more info (.PDF)
Fall Gymnastics Classes Registration Now Open >> more info
Hawks hit practice turf with record turnout >> more info
Unified Football & Cheerleading Registration Extended >> more info
North Floyd Park Recreation Center Ribbon Cutting >> more info
Let the games begin: Shorter's Fall Athletes Arrive >> more info
Carter Resigns as Shorter Head Softball Coach >> more info
Georgia Northwestern To Join NJCAA >> more info (.PDF)
Introducing the World of Tarp Surfing >> VIDEO
See 2010 local high school and college football schedules at the links in the menus to the left.
8.7.10 UPDATE New scoreboard/video display & turf in place at Barron Stadium. See recent onsite images below. (click on left images to enlarge)
Barron Stadium's Sod Removal & Artificial Turf Placement in Progress (click on right images to enlarge)
Shorter University Athletics partners with Career Athletes >> more info
GNTC Cats Country Catches Catoosa "Treas"ure >> more info (.PDF)
RFPRA Releases 2009 Annual Report >> more info (.PDF)
GNTC Lady 'Cats Historic First >> more info (.PDF)
YMCA Launches New Logo and Strategy >> more info
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority is now registering for Youth Fall Baseball and T-Ball. Age divisions are: 4-5 (T-ball), 5-6, 7-8 (Coach Pitch), 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (Player Pitch). The age control date is May 1, 2010. The registration fee is $65/T-ball and $70/Baseball. Coaches and Umpires are still needed. Registration deadline is August 18. Register at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority at 300 W. Third Street or online at rfpra.com. For more information contact Lee Morris at 706.291.0766 >> more info
USTA Names Rome As Best Tennis Town Top Ten Finalist >> more info
SPLOST funded Barron Stadium to have possible limited usage hours for the public >> RNT
RFPRA & RLT present the FREE family event, Neverland Day >> more info
If you could not attend the fireworks event or missed the LIVE video webcast, the entire display is now available on-demand via PC at RealFastNews.com - The fireworks video is located on the RFN Feature Video page. A behind the scenes video can also be viewed on RFN's PC and mobile editions featuring the Rome fireworks display technicians to see how it's all put together.
RFPRA Offering FREE Summer Camp >> more info
Barron Stadium selected as host site for MSC Track Championships >> more info
Armuchee High Coach/Teacher Collapses & Later Dies >> RNT
Shorter University Athletics Launches New Website >> more info
Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at Barnsley - Register Now >> more info
Public Pool Is Now Open, Enroll in Swim Classes >> more info
RFPRA Adult Softball Summer League Registration Now Open >> more info
Shannon Recreation Center Now Open >> more info
Georgia Northwestern Technical College revealed its new mascot as the Bobcats >> more info
Darlington Hosts Fox SportsNet MVP Camp >> more info
Darlington Announces Coach Additions & Changes >> more info
Shorter Women's basketball signs former Coosa star Robyn Foster >> more info
New GNTC Athletic Mascot Naming Underway >> more info
Berry Women's Basketball Holds Ponytail Party Fundraiser >> more info
Shorter's A.J. Cooley to Sign with NFL Team >> more info
David vs. Goliath: Bonds Signs With Georgia Northwestern >> more info
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority held the 2010 Special Olympics at Darlington School recently in partnership with Darlington School’s Class of 2010. Approximately 250 athletes participated in the 2010 Special Olympics, representing schools from Rome City, Floyd County, Georgia School of the Deaf and Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital >> more info
Additional Drainage Needed for Barron Stadium Project >> RNT
Rome High fans had a chance to attend a meet and greet event for new head coach Franco Perkins recently at the Rome Civic Center. The event was provided by the RHS Football Wolfpack Club.
Shorter Hawks Cheerleaders Win NCA Title >> more info
Northwest Ga Technical College Forms Women's Basketball Team >> more info
Karen Armstrong, the former RFPRA Gymnastics Director, was arrested for theft by taking after an extensive investigation about the improper transfer of funds for the Floyd Recreation Department. Parents of children enrolled in the program were making payments to RFPRA for various fees and expenses. In the latter part of 2009, some parents were told to make checks for these fees payable to Armstrong. Several checks were made payable to her and the checks were deposited into her bank account. RCPD Detective Chris Arrington was notified of a possible theft at the RFPRA and met with Karen Earwood, Richard Garland and Larry Powell. During the investigation, Armstrong turned in more than $2900 to the RFPRA. The money should have been paid to RFPRA as it was received. Armstrong then turned herself into authorities >> followup
RFPRA Junior Golf Registration >> more info
RFPRA Gymnastics Win in State Championships - The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority (RFPRA) is proud to announce our gymnastics teams, RFPRA Flip City Aerials Prep Op 1 and Prep Op 2, both achieved First Place Team State Champions. The Prep Op 1 & 2 teams competed at the State Competition in Duluth, GA on March 13 - 14. They competed in Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor & All-Around. This is the third year in a row that the Prep-Op 1 team has achieved first place at the State Championship level and the fourth year in a row that the Prep-Op 2 team has achieved first place. Both teams went undefeated in regular season meets. Team members train 9 - 12 hours a week year round and will continue training to prepare for Nationals this summer.
Pictured below L to R Bottom Row: Reagan Dooley, Avery Smith, Laken Burdick, Raven Burdick, Sarah Chance, Carol Anne Dempsey, Hannah Schriever, Abby Davenport, Macy Early, Alex Quarles & Mayu Askew
Back Row: Coach Haley Murray, Michelle Londot, Madison Schaekel, Brooke King, Anna Loyd, Suzannah Peek, Peyton McElhone, Hannah Green, Mary Heida, Kinsey Taschenberger, Emma Chambers, Christian Baker & Coach Shari Whatley  Scroll down for more local sports news >>

Shorter Men's Lacrosse Inks Program's First Four Recruits >> more info
Bid Awarded for Barron Stadium Field Upgrade >> RNT
Etowah Park Driving Range Reopens for Season >> more info
Franco Perkins named new Rome High Football Coach >> more info
SSAC Events Giving Back to the Community >> more info
RFPRA Adult Softball Spring League Registration >> more info
Barron Stadium is Closed >> more info
Shorter Football looks back on 2009, begins preparations for 2010 >> more info
Rome High PTSO 1st Annual Run with The Wolves 5K Race Results >> more info
Lady Hawk basketball donates $16,000 to Breast Center >> more info
Shorter's Henson hits the recruiting trail to seek out program's first wrestling Hawks >> more info
RFPRA Spring Youth Baseball & Youth Softball Registration >> more info
Rome to Host SSAC Basketball Championships in March >> more info
RFPRA Youth Soccer Registration is Now Open >> more info
For the 2010 season the Rome YMCA will no longer provide Little League baseball for the 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12 age groups. This decision was made by the Board of Directors in November after a recommendation from the program committee. The YMCA will continue to offer quality youth sports and camping programs that have always been a part of a comprehensive youth program. The baseball fields at Grizzard Park will be leased to Rome Baseball League who will assume the Little League charter. For more information contact Rome Baseball League at 866.859.8172.
Shorter Football Welcomes 30 Newcomers on National Signing Day >> more info
RFPRA Tennis Class Registration is Now Open >> more info
Colley settling into new role as Lady Hawks' head coach >> more info
Rome High's Coach Fritts Taking Position at New School >> RNT UPDATE - >> RNT Previous
A.J. Cooley to represent Shorter in Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge >> more info
RFPRA Program Offers $300 Incentive to Lose Weight >> more info
If you missed the LIVE video webcast of the proposed new Rome tennis complex press conference, click on the video link above to view the entire video on-demand. You can skip through the content in real time by using the player's slider. The Q&A from audience members starts at 40 minutes. Click here for press conference info and here for more detailed tennis complex info.
Dwarf House's Greg Major joins NAIA Host Committee >> more info
RFPRA Sports Hall of Fame 2010 Tickets on Sale Now >> more info
If you missed the LIVE video webcast of Shorter introducing their new wrestling and lacrosse coaches, view it on-demand anytime on the Feature Video page. Click here for the video index and here for more event info.
If you missed the LIVE video webcast of the Floyd BOE press conference for former Pepperell coach Lynn Hunnicutt being introduced as Model's new head coach, you can view the entire on-demand video on the Feature Video page in the menu above.
Barron Stadium renovations could begin in March >> RNT
RFPRA Winter Recreation Programs for All Ages >> more info
First Annual Roman Roast on the River BBQ Competition >> more info
The University of Sioux Falls Cougars defeated the Lindenwood Lions 25-22 in NAIA championship at Barron Stadium >> more info
Nathan Young named Shorter's first men's lacrosse head coach >> more info
Shorter College & Rome/Floyd set to host NAIA Football National Championship >> more info
New 360° replay technology to enhance sports coverage >> more info
NFL Veteran & Rome Native to Speak at NAIA National Championship Festivities in Rome >> more info
CBS Atlanta to outsource sports coverage in 2010 >> AJC
Search committee for Shorter's head wrestling coach finalized >> more info
Model High Replacing Head Football Coach >> more from RNT
Red zone turnovers doom Hawks in season finale >> more info
Baseball Hawks participate in Rome community service events >> more info
Shorter set to induct true pioneer into Athletic Hall >> more info
Shorter athletics goes 12-0 during historic three-day run >> more info
Shorter announces the addition of varsity wrestling >> more info
Cooley sets school record as Shorter beats Belhaven >> more info
Artificial turf coming to Barron Stadium >> more info
Football Hawks pick themselves up >> more info
Cumberland's late TD spoils Hawks' comeback bid >> more info
Hawks' top-ranked ground game churning up defenses >> more info
54th Annual Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship kicks off in Rome, Ga., December 19th >> more info
Shorter football back in the Top-25 >> more info
Hawks run past Union >> more info
Shorter to host ribbon cutting for new artificial turf practice field >> more info
Shorter announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2009 >> more info
Shorter bounces back with a win over Kentucky Christian >> more info
Upset-bid goes begging as No. 7 Lambuth holds off Hawks >> more info
Coosa defeated Model in the 2009 Shrine game. View the entire game on-demand at the video archives link above with play by play coverage from Randy & Matt Davis from 95.7 The Ridge. You can also see all local scores at the scoreboard link above.
RomeSportsNet.com provided a LIVE video webcast of the 2009 Shrine game featuring Model & Coosa at Barron Stadium along with Randy & Matt Davis providing play by play coverage with a live radio simulcast on 95.7 The Ridge. The live video was also available to view on mobile devices such as but not limited to Blackberries and other Windows based smart phones and PDAs.
Campbellsville's aerial assault stuns No. 10 Shorter >> more info
Rome will host the 2010 NAIA event as well. View video below of the 2009 NAIA press conference held at Barron Stadium. (scroll down for more local info and sports news) >>

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Cooley's 210 yards, three TDs carry Shorter to win over Faulkner >> more info
Shorter JV football program a true chip off the varsity block >> more info
Baseball Hawks lend helping hand through YMCA T-Ball clinics >> more info
Shorter's Jordan Hazard scores Mid-South Offensive Player of the Week >> more info
Shorter's Hazard, No. 12 Hawks cruise past Pikeville >> more info
Revamped Shorter defensive line keeping opposition at bay >> more info
Register Now for RFPRA Fall Break Camps >> more info
Big plays carry Hawks past LaGrange >> more info
Shorter University to open 2010 football season in Georgia Dome against GSU >> more info
Emerging from his past, rebuilding his future New Orleans native Shorter's Lonergon Honore has excelled in wake of Katrina tragedy >> more info
Shorter soccer player Tamar Watson defying all odds after tragic car crash >> more info
Unity Christian School Lion's Run held recently Click here for event video & here for more info.
Barron Stadium renovation images >> images
Shorter's Super Hawks night was held recently with parents, players and Coach Phil Jones as the speaker. If you missed the hour long LIVE RSN webcast from the Winthrop - King Centre, the entire video presentation of the event can be seen below. Sign up for FREE video alerts above to be notified when new live or on-demand PC and mobile local sports news and video become available. (scroll down for more local info and sports news) >>

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Shorter athletes & coaches come together in Montana >> more info
Shorter breaks ground for campus field upgrades >> more info
ESPN to increase network of local sports sites >> more info
Shorter announces formation of Lacrosse program >> more info
Due to the complexity of the gymnastics program, registration is not available online. To register for gymnastics programs, register in-person only at the Memorial Gym on West Third Street. Class schedules are still available online >> more info
Coosa High School rising freshman Fransico "Paco" Miranda spent the summer chasing an Olympic dream at the REGION III Olympic Development Program Soccer Camp >> more info
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After RNT's sports editor left in the recent past, the "new" (drop-in) sports editor began pandering to all local sports kids' parents for FREE pictures from their events due to low staffing at the paper >> RNT - What do you have to say about being asked to work for free by a company as financially irresponsible as RNT? >> comments [>> back to top]