Georgia College will have to wait to salute the military. This weeks weather forced the school to postpone its Wednesday basketball doubleheader with Clayton State to Feb. 19, among the area college changes.
The school had planned a Salute to America Night to honor members of the armed forces, first responders and their guests.
Middle Georgia State has pushed back its basketball doubleheader with South Georgia Tech one day, to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for the women and the men to follow.
All Middle Georgia State campuses were to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Neither Fort Valley State nor Mercer had any events scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tickets remain for the visit next week of baseball legend Pete Rose to Mercer.
The games all-time hits leader will be the guest speaker Tuesday at Mercers sixth annual First Pitch Classic dinner and banquet.
The dinner begins at 7 p.m. on the main arena floor, preceded by an autograph session in the Presidents Dining Room starting at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the Mercer baseball program.
Tickets for the autograph session and dinner are sold as separate events. Tickets for the autograph session are $75 per person and are limited to the first 150 participants, while tickets for the dinner are $100 per person.
Contact Mercer assistant baseball coach Jake Long at 301-2738 or email@example.com for more information.
Kennesaw State announced Tuesday that basketball head coach Lewis Preston will return to the team after the season.
Preston left the team on Jan. 2 for medical and personal reasons, assistant coach Jimmy Lallathin taking over. The Owls were 3-12 when Preston left and are 1-6 since.
Around Georgia College/Peach Belt
Georgia College was picked to finish fourth in Peach Belt Conference softball after finishing as the conference tournament runner-up last season.
Outfielder Whitney Okvist was the only Georgia College player to get any preseason all-conference attention. The senior from Kennesaw has the conference record for consecutive games with a steal, and has the third-highest single season total (52 in 2012).
She is a two-time All-Peach Belt first-team pick to go with an All-American selection and All-Region honors. Okvist enters the season with a .351 career batting average and 119 steals in 124 attempts.
Armstrong Atlantic State was picked first with 109 points, 11 ahead of North Georgia. Tournament champ Columbus State got 91 points and Georgia College 77, three more than Flagler.
Francis Marion, USC Aiken, Lander, Georgia Southwestern State, Georgia Regents, Young Harris College, and UNC Pembroke round out the order.
Georgia College finished 37-17 overall and 16-6 in Peach Belt play last season and advanced to the NCAA Southeast Regional tournament, going 1-2.
The Bobcats reached a No. 16 ranking in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II poll and finished seventh in the Southeast Region.
They have five Middle Georgians on the roster: sophomore pitcher/utility Abi LeRoy of West Laurens, sophomore catcher/infielder Taylor Campbell of Northside, freshman pitcher/infielder Faith Flanders of West Laurens, junior infielder Mikayla Sparks of Jones County and sophomore catcher Danielle Knight of West Laurens.
The season opens with a pair of home games Saturday against West Georgia.