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 …

Dogs reel off eight straight

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Despite playing without the services of leading scorer Ty Lawrence (22.4 ppg) due to a sore shoulder, the Morgan County Bulldogs pulled off a 61-37 shellacking of the Jefferson High School Dragons Wednesday night in Jefferson.  With the lopsided win the Dogs move to 8-0 in non-region play with all-important 8-AAA action forthcoming after Christmas Break. Before Jamond Sims’ group faces Franklin County on December 2, they will compete in two prestigious tournaments.  The first will pit Morgan against two high profile Tallahassee teams in the Capital City Classic; Maclay …

Junior Varsity falls short to Salem

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With only one game under their belt this past week due to the weather cancellations, the Morgan County JV boys came up short in a 45-35 loss to a good Salem squad.     The Milfred Franklin led Bulldogs kept things close in the first quarter with three-pointers by Tee Nelson, Daylan Pitts, and Desmond White.  They trailed 12-11 at that point, but a dismal offensive showing in the second quarter put them behind the eight ball.  They played catch-up the entire second half, coming up short. “We played well …

Dogs get two wins on road

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Basketball for the Dogs’ future looks extremely bright when assessing the talent of the younger players hitting the hardwood at Morgan County Middle School.  The boys went on the road this past week coming up with wins over Jefferson 48-40 and Monticello 55-21.  It was the fourth straight win for Bo Larkin’s squad with three games looming this coming week.  They will face off with Social Circle Monday in a makeup game from Friday’s game cancelled due to weather conditions, and then take on Youth Dec. 11 and Putnam Dec. …

Middle school, JV Lady Dogs update

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Girls’ basketball action continued at both Morgan County High and Middle Schools for the Junior Varsity and Lady Bullpups this week.  The Middle School topped Monticello 32-16 and Social Circle 38-21 to stay undefeated while the JV fell to the Jefferson Lady Dragons. Brian Cousins described his team’s play, “We got off to a quick start against Monticello when Shay Brown got six of her ten total points in the first six minutes of play.  Our defense has been strong all year and we played great defense again in this …

Lady Dogs growing up, but face injuries

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The Morgan County Lady Dogs played valiantly against a strong Jefferson Lady Dragon team this week.  They are a youthful bunch trying to get their feet wet in varsity competition.  With the injury bug taking down two experienced starters, the sledding gets even tougher.  Strong forward Aris Hubbard and point guard/shooting guard Lou Reid both watched the game from the bench while nursing nagging injuries that kept them off the court in this one.  Hubbard has been a stalwart on the boards, defensively, and around the basket in the first …

Dogs Rolling, Undefeated, Ranked #1

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This team is pretty good folks.  In fact, they can be scary good as witnessed in the first half against an always tough and highly ranked AAAAA Cedar Shoals Jaguars squad.  Morgan made it look easy as they ran out to a 42-19 first half lead and coasted home from there.  The transition game was in high gear as the Dogs put on a highlight reel show featuring thunder dunks, slashing layups, alley-oops, and three-pointers.  Ty Lawrence had his game-face on from the opening tip.  After hitting an opening trifecta, …

Lady Dogs take win over LaGrange

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There’s no rest for the weary the saying goes.  Such is true for Morgan County’s hardcourt Dogs as they start the season by playing five games in their first 10 days against some stout competition.  The Lady Dogs are coming off another Region 8-AAA Region Championship in 2017 to make it four-in-a-row.  To repeat that performance won’t be easy, but what this team may lack in experience, they certainly make up for in grit and determination.  Only three seniors return for their final hoorah and the graduation of quality scorers, …

Mat Dogs finish fourth at King of the Mountain

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Competing against the biggest field they have faced this season, the Morgan County High School wrestling squad got some big finishes against a strong field out of Zach Smith and Donovan McElligott.  The productivity of these two tournament champions in their respective weight classes gave the Dogs enough points to finish fourth out of 32 teams despite missing five starters. Morgan’s Smith came through to wrestle to his first tournament championship while McElligott continues to dominate the opposition.  McElligott has won every tournament he has entered in his weight class …

Middle School teams off to strong start

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Morgan County’s Bullpup basketball started their season this week in robust fashion. The boys came up with a big PAC conference win over rival Greene County/Carson Middle School Tigers 52-45 after losing to last season’s PAC conference champions Loganville 45-26 in their first outing.  The girls won handily over the same two clubs at Loganville 28-12 and in their first home game vs. Greene 48-16. Morgan’s girls took it to Loganville in the opener by holding the Lady Red Devils scoreless in the first half.  They led 16-0 at intermission …

Dogs Ranked #1 After Colorful Win

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The 2017-18 version of Morgan County basketball is off to a colorful start after winning the ‘plaid’ bracket of Dacula High School’s first annual Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament.  With the tournament victory and another over Westlake this past Friday, the Dogs now hold the number one ranking in the state for class AAA at 4-0 on the young season and for good reason. Jamond Sims’ team has been the cardiac kids to this point with their largest margin of victory coming in the 67-61 defeat of Westlake.  The three …

Swim team hosts Morgan County Invitational

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The pool and day were both full this past Saturday at the Morgan County Aquatic Center where Eastside High School, Clarke Central High School and Athens Academy came to Madison to compete in the first home swim meet of the season.  It was a day of improvement for the Morgan County swimmers as they continue to work toward their goals of qualifying for the State Competition in 2018.  Swim Coach Susan Courchaine was optimistic about the results of the meet.  She said, “We did OK and some swimmers, especially our …

McCarty Kills Monster Buck

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Once you’ve killed a buck like the one Garrett McCarty took earlier this month, it’s all downhill after that.  The Rutledge teenager, son of Stephen McCarty and Tracie Elwer, was featured in The Georgia Outdoor News last week after taking down the brute in Morgan County.  Speculation has it that this may be the fifth largest deer ever taken in the county.  For a young man his age to bring home the trophy is even more impressive.  Many seasoned veterans will hunt their entire lives and never even see one …

2017 Morgan County Football Wrap Up

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The 2017 edition of Morgan County’s Bulldogs etched their name in the record books of school history by winning back to back region titles for only the fifth time since 1948.  Along the way they posted a record of 9-2 and set a school record for most points averaged per game (35.27).  The Morgan County community may have set a record for attendance at a single game when they stormed the gates for the Bulldogs contest versus Monroe Area on October 13th, a game in which the Dogs upset the …