The Charlton County basketball teams each dropped three games last week as they continue to play hard, but just haven't been able to get over the hump recently.

The Charlton County baseball team opened up practice this week, giving them about a month to prepare for the upcoming season. They will scrimmage Ware County on February 6 before starting the regular season February 10.

Chris Milton's Tennessee Titans upset the AFC's top team, the Baltimore Ravens, 26-12, to advance to the AFC Championship Game next week.

Meanwhile, I was incorrect about Courtney Williams’ team in Turkey beginning playoff action. They have now begun the second half of the season and Williams opened up with a  29-point and ten rebound game as her team claimed an 87-69 win.

It won't be long before Charlton County alumni begin spring sports action. L.J. Talley will be headed to spring training soon, as he begins his second professional season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Savannah Pollock and Lauran Allbritton are both about to begin their freshman season of collegiate softball for Wesleyan College in Macon. Jack Gowen returns to the University of Georgia baseball team for his sophomore season. Also making his collegiate debut will be Trevor Knowles, who will be playing baseball at Gordon State College in Barnesville.

If there are any other alumni playing at the college level, please let me know so I can keep track of their progress.

In addition to the Tennessee Titans advancing to the AFC Championship, they will be joined by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs overcame a 24-0 deficit and bounced back in a big way to beat the Houston Texans, 51-31.

In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers advanced by beating the Minnesota Vikings, 27-10. They will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game after they knocked off the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23.

In college hoops, fourth-ranked Baylor knocked off third-ranked Kansas, while eighth-ranked Michigan State fell at the hands of Purdue, in what were the only losses of top-ten teams last week. But in a real shocker, Clemson defeated North Carolina for the first time in 59 tries on the Tar Heels home court.

In women's hoops, top-ranked Connecticut dropped their first game of the year after losing to sixth-ranked Baylor. Second-ranked Oregon, third-ranked Oregon State and tenth-ranked Texas A&M also all went down in defeat.