Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Reclassification revisited- The Saga Continues

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In last week’s issue of the Morgan County Citizen, it was noted that further changes by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) would continue to change the landscape as far as reclassification is concerned.  Doug Connelly noted that those changes could dramatically change the region situation as far as Morgan County High School is concerned. According to reliable sources, the GHSA was to hear final appeals on class changes (i.e. Class AAA to AA or AAAA to AAA as examples) over two weeks ago.  …

Stamps, Arienzo ink baseball scholarships

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s middle infield tandem of Dominic Arienzo and Ethan Stamps signed baseball scholarships this past week.  Second baseman Arienzo and shortshop/pitcher Stamps have been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ success over the past few seasons. Arienzo will be attending Georgia College and State University while Stamps has signed with Lipscomb University.  The duo will complete their final senior season for the Diamond Dogs this spring with high hopes of success.  Arienzo said, “I think we will be good this year and will …

Dogs fall to Calhoun in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County went toe-to-toe with state powerhouse Calhoun for a half last Friday night at Phil Reeves Stadium but couldn’t sustain it over the final two quarters, ultimately losing a 38-10 decision.  Morgan led 10-7 at the end of one quarter before Calhoun surged back to take a 17-10 lead at intermission.  The home team then showed their pedigree by scoring on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 31-10 and put the game out of reach.  The loss gave Morgan …

The Most Important Championship of all

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist The Morgan County Bulldogs basketball team lost in the state championship game this past Saturday night but to anyone who has watched them closely throughout the campaign one irrefutable fact was abundantly clear – this was a group of players and coaches who were made of sturdy cloth. They were a splendid, inspiring team comprised of gritty competitors, they gave maximum every time they hit the floor, and perhaps best of all were loaded with class. In short this was an assemblage of young guys who …

Swimdogs Place Third

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick (Managing Editor) The Morgan County High School Swimdogs achieved a notable victory, placing third at the Eastside Invitational swim meet last weekend. “Almost every swimmer swam a new personal best time in an event.  I am really proud of the results our swimmers are starting to see.  The next couple of meets will be even better!” said Coach Steve DeLaigle. First place winners included swimmers Ellie Conn, Zach Fossum, and Zach Seymour. Conn placed first in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle. Fossum placed first in the …

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MCHS Volleyball gains another win as Region Tournament draws closer

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By: Zachary Parker The Morgan County High School Volleyball team took two wins at home last Thursday against Jackson County and Cedar Shoals. The girls beat Jackson 25-11 and 25-13, and Cedar Shoals 25-14 and 25-16. Jackson has been a tough rival for the team earlier in season, but the previous loss fueled the MCHS Volleyball team’s determination to win. And the motivation succeeded in large-margin win Thursday. According to Coach Greg Thompson, the girls did not miss a beat, coming out on the court with their A-game. Starting out …

Summer sights

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The arrival of June has brought along with it many of the sights and sounds that are tied up most intimately with the season of summer. Fireflies fill the heavy air at twilight, and the (infernal) sound of crickets provide an extra blanket of white noise just outside of the bedroom window. With the solstice approaching quickly, the days stretch out almost to the breaking point, and, as much as I enjoy having the remains of the day last until almost 9 p.m., I’m equally frustrated by the first beams …

The Sports Desk: Eight days a week

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist There are some weeks when a weekly paper can’t do justice to the developments going on in the community. For Morgan County sports – basketball, in particular – this was definitely one of those weeks. As I sat down on Tuesday morning to write out the developments of the Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs during the past week, I initially forgot that I had not yet reported on the boys’ and girls’ 8-AAA Region Championships, which they earned last Tuesday night in Hart County. Instead, I …

The Sports Desk: Weather

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist My dedicated readers know that, from time to time, I fall back to discussing semi-current weather in my sports column. To tell the truth, I always feel a little sheepish discussing meteorological activity for a full column, because it feels like I’m trying to make the most basic, fundamental, awkward small talk that humans are capable of. Right? When we don’t have anything to say to anyone (cough, cough), we talk about the weather. The weather of the past week, however, seems like it would justify …

The Sports Desk: Sochi

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist During the past week, I’ve really been struggling with how I should deal with some of the recent developments involving some of journalists and media figures covering the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. I mean, when you’ve got stray dogs patrolling newly built hotels, which can only deliver brown water to the far-too-few available rooms, does that deserve to go to Nunnsense or the sports section? Since I found a fair topic for Nunnsense, the favor was tipped toward sports, so here it is. First of …

The Sports Desk: Flurried

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist Last Tuesday, in a desperate attempt to find a good picture of the winter precipitation for the front page, Patrick and I cruised around town and look for anything remotely resembling a winter landscape. The problem was that it was only three or so hours after the snow started falling, and buildup was spotty, at best. However, being outdoors and seeing the falling snow reminded me of a few of the icy winters that I’ve had the (mis)fortune of experiencing over the past 26 years or …

The Sports Desk: Soupy Bowl Sunday

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist I was genuinely surprised to hear just a couple of days ago that the world is bearing down on Superbowl Sunday. However, my surprise didn’t surprise me. I’m not a big follower of professional football generally. I think the last time that I watched each down of the NFL’s biggest game of the year was when the Falcons were in it last. Honestly, I don’t even watch for the commercials, even though I’ll usually find my way to the best ones a day or two after …

The Sports Desk: Instant Replay

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist The realm of instant replay is expanding farther into the national pastime. According to an article by the Associated Press (AP), Major League Baseball announced last Thursday that club owners voted unanimously to approve a new system for instant replays, which will allow each manager to challenge at least one call per game. At least one? Yes, if they happen to be correct on the first one, they get another one. “I tell you the fans will love it,” said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to the …

The Sports Desk: Don’t do it

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist This morning, tired and not ready for the Tuesday that I was about to face, I opened my email to see a seemingly-desperate email entitled “Don’t do it!” “Do what?” I asked myself. Was it something that I had already done, or something that someone knows that I’m about to do? After running through several possibilities in my mind, I realized that it would be a lot simpler to solve this particular puzzle if I simply clicked on the email first. (Remember, this was in the …

The Sports Desk: It’s That Time Again

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By Nick Nunn, Sports Writer It really doesn’t seem like it has been a full year since I wrote about the “scandal” surrounding the possibility of confirmed or rumored users of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ll admit that I really didn’t have a firm stance on the issue, but I was quite interested in the amount of attention that it garnered in the middle of bowl season last year. I was so excited that I rushed back to my computer after an …

The Sports Desk: Winter Pudge

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist The holidays are coming to a close. By the time this has printed, the new year will have been ushered in, and we will be without any national holiday until Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21. Resolutions will still be fresh and – when we neglect them – painful for our pride. And what is number one on a lot of peoples’ list of resolutions? Lose that winter pudge accumulated during the holiday season, of course. It might be the cruelest trick of the architects, …

On the road for the holidays

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist As I grow older, Christmases seem to become a little less magical with each passing year. Call me the Grinch, but that’s just how it has felt to me for the past few holiday seasons. Christmases since I’ve turned 20 or so have started to blur together a little bit in my memory, so that it is getting to the point that I can’t remember if Nan gave me that set of pajamas last year or the year before… However, even if the holidays at home …

At a Risk

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist Except for the intense zealousness, that fervor for success, which typically accompanies high school sports, you could almost say that high school athletics is only all fun and games. However, taking that view would mean ignoring a very real part of any level of sports: injuries. Despite coaches and athletes taking the best precautions, injuries are going to happen in any contact sports. Just this past week, Clayton Bearden suffered a broken arm as the result of a wrestling match. I didn’t personally see the incident, …

Homefield: Facing the opponent in enemy territory

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  By Nick Nunn, Columnist Much has been said about the benefits of home field (or court) advantage and its effect on the game. A few quick minutes spent thinking about all of the ways that being in a friendly atmosphere could influence the athlete’s performance can give quite an array of possible effects. First is the purely physical. Being in a different place, possibly with different geographical features – like a flat football field as opposed to a curved field – or a different set of references outside the …