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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Highlands’ Rafeegah Fataar signs to play basketball for Texas Southern University
Posted: December 17, 2014

Rafeegah Fataar is the first lady Charger of this season to sign with another college to continue her basketball career. The 6-foot-2-inch forward-center from Cape Town, South Af-rica will play for Texas Southern University, a Division I school in Houston, Texas.

2015 Rome Braves games schedule shaping up, Saturday game time moves to 6 p.m.
Posted: December 17, 2014

Rome, GA – An exciting promotional calendar is taking shape for the 2015 season which features three fireworks extravaganzas, bobble head giveaway, plus appearances by Zooperstars, Birdzerk, Ella the Elephant, Batman, Dora the Explorer and Diego. Three postgame concert nights are scheduled in 2015 as well. “We are extremely excited about our promotional nights for the 2015 season,” says General Manager Michael Dunn. “While the promotional calendar is still being put together, the 2015 season will offer something for all!”

COLLEGE SIGNING: Model’s River Brannon
Posted: December 17, 2014

Model’s River Brannon signed to play baseball for Reinhardt University in Waleska. Joining Brannon at the signing were Kimie Brannon, Jeff Brannon, Joe Joyave, Carolyn Joyave, John Joyave, Timie Joyave, Brenda Brannon, Bob Young and Brett White.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Basketball: Berry women top Piedmont, 95-69
Posted: December 16, 2014

DEMOREST – Chanlir Segarra scored a season-high 31 points as Berry College won at Piedmont, 95-69, on Tuesday.

Rome Braves: Randy Ingle returns as field manager
Posted: December 16, 2014

The 2014 Rome Braves field staff has been announced and Randy Ingle returns as the team’s manager. Ingle, in his 24th season as a manager, was in Danville last season after skippering the Rome club for five seasons from 2006 – 2010 and again in 2012 and 2013.

2 Rome Middle School students selected to 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 11:25 am

Two Rome Middle School students were selected to the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl.

STAN PETHEL COLUMN: Hand-checking a point of emphasis this season
Posted: December 16, 2014

The 2014-15 basketball season has begun at all levels.

BASKETBALL: Shorter takes down Valdosta in overtime
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 12:28 am

The Shorter men’s basketball team needed overtime to do it, but in the end they handed Valdosta its first home loss of the season topping the Blazers 98-94 Monday evening.

Former Coosa Country Club superintendent Ron Sinnock enters Hall of Fame
Posted: December 16, 2014

Former Coosa Country Club golf course superintendent Ron Sinnock has been inducted into the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Hall of Fame.

Monday 12/15/2014
Basketball: Valdosta tops Lady Hawks, 69-54
Posted: December 15, 2014

Valdosta, Ga. -- The Lady Hawks dropped their second straight game, falling to Valdosta 69-54 on the road Monday evening.

Shorter named finalist 2015 NCAA Award for Excellence
Posted: December 15, 2014

The NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has selected Shorter University as a finalist for the 2015 Division II Award of Excellence.

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.

Shorter's Jordan Shaw adds to honors earning BSN All-America status
Posted: December 15, 2014

For the second time in a week, Jordan Shaw has achieved an All-American honor when the Shorter University junior safety was named to the Beyond Sports Network Division 2 Football All-America First Team.

Wrestling: Shorter finishes fourth at Midwest Classic
Posted: December 15, 2014

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Hawks finished fourth overall at the 36th Annual Midwest Classic hosted by the University of Indianapolis over the weekend.

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.

SPORTS NEWS: Girlfriend says Mitchell in argument before shooting
Posted: December 15, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. — The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Who’s next? Heisman contenders for 2015
Posted: December 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will likely be taking his game to the NFL next season.

MARTIAL ARTS: Local taekwondo instructor Richard Bradley placed third at Pan Am Open
Posted: December 15, 2014

Local taekwondo instructor Richard Bradley placed third in Poomsae (forms) at the Pan Am Open hosted by the Pan American Taekwondo Union in Portland, Ore., on Saturday. The Pan Am Open is an international competition drawing individual competitors and national teams from both North and South America. Pictured are coach Jose Amador (left) from Corona, Calif., and master instructor Richard Bradley.

Sunday 12/14/2014
BASKETBALL: Chargers take down Jaguars
Posted: December 14, 2014

The GHC men’s basketball team last home game before the Christmas break proved to be a tough one.

BASKETBALL: Cook lifts Berry to win
Posted: December 14, 2014

Emma Cook had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Berry College’s women’s basketball team cruised to a 68-46 win at Covenant College on Saturday afternoon.