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A letter, with a vintage photograph, arrived on my desk a few days ago from, perhaps, the most unforgettable character to come through Georgia in the football troubled fifties when little was right with the world until the decade was about to slide into a forgettable past.

Doug Sanders grew up on the poorest side of the tracks in Cedartown on Georgia’s west side. His was an austere life focused on survival. Golf enabled him to escape the clutches of poverty and connected him with the elite in professional golf and also with Hollywood’s glitz and glamour society.

The impact of the new coronavirus, which is the cause of COVID-19, has not only caused serious problems around the world, but has affected the lives of all in America, including the undertaking of the normal functions of Trout Unlimited.

This past basketball season saw area teams battle it out from region tournaments to deep into the state playoffs, and the action on the court didn’t go unrecognized by those watching.

With high school sports entering a period of uncertainty, and two longtime rivals got to battle it out one last time on the baseball field.

I overheard an exchange between two people as I was leaving Berry College’s Kay Williams Field on Friday. Their conversation coming to an end, one said to the other that they hoped they enjoyed their break ... or whatever this was.

Rain threw the initial punches but it was COVID-19 that knocked out the International Tennis Federation Georgia Open Wheelchair championships Thursday.

Model’s Gaven Freemen struck out four over five innings and scattered four hits, while Daulton Waddell threw an inning of scoreless relief as the Blue Devils shut out Chattooga 10-0 in Shannon on Wednesday.

While the high school basketball season officially came to an end this past weekend, a local group is once again providing a stage for senior players to take the floor one last time in their team’s uniform.

With so many of the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tennis teams being ranked among the nation’s best this year, it will be interesting to see how many get at-large bids to the NCAA tournament after cannibalizing each other during the regular season.

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