Bulldogs Fall to Monroe Area 13-9

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By Alvin Richardson Sports Reporter  Morgan County moved the ball up and down the field last Friday night and posted 389 yards to just 120 for the Purple Hurricanes but it was all for naught.  In the end Monroe made the big plays and Morgan made too many miscues.  As a result Monroe Area came away with a hard-fought 13-9 win.  The Canes touchdowns came on a 28 yard corner route late in the half and a 60 yard fumble return after a bad snap on a punt.  Monroe had …

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High School Sports: News and Notes

Staff Written Alvin Richardson, Sports

Despite the Covid-19 crisis Morgan County High School fall sports are in full swing and as always our players and coaches are doing a great job.  Most importantly the kids are are out there doing what they love and that is a big deal after months of uncertainty.  Today we will just cast a look around to check out the news for some of these teams as well as take a look at a few topics of interest around the state in high school sports. How Region 4AAA football playoff …

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It was football but 5-2?

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  It was just a weird football game and I’m not just talking about fans and players on the sidelines wearing masks.  Nope.  What was really strange was that neither offense mustered a touchdown which is pretty rare in these days of high scoring games.  Both teams had a safety.  Not unheard of but pretty odd.  The total offense of both teams combined was 231 yards (173 for Morgan and 58 for Putnam) which sounds like a game out of the 1950’s.  Plus throw in an overtime …

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Be on the Lookout for a Weird Football Season

Staff Written Alvin Richardson, Sports

(Author’s note: I wrote this column prior to the last Friday’s football game with Putnam.  Little did I know that the weirdness was just beginning because Putnam defeated Morgan 5-2 – a score that had never been posted in a high school football game since 1912.  Read more about the game and the history behind that score in today’s sports page.) High school football in Georgia is back.  Despite all the delays, fits and starts, quarantines, doubts and gnashing of teeth we’ve finally made it.  Many teams around the state …

Morgan Falls to Putnam 5-2 in Overtime

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By Alvin Richardson Columnist  Morgan County’s 2020 campaign got off to a rocky start with a 5-2 loss to old rival Putnam County at Al Reaves Field last Friday night.  The baseball-like score (see separate article on the rarity of this result) came as a result of two bad snaps that turned into safeties and a War Eagle field goal in overtime for the winning points.  Other than that both defensive units stymied the opposing offenses and the result was that Putnam had 58 yards of total offense on 62 …

Spike Dogs celebrate Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  Six seniors on the Morgan County High School volleyball squad have been instrumental in the recent and past success of the program.  Those players were given a grand sendoff this past week in an early version of senior night at their home gym.  Brooke Butler, McKenzie Larate, Emma Silvey, Faith Heusser, Anna Cox, and Gracie Christian were given their final season hoorahs surrounded by their teammates and loyal fans.  Most of these young ladies have been a part of varsity competition for the past …

Running Dogs open 2020 home season in Rick Boulis Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  On a day that brought near-perfect running weather and as many as 14 schools to the Morgan County Cross-Country running course, Jason Wachtel from Mary Persons High School, set a new course record at 16:00.83.  If you know anything about the sport, a sub-sixteen minutes over 3.1 miles is flying!  The top girls’ runner was Morgan’s own Rylee Bernard.  Her 22:00 time led her team to a fourth-place finish overall.  The Bulldogs’ top finisher was James Martin with a time of 20:56. MOCO’s boys …

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Dogs start 2-0 in 4-AAA play

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  It was a big week for the MOCO volleyball team as they moved to 14-3 overall and took care of business in their first two Region 4-AAA games of the 2020 season to start 2-0. The Lady Dogs got those two wins in Augusta as they pummeled Hephzibah in straight sets 25-3 and 25-7 before handing the Academy of Richmond County a 25-20, 25-12 loss.  First-year head Coach Kathleen Goodwin weighed in on the first 4-AAA victories, “Coming out with two wins in our …

Middle School christens new gym facility

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  It was a day of positivity for Morgan County Middle School. Not only did they open up and play their inaugural event in the beautiful new athletic facility, but they came away with two wins over conference rival Malcom Bridge and honored their eighth graders during the event. The MCMS facility isa fantastic venue that seats over 1000 spectators,according to Athletic Director Brian Cousins. He said, “We opened our new gym with some awesome volleyball victories against Malcom Bridge out of Oconee County.  We …

Eastside softball seniors honored at Dog Pound

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  In a not-so-rare move of class act that has become something for which the Morgan County Bulldogs are known; the Lady Dogs gave a senior night final hoorah to the two Eastside softball seniors playing their final game at the Dog Pound. Coaches Anne Stamps and head softball coach Jason McBay found out before Friday’s matchup between the two schools that Newton County’s powers-that-be had canceled all fall sports activities.  Ultimately this became the final at-bat for Eastside’s Kelsey Ellis and Riley Hannah.  With …

MCMS Lady Dogs thrash Youth in season opener

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  It was a big day for Coach Shelly Hilsman’s Middle School softball team as they took a first-ever win over conference rival Youth 9-6 last week.  Leading the offensive attack for the Lady Dogs were Mallory Martin who went 3-4 with three RBI’s and scored two runs and Kymora Smith who was 2-4 and scored three runs in the victory.  Reese Johnson, Ryleigh Hilsman, and Aziyah Robertson each contributed with one hit apiece.     Starters for the game were: Kymora Smith Mallory Martin …

McBay gets number 200 in win over Alcovy

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  It was an up-and-down week for the Lady Diamond Dogs.  After putting their first three games in the win column over East Jackson, Jasper County (Monticello), and Alcovy, they dropped a pair Friday to Hart County and Eastside to move to 3-2 on the young season.   Coach Jason McBay hit a major milestone in his career after notching win number 200 after his team defeated Alcovy.  He weighed in on his career and the accomplishment saying, “After nine years, two high schools, 34 …

Spike Dogs dominate competition in first week

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  A senior-dominated lineup for the Morgan County volleyball squad started the 2020 season off with a bang.  Not only did they go undefeated (8-0) for the opening week, but they have yet to drop a single set.  The experience of this squad is bound to pay dividends for Coach Kathleen Goodwin’s team.   In her first season as the head coach of the Spikers, Goodwin has liked what she’s seen so far.  She commented, “I tell these girls that every match we get to …

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Middle School opens season with Jamboree

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  The Morgan County Middle School volleyball team hosted five teams in its season-opening jamboree at Morgan County High School this past Saturday.  Coach Ashley Potter gave this report, “I’m thrilled that we were able to host the Jamboree.  Several teams had to pull out of the event, which is difficult, as the girls look forward to this pre-season chance to play teams in our region.  I’m so proud of both of our Morgan County squads.  The Black Squad of returning players began to really …

Cross-Country opens season at LCA

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  MOCO’s 2020 Cross- Country season got off and running this past Saturday with a meet at Loganville Christian Academy.  Girls’ Coach Erin Spinks said, “The girls had a solid race.  The weather was perfect for the first meet of the season, cooler and overcast.  The course, however, was a bit of a challenge because of all the mud and wet spots along the way so I feel like they could not compete at full potential.  Drew Biersmith finished first for our girls’ team with …

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Finally – Play Ball…Again

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Garner’s No-No spoiled on final out By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  A season opener.  A home opener.  Months without sports.  Beautiful August weather (for a while), Finally…MCHS plays ball on the diamond once again.  What else could you ask for?  A win?  Absolutely.  And that’s exactly what the Lady Diamond Dogs softball club got.  A win in the home opener against former Region 8-AAA rival East Jackson 4-0 was just what the coronavirus doctor ordered.   MOCO got off to a great start to the 2020 season with the …

Cross-Country squads running toward successful 2020 season

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  If you want some positivity in your day, why not try meeting up with the Morgan County High School Cross-Country teams for a daily 6:15 a.m. practice at the MCHS track.  Yes, that is well before sunup, and well before the start of school for teachers, coaches, and student-athletes.  But you wouldn’t know it by the attitude of all involved.   That positive attitude starts at the top.  Hang around girls’ Coach Erin Spinks for a few minutes, and you’d swear she’s been swizzling …

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2024 – Orwell would be proud

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Thank goodness it’s 2024 and all this other stuff is finally behind us. Remember 2020?  It was horrific, wasn’t it?  The pandemic and the election almost killed us all.  The year of the vaccine and a new President. Boy, it’s great to be alive and well at 67.  I’m just thankful for all the changes I’ve seen since that fateful year. Ahhh…2020. That was the year that high school football was cancelled.  Yep, completely and totally cancelled.  Can you imagine?  My, how things have changed. That was also the year …

Holloway catches on with Emmanuel Senior inks fishing scholarship

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Cole Holloway becomes the second Morgan County High School bass fisherman to ink a fishing scholarship over the past two weeks. Following his fishing partner’s (Ryan Thomas – Montavallo University) lead, the 18-year-old senior made the decision to attend Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a professional bass fisherman like his father, Mark.   Emmanuel Fishing Coach Pam Wells commented on Cole, “We go through a big process in our recruiting looking at everything from school to community …

New and familiar faces to lead 2020 Lady Diamond Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County softball squad gave their fans a littlepreview of the 2020 version of the Lady Diamond Dogs this past Monday night.  The intersquad double-header pitted the black and red teams against one another in two five inning contests.  The outcome was…The Lady Dogs were victorious. Coming away from the scrimmage, Coach JasonMcBay was pleased with the effort.  “I like our team and they play hard.  With this group they are already rising to the occasion.  We aren’t flashy, just gritty and hard-working. …