Dogs to host powerhouse Newton Saturday

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The Morgan County Bulldogs will get tested this week.  Like really tested.  Putting their undefeated record on the line against two highly ranked AAAAAAA teams in Meadowcreek (number six) Monday and Newton (number five) Saturday will give the boys some big-time competition to say the least.  On top of that, the team will go on the road to take on 8-AAA foes Jackson County Tuesday and Franklin County Friday. The week starts off on Martin Luther King Holiday vs. the Mustangs at Morehouse College in a venue that will also …

Lady Dogs get two region wins

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Over the past couple of weeks, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs have been the victim of some very close losses.  Their luck turned in the opposite direction this week with wins over East Jackson and Monroe Area by big margins.  It was junior guard Lou Reid who turned her game up a notch to lead the way for MOCO scoring 24 against the Lady Eagles in a 74-32 rout that looked more like a layup drill.  She turned around three days later to post a season-high 28 Friday vs. the …

Morgan downs East Jackson, Monroe in region play

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After polishing off East Jackson 67-48 and Monroe Area 68-47 in important Region contests this past week, the Morgan County hardcourt Dogs will face quite possibly the greatest challenge they’ve had all season in the coming six days.  Over that span MOCO will face two highly ranked 7A teams from Newton and Meadowcreek as well as region games with Jackson County and Franklin County stacked in between.  Monday the boys will travel to Morehouse College to play Meadowcreek, Tuesday it’s on to Jackson, Friday they’ll travel to Franklin, and then …

Two years of championship teams honored

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The past several seasons have gone into the history books as the greatest run ever seen since Morgan County started playing boys’ basketball.  However, there were those teams in years gone by that paved the way for the teams of the 2010’s.  Two of those teams were honored between games last Friday at the Monroe Area vs. Morgan County contest. This year’s squad took notice as the classes of 1986 and 1990 were introduced to the applause of those fans that could recall their accomplishments and play on the court.  …

JV Girls get two wins, boys fall to Monroe

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It was a great week for our JV girls’ basketball team as they took wins over East Jackson 37-35 in a squeaker and Monroe Area 39-13. Coach Candy Wyatt’s group has shown vast improvement over the first games as was evidenced in their final minute win over the Lady Eagles. Both teams started cold and ended the first quarter 5-2.  Before the half the Lady Dogs had a 10-point run that was somewhat quieted when East Jackson hit a late three to make the score 15-10 at intermission.  With Morgan …

Middle School Hoopsters take wins over Loganville

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In the final game of the week for both Middle School teams, it was a full day of basketball at Morgan County High School.  Before the Dogs and Lady Dogs tipped it off in the finale of the day, Morgan County showcased their D-League (Developmental League) Teams by competing against other area teams in a tournament type atmosphere.  It had to be a great day for these youngsters to play on the same court where the big boys play.  These are the players they emulate and hope to be like …

Cardwell and Relay Team qualify for State

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Over the past three weeks, the Morgan County Swim Dogs have had a ton of success  Their past three meets were The Hot Chocolate Invite hosted by Habersham Central, The Alcovy Invite, and The Forsyth Winter Classic. Coach Susan Courchaine was excited to announce, “The biggest news coming out of the past three events is that John Cardwell qualified for State in the 100 yard backstroke at the Alcovy Invite on Friday night, and the girls’ relay team of Lily Courchaine, Natalie Rogers, Natalie Smith, and Grace Alexander qualified for …

Dogs survive week of close games

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Get first 8-AAA wins If your record is still unblemished in January, you still hold the number one spot in the state, haven’t been beaten in Region play in five years, won six Region Championships in a row, and have been to the AAA Finals four straight years, you can bet you’ll have a target on your back.  That target means you are the team to beat.  You become the marquee game that’s highlighted in red on all your opponents’ schedules.  Who wouldn’t want to be the team to topple …

Lady Dogs playing well in close loss

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Green Named MVP, Woodard gets 1000 If close games supposedly harden you and get you ready for the playoffs, then Morgan’s girls should be tough as nails come tournament time.  This past week the basketball team took losses to Hart County 56-53 in overtime and another to AAAAAA opponent Heritage of Conyers in the final two minutes 53-47.  The other game of the week featured an unbeaten Franklin County squad that currently holds the number three ranking in AAA.  Morgan lost that one 59-32 to a very talented group that …

JV Boys get win over Franklin, Girls win nail biter at Hart

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Morgan’s boys JV team got wins at home vs. the Franklin County Lions 48-33 in dominating fashion, but lost one to Heritage Saturday 50-40 in a much closer game than the final score indicated.  Friday’s game at Hart County was one that got away on the last possession as Morgan fell by two 39-37.  The girls got a nice win over Hart County in their only game of the week 30-29. The young group of boys, composed of mostly ninth graders, is showing potential for future Bulldog mania to continue. …

Middle School Mat Dogs enjoying successful season

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The Morgan County Middle School wrestling program entered this season without a coach.  Enter Marcus Crowe, a former high school wrestler and career EMS professional for 20 years.  After acquiring his high school education degree, the 41-year-old was hired late by the Morgan County Board of Education as a teacher at the high school in healthcare administration.  Upon his hiring, head wresting coach Dusty Sidwell acquired his services to work with this year’s youngsters at the middle school.  Crowe will become an ordained deacon in his church in the coming …

MOCO Mat Dogs compete in Area Duals

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The Morgan County wrestling team traveled to Jackson County for the 4-AAA Area Dual Meet Tournament Saturday, but came away short of making it to the State Tournament.  Wrestling is somewhat different from most high school sports in that there are separate state champions crowned for the team and individual competitions.  The Dual Competition is for teams only to advance. After taking care of business quite handily against Monroe Area 63-16, MOCO easily dispensed of Union County 60-18 in the second round.  The win put Morgan in Saturday’s second day …

Huff says ‘yes’ to Spartans

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Morgan County’s all-purpose athlete Jordan Huff has just made the Michigan State coaching staff very happy with his commitment to play football for the Spartans in 2019.  The rising senior was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 9-2 record that led to a second straight Region 8-AAA Championship in 2017. Huff’s numbers speak for themselves.  Playing multiple positions on an offense that set the school record for most points averaged per game at 35.27 points, Huff made an impact in a number of areas.  His 48 receptions at receiver set a school …

Girls take second at Sweet South Classic

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The Morgan County Lady Dogs entered the 2017 Sweet South Classic with a 2-7 record against some stout competition.  Oddly enough, they had the same record at this point a year ago and some were already counting them out.  They were wrong.  All that team did was win a fourth straight 8-AAA Championship as they rode a wave of emotion into the Class AAA Final Four.  Can this year’s team duplicate that success?  After a fine showing in their annual Christmas Tournament, they might just do that. Josh Reeves’ squad …

How Sweet It Is-Dogs take Sweet South Classic Title

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For the third time this season the Morgan County Basketball team entered a tournament, and for the third time came away unscathed and carrying home the hardware.  Earlier this season the Bulldogs took the title at The Craig Sager Memorial Tournament at Dacula.  They then traveled to Tallahassee for the Capital City Classic coming away with two straight wins against some of Florida’s best.  This past week they polished off the trifecta by taking the championship of their own Sweet South Classic. 5’7” junior point guard Stevin Green was a …

Dogs reloading with 2018 recruiting class

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In the world of college football, recruiting is everything.  The coach with the most studs wins.  Just ask Alabama’s Nick Saban.  His team has been in the National Championship race for so long it’s hard to remember a time when their name wasn’t mentioned by sportswriters in that conversation.  Why?  Because they can recruit the best in the country telling them that they will compete for a National Championship, that’s why.     But the Crimson Tide better watch out for Saban’s protégé at the University of Georgia.  Kirby Smart …

Lawrence named to All-Tournament Team

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The Morgan boys’ basketball team took a trip to the Sunshine State to compete in the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee last weekend.  Ty Lawrence, Anthony Cooper, and Alec Woodard continue to carry the load.  Any in this trio of players can scorch you on any given night.  Coach Jamond Sims said, “They are a fun group to coach.  They really don’t get caught up in who scores the most or takes a number of shots.  Sometimes, they can be too unselfish.” That’s a nice problem to have when you …

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Bulldog Rendition

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Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land Not a creature was stirring, ‘cept the Bulldogs and fans. Their unis were hung by the lockers with care, In hopes that Saint Billy soon would be there. The players were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of championships danced in their heads. And Woodall in Dog Hat, and Bell in his cap, Had been working their brains on a reverse and a trap. When out on the field there arose such a clatter, They sprang from the …

Lady Dogs still in driver’s seat

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It was all hands on deck at Morgan County Middle School this week as the teams played before a packed house.  The cheerleaders and dance team joined in the fun to help fire up the Dogs in back-to-back conference wins for both the boys and girls against Youth and Putnam County.  Earlier in the week the teams traveled to Social Circle for another Piedmont Athletic contest. Monday’s event against the neighboring Redskins saw the girls get the win.  The boys lost a close one in overtime by a single point …

Morgan’s Finest – Kathy and Aris Hubbard

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During last season’s run to the Final Four, some of the basketball fans came up with a t-shirt that read, “It’s in my DNA.”  This, of course, was referring to the success of the girls’ and boys’ basketball programs over the past several years.  When looking at the Morgan County basketball program over the past 35 years, there is only one mother-daughter combination that can brag about being a part of a State Championship team.  That combo is 2017 senior power forward Aris Hubbard and 1984 graduate and Mom Kathy …