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. …

Bill Malone – State of the Program

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor If you ask any player or coach involved in the Morgan County High School summer football workouts if they are glad to be back at it, the reverberating answer is a booming, “Yes.”  At Monday’s practice, the first that have allowed the use of helmets, head Coach Bill Malone was ecstatic about getting the opportunity to see his players performing on the field.  However, he was also overly cautious about the chances of playing any real football against scheduled opponents this fall.  “I want …

MCHS welcomes Goodwin as 2020 volleyball coach

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Morgan County High School would like towelcome Coach Kathleen Goodwin to the staff as the 2020 volleyball coach.  She will be replacing CoachOlivia Daniell who stepped down after the 2019 campaign after two seasons at the helm of the program. Goodwin has ties to the Morgan County area as her parents, Mr. Steve and Mrs. Donna Dailey, grew up in Bostwick.  She is a 2008 graduate of Oconee County High School where she attended K-12 and starred in three sports: volleyball, tennis, and cross-country. …

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Youth Camps Draw Big Crowds at Bill Wood Park

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department summer youth camps are in full swing with record numbers showing up this week for softball and baseball instruction. 170-180 youngsters from ages 5-13 came out to enjoy the beautiful, but extremely hot, weather. The two camps were run simultaneously at the local fields at Bill Wood Park as kids flocked in from Madison and surrounding communities.  According to some of the coaches, the big crowds might be attributed to the fact that many of the players …

Brown Speaks at Madison Kiwanis Club

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Most people in Madison might not recognize the name Brown in the title.  However, the mere mention of “Tookie” will immediately get a reaction from those who have followed Morgan County High School athletics over the past ten years.  Tookie Brown was instrumental in bringing home the first high school state basketball championship in school history in 2014, before chasing his college hoops dreams to Georgia Southern.  He is now continuing to live out his dreams of playing professional basketball in Belgium this past …

Morgan’s Finest – Coach Julie Jameson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor There have been many greats in the annals of Morgan County High School’s storied athletic history. The ‘Morgan’s Finest’ series delves into those individual players and coaches who have excelled at their craft above and beyond the everyday. We’ve been away from this series for quite some time now. We thought it fitting to reopen it during this time of concern over whether there will be a fall sports venue as we know it. Will there be Friday night lights? Will the runners test …

‘Tis the season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Tis the season.  Red snapper season, that is.  The Federal and State game and fish law enforcement agencies of Florida set the Florida Gulf of Mexico fishing seasons.  One that is highly anticipated by Floridians and Georgians alike is the opening of red snapper season.  With the uncertain nature surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, many in both states were concerned there might be no season at all, especially for outsiders from other states. Florida still has some rather stiff restrictions on visitors from hotspot states …

Maeson Tanner signs softball scholarship with Johnson University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan County senior catcher, Maeson Tanner, is no stranger to hard work.  When coaches, teammates, parents, and fans are asked to describe this young lady, the first thing that comes up is her work ethic.  She was asked why?  “I’ve watched my Dad (Johnny Tanner) work his butt off every single day in his landscaping business in the heat along with my “Pop” (John Tanner) who is 73 years old.  He worked like that to make sure he could give us everything we ever …

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8-AAA Announces All-Region Soccer Squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Despite only playing a few games in a virus-shortened season, the Morgan County High School soccer teams were well-represented on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region rosters.  In a season that will not be soon forgotten, especially by this year’s graduating seniors, there were enough highlights shown to give the rest of the 8-AAA foes a taste of what might have been.  Coach Anne Stamps for the girls and Coach Aaron Paul with the boys had to be proud of the players and with the results …