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Clean Sweep!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week that featured five Region games and another non-region, MOCO came away unscathed against 8-AAA opponents to remain tied at the top of the standings with Jefferson.  The Diamond Dogs had a single loss to Madison County 8-1 on Wednesday; the only scuff mark on their record.  Morgan County continued their series with Hart on Monday with a doubleheader in Hartwell.  After winning both of those games (2-0 and 15-0) and sweeping the series, they continued their dominance over the Region competition …

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Dogs get two 8-AAA wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In tennis action this week, the Morgan County teams were busy.  Very busy.  After a Monday rain out with Jackson County, the teams took down East Jackson in Region 8-AAA play the next afternoon.  The girls swept the Lady Eagles 5-0 while the boys took an easy 4-1 win. Winners were:  1 singles Joah Plumley 6-1, 6-3, 2 singles Wyatt Breedlove 7-5, 6-2, 3 singles Will Thompson 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 1 doubles Owen Anderson/John Cardwell 6-1, 6-0.  Girls 1 singles Karlie Lane 6-3, 6-3, …

Track teams making progress in Fortson’s second campaign

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Bulldog track teams continue to gain valuable experience as they look toward the Region Tournament in April.  Coach Aubrey Fortson has always said that the regular season is preparation for that tournament and the State Meets beyond.  He told us, “The tri-meet we had this week with Greene and Putnam at home was some of the best in terms of how we competed since I’ve been her as the Head Coach at Morgan County.  There was tremendous fan turnout from all three schools …

Dogs show how it’s done

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  The rain and weather have not been kind to the Morgan County baseball team’s schedule thus far.  The Dogs have not been so kind to the Hart County Bulldogs over the past week either.  After MOCO took care of business Tuesday by defeating their baseball team 8-5, the basketball squad downed them in the State Championship game later in the week.  It’s been a long week for the orange and black. The Diamond Dogs ran away with the Hart County game after a huge …

Soccer Dogs looking to three-peat

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Coach Aaron Paul’s Morgan County Soccer team has been hard at it when the rain will allow them on the pitch.  With just five games under their belt and several cancellations, the Dogs are looking strong at 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Region.  Morgan is returning most of their offensive hit men along with several key defenders in hopes of winning their third straight Region 8-AAA Title.  Trace Blanton, Finn Williams, David Rachkovskiy, Wesley Butler, Ben Adams and Collin Sitzmann all …

Girls defeat Franklin in first Region match

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan’s Lady Dogs soccer team may finally be getting a break from some of this rainy weather and find some kind of rhythm.  Coach Anne Stamps noted, “The weather has made for a tough start to the season. It’s almost like we have restarted the season twice, because of the gaps in play dates.”   This past week the girls took a 3-2 win over the Franklin County Lady Lions in a close one to go to 1-0 in 8-AAA play and 3-2 on …

Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

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High School Girls – Cat Usry, SR – Soccer Big things have been happening on and off the field for Cat Usry over the past couple of weeks.  Usry, captain of the 2019 Lady Bulldog soccer team, signed with Piedmont College last week to continue her academic and athletic career.  Usry will enroll in Piedmont’s nursing program, where she will enter as a junior.  Meanwhile, Usry and her teammates will continue their quest toward a region championship with a home match against Jackson County on Friday night. High School Boys …

Dream season ends in state title

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Upon entering the Macon Centreplex around 5 p.m. Saturday, it seemed as if the entire town of Hartwell and surrounding Hart County had made the three-hour trip to see both their boys and girls play for a AAA State Basketball Championship.  Charter buses, school buses, church buses, Winnebago’s, limousines, SUV’s, and every other mode of transportation that included Vega’s, VW vans, and horse-drawn carriages arrived by the dozens.  It was a veritable sea of orange that took over the Coliseum awaiting an imminent State …

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A SEASON TO REMEMBER

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Nov. 24, Nov. 25 Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament Pebblebrook  HS  St. Francis Fans got a chance to see how special the 2018-2019 version of the Morgan County Bulldogs could be after they travelled to Holy Innocents and dispatched 7A Pebblebook (ranked 13th in the state at that time) 70-64 followed by a win against St. Francis 82-67. St. Francis was then-ranked number one for private schools when they met the Dogs. Morgan was coming off a scrimmage loss against Shiloh High School and Coach Jamond Sims liked what he saw from …

Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athletes-of-the-Week

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High School Girls – Emily Webb, JR – Tennis According to head tennis coach Stacy Manger, first team doubles is one of the toughest line placements in high school tennis.  However, this spot in the lineup fits Emily Webb very well.  “Emily is the epitome of the term team player,” said Manger.  “She does a great job of formulating a partnership and having her partner’s back.  She is our team cheerleader and supports all of her teammates.” High School Boys – Will Thompson, FR – Tennis Freshman Will Thompson’s high …

C’mon Dogs-One More Time!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  For the fourth time in five years under Coach Jamond Sims, the Morgan County Bulldogs will take a shot at winning a State Basketball Championship Title.  This time it will be against an old Region 8-AAA rival Hart County that they will face.  This time will be the final shot for seniors Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Greene.  This time will be for all the marbles at the Macon Centreplex at 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 7.  The Bulldogs rode the outstanding play of …

Fifth straight Final Four under Sims

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor On a night when the ultra-talented Morgan County Bulldogs didn’t play their best game of the season, it was senior guard Tyrin Lawrence who paced the Dogs to the victory.  His 30 points were almost half of Morgan’s winning total of 62-52 to advance to the Final Four.  Coach Jamond Sims has now taken his teams to five straight Final Four’s in his five-year stint as the Head Coach.  It’s been an amazing run of skill, talent, heart, and coaching that most programs would …

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Diamond Dogs take down Hebron Christian

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week or two of nothing but rain, rain, rain, the spring outdoor sports have pretty much been put on hold.  The Diamond Dogs got in a couple of games earlier last week against Hebron Christian Monday and Eastside Wednesday.  Almost every other contest, including Friday’s game at home against Walnut Grove was cancelled. Last week’s student-athlete of the week, Tristan Stapp, earned that honor for his recent play on the diamond for MOCO.  The sophomore was instrumental in the win over Hebron …

SWEET REVENGE

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor A packed house.  A sea of red and black.  A heavyweight fight.  A raucous crowd.  Two heavyweight contenders.  Ali vs. Foreman.  The “Thrilla in Manilla.”  Number 1 vs. number 2.  What else could you ask for?  It was an epic rematch between the top two teams in the State.  Not this time baby!  The Dogs never trailed in this one to avenge that bitter loss from 2018 by defeating GAC 67-54.  It was more than SWEET!  After taking an early 5-0 lead, the Morgan …

STATE CHAMPS!

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Special to the Citizen The Morgan County High School Cheerleaders were crowned Game Day Champions at the Inaugural GHSA Game Day Competition.  This competition is new to the state of Georgia and was held at Putnam County High School in partnership with Varsity Brands, Inc. on Saturday, February 23.  The competition focused on game day skills that would be used at football or basketball games.  The teams competed in three preliminary rounds containing the fight song, a band chant, and a crowd-leading cheer each lasting less than one minute.  The …

Great season ends for Lady Dogs in Sweet Sixteen

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After receiving an at-large bid to participate as the number four seed out of Region 1-AAA, the Lady Dogs traveled to Columbus in the first round and defeated Kendrick High School.  That win sent the Lady Dogs on to the Sweet Sixteen this past week where they again had a long road trip to Savannah to take on another number one seed in Johnson.  Morgan came up short in this one losing 66-44 to end their 2018-19 season.  It was another good one for …

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Track opens season at Patriot Early Bird Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan County opened up their 2019 season competing in a mega track event at Heritage High School in Conyers over the weekend.  The Patriot Early Bird Invitational sported 21 teams from Classes 1-A through 7-A which exposed the Dogs to some of the best competition they will see all season, according to Head boys’ coach Aubrey Fortson.  The event featured several State Team Champions and Individual Champions from 2018. Fortson commented, “It was a highly competitive meet that had our AAA State Champions from …

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Diamond Dogs remain undefeated

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County baseball team continued their winning ways with a second win over the AAAA Mary Persons Bulldogs 8-0 on Friday.  Ethan Stamps and Jacob Anderson combined for the shutout with Stamps striking out 10 hitters over his five innings of work on the mound.  Hunter Lane got things going offensively in the first inning with a solo homer and MOCO rode that lead to 5-0 until the top of the seventh.  The Dogs put up three more runs in that stanza on …

Win sets up grudge match with GAC

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Playoff basketball has its quirks.  We got a little taste of that with the girls this week as they got an at-large bid and defeated Kendrick.  An upset in the Region playoffs can throw a monkey wrench into any team’s plans.  Greater Atlanta Christian was upset in the Region Championship game a little over a week ago.  This put them into the State playoffs as a number two seed.  After winning their first round State playoff game vs. Coahulla Creek 74-41, they are now …

Donovan McElligott-State Champion!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Some coaches and players go a lifetime striving for that ultimate goal.  And, some never achieve it.  For Coach Carter Shultz and Donovan McElligott that achievement has become reality.  Shultz, in only his first year as the man in charge, has a State Champion wrestler under his wing.  The senior brought home the State Championship in the 170 pound class at Macon this past weekend.  His partner, Finn Williams, came in a close third in the State Finals at 182 pounds.  Another senior, Mason …