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NGAC Basketball: LaFayette picks up win in tourney opener

The LaFayette Middle School Ramblers used a big first and third quarter to cruise a 57-37 win over Christian Heritage on the first day of the Christian Heritage tournament in Dalton.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
NGAC Basketball: Big fourth quarter sends CVMS girls past Saddle Ridge
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 11:51 am

The Chattanooga Valley Middle School Lady Eagles entered Tuesday night sporting an undefeated record, while the opposing Saddle Ridge Lady Mustangs had yet to taste victory.

NGAC Basketball: LaFayette boys roll over Rossville as streak continues
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 11:31 am

Four players put up double figures on Tuesday night as the LaFayette Middle School Ramblers dismantled another North Georgia Athletic Conference opponent, winning 82-37 at Rossville to improve to 8-0.

Monday 12/15/2014
Man charged in Auburn killing was on probation
Posted: December 15, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama man was already on probation for separate crimes when he was charged with killing an Auburn University football player in a shooting eerily similar to a triple killing two years ago.

Markale Hart, 22, of Camp Hill was arrested on burglary and theft charges in 2010 and pleaded guilty to a reduced burglary charge in 2012, records show. He also pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge that year.

Hart, jailed on a murder charge in the killing of 18-year-old Jakell Lenard Mitchell, remains on probation for the burglary, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail, Tallapoosa County District Attorney Paul Jones said Monday.

"We have filed a motion to revoke his probation based on the new charges," Jones said Monday.

Hart was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing Monday afternoon in Lee County, court officials said.

He was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of Mitchell, a redshirt freshman football player from neighboring Opelika. Mitchell's girlfriend said the player and another man began arguing during a party when a third person opened fire, killing Mitchell.

The shooting was similar in many ways to the shooting that killed two one-time Auburn players and a third man in 2012.

Mitchell was fatally shot during a late-night party at Tiger Lodge apartments, a large complex a few miles from campus that caters to students with amenities including a large pool, a clubhouse with games and study areas.

The complex — since renamed and with what promotional materials describe as added security features — is the same place where one-time football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and a third man, DeMario Pitts, were shot to death during an argument at a late-night gathering in June 2012.

Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery was convicted of murder and is scheduled to be sentenced next month in the triple slaying. Evidence showed Leonard had driven from Montgomery to Auburn with friends to attend a party but got into a dispute with an Auburn football player that ended in gunfire.

In the shooting last weekend, authorities said Hart is from neighboring Tallapoosa County, where he was arrested, and apparently had gone to the apartment complex for a party.

Witnesses in both cases described hearing a hail of gunshots, followed by a scramble for cover. Mitchell was taken to the same hospital as victims of the 2012 shooting.

In a message to residents posted on Tiger Lodge's Facebook page, management said those involved in the shooting weren't residents. The note said new owners took over in 2013 and have made improvements including video cameras, improved gates to control access and "courtesy patrols."

"Nonetheless, tragic events such as this can still occur anywhere and at any time," said the statement.

PREP BASKETBALL: Holiday Festival tourney kicks off today
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:11 pm

At 5:30 p.m. today at Georgia Highlands College and Berry College the 61st edition of the Seven Hills Rotary Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival Basketball Tournament begins.

Sunday 12/14/2014
NGAC Wrestling: Ringgold edges Gordon Lee for NGAC Duals title
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 12:28 am

Just about a week after a narrow match between Gordon Lee and Ringgold Middle School’s wrestling squads ended up in a 42-40 Trojan win, the No. 2-seeded Tigers rode the strength of five pins to a 40-39 victory that gave the Blue-and-White the North Georgia Athletic Conference duals championship at Rossville Middle School on Saturday.

NGAC Basketball: Gordon Lee girls lose at home
Updated: December 14, 2014 - 12:22 am

The Gordon Lee Middle School Lady Trojans dropped a 37-23 home decision to Dade County on Friday night.

Saturday 12/13/2014
NGAC Basketball: Gordon Lee boys double up Dade
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 2:03 am

The Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans got 16 points from Justin Wooden and 12 from Sam Norton in a 36-18 home win over Dade County on Friday.

Friday 12/12/2014
NGAC Wrestling: Gordon Lee riding momentum into NGAC Duals
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 12:31 pm

The Gordon Lee Middle School wrestling team prepped for Saturday’s NGAC Duals by winning three matches in dominant fashion on Thursday.

Oakwood Middle soccer team finishes second in tournament
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:38 am

The most successful soccer season in Oakwood Christian Middle School history came to an end on Tuesday as the Eagles fell to top-seeded Berean Academy, 2-0, in the finals of the ISC tournament.

NGAC Basketball: CVMS boys slip past Dade County
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

The Chattanooga Valley Eagles moved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in league play with a 35-33 victory at Dade County on Tuesday night.

NGAC Basketball: Gordon Lee girls edge Trion
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:23 am

Paxton Grimes scored four of her eight points in the fourth quarter, including what proved to be the game-winning free throw late, as the Gordon Lee Middle School Lady Trojans slipped past Trion, 25-24, on Tuesday.

NGAC Wrestling: Rossville gets home sweep
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:15 am

The Rossville Middle School wrestling Bulldogs won the "Battle for the Valley" on Tuesday night, defeating Lakeview (43-42) and taking down Chattanooga Valley (53-27).

NGAC Wrestling: Gordon Lee stops Heritage, earns top seed
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:17 am

The Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans wrapped up the No. 1 seed for Saturday's NGAC Duals after a 49-26 win over Heritage on Tuesday in a match that featured 16 finalists and seven individual champions from last Saturday's Gordon Lee Invitational.

NGAC Basketball: Rossville teams lose to Lakeview
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:09 am

The Lakeview Warriors and Lady Warriors traveled to Rossville on Tuesday and left town with a sweep of Rossville in a North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader.

NGAC Basketball: Gordon Lee splits home matches with Rossville
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 2:03 am

The Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans and Lady Trojans hosted Rossville in an NGAC doubleheader on Thursday night and came away with a split against their Walker County neighbors.

NGAC Basketball: Saddle Ridge swept by Ringgold
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:57 am

The Saddle Ridge Mustangs and Lady Mustangs dropped NGAC games to Ringgold this past Tuesday.

Bobcats, Lady Bobcats lose on Lookout Mountain
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:36 am

A big second half by the Lady Bobcats turned out not to be enough on Thursday night as they dropped a 62-52 decision against the Covenant College JV squad atop Lookout Mountain.

NGAC Basketball: LaFayette girls get first win, boys stay perfect
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:31 am

The LaFayette Middle School girls went on the road and picked up their first victory of the season on Thursday, 27-22, at Saddle Ridge.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Panthers' Cam Newton discharged from hospital
Posted: December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton says Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash that left the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with two fractures in his lower back.

Dayton said Wednesday that Newton was thankful for the care he received and is stiff and sore, but otherwise in good spirits. Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating. He will not be at the team's facility Wednesday.

It remains unclear when Newton will return to action.

The Panthers began practicing Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's divisional game against Tampa Bay.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued no citations for the accident. A police report said another driver pulled out into traffic and collided with Newton's truck, causing his vehicle to flip.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
NGAC Basketball: Wooden sends Gordon Lee boys past Trion
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Justin Wooden connected on 11-of-15 free throws and finished with 23 points as the Gordon Lee Middle School Trojans picked up a 39-32 victory over archrival Trion on Tuesday.

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