Sports for me started early this morning as I hit the local high schools to see where the top gridiron players from Houston County are headed.
Around 9 a.m. this morning, four seniors at Warner Robins signed their name on the dotted line.
A nice crowd gathered in the media center, including Coach Bryan Way who saw DeAnthony Mack, Bryce Bagley, Brian Cornish, and Shane Bowie sign scholarships.
Mack is going to Hutchinson Community College, Cornish is headed to Fort Valley State, while Bagley and Bowie will both be headed to The college of the Redwoods.
Here are some sound bytes from all four seniors, as well as coach Way.
After leaving Warner Robins High School, next up was Northside, and they also had a handful of players who are going to play college football.
A brief power outage moved the festivities to the gym where another good crowd turned out to see four seniors sign with their respective schools.
Signing today were Taylor Lay, Keshun Hill, Robert Davis, and Trey Payne. Lay and Hill are headed south to Georgia Southern, while Davis and Payne are headed north to Georgia State.
Here's more from those four, as well as Northside offensive coordinator Chad Alligood.
Northside also had Austin Roberts sign with E Mississippi Junior College, but he was not on-hand, having enrolled early.
The three other local schools - Perry, Houston County, and Veterans also had signings today. The Patriot's Don Moncrief was there and we'll break down those signees tomorrow night.
Staying on the local scene, its the home stretch of the high school basketball season, and the race for region supremacy is at close as it can be.
In fact, seeding for the Subregion B side of the 2 5A bracket for the region tournament for both the girls and boys will be decided by coin tosses.
The Demonettes beat the Lady Greyhounds 44-33 Tuesday at Warner Robins. That put them in a three-way tie with Houston County and Northside – all at 4-2. And they all split matches with each other, which is why the coin toss will come into play.
Meanwhile, on the boys side, Jones County beat the Demons 72-68 in triple overtime in the nightcap to set up another coin toss as they, Northside and Warner Robins all finished 4-2.
The Patriot will continue to keep you updated as we gear up for the region tournaments.
More basketball now, a couple of scores of interest from last night.
Georgia Tech spotted the Seminoles a baker's dozen in the game, but eventually overcame the 13-0 deficit only to fall in the final seconds of the game.
The final score was FSU 56, GT 54.
And in the NBA, the Hawks continue to be unimpressive in 2013, falling again last night, this time, to the Indiana Pacers.
The score was Hawks 103, Pacers 114.
Of course you know that The Patriot is your home for Mercer Bears basketball home games from Hawkins Arena, and we have games coming at you Thursday and Saturday this week.
But something else the Patriot brings you is our SEC Game of the Week.
Tonight's battle pits Georgia (10-11) @ Tennessee (11-9), 8 p.m.
Other games of interest...
Ga. State (12-12) @ UNC-Wilmington (8-14), 7 p.m.
Grizzlies (30-17) @ Hawks (26-21), 7:30 p.m.
That's going to do it for tonight's show. More tomorrow on National Signing Day and which college program got the pick of the litter. That, plus Mercer basketball, all right here on The Patriot. I'm Brandon Evans hoping everyone has a wonderful evening.