The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) has awarded the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority hosting rights for the 2012 Boys and Girls District 5 Basketball Tournaments, which begin Monday. According to an RFPRA media release, Sports Manager Larry Powell represented the RFPRA in presenting the tournament bid at the District 5 Athletic Committee Session. An estimated 28 district teams from Northwest Georgia will attend the tournament, which will last approximately one week. Tournaments will be held 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 level tournaments in March.
Governor Nathan Deal yesterday signed legislation to amend a state law that inadvertently excluded some military-trained nurses from a license to practice in Georgia. According to a release from the Governor’s office, HB 675 revises the definition of “approved nursing education programs” for registered professional nurses and licensed practical nurses. Through the passage and signing of the bill, about 150 nursing professionals will now be eligible for employment in Georgia. The bill passed the Georgia General Assembly unanimously.
The cross-town rivalry between Berry College and Shorter University will be revived tonight at Berry as the women’s and men’s basketball teams meet for the second time this season in non-conference play. Berry’s Lady Vikings will take on Shorter’s number 22 Lady Hawks at 6 pm. The Vikings will face the number one Hawks at 8 pm. The games will be broadcast on both 95.7 FM The Ridge and WLAQ AM 1410 and on our websites, www.theridge957.com and www.wlaq1410.com.
Shorter University’s softball team swept a double header with Point University in East Point, Georgia yesterday. The 9th ranked Lady Hawks won game one 7-0 and the night cap 16-0. Shorter is off for the next week and will get back into action February 23rd – 25th in Decatur, Alabama at the Alabama Arctic Blast.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks picked up a 101-99 win over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, Arizona last night. The victory boosts the Hawks’ record to 19 wins and 12 losses overall for the 2011-2012 season with ten wins and five losses on the road. They’ll remain on the road to take on the Portland Trailblazers this Saturday night at 10 pm.