It will be a big night for local college basketball tonight as the crosstown rivalry between Berry College and Shorter University is revived at the annual Seven Hills Rotary Classic. The Classic will be played this year at Shorter University’s Winthrop King Centre. The Lady Hawks and Lady Vikings will go head to head at 6 pm. The Hawks, who are as yet undefeated and hold the top spot in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll, will face the Vikings at 8 pm. The games will be broadcast on both WLAQ AM 1410 and 95.7 FM The Ridge and online at www.wlaq1410.com and www.theridge957.com.
In your local college basketball update from over the weekend, the Berry Lady Vikings defeated Spelman 82-60 on Saturday afternoon at the Cage Center on the Berry College campus.
In NBA news, after a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers 90-76 on the road on Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks came back to take a 121-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night on their home court at the Philips Arena. Saturday night’s win improved the Hawks’ record to eight wins and one loss at home. They have 12 wins and five losses overall for the 2011-2012 season. They’ll be on the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 8 pm.
Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has passed away. Affectionately known by fans as “JoePa”, Paterno died yesterday at the age of 85 due to complications with lung cancer treatment. Paterno was fired from his head coach position with Penn State in November amid the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.