Coming off a win in a pre-season game against Lakeview last week, the Chattanooga Valley Middle School Lady Eagles picked up where they left off with a 2-0 home win over LaFayette on a bitterly cold Monday evening in Flintstone.
The Lakeview Middle School boys' soccer team kicked off the 2014 season with a 5-0 road win at Chattanooga Valley on Thursday. The game did not count in the North Georgia Athletic Conference standings.
ROME, Ga. – Fifteen high school student-athletes have committed to the Berry College football team, announced Viking Head Coach Tony Kunczewski.
The Professional Indoor Football League officially named the Georgia Fire, an expansion franchise based out of Rome as the eighth franchise to compete during the 2014 season.
More than just about any other sport, golf takes a high level of individual dedication and work ethic in order to excel.
Make plans now to participate in the 2014 Walker County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Tuesday, April 15 at the LaFayette Golf Course. In case of rain, the tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 29.
Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 28) at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton for the Impact Wrestling World Tour, presented by TNA Entertainment.
With David Stephenson’s win on Feb. 17 over Welch College, the GNTC men's head coach is only three victories away from the 500 mark for his coaching career.
North LaFayette Elementary School third-grader Grant Langford has made quite a name for himself on the links in the past 12 months, but he's proving to be a pretty crack shot on the basketball court as well.
The following is a press release concerning the Jack Mattox Recreation Complex renovation project:
Both the Heritage Generals and Lady Generals completed undefeated seasons on Tuesday night as they swept the North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball titles at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
The Chattanooga Mocs announced the 2014 football schedule on Monday. UTC will play a 12-game slate that includes five home contests at Finley Stadium. Road games are highlighted by an Oct. 11 trip to Tennessee.
The North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball finals will be held at Chattanooga Valley Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, but the championship games will have a decidedly Catoosa County feel to them.
The semifinal matchups are now set for the North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Given five months to reflect, Brian McCann isn't positive he would confront an opponent again the way he went after Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez last year.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They were touted as the fastest speedskating suits in the world.
Looks like they might be slowing the Americans down.
The new high-tech skinsuits, developed with help from a prominent defense contractor and unveiled just before the Sochi Olympics, were a major topic of debate at Adler Arena during Friday's break in the competition.
Through the first six events, no U.S. skater finished higher than seventh — a stunning downfall given the team's strong results on the World Cup circuit this season. Among those who have faltered: two-time Olympic champion Shani Davis and female stars Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe.
Heading into the men's 1,500 meters on Saturday, Davis and the Americans are scrambling to turn things around before this becomes a total bust of a Winter Games.
"Morale is down right now," said Joey Mantia, another of the U.S. skaters in the 1,500. "We need to pick that up in the coming races."
Much of the focus was on the secretive Under Armour suit, which was supposed to give the Americans a big technological edge. After all, aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin was involved in the design of the "Mach 39."
"There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the most scientific suit in the whole world," said U.S. skater Patrick Meek. "These guys make F-16 fighter jets. If they can invade Afghanistan and Iraq, they can build a speedskating suit."
Still, the suits became a convenient explanation for the American woes, since they were unveiled so late in the game, without giving the skaters a chance to wear them in competition.
Even before the Olympics began, the designer of the Dutch suits expressed skepticism about the American claims. Bert van der Tuuk said he even tested some of the elements used in the U.S. suit — rivets, seams, bumps and a diagonal zipper to cut down on drag — and found they provided no significant edge.
The Dutch athletes began testing their new suits during the World Cup season and were allowed to use them at the country's highly competitive Olympic trials. That seems to have worked out just fine for the speedskating powerhouse, which has won 12 of 18 medals — including four golds — at the big oval.
U.S. coaches scrambled to defend the suits, even while an effort was underway to get the International Skating Union to allow skaters to switch back to their previously approved suits if they wanted — maybe in time for Saturday's race.
"The human factor is by far the largest piece out there," said coach Kip Carpenter, a former skater and Olympic medalist. "There's not an athlete out there who is slowing down a second per lap because of the suit they're in. What is it: a parachute on their back?"
Another coach, Matt Kooreman, questioned whether the Americans peaked too soon and became complacent after their impressive World Cup showings.
"Did we lay off the gas after it looked like things were going well?" he said. "I'm sure the Dutch went back home after those North American World Cups and were really in attack mode."
Some skaters were making low-tech alterations to their new suits.
"They did adjust one part on the back, but it was just putting rubber over the mesh there," Richardson said after a disappointing performance in the 1,000, a race she dominated during the World Cup season. "It had no effect, really."
Looking to become the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight games, Davis finished eighth in the 1,000 on Wednesday — the first indication that something might be seriously wrong with the U.S. preparation.
On Thursday, Richardson was seventh and Bowe eighth over the same distance for the women, another staggering blow given Richardson had won three World Cup events this season and Bowe took the other with a world-record time.
"It's sad," Mantia said. "I almost cried ... watching that race."
Davis is a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500, but nothing seems like a sure thing anymore.
"I didn't come all this way to start having doubts," he said, trying to muster a smile after his off-day workout. "I trained really hard. I'm focused. I'm feeling good. I'm going to go out there and do the best I can. That's all I can do."
When it came to the suits, he was more guarded with his words, sidestepping whether he would switch back to the old suit if allowed.
"I'm, uh, honestly being as optimistic as I can possibly be," he said. "I'm just staying focused on the 1,500-meter race. Suit or no suit, I've got to go out there and try to win."
As a U.S. Speedskating media official tried to hustle Davis out of the mixed zone, he stopped to answer another question.
"It's not their fault," he told the official, indicating he didn't mind the reporters' questions on the suits, which clearly have become a major issue within the team.
Then again, maybe it's not the suits at all.
Michel Mulder, who led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men's 500, offered another explanation.
"It could also be," he said of the Americans, "that they were just outclassed here."
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The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a six-year contract with 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran. The finacial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — It's been said, cynically, that a runner-up is the first loser, and Alpine skier Ivica Kostelic is rather familiar with the expression.
The Croatian has heard it plenty. Doesn't like it one bit. Especially now that he is the only Olympian to earn a silver medal in the same individual event at three consecutive Winter Games, finishing second to surprise champion Sandro Viletta of Switzerland in the super-combined Friday.
"I could be anywhere. I could be in the hospital right now," Kostelic said, referring to people less fortunate than him around the world. "So anyone who complains about silver or bronze doesn't have the right to do so."
Instead, it was Viletta who came through when it counted, something he's not all that used to: In 100 career World Cup races, he has accumulated all of one victory. But after having only the 14th-best time in the morning's downhill leg, he was second-best in the afternoon's slalom as the sun slid behind the face of an adjacent mountain. His total time of 2 minutes, 45.20 seconds was 0.34 better than Kostelic.
"I know that I can ski fast, and I like this snow," Viletta said, referring to the mushy conditions brought about by temperatures topping 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius), "but I didn't expect to win."
Christof Innerhofer of Italy was 0.47 behind for the bronze, which he added to his silver from last weekend's downhill. So at the moment, he alone owns twice as many medals from the 2014 Sochi Games as the entire U.S. Alpine contingent.
"Unbelievable," Innerhofer said, before repeating the word — syllable by syllable, "Un-be-liev-a-ble!" — just in case his surprise and joy were not absolutely clear.
He was incredulous because he gave himself zero chance at a medal, knowing that as a speed specialist who focuses on downhill and the super-G, he never trains in the more technical slalom. And yet he matched Kostelic with a slalom of 51.37 seconds, the third-fastest time in that leg; Viletta, though, was more than a second faster.
Seems likely the U.S. ski team would like to have a medal or two of any color right about now. Through four of the 10 races on the schedule, the Americans have only one medal, Julia Mancuso's super-combined bronze; they had six medals this far into the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, part of their Alpine-leading total of eight.
On Friday, Bode Miller was the defending champion in super-combined, having beaten Kostelic four years ago, but he was sixth this time. Ted Ligety won the event in 2006, again ahead of Kostelic, but he was 12th Friday, acknowledging, "To put it simply, I choked."
The super-combined is intended as a measure of overall skill, by forcing skiers to be adept at two types of racing. At the 1936 Olympics, the first with Alpine skiing, the men's and women's combined were the only medal events.
But its importance has been diminished on the World Cup circuit, which no longer awards a season title in the discipline, and there's even been some chatter about dropping it from the Olympic schedule one day.
Kostelic bristled when a reporter told him some members of Austria's team wouldn't miss the super-combined if it went away.
"The first thing is that the Austrians don't feel like it because they're not good at it," Kostelic shot back. "The second thing is, in Alpine skiing, combined is the toughest discipline, because it connects two impossible things. It's like a sprint and a mile run."
He was just getting started.
Kostelic offered an impassioned defense of the super-combined — makes sense, given his repeated success — and said anyone who would talk about eliminating it from the Olympics, "if he's a skier, is probably not sane." Noting that other sports keep adding events — "snowballing" might be next, he joked — Kostelic said it would be wrong to take away one of skiing's medal races.
At 34, Kostelic is the second-oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history, about three months younger than Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt was when he won the super-G gold in 2006.
Add in his silver — what else? — from the 2010 slalom, and Kostelic has won four medals. That brings the Kostelic family total to 10, because his younger sister Janica retired with six, a record four golds and two silvers.
"From Zagreb, from Croatia, without mountains. I must be satisfied," said their father, Ante, who set up Friday's slalom course, a tricky series of gates placed at oddly alternating intervals. "In two Olympic Games, I'm with my daughter. Three Olympic Games with my son. You know, for me — like a coach, like a trainer — it's a big responsibility."
His son has been told many times that silver is not as good as gold.
But that's OK.
"People are always like, 'You know, the silver is just one tiny step away from the gold.' And at first, when I came into the finish, I was a bit disappointed," Ivica Kostelic said. "But silver is good. ... People on the podium have changed, and I stayed there."
AP Sports Writers Andrew Dampf, Pat Graham and Graham Dunbar contributed to this report.
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The Georgia High School Association announced the new dates for the state basketball tournament on Friday morning.
Here is the schedule for the rest of the North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
The Thunder in the Valley softball tournament, hosted by the Fury 05, will be held in Jasper, Tenn. April 11-12.