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2020 football brings all new faces to Region 4-AAA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Did you know that not one single team competing in 4-AAA for the 2020 football season participated in that region a year ago?  That is correct.  Teams from Morgan County, Burke County, Thomson, Harlem, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, and the Academy of Richmond County (ARC) that will comprise that region in the fall of 2020 all participated in different regions in AA, AAA, and AAAA in 2019.  Just for fun let’s take a look at how those teams did this past football season and prognosticate …

Lady Dogs get split decision at Classic City Clash

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend.  The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.  According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts.  He …

MOCO Lady Dogs take win over East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was all Dogs at East Jackson this past week as both varsity and JV teams brought home the wins.  The Lady Dogs came away with a hotly contested 45-42 victory on the road before losing at Jefferson Friday 68-47 and again on Saturday at Newton 51-39.  It was an eerily similar week for the girls and boys.  The girls fought out a close one at EJ before losing by an almost identical score at Jefferson before playing well against a much bigger Newton …

Dogs get first win at East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a great night for Morgan’s hardcourt boys as they garnered their first victory and Region win of the 2019-20 season.  The win over East Jackson was a nail biter this past Tuesday on the road with the Dogs winning 63-61.  Improvement continues to be the name of the game for this Jamond Sims led squad.  They may have backslid a little at Jefferson against a veteran group ranked 23rd in AAA.  In 8-AAA Hart continues to lead the pack at number two …

Basketball roundup from around the county

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a full week of round ball for the Morgan County High School’s junior varsity and Morgan County Middle School’s basketball squads. Report from Coach Candi Wyatt on JV girls: According to Wyatt, her squad played well against a very tough Jefferson team 31-20 this past Friday.  Morgan got six points from Trinesha Jones, four from Andrea Cooper and Sidda Outlaw, and three points from Bailey McDaniel.  The teams played their final home game before the break against Jackson County this past Tuesday …

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Mat Dogs take wrestle to 3rd place in tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In the words of Coach Carter Shultz, “Overall this was the best we’ve wrestled in any tournament so far.  We’re getting better and wrestling well.  All I can ask of them is to work hard and get better and that’s what they’re doing.”   The 12-team venue was whittled down to a mere seven when a number of schools opted out of participating at the last minute, much to the disappointment of the second-year coach.  “We’re hoping that next year the teams will be …

Hunting the elusive Mallard

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By Alvin Richardson, Staff Writer Duck hunters will mostly tell you that their gold standard is the mallard.  This wily and elusive trophy is one of the most sought after prizes of waterfowl hunters all over the country.  The male (drake) makes an impressive mount and is a worthy adversary especially as the season wears on and they have been hounded and shot at a few times.  The mallard is typically 20-26 inches long with an average wingspan between 32-39 inches and a body weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.  …

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 …