Brown Speaks at Madison Kiwanis Club

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Most people in Madison might not recognize the name Brown in the title.  However, the mere mention of “Tookie” will immediately get a reaction from those who have followed Morgan County High School athletics over the past ten years.  Tookie Brown was instrumental in bringing home the first high school state basketball championship in school history in 2014, before chasing his college hoops dreams to Georgia Southern.  He is now continuing to live out his dreams of playing professional basketball in Belgium this past …

Morgan’s Finest – Coach Julie Jameson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor There have been many greats in the annals of Morgan County High School’s storied athletic history. The ‘Morgan’s Finest’ series delves into those individual players and coaches who have excelled at their craft above and beyond the everyday. We’ve been away from this series for quite some time now. We thought it fitting to reopen it during this time of concern over whether there will be a fall sports venue as we know it. Will there be Friday night lights? Will the runners test …

‘Tis the season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Tis the season.  Red snapper season, that is.  The Federal and State game and fish law enforcement agencies of Florida set the Florida Gulf of Mexico fishing seasons.  One that is highly anticipated by Floridians and Georgians alike is the opening of red snapper season.  With the uncertain nature surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, many in both states were concerned there might be no season at all, especially for outsiders from other states. Florida still has some rather stiff restrictions on visitors from hotspot states …

Maeson Tanner signs softball scholarship with Johnson University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan County senior catcher, Maeson Tanner, is no stranger to hard work.  When coaches, teammates, parents, and fans are asked to describe this young lady, the first thing that comes up is her work ethic.  She was asked why?  “I’ve watched my Dad (Johnny Tanner) work his butt off every single day in his landscaping business in the heat along with my “Pop” (John Tanner) who is 73 years old.  He worked like that to make sure he could give us everything we ever …

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8-AAA Announces All-Region Soccer Squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Despite only playing a few games in a virus-shortened season, the Morgan County High School soccer teams were well-represented on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region rosters.  In a season that will not be soon forgotten, especially by this year’s graduating seniors, there were enough highlights shown to give the rest of the 8-AAA foes a taste of what might have been.  Coach Anne Stamps for the girls and Coach Aaron Paul with the boys had to be proud of the players and with the results …

Thomas hooks fishing scholarship

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Just two weeks ago the Morgan County Citizen reported on a first-of-its-kind rodeo scholarship awarded to a Morgan County High School student-athlete. This week, in another historical first, MCHS senior Ryan Thomas was awarded a fishing scholarship to the University of Montevallo (Alabama) for the upcoming 2020-21 school year as part of the Outdoor Scholar’s Program. The news broke this past week when Thomas, who was being courted by several schools in the Southeast, made his decision to attend the Division II school that …

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GHSA opens limited summer workouts

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a long-awaited decision, the Georgia High School Association will begin allowing member high schools to have conditioning workouts and training June 8.  The decision doesn’t come without restrictions.  The summer preparations are vital in that many of the athletes may not have been involved in a conditioning program of any kind since the Coronavirus reared its ugly head back in February.  However, this is a welcome sign that there is still hope for a possible “normal” return to sporting events in the fall.  …

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Dogs facing uncharted territory in 2020-21

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor All eyes are on Washington, DC and Atlanta as we await word on how long the lockdown will last.  Questions surrounding the opening of schools and our favorite fall sports abound.  Will Morgan County schools open on time?  How will all of this affect fall sports (if at all)?  What parameters will be put on fans and supporters wanting to attend these contests? It’s not too long until those questions will be answered, and there’s hope from many that everything will go as planned.  …

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COVID kills baseball season

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By  R. Alan Richardson sports editor  In a letter and announcement from Morgan County Recreation Director, Lance Alexander, the MCRPS has decided to cancel all summer activities due to the threat of and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  According to the letter, all summer activities have been canceled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include all youth baseball and softball, adult softball, Summer Day Camp, all youth sports camps, karate, clogging, and aquatics programs such as aerobics, swim team practices and events as well as swimming …

Gillian Ray to rodeo at Erskine College

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By Patrick Yost editor  As Gillian Ray, an 18-year-old, soon-to-be graduate of Morgan County High School, sits on a bench inside a barn with sawdust whipping in the wind, her lipstick seems out of place. Not that it’s smeared or the wrong color, but for this lean girl with long straight hair wearing broken-in blue jeans and pointed cowboy boots, the makeup appears unnecessary. This same girl is a master in an arena. Her mother, Ronnie Jo Shelnutt, beams as she shows a video of Gillian’s craft, her work. There …

Remembering Fred Mills on the MCHS Gridiron

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer On April 22nd Morgan County lost one of their native sons.  The passing of Frederick Lee Mills was mourned by all who knew him and beautifully memorialized in his obituary in the April 30th edition of the Morgan County Citizen. He was also remembered in a separate article in which his life-long friend Reverend Robert Terrell noted that not only was Mills a true friend but also a force on the Morgan County High School football teams for which he played. Fred’s family and friends …

Lawrence commits to Commodores

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Former Morgan County basketball superstar and four-star recruit Tyrin (Spank) Lawrence has recently decided to take his talents on the hardwood to Vanderbilt University. The 6-4, 170 pound combo guard finished out his high school career by simply being one of the very best in history to don the red and black uniform. The 2019 squad brought home a State Championship and he was named as the AAA Player-of-the-Year joining Tookie Brown and Jailyn Ingram as the only three MCHS players to have garnered …

Coach Ignoffo doing special things in special times

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Teachers are doing some very special things during our troubled times. We all need to be appreciative of their extra efforts. Being a teacher has never been easy. We should all be thankful in these days for the advancements in technology that allow our children to use social media and other avenues to continue their education. What would we have done 30 or 40 years ago in a crisis like this? It’s for sure the American people are a resilient group. We will come …

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White Bass spawning run underway

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer One fishing trip you might want to consider this season is the white bass spawning run on the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers.  It’s currently going on and the action is hot. Actually whites and hybrids can be caught in significant numbers with the right approach and the scenery in both places is pretty rewarding as well.  There are some things you need to know if you have never gone after these two game fish during this time of year but once you have had some …

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State of athletics addressed by AD Doug Connelly

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By R. Alan Richaardson sports editor In this time of concern, it is obvious that many people, jobs, livelihoods, and lives have been affected.  We sat down with current Morgan County High School Athletic Director Doug Connelly to address some of his concerns.  The following will hopefully answer some of the many questions the community has about how our student-athletes will be affected.   Q1: What is the current timeline for going back to school? A1: As of today, Morgan County Charter School System schools are set to resume a …

Soccer Dogs move to 2-0 in 8-AAA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County High School’s boys’ soccer team is again making a strong statement around the Region and state.  With a record of 4-1-2 (four wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties), the squad has only been defeated by Putnam County, the number one team in AA. In their latest outing, the Bulldogs defeated Region 8-AAA foe Jackson County to move to 2-0 in Region action.  Coach Aaron Paul said, “The team is playing very well so far and has been able to fight and overcome …

Diamond Dogs rolling

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Bulldogs got things rolling this past week after a competitive pre-season that Coach Merritt Ainslie said was one he knew would get his team ready for 8-AAA action.  They took three straight wins over Monroe Area after grabbing two out of three wins over rival Hart County.  The wins put Morgan at 5-1 in Region play and 7-8 overall.  Jefferson is currently leading the Region at 3-0.  A showdown between the two clubs will be looming if and when sports play is resumed …

McAlister named All-American

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Former wrestler at MCHS, Jody McAlister, was named to the All-American team after his seventh place finish at the NAIA Nationals in Wichita, Kansas.  The sophomore received the accolade by finishing in the top eight of his weight class at 141 pounds.  Coach Jeff Bedard, Reinhardt University’s head wrestling coach said, “He’s a workhorse.  That work ethic paid off this weekend for him.  It all starts from within.  He’s coachable and wants to be great.  His partners help to make him great.  The young …

Dogs subdue Lions in first Region match

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In their first Region match in 8-AAA action the Morgan County Bulldogs’ tennis team defeated Franklin County  Boys results: #1 Singles Joah Plumely defeated Dev Patel #3 Singles Will Thompson defeated Keez Roebuck 6/3; 6/4 #1 Doubles team of James Martin and John Kirby Murdoch defeated Ben Martin and Canyon Randall 6/3; 3/6 7/3 tie break in the third set Girls results:  Singles swept #1 Singles – Sarah Waldron went to three sets and defeated Diana Fowler 7/2 tiebreak in the first; 2/6; 6/3.  #2 Singles Karlie Lane defeated Alivia …

Dogs trample Eagles

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Ethan Stamps put forth one of his best career efforts on the mound this week for Coach Merritt Ainslie’s baseball team.  The senior has accounted for both of the team’s wins (2-6 overall).  His control and command of pitches in his arsenal was impeccable.   Through the first three innings, the big right-hander had faced a minimum of nine batters, striking out four.  A runner did reach on a single in the third stanza, but catcher Will Harper nailed the runner trying to steal …