Former MCHS coach takes Newton job

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By Robert Richardson sports editor One of Morgan’s favorite sons has recently been named the boys’ head basketball coach at Newton High School in Covington.  Everyone who saw Charlemagne Gibbons coach in his formative years at Morgan County knew he was destined to do some special things in his chosen craft.  He took a basketball program from very, very good to great in a short period of time and brought home the first State Championship in Bulldog history in 2014. In a one-on-one interview with Gibbons, he told us, “A …

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It’s summer camp season at rec department

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 Summer Sports Camps program will begin in June and includes nine separate sports camps for children ranging in age from five to 15.  Camp fees are $60 per child or $85 per child for non-Morgan County residents. To register online, go to https://mcplayrec.org/ or call the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department at 706-342-0588. 2019  Summer Sports Camps • Baseball Camp for 5–14 year olds at Bill Wood Park, June 3-6 from 9 a.m. until Noon.  …

Try Big Bend for big fishing opportunities

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By Robert Alan Richardson sports editor  As you can see by some of the photos accompanying this article, the Big Bend area of Florida with its enormous grass flats, near shore fishing, and offshore opportunities will provide for constant and consistent fishing action around Carrabelle and beyond.  Sleepy little fishing villages like Lanark Village, St. Teresa, St. Marks, Panacea, Ochlochonee, Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee, Apalachicola, and Mexico Beach dot this stretch of Old School Florida where there’s nary a fast food joint to be found for miles in either direction.  I …

Tennis teams place 11 on All-Region squad

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Coach Stacy Manger and the Morgan County High School tennis teams put a number of team members on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region squad.  John Cardwell and Owen Anderson were named to the first team doubles’ squad with four other singles players gaining second-team honors.   Girls’ 8-AAA All-Region Second team singles Sara Moore- Five wins and one loss Abbey Adams- Five wins and one loss Karlie Lane- Three wins and three losses Second team doubles Zoey Brown and Emily Webb- Five wins and one loss Honorable mention McCall Chamberlain and …

All-Region baseball team announced

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The Morgan County baseball team was well-represented on the 8-AAA All-Region team announced last week placing eight players on the prestigious list.  The Dogs finished second behind Jefferson in the standings and fell in the first round of the State Playoffs to Redan High School finishing the season with a stellar 23-10 overall mark and only losing three times to Jefferson in the final series of the season to finish 15-3 in 8-AAA action.  The following players were all voted on and nominated by the coaches.

Silvey commits to East Georgia

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs continue to add to their list of accolades, awards, signings, and commitments to play at the next level.  You can now add Morgan County senior baseball catcher Blake Silvey to that list.  He recently committed to play next year for the East Georgia State College Bobcats (JUCO) in Swainsboro.  He made it official this past Wednesday by signing his name on the dotted line. Coach Merritt Ainslie spoke highly of him with these words, “When I think of Blake I …

MCHS geometry teacher plays all the right angles

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor By day, she’s known as Mrs. Chapman; an unassuming, mild-mannered geometry teacher at Morgan County High School and single Mom of one. By night, she is transformed into a pool-playing competitor you might not recognize. She recently earned a spot in the prestigious American Pool Association’s (APA) 8-Ball Doubles Championship in Las Vegas with her partner Jeff Powell.  It was played at the Westgate Hotel and Casino.   She said, “We had a blast.  It was a good experience that I really enjoyed.”  She …

Spring Training Starts

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The Morgan County High School Football team took to the field Monday afternoon to begin the process of getting the next group of students ready to don the Bulldog red. For the next two weeks Morgan County High School Football coaches will put the players through various drills and conditioning like those pictured below for the 2019 Bulldog Football campaign.

Lane named 8-AAA Player-of-the-Year

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When baseball coach Merritt Ainslie was asked about Hunter Lane’s career, he told this story, “In his first game as a freshman on Feb. 17, 2016 at Jackson High School, he did not start.  I brought him on in relief in a tight game with the bases loaded and no outs.  Most freshmen would have folded under that kind of pressure.  Hunter had ice water in his veins and showed no anxiety or nervousness at all.  He got us, out of the jam and …

Stamps commits to Lipscomb University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor We all know that Ethan Stamps is a talented young man.  He may look like any other high school student, but when you put a baseball or bat in his hands, those talents become obvious.  Since his arrival on the scene as a freshman at Morgan County High School, he has made a major impact on the baseball squad.  His talents go well beyond what you might see on the diamond when you look behind the scenes.  The junior has become highly involved with …

Golf teams qualify for State Tournament Sectionals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The boys’ golf team took second place in the Area/Region Tournament this week at Highland Walk Golf Course in Royston.  The Dogs were only one of three teams out of the 13 participants that qualified for the State Tournament scheduled for May 20-21 at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell. The team shot a score of 329.  A team must shoot a 340 or lower and place in the top five to qualify for a spot in the State Tournament. Leading the scoring for Morgan …

Diamond Dogs head to Playoffs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a series in which the Dogs didn’t exactly play their best baseball against Jefferson, Morgan County will now face off with Redan High School in the first round of State Baseball Tournament action.  The Raiders come to Madison for a best-of-three series starting Wed. April 24 in a doubleheader at 5:00 followed by an “if” game on Thursday at 6:00 should the two teams split Wednesday.  All games will be played at Tracy Brown field.   Redan sports the number one scoring offense …

Reeves resigns after 13 years

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In what was a major decision for him, and a burning desire to get closer to home and family, Coach Josh Reeves announced his resignation at Morgan County this past week.  He stepped down as a 13-year veteran of the school system in the classroom and as the Lady Dogs’ basketball coach as well as head boys’ golf coach.  He will be missed. “The timing just seemed to be right.  There’s never a good time to leave a place like Morgan County, but everything …

Tennis season comes to an end

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A question and answer interview with Coach Stacy Dearing-Manger brought the Morgan County tennis season to an end.  Here are her thoughts on another great year for the Bulldog netters.  Tell us about your seniors? Our seniors are outstanding human beings. I’ll start with Holly Phitidies: blessing to have on the court. Her smile – lights up my day. She is willing to do whatever is asked. Holly joined us her sophomore year and has shown commitment and team spirit.  Ben Gill – I’ve known Ben for a long time. …

Showdown at the MC Corral

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Hunter Lane and the Morgan County Bulldogs put up 32 runs in three games to send the East Jackson Eagles home with their tail feathers on fire this week.  That sweep will now set up what many fans have been predicting and looking forward to all season long.  The 8-AAA Region Championship will now ride on this week’s Jefferson matchup.  This one will be for all the marbles as the number one ranked Dragons and number two Bulldogs square off in what should be …

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Girls’ headed to State Tourney after second place finish

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County girls’ tennis team is State-bound after hosting the 2019 Region 8-AAA Tennis Tournament this week and taking second place behind a strong Jefferson squad.  They dispatched Monroe and Hart along the way to the Championship round and put up a valiant effort in the finals to the Lady Dragons.   Morgan played Westminster at home Tuesday in the first round of the GHSA State Tennis Playoffs after our deadline.  Details on that match will be available for our readers next week.  …

We are the CHAMPIONS!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In an historic season for the Morgan County Middle School’s soccer squad, Coach Griffin Gardner and staff guided the team to an undefeated and near perfect record of 15-0-1 with only a 3-3 tie against Athens Academy keeping them from running the table.  The offensive firepower and defensive intensity put up some impressive numbers that included 112 goals scored against only five goals given up, 13 shutouts, nine games won in mercy-rule fashion, and Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament wins over Greene County and Putnam …

Rugby comes to Morgan County

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor Morgan County High School’s new Rugby Club played the first home game last Saturday against teams from Savannah and Brunswick. After playing several away tournaments, the Rugby Club showed their stuff right on their home turf. Clear skies reigned over head as the Morgan County rugby players huddled together to take control of the ball. The MCHS Rugby team prevailed over Savannah 45 to 0. In their second game against Brunswick the MCHS rugby teams was narrowly defeated 19 to 21. “We played a round-robin tournament …

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Track teams take first at second annual meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County High School track team continues heading to new heights with both squads taking first place honors at the Anderson Bentley Track Meet at Baldwin County High School out of seven schools that participated.  The girls grabbed 147 points while the boys took home 158.  Seth Robertson was the boys’ high points’ award winner while Miranda Powell got second in the girls’ event. Here are the results from the meet:  Boys: 100m- 3rd- Juwon Moore; 8th- David Williams 200m- 6th-Juwon Moore  400m- …

Diamond Dogs split with 7-A Archer

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s baseball team took on some tough competition this week with games against higher classification Archer from 7-A and Locust Grove in 5-A.  The Dogs held their own in all three games coming up just short to the Tigers on Thursday at home 2-1 in a final inning thriller.  They exacted some revenge Friday by defeating them at home 6-2 before losing another close one Saturday to the Wildcats 5-3 in Locust Grove.  After the smoke cleared, the Dogs stand at 19-5 overall …