Morgan’s Finest

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Over the next three weeks, our Morgan’s Finest series will continue with a three-part story of a trio of great athletes from Morgan County High School.  The uniqueness of this feature finds three athletes attending the same college after graduation from MCHS.   While at Piedmont College, these three friends find themselves as the only three students attending there from MOCO with scholarships in three different sports.  In the spring of 2001, each student-athlete is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award in each of their respective sports.  This first week’s …

Middle School completes spring practice

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It’s said that a good coach recognizes his weaknesses, but a great one improves on them.  Such is the case with returning Head Football Coach Aaron Paul at Morgan County Middle School.  His main focus will be to improve in areas he sees as deficient and get his graduating class of 2019 ready to step into a varsity role. The Middle School finished up a week of spring football practice last Friday with around 60 players participating.  Paul was excited with the results. He commented, “We had 23 returning players …

Lake Oconee Fishing Report – now’s the time

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The fishing report for this month goes something like this.  It’s gonna be hot and humid.  If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen (and get on the water).  Get out early if you want to beat the heat and catch a heap of fish.  The early morning bite is hot like the temperature. If May is any indication of what’s coming up in June, the fishing on Lake Oconee should be looking good for all species as the summer continues to heat up along with the …

2018 Season Schedule and Results

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2/13 Jefferson (Jefferson) (L) 4 – 0 2/14 @ Oconee County (Watkinsville) (W) 3 – 2 2/16 @ Jefferson (Jefferson) (W) 3 – 0 2/19 @ Mary Persons (Forsyth) (W) 20 – 3 2/21 Oconee County (Watkinsville) (W) 11 – 1 2/26 @ North Oconee (Bogart) (L) 13 – 3 3/25 North Oconee (Bogart) (L) 4 – 2 3/5 @ Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) (L) 1 – 0 3/7 Mary Persons (Forsyth) (L) 6 – 5 3/8 Prince Avenue Christian (Athens) (W) 2 – 0 3/9 Jackson County (Jefferson,)* (L) 12 – 8 3/9 Jackson County (Jefferson)* (W) 9 – 0 3/13 @ Jackson County (Jefferson)* (W) 5 – …

From the desk of Coach Ainslie

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Morgan County Diamond Dawg Fans, On behalf of my coaching staff and players I wanted to take a moment to let you know how memorable you helped make the 2018 baseball season for our team and school community.  Your support and enthusiasm during our playoff run and the entire season was inspiring.  I hope the boys and our team made you proud to be a Morgan County Bulldog!  The large crowd turnout, the high school band, red out shirts, noise shakers, music, you don’t get that at many places outside …

HEARTBREAK

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With thoughts of a first-ever State Championship for the Morgan County Diamond Dogs, the biggest crowd in the storied history of the baseball program gathered at Tracy Brown field Monday night.  They came away disappointed that the doubleheader didn’t end the way they would have liked.  Morgan lost both games of the doubleheader to Lovett in run-rule fashion 13-3 and 11-1.  It was a heartbreaking way to end what many would argue was the best season in the annals of MCHS baseball. Lovett was simply better than the Dogs on …

Hubbard shines for Lady Dogs at State Track Meet

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In her final high school track event, Aris Hubbard went out with a bang.  The four-year all-around sports star garnered 11 points for the Lady Dogs as they took 13th place out of 58 AAA high schools across the state.  Hubbard has been a force for the MCHS track team since arriving on the scene her freshman season.  She will be sorely missed not only in track, but as an All-Region pick in both volleyball and basketball. The State Track Meet for boys and girls was held at Hughes-Mills Stadium …

Victory in Elite Eight for Diamond Dogs

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If you had said that the Morgan County Diamond Dogs would get beat 10-0 in run-rule fashion in game two, but won the series 2-1, there would have been many doubters.  That’s what happened not only in this series with the Pike County Pirates, but also in the Pace Academy series where the Dogs lost 19-4 in the first game.  This is a special team that may have Lady Luck, or destiny, on their side. Game one of the Pike series didn’t get off to the start the Dogs would …

Former Lady Dog teammates grab All-Conference honors

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It wasn’t that long ago that Sarah Couch and Alisha Frierson were leading the Lady Dogs to a deep run in the State Softball Tournament at Morgan County High School.  The two former teammates are now making their mark at the collegiate level and competing in the same Division II Peach Belt Conference.  Couch is a freshman at Georgia College and State University and Frierson is a sophomore at North Georgia University.  The twosome was recently honored by earning All-Conference honors in the Peach Belt this past season. Couch is …

Bulldogs making history

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If you missed the Morgan County vs Pace Academy baseball series this past week, you are probably kicking yourself right about now.  It was, unquestionably, one of the great comebacks in Diamond Dog history as they took down the Knights in a best-of-three series to advance to the Elite Eight for only the third time in school history.  According to local historians, the only two teams to advance this far were the 1980 and 1997 teams.  The 1980 squad went to the Final Four, eventually losing to State Champions Lee …

Daniell introduced as volleyball coach for 2018-19

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With the exit of top-notch volleyball coach Greg Thompson, Athletic Director Doug Connelly had some big shoes to fill.  Thompson, who was the principal of Crossroads Alternative School, has now been named as a new Assistant Principal at Morgan County High School.  Connelly’s search led him to a first-year coach from Oconee County; Olivia Daniell.  She will be heading up the program for the 2018-19 school year to fill the void left by Thompson.  The volleyball team has excelled the past several seasons with their first-ever Area Championship in 2016 …

The Agony of Defeat

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There are many words that could be used to describe the feelings of the Morgan County High School boys’ soccer team after their second round loss to Calhoun.  Sorrow, despair, anguish, grief, pain, misery, suffering, or all of the above come to mind.  It was a 1-0 heartbreaker that will be remembered for a long time.  As of this issue, Calhoun is still alive in the playoffs and will play East Hall or Windsor Forest in the Final Four.  The Dogs got beat by a pretty good team. In an …

Tennis places eight on All-Region Team

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Region 8AAA named its All-Region teams this week with the Dogs and Lady Dogs being well-represented in the final awards.  Avery Kirby was named the Region’s Most Outstanding Player in a unanimous vote.  The senior has not dropped a single Region match over the past two years and was hands-down the best player the Region had to offer.  Coach Stacy Kirby bragged on the heart-and-soul of this year’s team saying, “I went to the Jackson County coaches’ meeting this week and they were discussing her when I came in.  There …

Spring football practice in full swing

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With all the excitement the past two falls have brought us with back-to-back Region football Championships, there’s always the thought of “Just wait till next year.”  The Bulldogs are starting their run for the 2018 season with another spring practice.  It’s a rite of passage for young, aspiring athletes who one day will don the red and black on crisp fall evenings as they do battle for the Bulldogs. This spring is no different.  It may not be the players’ favorite time of year as they work out in the …

Diamond Dogs roar into round two

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After a disappointing first round loss in 2017, the Morgan County baseball team left no doubt in this series by taking two straight over East Hall to move into the second round of the State Playoffs.  Hunter Lane got the nod in game one, coming away with a 6-1 win, while Ethan Stamps pitched a complete game shutout in the second game bringing home a 2-0 victory for the Bulldogs.  Both pitchers seemed to have an edge about them.  Lane said before the game, “I’ve been waiting on this for …

Boys move to second round with 6-1 win

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What a week it’s been for the Morgan County boys’ soccer program.  Not only did they move into the second round of the State Playoffs for the second straight year, but a number of players were selected to the All-Region first and second teams.  It got even better when freshman Trace Blanton was selected as the 8AAA Player-of-the Year. Hopefully, the Dogs will top that off with a second round win this week as they take on the Calhoun Yellowjackets Wednesday at 6:00 at Bill Corry Stadium.  More on them …

Golf team qualifies for State Tournament

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It wasn’t unexpected that junior Bailey Smith led the Morgan County golf team with a low score of 77 in the Area 3-AAA Tournament held at the Chestatee Course this past weekend.  He’s been doing that all season long.  What was a little surprising was how well freshmen Landon Breedlove and Jared Sanders played in their first-ever competition to qualify for the State Tournament.  Breedlove shot an 83 and all Sanders did was go out and shoot a career-low high school score of 86.  Coach Josh Reeves said, “Without their …

Walley qualifies for State Tournament

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The Morgan County girls’ golf squad shot a 318 in the Area Golf Tournament, but it wasn’t quite low enough.  Coach Pam Hooten’s team finished in sixth place, just one place shy of qualifying as a team for the State Tournament.  However, Madison Walley shot a 92 that was good enough to get her into the event as an individual player.  She will compete against the state’s best May 21-22 at Cateechee Golf Course in Hart County near Lake Hartwell. Hooten said, “We finished just out of the running as …

Lady Dogs finish another stellar season

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Morgan County’s girls’ soccer program just completed their fifth season under Coach Anne Stamps, and it was a good one.  They lost only five games in the regular season and finished the Region schedule with only two losses at 8-2.  Both of those came at the hands of eventual Region 8AAA Champion Jackson County.  Stamps was excited about how the season went and the core group that will be returning next year. She said, “We’re losing two fine senior players in McKenzie Barrett and Morgan Walker, but I feel good …

Five runners qualify for State Track Meet

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Aris Hubbard and Miranda Powell continued to impress for the MCHS Lady Dogs track team in 2018 at the State Sectionals.  Five runners qualified for the State Meet to be held in Albany.  Hubbard, in her fourth and final season with the team, qualified in four different events.  They were the 100 meters, 200 meters, high jump, and as a member of the 4 x 100 relay team.  Powell wasn’t far behind her teammate by qualifying in three events; the 100 meters hurdles, 300 meters hurdles, and the 4 x …