Shorter University’s softball team will participate in the University of West Florida Spring Fling in Pensacola, Florida over the next couple of days. They’ll face Evangel in a double header this evening at 5 pm, which will be followed a double header with Cardinal Stritch tomorrow at 3 pm. From there, the Lady Hawks will be off to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Gulf Coast Invitational this Friday thru Sunday.
The Shorter University Hawks’ amazing 2011-2012 was capped off with a its first ever Southern States Athletic Conference tournament title as the Hawks beat Belhaven 89-71 in the SSAC championship game on Saturday night at the Forum in downtown Rome. Shorter advanced to the championship game after a 63-50 win over Faulkner in the semifinal round on Friday night. Both the Hawks, who are the number 2 team in the NAIA and were the East Division’s top seed in the SSAC tourney, and Belhaven, the West Division’s number 3 seed, have made it to the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, set for March 14th thru 20th in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim Bojo will provide coverage of the Hawks in the NAIA tourney on 95.7 FM The Ridge and www.theridge957.com.
Three area girls high school basketball teams remained in the hunt for a state title as we headed into the weekend, and all three have since been eliminated from the playoffs in Elite Eight games.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks nabbed a couple of home victories over the weekend, 99-94 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and 97-90 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night at the Philips Arena. The Hawks will hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at 7 pm.
The Atlanta Braves lost their first two Spring Training games of 2012 to the Detroit Tigers down in Florida, 2-0 on Saturday at Lake Buena Vista and 18-3 yesterday in Lakeland. Today is a new day – with a new opponent. The Braves will face the Houston Astros today at 1:05 pm in Kissimmee.