By Greg Sullivan
The Pups soccer team and their Athens Academy opponents both went into last Wednesday's game in Madison looking for a win, but both teams would have to settle for a tie.
"We had numerous opportunities to score," said Pups coach Mike House. "We just couldn't place the ball on goal."
The Pups did find the goal once, though, when Hunter Moore scored the team's lone goal in the first half to put them up 1-0.
The team fought to hold on for the win, but Athens Academy finally got on the scoreboard to tie things up at the six minute mark in the second half.
"Our defenders did an excellent job of being physical, playing the ball to the outside of the field and helping spark our offense," House said, despite the team not being able to eek out the win.
House said he was pleased with the play of Damien Anderson, Daniel Cochran, Campbell Harrison and Thomas Hughes, who all led the defensive effort. James Bearden and Albert Orr, House said, had good moments offensively for the team.
The team plays at St. Joseph's Wednesday. They visit GMC on Friday. Next Wednesday they'll host GMC for the season finale.
By Greg Sullivan
The Lady Pups soccer team ran into a tough opponent last Wednesday in Madison and came out on the short end of a 5-1 contest at the hands of Athens Academy.
Despite the loss Morgan County Head Coach Katie Greenway said she saw some good things from her girls.
"We played really well as a team and looked really good against Athens Academy," Greenway said.
The Lady Pups got their lone goal from Savannah Hill who made the kick after Griffin Gardner and Sophie Jackson set things up for her.
"It was a great setup and our corner kick play worked beautifully," Greenway said of the play.
Greenway said she was pleased with the play of both Shakarah Boswell and Casey Gauthier, despite the loss.
The team will looked to get back in the win column with a make-up game with St. Joseph's on Monday, a trip to St. Joseph on Wednesday, and a co-ed away game with GMC on Friday.
The team's next home game will be Wednesday, April 16 when they host GMC for the season finale.
Following the season the team will be bagging groceries at Madison's Ingles grocery store on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of a fundraiser. The team asks for members of the community to come out and show support.
By Greg Sullivan
The Diamond Pups saw the rain wash most of their week away last week, postponing a big showdown with conference leader Youth and putting a stop on most of their action Friday with Carver.
Friday at Carver the Pups were in a 4-4 tie with one out in the top of the fourth inning when action was called in the first game of their double-header due to weather.
The team will try things again with Carver on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. where action will resume where it left in game one last week. They will follow up the contest with game two.
Last Wednesday's Youth game was moved to April 15 in Madison.
The team has a regularly scheduled game Friday when they host Social Circle.
By Greg Sullivan
The Morgan County High School cheerleading program finished up their try-outs last week and coaches have now set rosters for their squads for next year.
"I am very excited about starting a new year and looking forward to the challenges competing in [Class] AAA will bring," said Morgan County cheerleading coach Heather Jenkins. "The girls are very enthusiastic and I have a wonderful group of parents to work with."
"We are all looking forward to seeing what the new season will bring," Jenkins said.
Next year's varsity cheerleading roster includes Shianna Adler, Melanie Barnett, Brandi Bell, Jordan Busbee, Cassie Chupp, Ashley Culp, Jaclyn Friesen, Sherrelle Harris, Brittany Harvey, Jessica Ketchum, Kristin Lindsey, Sara Lindsey, Hillary McKenzie, Shelby McLeod, Hannah PapRocki, Grace Pickett, Andi Richardson, Chelsea Smith, Renita Stinson, Lindsey Strozier, Emily Thomas, Anna Beth Vice and Regina Williams.
The varsity competition squad roster includes Barnett, Busbee, Chupp, Friesen, Ketchum, Kristin and Sara Lindsey, McKenzie, PapRocki, Richardson, Smith, Stinson, Strozier, Thomas and Williams.
The junior varsity cheerleading squad roster for next year includes Emily Barrett, Laura Margaret Burbach, Amanda Byrd, Kimberly Crowley, Haley Day, Lauren Everett, Melissa Gilliam, Brittany Hill, Ansley Hudgins, Samantha King, Carol Peppers and Reginique Stinson.
Special to the Citizen
Georgia's legendary coach and athletic director, Vince Dooley, brings his popular "book tour of Georgia" to Madison on Saturday, April 12.
Dooley is the special guest at Phil Cook Motor Company from 9:00-noon.
Four of his newest books will be autographed. Fans may also purchase collectors' prints, caps, commemorative Coca Colas and the "Bulldog bottle popper," a new item on the market. One of his books, "How Bout Them Dawgs," is written especially for children under age seven.
"The tour is very popular across Georgia," said Sammy Smith, Dooley's publicist. "It is gratifying to greet so many fans in so many towns. He enjoys the stories and the photos as well. Fans may also enjoy the artist's rendering of the Vince Dooley Plaza to be constructed on the university campus in his honor."
For more information, contact Phil Cook Motor Company at 706.342-3800.
By Greg Sullivan
With three straight wins under their belts going in, the JV Diamond Dogs didn't let the cold weather cool their bats as they out-slugged East Jackson 21-11 on the road Thursday night to extend their win streak to four and improve their record to 7-5.
The Dogs jumped ahead 8-1 in the second inning, and despite a relative stall for three innings offensively, they exploded for 12 runs in the final two innings to pick up the lop-sided win.
East Jackson was able to inch closer midway through, making the score 9-6 at one point, but with Morgan County's staggering offensive output East Jackson's threat was short-lived.
"It was miserably cold and we played like it was cold," said JV Dogs Head Coach Josh Reeves. "We played well enough to win, but we cannot continue to win games giving up 11 runs."
Reeves, however, said the team did have some things to be happy about in the sloppy win.
"It was a good team effort, staying in the game in the terrible conditions," Reeves said.
Zach Bryant was 2-2 with two RBI in the win.
The team hosted Oconee County on Tuesday. They visit Jackson on Thursday for their first of three straight road games.