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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 …

Sweet Sixteen bound

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady hardcourt Dogs rode an at-large bid to the Sweet Sixteen this week as they took down the Kendrick Lady Cherokees 48-35.  The girls are now 18-7 overall after the win over the number one team from Region Four.  Kendrick upset Peach County in the Region Championship game only to have to face the Lady Dogs in the first round as an at-large, fourth seed from Region One.  The Lady Dogs are currently ranked number eight in Class AAA while Kendrick came in …

Diamond Dogs off to perfect start

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With wins over Madison County 12-2, Mary Persons 12-1, Heritage Christian 10-0, and Gainesville 2-1, the 2019 version of Morgan County is now 4-0 and looking strong after the first week of the season.  Three of those wins were on the road.  It seems as if the Dogs are off and running building on the momentum of last season’s Final Four dash.   Only once in Morgan County baseball history has a team been that distance.  With the return of the three aces on …

EIGHT STRAIGHT!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor What an incredible run it’s been for the Morgan County High School boys’ basketball team.  The squad came into the 2018-19 Region 8-AAA Tournament as the number one seeded team and they did not disappoint…again.  For the eighth time in so many years the boys hoisted the Region Championship trophy by defeating Monroe Area in the semifinals 65-39 and Jefferson 58-51 in the Championship contest.   That string of wins is of historic value.  Riding the shoulders of four-year starter Alec Woodard and three-year …

New life for girls after upset

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a quirky set of circumstances and GHSA rules, the Morgan County girls’ basketball team will be inserted into the State Tournament even though they finished fifth in the Region Tournament.   Let’s try to make this as clear as mud.   The Lady Dogs lost in the quarterfinals to Monroe Area 43-41 in a big upset.  That loss essentially put Morgan out of the State Playoff picture and ended their season because only four teams from each region participate in the State Tournament.  …

Mat Dogs send three to State Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With only one more week remaining in the State Championship Wrestling Tournament, the Morgan County Bulldogs will send three of their four wrestlers to the Big Dance in Macon.  Donovan McElligott, Finn Williams, and Mason Adams all advanced from the State Sectionals.   Morgan County Head Wrestling Coach Carter Shultz sent us these details, “We took four wrestlers to Sectionals at Jefferson last Friday and Saturday and three will move on. Mason Adams placed fifth at 132, Finn Williams placed third at 182, and …

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Bulldog Bites: quick, digestable tidbits

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Swimmers compete in State Championships   What an experience it was for the Morgan County Swim Dogs at the Georgia High School State Swimming Championships.  According to head coach Jennifer O’Neal, “Our swimmers held their own.  There were 109 teams from 1 A-5A schools with 1,000 swimmers competing.  99% of the swimmers competing are from club teams and swim to represent their schools.” Our swimmers swim but also compete in a variety of sports and clubs while maintaining outstanding GPAs.  Our 200 free relay …

Webb signs with North Georgia

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s all-world softball shortstop and centerfielder, Alissa Webb, recently signed a full scholarship to play for the Division-II North Georgia Lady Nighthawks.  The four-year starter said, “I came into high school ball expecting nothing.  I never thought I’d start or even see the field until my junior year…but I live in a house where no dreams are too big and to always work hard for what you want.  I did just that.  Here are just a few of the many accomplishments she has …

Mat Dogs host 6-AAA Area Tournament

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Wrestling team will be sending seniors Donovan McElligott, Finn Williams, Mason Adams, and Trevor Craft to the 2019 Sectionals after placing at this weekend’s Area Tournament.  The 6-AAA event was hosted by Morgan County Saturday bringing in dozens of wrestlers and several high-powered teams from the area to compete for rights to make the trip to Jefferson and the Traditional Tournament Sectionals. Coach Carter Shultz said, “I’m proud that these four seniors have punched their ticket to the next round.  It’s …