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Showcases and spotlights local high school sports and sports leagues. Recreational resources are also reviewed.

SAS Celebrates Two Years with Open House Event

SAS Black Ops

SAS Black Ops is celebrating their two year anniversary on September 6, 10am-6pm, with the longest continually running Indoor Airsoft Game in history! Play as little or as long as you like. Make sure to register early for the game so you are able to pick your team for the day. It will be Red vs Yellow all day long.

Outside will be food vendors, an assault fitness course, SWAT Team Equipment, Archery Practice and more!

Vendors including Elite Force, Valken, ICS, G&G and Lancer Tactical will be in attendance with lots of giveaways and demos throughout the day. Raffle tickets come with entry for prizes! Enjoy great food from local eateries, sign up for giveaways and jam to live music by Australia’s #1 Country music singer, Craig Morrison (

Can’t get enough of SAS Black Ops? Enroll in their membership program at the event and receive a FREE gift. Membership is $20 a month for UNLIMITED arena play. Help the SAS team make history, check out the latest Airsoft equipment, and support your favorite Airsoft Arena and Retail Store and help make this a great anniversary!

SAS Black Ops is located at 1280 Field Parkway, Marietta 30066. For more information call 678-659-9319 or visit


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Mt. Bethel Elementary to host 28th Annual Fun Run

Mt. Bethel Elementary School is proud to announce the 28th Annual Mt. Bethel Fun Run on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the school.  The Fun Run is a 5K event dedicated to promoting health and fitness for people of all ages, especially children.  Everyone is invited to participate, particularly the people of the East Cobb Community.  The Fun Run Team hopes to make 2014 the most successful Fun Run ever! Please make plans to register and participate!!

Registration forms and other information can be found at Registration begins September 5, 2014.

Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit the Mt. Bethel Elementary School PTA.



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See The Sock Hops in concert and support Sprayberry Football Fieldhouse

sprayberry yellow jackets

From The Four Seasons to The Four Tops, from The Temptations to The Tokens, The Sock Hops specialize in the four-part harmonies of all your favorites from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. See The Sock Hops in concert on Saturday, August 23rd, 7pm at Sprayberry Auditorium. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are $20.

All proceeds benefit John Paty Football fieldhouse. To purchase go to For questions, call Wanda Patterson at 770-973-0681.


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Marietta Derby Darlins Announce Third Home Bout of the Season

Local favorites the Marietta Derby Darlins will be hosting their third home bout of their third season at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta, Georgia, August 23, 2014.

Season 3, Bout 3 is a triple-header featuring three full bouts. During the first bout of the evening, The Marietta Derby Darlins will host a juniors bout where the Lil’ Nemesisters (Smoky Mountain’s kids) will face The Rome Rollerettes. Bout 2 will showcase the adult teams from Bryson City, North Carolina and Rome, Georgia: Smoky Mountain Rollergirls vs. Rome Rollergirls. The final bout of the evening will feature hometown favorites The Marietta Derby Darlins vs. the Mississippi Brawl Stars.

The modern sport of roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport that requires athleticism, speed, and strategy. The athletes take it very seriously, and dedicate a large portion of their time to practice and training. There are official sanctioning bodies with regional, national, and even international competition. Play is governed by a defined rules set and enforced by referees and officials.

The first bout, featuring the Lil’ Nemesisters vs. the Rome Rollerettes will begin at 3 P.M. The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls vs. Rome Rollergirls will begin at 5 P.M followed by the Marietta Derby Darlins vs. Mississippi Brawl Stars beginning at 7:00 P.M. Doors open at 2:00 P.M.

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Lassiter tops Allatoona, Harrison


Lassiter pulled off a successful squeeze play in the eighth inning, giving it a 6-5 win at Allatoona and capping off a perfect Saturday.

The Lady Trojans were coming off a 4-0 shutout of Harrison.

The Allatoona game was deadlocked at 5-all entering the eighth, when Lassiter’s Abby Ferrier was placed on second base. She moved to third on a grounder before scoring as she ran on contact from Emily Syvarth’s well-placed bunt.

Kelly Sinclair and Catherine Pizza each went 2-for-4, with Pizza contributing a pair of RBIs. Jesse Beasenburg also had two RBIs.

Brianna Michaud pitched 6 2/3 innings of effective relief, striking out 10.

Sydney Kayler and Piper Wagner combined for the shutout of Harrison, fueled by Sinclair’s two RBIs and two hits apiece for Syvarth and Maggie Aarons.

Lassiter (3-0) will continue non-region play Tuesday, hosting Brookwood.

(Excerpted from the Marietta Daily Journal, August 16, 2014. Read the original MDJ article HERE.) 

Lady Longhorns Lacrosse Team Wins State

ssMembers of the Kell Girls Lacrosse team celebrating their state championship are pictured above: Front Row (l-r): Hannah Nemeck, Brenna Mackjack, Leslie Ferguson, Hannah Rosen, Tori Wall, Izzy Palermo, Jessica Armstrong, Sarah Bialecki. Back Row (l-r):

Members of the Kell Girls Lacrosse team celebrating their state championship are pictured above: Front Row (l-r): Hannah Nemeck, Brenna Mackjack, Leslie Ferguson, Hannah Rosen, Tori Wall, Izzy Palermo, Jessica Armstrong, Sarah Bialecki. Back Row (l-r): Coach Todd Utt, Sachi Griffiths, Katherine Gross, Talen Francis, Jennifer Buckley, Anne Ryan Lanz, Britta Baugham, Haley Swift, Riley Proshek, Kelsey Lowman, Julianna Santrock, Coach Aubree Mancuso, and Manager Monica Lopez.

Kell High School girls Lacrosse team captured the state championship (Class A-AAAAA ) this past May with an 11-10
win over four-time defending state champion Westminster. Junior Sarah Bialecki’s goal with 2 minutes remaining brought the score of the AAAAA-A title match to its final tally and gave the No. 1-ranked Lady Longhorns their first state title in program history. Lady Longhorns finished the season 20-1, setting a school record for most wins. The Marietta Daily Journal named Coach Utt Cobb County Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.


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Iron Tribe Fitness East Cobb Grand Opening Event is Saturday

Iron Tribe Fitness (ITF), the premier group-training fitness concept, is now open in Cobb County.

Iron Tribe Fitness East Cobb is located at 4719 Lower Roswell Road in Stonewood Village in Marietta. The 4,850 square foot fitness facility is located at the intersection of Lower Roswell Road at Johnson Ferry Road.

A grand opening event will take place at 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 16 and the public is invited. Along with raffles for workout gear and gift certificates, samples of supplements, drinks and Paleo snacks, there will also be a workout with Team Red, White and Blue. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Who is Iron Tribe Fitness?
People of every age, color, body shape and ability. Tribe members include women, men, mothers, fathers, people over the age of 50, business professionals, students and athletes.

All ITF locations cap membership at 300 members. “Iron Tribe Fitness puts more of a focus on group personal training than traditional gyms,” said Andy Berman, manager of ITF East Cobb. “We always have two certified trainers leading class.”

“All classes are capped at 20 people,” Berman said. “The classes are 45 minutes and include everything that’s needed for a good workout. The relationships tribe members build with coaches and other members in class make Iron Tribe Fitness unique. Members’ goals might be different, but they’re all enjoying the path to getting there together.”

There are many reasons for Iron Tribe Fitness’ success, Berman said. “It’s fun, fast, fitness. You’re in a group with new exercises to challenge you and new friends to cheer you on. The program is designed for busy people. Members get in, get fit and get done in 45 minutes. This is a safe, supportive environment where members lose weight, gain strength, sleep better and experience a total life change.”

It’s also important for potential members to know that the workouts are scaled for an individual’s own fitness level. “Before anyone joins the regular classes, they complete a month long, 3-day a week, mandatory class called Iron Tribe 101,” Berman said. “This is where we teach why we do what we do and not just tell you what to do. If a movement isn’t right for someone, we teach them a modified exercise.”

New members will learn recommended nutrition information in the Iron Tribe 101 class that focuses on when to eat, what to eat and how to eat.

ITF East Cobb will also be continuing the company’s tradition of charitable fundraising. All ITF locations hold annual fundraisers for TEAM Red White and Blue, called “Workout for Warriors.” The workouts are performed in honor of the nation’s fighting forces, past, present, and future. Annual fundraisers are also held for Neverthirst, a non-profit that builds clean water wells in the poorest regions of the world. At “Workout for Water,” athletes participate in teams mirroring the journey village residents must make to carry and fill their jugs with water. Chain-wide, the ITF Workouts for Warriors & Water have given back over $500,000 to Team RWB and Neverthirst since 2010.

For more information, visit or contactAndy at 770-971-7797 or

Register for the Great City Race – Team Colors Edition


Are you a huge football fan who likes sport and social activities and can’t wait until the fall? Then this for you! Great City Races announces its “Team Colors Edition” where sports fans get to wear their favorite football team’s apparel and participate in a turbo charged urban adventure scavenger hunt race. It’s a localized version of the show “Amazing Race” personalized for your city that combines the mental and physical aspects of clue solving. Enjoy the active excitement of a foot race, while having lots fun with your friends and family!  Teams of two will be dressed in favorite football teams colors, outfits or as the mascot.

When:   Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where:  Registration & After Party
Mulligan’s Food & Spirits
698 Roswell St SE
Marietta, GA 30060
Time:     Registration - 9am
Race Starts - 10am

In one fun filled day you and your teammate will experience a thrilling mind and body challenge that is perfect for the social adventure seekers.  When the race begins, teams of two dressed in costumes of their favorite football team will compete against each other to solve 11 out of the 12 clues. Each clue will lead teams to a unique challenge in historic Marietta. The quickest teams to return to the finish line after completing all the clues will win cash and prizes.

Rules are you can only use your feet for running and walking plus public transportation. You must have a digital camera or camera phone. No bikes, cabs, roller blades or personal cars can be used or teams will be disqualified.

Check in is from 9 – 10am and the race starts promptly at 11am.  The race takes about two hours followed by an after party with music and awards for the top finishers and best-in costume contest!  First, second and third place finishers will win cash prizes with values  determined by the number of entries.

A portion of the Great City Race registration proceeds benefit Team In Training®, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) endurance sports training program celebrating its 25th year.

Jonathan Colon, one of race founders said, “I selected Team In Training® as our beneficiary because it hits so close to home, with my dad dealing with myeloma. I want to do what I can to raise awareness and money for blood cancer research.”

78 cents of every dollar raised by LLS goes directly towards its mission; which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Its key priorities will ensure that LLS helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.

The goal of Team In Training® is to increase funding to support LLS’s mission while promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles. More information on Team In Training® can be found at

Advance sign ups are $40 and $50 day of event. Registration includes your souvenir T-shirt, race number bib, clue sheet, bottled water, drink specials, costume contest and of course a chance to win cash prizes.  Sign up today at

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Sandy Plains 6U Cougars win Dizzy Dean World Series

The Sandy Plains 6u Cougars Red recently won the Dizzy Dean World Series. Front row, from left, Alec Eckerman, Vance Desmond, Gavin Bodoh, Jared James, Deion Cole, and Chase Tuggle. Back row, from left, Jesse Walton, Rhett Layne, KJ Hart, Braeden Kirby, Will Flowers, and Jack Beatty. Coaches, from left, Brian Eckerman, Peter Desmond, Jon Flowers, Mike Tuggle, and Brian Beatty.


Brian Beatty, head coach of the 6-year-old Sandy Plains Cougars Red, believed his team could accomplish great things this season. He and the rest of his coaching staff just had to get the players to believe in that too.

Fortunately for Beatty, it didn’t take long for his team to get the message.

The Cougars Red raced to a 20-4 overall record, then completed the season with 18 consecutive victories, culminating in the Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series championship for their age group.

Sandy Plains posted a 3-0 record through pool play to advance to the championship bracket where it finished as one of the top eight teams to move on to the elite eight bracket. Cougars Red polished off the Winston Bandits by a 22-7 score to reach the final four where it beat Hobgood Heat out of Cherokee County 15-12 before taking down its nemesis, the Acworth Warriors Orange, 10-2, to claim the title.

Sandy Plains finished 8-0 in the 24-team tournament, which was held July 25-31 in Southaven, Miss., and outscored its opponents 154-55.

“I’m really proud of the kids,” Beatty said. “At the beginning of the season, I told them that they had the talent to win it all and they did. They won the last 18 games of the season to win the district, state and World Series championships.

“For a bunch of 6-year-old kids, they played like young men. They never gave up, and had the same demeanor after a game whether they won or lost.”

The final matchup against Acworth Warriors Orange marked the sixth time the two teams had faced each other this season. Cougars Red had won three of the five previous meetings and extended the advantage to four of six with the championship victory.

“They were our biggest competition all year,” Beatty said.

The Hobgood Heat went on to beat the Northport Nationals 14-3 for third place, giving the metro Atlanta area teams the top three spots in the final standings. The Heat and Warriors Orange each finished 7-1 in the tournament.

“The top three teams were all from Georgia,” Beatty said. “I’m as proud of that as I am of my team.”

KJ Hart of the Sandy Plains Cougars Red was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Gavin Bodoh, Will Flowers, Hart, Jared James and Braeden Kirby were named to the all-tournament team.

Cougars Red won six of the eight tournaments they competed in this summer and finished with a 38-4 record.

“That’s quite a haul of trophies they picked up,” Beatty said. “They’re talking about coming back and doing it all again as a 7-year-old team.”

Beatty said the key to the team’s success was its ability to play together as a unit.

“They learned to play as a team and not as individuals the last three weeks,” he said. “If a kid made a mistake, the guys would pick him up and keep going.”

The Sandy Plains Cougars Red took home a big trophy for their World Series win, one that was nearly as tall as some of the players.

“I think even as six-year-olds, they understand what they’ve done,” Beatty said. “It’s a good thing that they’re six though, because when they lose, they don’t dwell on it at all and just want to get their snacks.

“When they win, they’re more excited about getting to go to the pool.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by by Carlton D. White, August 8, 2014. Read the original article HERE.) 

Lutzenkirchen honored on Auburn practice field


Auburn University football players began practice this week by honoring Philip Lutzenkirchen with 43 in the endzones of the practice field. Lutzenkirchen, a Lassiter graduate and former Auburn tight end, was killed in a car accident in LaGrange, Georgia, in late June.


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