When girls played Pro Baseball: The players

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By Jim Halloran columnist Phillip Wrigley did not create Wrigley Gum without a solid plan. The same held true when building  the  All American Girls  Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Having conceived the idea of the four team original league in 1943, he set out to find best women softball players in the country. Led by lead scout Jim Hamilton, his group of scouts scoured City Team softball leagues, All Star squads, and tournament champs from east to west. Twenty one states plus Canada and Cuba had representatives on the original …

Youth World Series winners

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By Patrick Yost editor A Morgan County under-11 youth baseball team won a World Series baseball tournament in Panama City, Fla. last week. The MC Bulldogs U11 team, under the direction of Head Coach Danny Tillery, finished with a perfect 6-0 record in the Grand Slam World Series. The team, whose core players have been together since they were 8-years-old, were invited to the World Series because it earned qualifying points during the travel baseball season. The team begins practice each January and the season runs until late June, Tillery …

Bill Cochran Memorial Golf tourney comes up big

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer According to Morgan County High School Head Football Coach Bill Malone the recent golf tournament, played in memory of Bill Cochran, was a huge success once more.  The golf tournament itself is in its 11th year, the last seven of which have been named in honor of the the former Morgan County football player, Touchdown Club President and avid supporter of the program who passed away in 2012. Malone noted, “This event is important to me mostly because Bill Cochran was one of my best …

Good week for Dogs at UGA 7-on-7 camp

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Kirby Smart is… well, pretty smart.  He and his staff hold football camps for youth through college transfers throughout the summer.  Make no bones about it.  This is not just about letting some kids have a little fun.  It’s a high-dollar way of finding the best talent at the youngest age to bring into the stable of The University of Georgia. One of those camps involves only skill positions.  Quarterbacks, receivers, safeties, running backs, corners, defensive ends, and linebackers come together to play in …

Another week of Recreation camp success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The MCRD summer fundamentals camps continue to be a resounding success.  Here are a few reports from the coaches who ran the weekly clinics. Coach Jacquelyn Whetzel said, “Despite the gloomy forecast for most of last week, the MCRD Cross Country Camp participants hit the trail with me and Kathi Edwards- rain or shine. This year, camp focused on conditioning for the upcoming season through running games, hill drills and sprints. Runners finished the week with confidence, knowing they had more stamina than they …

MCRD Boys win District

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Recreation Department hosted the 7-8 All-Stars District Playoffs this week with the Morgan boys coming out on top.  Head Coach Andy Frost guided the young guns to a 20-16 shootout victory of Jasper to propel them into the State Playoffs in Calhoun starting Tuesday, June 25 at 3:30 pm.  Frost has been a long-time coach and volunteer for the MCRD for many years. The veteran coaching staff consisted of Frost, Wes Jackson, Lyndsi Jackson, and Merritt Ainslie.  According to a report …

Summer sport camps a big hit for MCRD

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor During the month of June, the Morgan County Recreation Department runs a number of youth sports camps that have become a rite of passage for many MCHS future stars.  The camps run the gamut of all sports across the board.  In addition, the camps are run by some of the finest coaches and players in the state from the high school and beyond. This past week the softball camp featured MCHS Coach Jason McBay in charge along with several of Morgan’s finest graduates lending …

Morgan County fishing team making headlines

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a great weekend at the State Classic on Clarks Hill Lake for the local high school age fishing team from Morgan County.  The two-day event saw the team of Cole Holloway and Ryan Thomas come away with a fourth place finish with a two-day weight of 24.52 pounds on an eight fish limit.  Holloway bagged a 6.09 pound bass on day two to help lead the team to victory.  The finish qualified them for the Bassmaster High School Championship to be held …

MCRD softball team wins 7 and 8 U District 6 Softball Champs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Jason McBay said, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. It took all the coaches, players, and parents to pull out the championship game 28-26. This bunch has improved so much since our first day together. Can’t wait to play again in the State Tournament in a few weeks.  In such a high scoring game, it was defense that bailed us out! Kerrigan Welch (Shortstop) made a great catch on a line drive that got us out of the fifth inning and Emma Rodgers …

Morgan’s Finest Athletes

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  There are a lot of things in Toy Sims’ life that he can be proud of.  Being a star halfback on the first State Championship football team at MCHS in 1955 is just one of them.  You can tell he enjoys talking about that magical season some 64 years ago.  He said, ““We had a good time playing.  No doubt about it.  I had some really good linemen in front of me. They were just stubby, tough old country boys that came out of …

Walley inks scholarship to ETBU

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After having a stellar season with the Morgan County golf team, Madison Walley has accepted a college scholarship where she will continue her golf career.  Not only was Walley the number one golfer on the team finishing sixth individually in the AAA State Tournament, but led her team to a number five finish overall.  We sat down with the graduate and 13-handicapper to let her tell us about her decision. Where are you headed off to college and what helped you decide on going …

Kirby-Luke win State Doubles

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In the biggest junior tennis event in Georgia this year, local student Jackson Kirby and his partner, William Luke of Athens, took home the 14-under Peach State Doubles Tennis Title last weekend.  The website described the event like this: The Peach State is Georgia’s most exclusive junior championship. This tournament is open to the top 64 players in each age category. Over 600 kids, ranging from ages 10-18, will compete in this event over a 5-day period. Each draw will host a 64-player singles …

Franklin headed for Bradwell Institute

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Milfred Franklin has been around to assist with three State Basketball Championships and a whole lot more.  The lifelong resident, student, and coach is headed south to Hinesville in Liberty County to take on a new challenge outside of his beloved Morgan County.  He said, “It’s time to advance.  It is both exciting and scary at the same time.” The 39-year-old veteran has been a Bulldog since kindergarten having graduated from MCHS in 1997.  Parents, Milfred, Sr. and Geraldine Franklin are also lifelong …

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Golf teams place high at State Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County golf teams finished up the final spring sports event this week with a strong showing in the State Tournament.  The girls and boys had one of their finest showings in history by finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Coach Pam Hooten applauded her team’s effort saying, “We knew going in that we did not have the low scores needed to win the state tournament, so we went in with a team challenge of finishing in the top seven.  There are usually about …

Dogs destroy Red Devils

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer The Morgan County Bulldogs ended their spring drills on a high note with a convincing 34-21 road win over the Jackson Red Devils this past Friday night. The Dogs were in control from the outset. They scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and the MCHS defense did not allow a first down until Jackson’s fifth offensive possession. Head Coach Bill Malone was pleased with the play of his team and with how spring practice went overall.  Following the contest he noted a few highlights …

Former MCHS coach takes Newton job

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By Robert Richardson sports editor One of Morgan’s favorite sons has recently been named the boys’ head basketball coach at Newton High School in Covington.  Everyone who saw Charlemagne Gibbons coach in his formative years at Morgan County knew he was destined to do some special things in his chosen craft.  He took a basketball program from very, very good to great in a short period of time and brought home the first State Championship in Bulldog history in 2014. In a one-on-one interview with Gibbons, he told us, “A …

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It’s summer camp season at rec department

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 Summer Sports Camps program will begin in June and includes nine separate sports camps for children ranging in age from five to 15.  Camp fees are $60 per child or $85 per child for non-Morgan County residents. To register online, go to https://mcplayrec.org/ or call the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department at 706-342-0588. 2019  Summer Sports Camps • Baseball Camp for 5–14 year olds at Bill Wood Park, June 3-6 from 9 a.m. until Noon.  …

Try Big Bend for big fishing opportunities

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By Robert Alan Richardson sports editor  As you can see by some of the photos accompanying this article, the Big Bend area of Florida with its enormous grass flats, near shore fishing, and offshore opportunities will provide for constant and consistent fishing action around Carrabelle and beyond.  Sleepy little fishing villages like Lanark Village, St. Teresa, St. Marks, Panacea, Ochlochonee, Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee, Apalachicola, and Mexico Beach dot this stretch of Old School Florida where there’s nary a fast food joint to be found for miles in either direction.  I …

Tennis teams place 11 on All-Region squad

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Coach Stacy Manger and the Morgan County High School tennis teams put a number of team members on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region squad.  John Cardwell and Owen Anderson were named to the first team doubles’ squad with four other singles players gaining second-team honors.   Girls’ 8-AAA All-Region Second team singles Sara Moore- Five wins and one loss Abbey Adams- Five wins and one loss Karlie Lane- Three wins and three losses Second team doubles Zoey Brown and Emily Webb- Five wins and one loss Honorable mention McCall Chamberlain and …

All-Region baseball team announced

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The Morgan County baseball team was well-represented on the 8-AAA All-Region team announced last week placing eight players on the prestigious list.  The Dogs finished second behind Jefferson in the standings and fell in the first round of the State Playoffs to Redan High School finishing the season with a stellar 23-10 overall mark and only losing three times to Jefferson in the final series of the season to finish 15-3 in 8-AAA action.  The following players were all voted on and nominated by the coaches.