Dogs get dramatic overtime win over ARC at home, lose a heartbreaker against Cross Creek

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Tom White Sports writer A week of region play, including two games that were very close at the end, showed the growth of the Morgan County High School Bulldogs basketball team. The Dogs went two-and-one on the week with an overtime win at home against Academy of Richmond County, a win at Burke County, and a loss to region leader, Cross Creek.  The MCHS Bulldogs played host to the Musketeers from the Academy of Richmond County last Tuesday in a region matchup that would be the first of four such …

Lady Dogs win big against ARC, fall to Cross Creek

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Tom White Sports writer The Morgan County Lady Dogs continued region play last week with two games that were as opposite as possible. Tuesday night the Lady Dogs dominated the Academy of Richmond County Lady Musketeers by over 50 points then fell to the Lady Razorbacks of Cross Creek by 32 points.  Last Tuesday, the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs once again had to face a region opponent missing several key players. The Lady Musketeers of the Academy of Richmond County came knocking and the Lady Dogs gave them an unfriendly …

Girls Soccer falls to experienced North Oconee team

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Tom White Sports writer Earlier in the year, MCHS Lady Bulldogs Soccer Head Coach Anne Stamps shared her excitement about the 2021 team saying that they are very young and need to gel a bit, but once they do they will be a force to be reckoned with. They opened the 2021 season last Tuesday against a very experienced Lady Titans team from North Oconee and the experience won over youth, 9-0.  In a game that Stamps described as a learning experience, the Lady Titans controlled all aspects of the …

Boys soccer falls to Titans in season opener

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Tom White Sports writer The Morgan County High School Bulldogs welcomed the Titans of North Oconee for a season opening scrimmage at Bill Corry Stadium. The game didn’t go the way of the Dogs despite a late second half resurgence. North Oconee left Madison with the 3-2 win.  MCHS Head Coach Aaron Paul said the game was “very physical… (the team) played well despite having some players out.” Both sides of the game for the Dogs began coming to life in the second half but it was not enough to …

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MCMS girls get runner-up after hard-fought overtime loss in championship

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Tom White Sports writer Morgan County Middle School has been the home of the Piedmont Athletic Conference basketball playoffs for the last week. The girls basketball team fought their way into the championship game Saturday only to fall to a resilient Youth Middle School team, 36-31.  The girls basketball team faced Youth Middle School from Loganville Saturday morning for the championship. The Lady Dogs used ball movement and fast breaks to get up 8-2 with two minutes to go in the first period. A couple of late turnovers allowed Youth to …

Cheer Dogs named region champs, head to state competition

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Tom White Sports writer Saturday afternoon, the MCHS Competition Cheer team hit the mat for the region contest at Northside High School in Warner Robins. The 20-person team with five contest wins this season competed against more than 20 teams for their spot at the GHSA state competition next week. The Cheer Dogs ended the night as region champions and third in sectionals. Coach Kali Cline said that the team’s success lies in their ability to “work together to overcome losing people from injury and quarantines” this season. “They are …

Mat Dogs win home tourney, will send 11 wrestlers to state

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Tom White  Sports writer The Morgan County High School Wrestling team was in action for the fourth Saturday in a row after wrestling at area duals, state duals preliminaries, and the state duals and Saturday’s traditional tournament hosted by the MCHS team. The team won the tournament and qualified 11 wrestlers for state including six area champions.  MCHS Coach, Carter Shultz said, “Everything finally came together for us… Winning area has been our goal all year and we realized (that goal) this weekend.” Shultz said that their preparation was the …

Middle school anglers snag top spot in Bass tournament

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Tom White Sports writer In a day recapped by tournament organizers as “everyone returned safe” and the “rain wasn’t horrible,” the Georgia BASS Nation High School fishing tournament at Lake Seminole was great for the Morgan County Middle School team of Jackson Fanning and Nolan Holloway. The duo bagged a five-pound bass as one of their three qualifying fish on the day. Their team total of over 11 pounds put them at the top of the leaderboard for the junior division. The team of Trysten Norris and Brody Torbush also …

Youth win big in Buck Contest

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By Jay Moon Morgan County 4-H/Extension Morgan County 4-H recently held its first ever youth Big Buck Contest. The contest was open to youth in Morgan County who harvested a buck during the recent deer hunting season. There were many entries into the contest and entrants were required to have their harvest’s racked scored. The contest closed on Jan. 22 and was sponsored by Pennington Seed. The top scoring bucks scored over 100 points. First through third places won credit towards Pennington Rackmaster Seed products at Godfrey’s Warehouse in Madison. …

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Mat Dogs fall in GHSA Duals

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By Tom White Sports Writer Last Saturday, The Morgan County High School Wrestling team traveled to Cherokee Bluff High School to compete in the GHSA Duals tournament for the first time in five years. Facing a perennial powerhouse in Gilmer and a familiar opponent in Hart County, the team tried to overcome several forfeits but ultimately fell to both teams.  MCHS Coach Carter Shultz said the “forfeits were too much to overcome” and as a team “you can’t afford giving up free points” to teams at this level.  The Dogs …

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Tennis Teams Ace Opener

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By Patrick Yost staff Both the Morgan County boys and Morgan County girls tennis teams started the 2021 campaign with wins over Franklin County High School last Friday. Freshman Jackson Kirby led the way in the boys win, winning his number one singles match 6-0; 6-0. In the number two singles match Will Thompson also won handily, defeating the Franklin County number two singles player 6-1; 6-2. In boys doubles action, the Morgan County number one boys doubles team of John Kirby Murdoch and Zack Farese showed grit with a …

Cheer Dogs end season with championship

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The Morgan County High School competition cheer team closed its regular season Saturday at the Fearless to Cheer competition at Loganville High School. The team brought another championship back to College Drive. They will compete in the Region 4-AAA championships this Saturday at Northside High School in Warner Robins. 

The Bulldogs fight but fall on the road

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By Tom White Sports Writer A rusty Morgan County Boys Basketball team got back in action last week with two tough road region match-ups that didn’t go the way of the Dogs, dropping the game Thursday at Hephzibah and Saturday at Thompson.  Last Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Hephzibah for a region game and their first time on the court since Jan. 16. In a game that showed the two weeks off for the Dogs, the Rebels of Hepzibah knocked off the Dogs 52-41.  The Dogs hit the court and …

Lady Dogs bring home two road wins

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By Tom White Sports Writer The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs basketball team spent the week on the road and brought back two region victories, knocking off Hephzibah on Thursday and Thomson on Saturday.  In a game that had two of the MCHS scorers, Precious Benford and Shay Brown, back in the line-up, the Lady Dogs showed poise as they were down 10 points to take a 44-41 region win. The Lady Dogs were slow out of the gate and the Hephzibah 2-3 zone kept the Dogs on their …

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Rugby Club kicks off season

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By Tom White Sports Writer Saturday, the Morgan County High School Rugby Club began its season with a pair of scrimmages against the Alpharetta Phoenix Rugby Club. The team showed great growth against the defending state champions but lost both matches, 24-5 and 19-5.  The MCHS Rugby Club is entering its third season and playing against teams like Alpharetta helps to build game experience for the three players, Jacere Copper, Nymph Carrera, and Levi Whittaker, who have never played before this season as they take on players with much more …

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Mat Dogs make it to State Duals

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By Tom White Sports Writer Saturday, the Morgan County High School wrestling team competed in the GHSA Duals Preliminary Tournament at Pierce County High School in Blackshear, Ga. The Dogs only had to wrestle one team on their way to winning the meet and qualifying for the GHSA Duals tournament for the first time in six years.  The meet was scheduled for four teams – Morgan County, Jackson, Westminster, and Pierce County. Friday morning, the Bulldogs got news that Jackson High School, their first round opponent, had to back out …

Lady Dogs dominate Harlem

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By Tom White Sports Writer Friday night was another battle of the mascots with the Lady Dogs of both Morgan County and Harlem meeting on the hardwood for a region game.  The MCHS Lady Dogs were 7-and-6 overall and 2-and-3 in the region entering the game. Morgan County dominated this game on both sides of the court from the start, taking the 48-20 win.  Harlem opened the game with a full-court press knowing that MCHS was missing a couple of their normal starters, Shay Brown and Precious Benford. MCHS countered …

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Swim team ends season on high note

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By Tom White Sports Writer On Saturday, the Morgan County High School swim team closed out a season described by Head Coach Patrick Kicklighter as “topsy turvy.” He added that despite limited practice times, available meets, and quarantines, “this group of young people always kept a positive attitude and strong work ethic.”  The contest was hosted by West Hall High School and held at Frances Meadows. The team did not set school records or claim victory on Saturday but several beat their personal records during the competition.  Mary-Liz Daughtry, Sabrina …

Lady Dogs edged out by Razorbacks

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By Tom White Sports Writer Friday night, the Morgan County High School Lady Bulldogs welcomed Cross Creek to Madison for a region match up. In a game marred by turnovers and defensive rebounds, the Lady Razorbacks left Madison with the 43-28 win and closed the week ranked #2 in GHSA AAA girls basketball.  The Lady Dogs were 7-and-4 overall and 2-and-0 in region play after a 64-16 statement game earlier in the week at the Academy Of Richmond County.  The CCHS Lady Razorbacks came into the game 4-and-2 overall having …

Bulldogs fall to Cross Creek

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By Tom White Sports Writer The Morgan County Bulldogs basketball team faced a tough Cross Creek Razorbacks team Friday night at home. Cross Creek entered the game as the No. 8 ranked team in AAA with a 7-and-3 record. The Dogs were 4-4 overall and 0-1 in region.  The Dogs’ game at the Academy of Richmond County scheduled for Jan. 12, was postponed, meaning that for the second week in a row, the Dogs hit the court after a week of just practice and no competitions. The Dogs’ lack of …