Remembering Marcus Trey Greene

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Over 100 people from three different churches are set to attend an upcoming Atlanta Braves game at the end of the month all on the dime of a local couple. But the absence of one special boy will be felt by all. “We think he’ll be watching from above,” said Mary Greene, who lost her teenage son Marcus Trey Greene to heart failure nearly three years ago. “Trey loved the Braves. We wanted to take as many people as we could to honor his memory,” said Russell Greene, Trey’s father. …

Morgan’s Finest

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When it comes to making the grade for the “Morgan’s Finest” hall of fame, we look for several characteristics.  It’s important to have been a former high school athlete who excelled in their respective sport(s).  Next, it helps to have gone on to collegiate status in that sport.  Beyond that we look for student-athletes that are having a successful career or life in their chosen field.  It didn’t take us long to see that Meredith Owen had all of these traits and much, much more. The 24-year-old was part of …

Latest fishing adventure ranks in my Top Five

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I’ve been on more than my fair share of fishing trips.  There have been dozens upon dozens of adventures where sometimes the fishing was great and sometimes it was poor (i.e. skunked).  This past week our crew set out for the deep blue waters of Mexico Beach and the Gulf of Mexico.  It turned out to be one of the best; in fact a top five trip in my book of best ever. When I began trying to rank the most outstanding trips I’ve encountered, the top two were pretty …

Jacquelyn Whetzel-Fit4Living

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The Energizer Bunny has absolutely nothing on Mrs. Jacquelyn Whetzel!  The 39-year-old mother of three (Ellie-12, Evan-10, and Kellyn-6, all girls) was recently mistaken for one of the high school cheerleaders at a cheerleading camp she was working.  Enough said.  Whetzel holds certifications in wellness, aerobics, mindset coaching, nutrition, and about anything else that deals with overall fitness.  She might be called a fitness guru, but she describes herself as a “Gym rat” that has spent most of her life working out in some shape, form, or fashion. She started …

Running tips from cross-country camp fitness coaches

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At the recent cross-country camp, we had an opportunity to sit down and talk with fitness coaches Wendy Harper and Jacquelyn Whetzel about not only how things went at their week-long camp, but also how others can use running to better their health. Here’s how the question and answer session went. Question:  How many runners, helpers, coaches were at the camp? Answer: We had about 27 runners, two assistant coaches who were high school cross-country team members (Nate and Ben Tanner) that volunteered their time to help influence the runners, …

Local Outdoor Legends

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Upon arriving at Scott Baldwin Kennels on Doster Road, you are greeted with the sights, sounds, and smells of this man’s passion; training bird dogs.  The 30-acre training facility has a full array of boarding, training, and hunting options for the dogs he works with full-time now. For Scott Baldwin it’s always been about the outdoors.  Growing up in Madison in a far different era, he carried his shotgun and hunting dog with him through the city streets to pursue quail and other sporting birds near Morgan County High School …

The Glory of the Negro National League

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Part IV- Jackie Robinson and the Demise of the National Negro League By Jim Halloran columnist Post war baseball was haunted by discrimination issues. There was mounting pressure from black activists on the owners to end MLB segregation rules. The death of Commissioner Kennesaw Judge Landis, a devout segregationist, in 1944 opened the door for Brooklyn Dodger President Branch Rickey to sign Jackie Robinson in 1945 to a minor league contract with the Montreal farm club. Robinson had been a young star for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro …

Catching up with softball standout Ansley Dean

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After surviving a recruiting nightmare her senior season at Morgan County, pitcher Ansley Dean reflects on that part of her story and how it has turned out for her after her freshman campaign at Georgia Southwestern University.  She said, “My eventual signing was a crazy story.  I verbally committed in December after my junior year to Chattanooga State Junior College after one of their coaches saw me work out at Diamond Sports Academy (DSA).  My pitching and hitting coaches (Ashley and Greg Cowan) had contacted them.  They offered me on …

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.  We have already …

The Glory of the Negro National League

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Part III – Along came Satchel Paige By Jim Halloran columnist Although the National Negro league grew tremendously during the 1920s it still had to go through a long drought during the depression years. Possibly the greatest contributor to it emerging from the depression was the appearance of a young pitcher, Leroy Satchel Paige. Satchel Paige was born in 1906 in Mobile Alabama. As a child his mother claimed “he would rather play ball than eat.” He made his professional baseball debut with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Southern …

Dogs compete against best of the best at UGA camp

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Coach Bill Malone’s Morgan County football squad took on some of the best teams in Georgia last week in a one day 7-on-7 camp on the campus of the University of Georgia.  Morgan County Citizen photographer Josiah Connelly made the trip with the Dogs and came back with some high praise for the facilities and the team.  He said, “The Georgia Indoor Practice Facility is impressive.  Morgan looked fast on the outside showing some speed when wide receivers burned their coverage for long gains and touchdowns.  Quarterback Trent Folds made …

Kim Braswell, A UGA legend in our midst

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When talking to former All-SEC great, Kim Braswell, you get several feelings right up front.  He’s a very humble and modest man who loves the Georgia Dogs.  The love he has for his newly found home in Madison is obvious.  The successful 67-year-old high school coach is looking for ways to give back to the games that have been so good to him.  And, he’s fallen in love with the Morgan County Bulldogs. Head baseball Coach Merritt Ainslie has also found this to be true.  He said, “Kim is a …

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Fortson helping shape young men’s lives through community service

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Leadership comes in many forms.  As the old adage goes, “It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”  Going into his second year as the head track and field coach as well as the defensive line coach for the Bulldogs, Coach Aubrey Fortson is doing just that.  Starting last summer he has taken over the community service program for the Dogs’ football team that gives them the opportunity and insight into many other aspects of life. This summer he has scheduled three events for the players …

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MCRD summer camps in full swing

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The Morgan County Recreation Department’s summer sports camps have been a raging success this summer with camps ranging from cross-country to soccer being offered.  Last week the ballfields at the Morgan County High School and Rec Department facilities were covered up with aspiring young softball and baseball players ages 4-11. Head softball coach Jason McBay is running the girls’ softball camp utilizing help from his coaching staff and softball team to teach the game’s fundamentals with an emphasis on the fun part.  Coach Mike Campbell, the Morgan County Middle School …

The Glory of the Negro National League

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  Part II  – The Golden Era of Negro League Baseball By Jim Halloran columnist Rube Foster’s creation of the National Negro League in 1920 opened the door for an exciting brand of baseball that has never been duplicated nor has it received its rightful recognition. The first pennant in 1920 was won by the Kansas City Monarchs who beat out Foster’s American Giants. The National Negro League  started as an eight team midwestern league but grew quickly with addition of the Eastern Negro League the following year. The merger …

The Glory of the Negro National League

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By Jim Halloran columnist The game of baseball grew in popularity during and immediately after the civil war. Soldiers on both sides played the games at encampments with a variety of rules. Upon their return home many helped put together local teams to play against neighboring towns and villages. Many of these teams included players of both races. These intercity games became such big events that the National Association of Baseball came into being in the larger Northeastern cities. It was a very loosely organized group of Northeastern baseball teams …

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How Joah slew Goliath

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Catches-of-a-lifetime don’t come that often.  In fact, I’ve only enjoyed a rare few during my years of angling and chasing these scaly rascals all over the Southeast.  For 15-year-old Joah Plumley, he now has one to mark off his bucket list.  The Morgan County student recently brought boat side an estimated 200 pound Goliath Grouper while fishing with my son, “Captain” Brett Richardson of Rutledge, and me. When I purchased (borrowed money) my dream fishing boat in 2004, I had no idea the memories that would be made on the …

Dogs make All-State team

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The AAA All-State baseball team was recently announced by the Georgia Dugout Club with Morgan County being well-represented.  Six Bulldogs made the prestigious list with Hunter Lane and Ethan Stamps making the grade for first-team honors.  This is the first time in Morgan County baseball history that two players have made the first team in the same season.  Others to be named were Jaron Ferguson, Trey Patterson, Jacob Anderson, and Grant Cofer.  Ferguson and Patterson made the second team while Anderson and Cofer got the nod for honorable mention. MOCO …

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Morgan’s Finest

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This week, our Morgan’s Finest series continues a three-part story of a trio of great athletes from Morgan County High School.  Last week we featured David West.  This week we take a look at baseball player Stephen McClain, a Morgan County and Piedmont College star.  Next week we will delve into the career of softball and all-around superstar Kim Massey.  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 …

4-H team brings home Compound Bow State Archery Championship

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For the second year in a row, the Morgan County 4-H archery team has won the State’s Compound Bow Championship.  Under the direction of Head Coach Danny Pincus and assistant Andy Vaughters, the team outdistanced their nearest competition (Lowndes County) by a mere 21 points out of a combined team score of around 2400 points.  Pincus called the margin of victory very, very close.  Last year’s margin was even thinner when they won both the Compound and Recurve State Championships.  This year they did not field a recurve team. Members …