The Georgia High School Association’s state championship games in football are scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Rockmart and Cartersville remain as the lone high schools from this area that are still in the hunt for a state title. Rockmart’s Yellow Jackets will go head to head with Heard County in the Class AA state championship game at 1 pm on Wednesday; the Jackets will compete for their first state title since 1950. The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes will face Blessed Trinity later that same day in the Class AAAA state championship game; kick off is set for 4:30 pm. This year’s GHSA title matches were moved from this weekend to the middle of the week due to a conflict with the MLS Cup final scheduled to take place this Saturday at ‘The Benz’.
A packed house is anticipated at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday for the MLS Cup final between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers. The game is scheduled to begin at 8 pm. Atlanta United seeks the title in only their second year with the MLS. They advanced to the final with an Eastern Conference playoff win over the New York Red Bulls.
The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Washington Wizards 131-117 at the State Farm Arena on Wednesday evening, marking the fourth straight loss for the Hawks and the third win in a row for the Wizards. Bradley Beal was the top scorer of the night with a season-high 36 points for Washington, who finished with a season-high 35 assists on the night. John Collins notched a career-high with 26 points for Atlanta, who attempted a comeback with 45 points in the third quarter. Collins also had 14 rebounds. Kent Bazemore added 22 points. The Hawks are now 5-20 on the 2018-2019 season. They will conclude their current three-game homestand with an outing against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Georgia Highlands College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday. The Lady Chargers beat conference rival East Georgia State College 76-45 in Swainsboro. GHC’s record improved to 6-4 overall and (a perfect) 3-0 in the GCAA with the victory. The Chargers breezed by Preeminence Academy 114-42 in a non-conference match at GHC’s Floyd County campus. They are now 9-1 overall.