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Bullpups, Lady Pups perfect for the week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week that saw the Morgan County Middle School basketball teams take wins over Carson Middle School (Greene County) and Youth Middle School in Walton County, the teams walked away with a perfect 4-0 mark.  Both games were played at home. Wednesday the girls took a 44-29 win that was sparked by a 20-0 third quarter run.  In that quarter, Destiny Hunter, Precious Benford, Tameria Smith, and Kamora Smith combined to score all 24 points as they put the game away.   Morgan …

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Middle School Mat Dogs finish fifth at Peach State Duals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Wrestling squad made a nice showing at the Peach State Duals in Elberton this past weekend.  This is the Middle School’s version of their State Championship that ends the season.  The team, under the guidance of second-year head coach Marcus Crowe and assistant Christian Darsey, came in fifth out of seven strong teams from throughout the area.  Crowe gave these remarks, “We are very excited about how the season went, and we look forward to the future of our …

Lady Dogs move to #1 in AAA!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  It’s been a while since both the Morgan County boys and girls basketball teams have held the number one spot in AAA at the same time.  This past week’s rankings have the girls moving from number two to number one after Beach, the previous number one lost to archrival Johnson-Savannah on Tuesday. The Lady Dogs defeated Franklin County 60-46 Friday and then thumped Salem 65-24 in this weekend’s Sweet South Shootout to make the move to the top of the heap.   MOCO is …

Water Dogs honor seniors at final home meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s swim team hosted a four-team meet this past week and honored their seniors at the event.  The swimmers competed to a packed house at the Morgan County Aquatic Center in their final home meet of the 2018-19 season.   Seniors who were honored included: Grace Williams-Plans to attend Valdosta State to study dental hygiene. Swam for two years. Bailey Shultz-Will attend North Greenville on a volleyball scholarship and plans on majoring in biology.  She has been on the swim team for two …

Dogs take down Franklin and Duluth

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With wins of 55-38 over Franklin County and 46-41 over Duluth the Morgan County Bulldogs moved to 16-1 over the weekend and remained number one in Class AAA.  They are currently ranked at number seven in all-classification rankings on MaxPreps.  AAAAAAA McEachern heads the All-State list at number one while Hart County trails the Dogs at number four in AAA and Jefferson is hanging around the top ten in the classification as well.  AAAAAAA Newton, who the Dogs play Saturday, will be a tough …

Middle School hardcourt Dogs have busy week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams continue to compete in Piedmont Athletic Conference games as the second half of the season moves on.  The Middle School girls are still undefeated after wins over Social Circle and Loganville this past week.  The boys have lost some close ones and are still in the hunt for a PAC playoff spot. The girls defeated Social Circle 35-23, but got off to a slow start before turning it on in the second half.  The first quarter score of …

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Sweet South Shootout a success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The second annual Sweet South Shootout featured some of the state’s premier teams.  The venue, put on by the Morgan County basketball booster club, is a fundraiser for the teams that attempts to bring in some of the finest talent in Georgia.  This year’s event was no disappointment.  The four boys’ games and one girls’ game pitted Class AA through AAAAAAA schools with several being found in the top 10 of MaxPreps rankings.  MaxPreps is the official website that the Georgia High School Association …

MS Mat Dogs finish fifth at Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling squad made a good showing at this year’s Peach State Traditional Championships finishing fifth out of 14 teams competing.  He said, “We wrestled in the Championships on Saturday and placed fifth out of 14 as a team which was beyond our expectations due to the level of competitiveness.  Jacere Cooper placed first in the 147 weight class.  Zyjawn Myers-Turner placed third in the 130 weight class.  Nymh Carrera placed third in the 171 weight class, and Miles Butler placed fourth …

Huff’s final game ends in victory

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Jordan Huff played the final game of his basketball career at MCHS Friday.  The 6’2” 182 pound senior is headed for early enrollment as a scholarship football player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this semester.  He will be missed.    This two-sport standout has played a vital role in back-to-back Region Championships in football his sophomore and junior seasons and was voted in as an 8-AAA All-Region defensive back his senior year.  Huff is also known for his tenacious and unrelenting defense …

Mat Dogs compete at East Metro

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S This weekend was a good weekend for the Morgan County High School wrestling program. Both the varsity and JV competed at the East Metro tournament hosted by Monroe Area. Coach Carter Shultz commented, “I am very happy with the way the guys competed. We are starting to turn the corner across the board and winning some tough matches. Senior Mason Adams finished second at 132 pounds falling in a tough match in the finals. He is really starting to hit his stride and wrestling well. Senior Trevor Craft finished …

Lady Dogs take down rival Monroe

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Lady Dogs continue to climb the AAA rankings as they post wins over quality opponents.  MOCO now ranks as the number two team in AAA behind only Beach (Savannah) High School.  The girls are 11-3 overall and 5-0 in 8-AAA play.  After coming away with a Sweet South Classic Tournament Championship last weekend, the team took a 76-31 win over a hapless Monroe Area squad on Friday. The story for this team continues to be on the defensive end of the …

JV Dogs end time-shortened game in tie

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s not often that you see a double overtime basketball game end in a tie, but that’s exactly what happened to Coach Milfred Franklin’s JV boys’ team against Monroe last weekend.  After six quarters of play, the time allotment for the JV game expired and the game was called after a last second three-point shot on a loose rebound by the Hurricanes tied things up at 58-58. The old adage about kissing your sister comes to mind.  According to references, “The unpopularity of ties in American …

Middle School Mat Dogs host big duals tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor As the Christmas break comes to an end, it’s time for all the teams to get back into the swing of things.  Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling team opened up their post-break action with one of the first big tournaments in several years at home.  There were nine Middle School teams competing from around the state including Athens Christian, Clarke Central, Liberty, Cousins, Jackson County, South Hall and the Bulldogs of Morgan County.  Crowe commented, “We’re just glad to get back into the …

Spence a National Champion

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor For Stewart Spence, winning a National Championship for Valdosta State University (VSU) was anything but easy.  It was a road full of pit stops, hard work, injuries, rehab, and more.  Throughout the process, he never doubted himself.   And neither did his parents or big brother.  If you ask him if it was worth it, he’d give you a resounding, “Yes.”  The record-breaking, Division II Championship season culminated in VSU defeating Ferris State in McKinney, Texas 49-47 in a high-octane thriller that went down …

Lady Dogs take home Sweet South trophy

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Lady Bulldog basketball team captured the 2018 Sweet South Championship by lapping the field in wins of 29, 38, and 14 points over Apalachee, Lambert, and Veterans respectively.  The final scores were 64-35 over Apalachee, 70-32 over Lambert, and 69-55 in the Championship game over Veterans.  The girls are starting to flex some muscle and show why they will again be a force to contend with in the AAA Region and State Tournaments.  They are now 11-3 overall with the meat of …

Two Tournaments-Two Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After playing six games and two tournaments in 10 days, the Morgan County High School boys’ team came away unscathed.  They took home the bacon at the Palmetto Christmas Classic in South Carolina the first weekend and got another Championship win at their own Sweet South Classic Tournament this past Saturday night.  The boys disposed of Apalachee in the first round 72-61, took down Greene County 91-56, and got the Championship win over Druid Hills 68-58.  Tyrin Lawrence was named Tournament MVP and Stevin …

Team of the Decade

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer On Tuesday, December 11. Morgan County was one of several schools honored at Mercedes Benz Stadium as a “Team of the Decade” and the school was represented by Otha Knight, Eugene Sidwell and Richard Jones in a ceremony between games at the Georgia high school football championships.  The prestigious distinction was given to Morgan County for their incredible run of success between the years of 1955 to 1962 when the Bulldogs won five state titles in eight years and compiled an unheard of record of …

Dogs demolish Jackson Co. 83-23

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tuesday’s game at Jackson County High School wasn’t pretty.  For the Panthers, that is.  The Morgan County Bulldogs put up 83 points against an outgunned and overmatched Region 8-AAA foe to push their record to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in league play.  Alec Woodard had a game-high 28 points on 11-15 shooting going 5-7 from three-point land.  He also grabbed six rebounds, had three assists, and picked off six steals in the 50-point victory. After two somewhat lackluster performances last week at …

Defense key in win over Jackson Co.

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor What a difference a half makes.  A close first half turned into a runaway second half as the Lady Dogs went on the road to defeat the Jackson County Lady Panthers in Region 8-AAA basketball action this week.  With Morgan holding on to a slim 30-24 lead at halftime, the home team eventually folded under the relentless full court man-to-man pressure from MOCO.  The girls outscored Jackson County 20-5 in the third period to run out to a 50-29 advantage to get a 63-34 …

JV Boys get frst win at Jackson County

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s boys’ JV basketball team got their rst win of the sea- son on the road over a solid Jackson County squad this week 43-36. Freshman for- ward Rogers Clark rose to the occasion by scoring 14 points for the Dogs while Chris Williams was a force inside on the boards adding six points. Malachi Hardy scored eight points (all in the fourth quarter) to add to the total and Marqua- vious Wright put up four more in the fourth to seal the …