Last week with the closing of schools statewide for the remainder of the school year, the Georgia High School Association canceled the remainder of the spring sports schedules. I would like to thank the seniors who put in all the hard work only to see their final chance to compete cut short. I wish you great things in your futures.
The Charlton County Recreation department has not yet canceled their youth seasons in anticipation that games may be played during the summer.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame selected nine new members over the weekend. The group was highlighted by recently deceased Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Joining Bryant were five-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan and 15-time All Star Kevin Garnett. Ten-time WNBA All Star Tamika Catchings and Baylor's women's head coach Kim Mulkey who has over 600 career wins and three NCAA Championships were also selected. Rounding out the field were former coaches Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Barbara Stevens along with former Secretary General for FIBA Patrick Baumann.
The Naismith Awards were also presented last week to the best men’s and women’s college basketball players. Dayton's Obi Toppin, a 6'9” sophomore, won the men's award after averaging 20 points and over seven rebounds for the third-ranked Flyers.
Winning on the women's side was Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. She was a three-time All American who finished the season averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds.
The WNBA has postponed the beginning of their training camps and regular season due to the threat of the coronavirus. Their draft will still be held virtually on April 17.
The National Football League agreed to expand the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14 teams. This comes after the league decided to expand the regular season from 16 to 17 games. The changes will take place at the earliest during the 2021 season, but no date has been determined as of yet.