Losing hurts

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By Nick Nunn It has been a tough week for most of the sports fans in the area. The Braves were booted out of the playoffs a little over a week ago. UGA lost, Tech lost, and Morgan County’s JV and varsity football teams lost. In fact, one of the only teams that didn’t suffer a loss in the last week was the Morgan County Middle School football team, who will be going into the Piedmont Athletic Conference playoffs undefeated. We’ve all had the opportunity to lose in our lives …

JDogs drop final home game to Greene 24-32

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV Bulldogs lost their final regular season home game to the Greene County Tigers 24-32 last Thursday, Oct. 10. Today, Oct 17, the JV Dogs play their last game of the regular season against the East Jackson Eagles in Commerce. Morgan County began the game with possession of the ball, but an early fumble gave the Tigers the ball deep in Morgan County territory, and they were able to score after five plays, going ahead of the Dogs 7-0 …

Playoff Bound: MCHS Lady Dogs place third in region, continue to state playoffs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs softball team traveled to Jackson County High School to compete in the 8-AAA region tournament. The Lady Dogs fell to Region leader Franklin County 0-4 in the semifinal game of the tournament but came back to beat Oconee County 2-1 in the tournament consolation game to finish third in the region. The score remained tied at 0-0 against Franklin County in the semifinal game until the bottom of the third inning, when Franklin …

Perfect Record

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Bulldogs beat the Social Circle Redskins 25-6 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to come out of their regular season with a perfect record. On Oct. 16, the Dogs played against Youth Middle School at home in the first round of the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) playoffs. Results for that game were not available by printing, but, should the Dogs have won, they will play in the PAC championship game next Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Dogs took an early lead over …

Boating mishaps can dampen the fisherman’s spirit

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By Alvin Richardson Today’s lessons in avoidance of maritime disasters come courtesy of long painful experience that includes various dunkings, dumpings, divings, and even a few Olympic style backflips. Hopefully my errors in judgment will help you steer clear of similar disasters and predicaments as you launch your craft into the ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans of the world. Rule number one is to never, under any circumstances, allow your girlfriend of two weeks into your john boat on a fishing excursion. It is very likely that she is only …

Bulldogs ready to set the record straight with Elbert

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Coming off of what Malone described as “a terrible whipping,” the Morgan County Bulldogs got back to a routine of successful practices Monday morning, preparing to take on the Elbert County Blue Devils this Friday in Elberton. Elbert County has a 3-2 overall record so far this season but has a perfect 2-0 record in the region so far, coming off of wins over East Jackson and Oconee County in the past two weeks. Last year, Elbert narrowly eked out a 29-22 win over the …

No break for jocks

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By Nick Nunn I only realized that this week is Fall Break for the Morgan County School System on Monday, when I headed to the high school for my weekly interview with Coach Bill Malone. Yep. It was about 2:30 Monday afternoon, and I came slowly over the little hill at the entrance of the high school’s parking lot to see… absolutely nothing. There wasn’t one car in the parking lot, and – for a split second – I was at a loss for a reasonable explanation for what was …

Back to back: Lady Dogs head to third round of playoffs with consecutive wins over Hart

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Lady Dogs softball team advanced to the third round of the 8-AAA region playoffs after beating Hart County in back-to-back games Monday night. After a close 6-5 win over Hart in the first game of the doubleheader, the Lady Dogs shut out Hart 13-0 to secure their advancement to the third round. Morgan County’s first two runs in the first game of the doubleheader against Hart County came in on an error after Laree Van Orden drove the …

MCHS Swim Dogs will hold tryouts next week

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Swim Dogs will be holding tryouts for the team on Monday, Oct. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Morgan County Aquatic Center. During the tryouts, swimmers will be required to swim freestyle uninterrupted for 1,000 yards with flip-turns in under 20 minutes. Swimmers must also be able to exhibit the proper technique for each the butterfly stroke, breaststroke, and backstroke over a distance of 100 yards. Practices for the swim team will begin the day after tryouts, …

MCMS Dogs win 21-14 over Youth Warriors

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) football team defeated the Youth Middle School Warriors 21-14 last Wednesday, Oct. 2. As of the win against Youth, the Bulldogs were undefeated with only one game remaining in the season. MCMS played against Social Circle yesterday, Oct. 9, for the last game of the regular season before the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) playoff and championship games, which are set for Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, respectively. Youth pulled no punches, right from the beginning of the game. The …

JV Bulldogs play dead against North Oconee Titans

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV Bulldogs lost to the North Oconee Titans 0-42 last Thursday, Oct. 3 at the North Oconee High School. Today, the JV Dogs face the Greene County Tigers for the final JV season home game. Several Morgan County JV starters have been injured recently, which led to more players getting playing time during the North Oconee game. “We have been bit heavily by the injury bug at both the varsity and JV levels,” said Coach Todd Peaster. “This provided …

Will trade mower for a goat herd

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By Alvin Richardson Buckhead, Georgia was inundated with 24.4 inches of rain during the months of June, July and August of this year, a record that should stand the test of time and change flood insurance rates for eternity. Given the resulting proliferation of grass and weeds on my plantation I thought it a propitious moment in history to discuss the effects of this dramatic climate shift and briefly discuss the history of grass cutting as it applies to your average guy. Up front I should say that my summer, …

Close: Win or lose

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By Nick Nunn I love a close game. Whatever the outcome, the close games are the ones that I always seem to remember the best. I guess it is because the close games really make us open up and invest ourselves fully in what is happening, either play-by-play, pitch-by-pitch or whatever. And I think a lot of people feel the same way about close games. Just this past Saturday in Athens, an semi-reliable eyewitness – cough, cough, Citizen photographer Jesse Walker – claimed that people were stopping their cars in …

Oconee down, North Oconee Titans next on plate for Bulldogs’ dinner

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Dogs Pink Out! The Morgan County vs. North Oconee game tomorrow night has been designated a “Pink Out,” recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Touchdown Club is hosting Morgan Memorial Hospital, who is selling “Pink” shirts. All proceeds from the sale of shirts will fund free mammograms at MMH. Short-sleeve shirts are $13 and long-sleeve shirts are $16. Contact the hospital at 706-752-2169 to buy a shirt before Friday, but they will also be on sale during the game. Come out in pink to support the Morgan County …

Tough competition for cross country at Gunderson race

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Cross Country team faced tough competition at the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational this past Saturday, Sept. 28. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams came in last place as a team in the championship boys and girls three-mile races. The Aubrae Gunderson Invitational was hosted by Heritage High School and took place at the Georgia International Horse Park in Covington. Jeremy Craft led the Morgan County boys with a time of 17:36.09, which earned him a 71st place finish. Wyatt Howard …

Smart plays earn wins for the Spike Dogs

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County Spike Dogs came home on Thursday, Sept. 26 after time on the road facing Oconee County and Athens Academy. “We just kind of messed up mentally, but I think that we had great serves, great hits. We played smarter than we normally do, which is good; we’re improving on that,” said varsity player Hannah Caison about the road meetings. First up, the teams took on Oconee County. The varsity girls beat Oconee easily in the first set. In the second set, Morgan County …

MCHS competition cheer places second at GCSU meet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Competition Cheerleading team took second place in a meet last Saturday, Sept. 28, held at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. There were three teams in Morgan County’s class, but none were region opponents. “We did well,” said Competition Cheerleading Coach Christen Seabolt. “Every stunt hit. However, we know of a couple minor things we need to change to improve. Always a work in progress.” The competition cheerleading team’s next competition will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at …

Warriors trump JV Dogs in hard-fought battle

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Thursday, Sept. 26, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV football team lost a hard-fought game against the Oconee County Warriors 8-17. “Our kids played hard,” said Coach Todd Peaster. “Quarterback Colin Eberhardt made some great throws, and our backs ran really hard, but we were unable to punch it in a couple of times when we were in the red zone.” Today, Oct. 3, the JV Dogs face North Oconee on the road, with the game beginning at 5:30.

Lady Dogs steamroll competition the week before regionals

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Region Tourney This best-of-three series will take place Monday, Oct.7, time TBA. We will post the time on the Morgan County Citizen’s Facebook page, as soon as it is announced. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball team picked up three big wins against region opponents Hart County and North Oconee and non-region opponent Eastside in the week leading up to the beginning of the 8-AAA region tournament. As of Tuesday, the Lady Dogs’ record for the 2013 season was 19-8 overall and 9-4 in …

Lady Dogs fall to Loganville in final round of PAC tourney

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) softball team lost to the Loganville Red Devils 3-6 in the final game of the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) softball tournament, which was hosted at Heritage Park on Sept. 28 and 29. The loss to Loganville came after beating Carver Middle School in the first round of the tournament 9-7 and Social Circle in the second round 7-3. Morgan County held a 3-1 lead over Carver after the first inning and never relinquished the lead. The Dogs also scored …