Probably the biggest event around Clarke County this Palm Sunday weekend is G Day. Final preparations in practice were yesterday. Admission to tomorrow's scrimmage is free, with the game starting at 1 p.m. Georgia is again partnering with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and asking fans to drop their bags of donated canned goods into the receptacles upon entering Sanford Stadium. Bins manned by volunteers will be located at the Main Gate and Gates 2, 4, 6 and 9.
Over at Foley Field, the Diamond Dawgs fell to #23 Tennessee last night 5-3. Junior Robert Cheek took the loss, with the normal Friday/Saturday starting pair of sophomore southpaw Ryan Lawlor taking the hill tonight at 7. Freshman phenom Robert Tyler and his 1.37 ERA goes Saturday at 4, so you can check out the Crisp County product after G-Day ends.
Meanwhile on the Dan Magill Courts, a top 10 matchup between 8th ranked Georgia and 9th ranked Alabama begins at 5 in women's tennis. Both the Dawgs and Tide are even with Vanderbilt atop the SEC standings, so this could have a huge impact on the SEC regular season standings. Sunday's match with #24 Auburn begins at 1, with seniors Kate Fuller, Lilly Kimbell, and Maho Kowase being honored in their final regular season match. The men will be over in Alabama for their final regular season weekend, taking on Alabama tonight in Tuscaloosa at 6, and facing Auburn on Sunday at 2. Senior Garrett Brasseaux earned his first career SEC Player of the Week honors on Wednesday, in what was another first as the SEC had never before had a three way tie for the award.
While we're still on men's tennis, signee and North Oconee High's Peter Bertran is on the Dominican Republic's Davis Cup team and doing well. And before we leave the subject of Dawgs winning awards, the lady swimmers took home every honor from the SEC with sophomore Brittany MacLean being named Swimmer of the Year, Olivia Smoliga Freshman of the Year, senior Laura Ryan getting Diver of the Year (and getting a good look from the US Olympic squad), and senior Shannon Vreeland Scholar-Athlete of the Year, among several others for Georgia swimming who were honored by the SEC in both men's and women's swimming and diving. Sophomore Lee McCoy was also named SEC Men's Golfer of the Week. McKenzie Lantz and Liza Finsness were named the Southeastern Conference Riders of the Year, and Finsness was joined by Charley Thiel as Freshman of the Year.
Still in Athens, the Bulldog Decathlon is ongoing with Dawgs sitting second and third as of last night. The Spec Towns Invitational and Bulldog Heptathlon will be held today and tomorrow next to Butts-Mehre. Also, if you want to catch a little women's soccer before G-Day, the Dawgs will have their alumni game Saturday at 10 a.m. off Milledge. Freshman midfielder Becca Rasmussen is unlikely to be a part though, as she's been invited to train with the U.S. u-20 squad.
And last but not least, softball will face LSU in Baton Rouge this weekend. The top 20 club beat 24th ranked USC-Upstate Wednesday, in part thanks to a 2 run shot off the bat of NCAA-leading HR hitter 3B Alex Hugo.