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 …

Seth Robertson – three-sport star

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Seth Robertson – three-sport star By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes to All-Star athletes at Morgan County High School, you don’t have to look any further than football, track, and baseball’s Seth Robertson.  The 5’11’ 167 pound junior is poised for a possible run at a State Championship on this year’s baseball team that finished in the Final Four a year ago.  He’s also looking at the possibility of multiple individual State Championships in track, and is getting some serious looks from around the Southeast as a …

Heartbreaking loss for Soccer Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor This one was a heartbreaker.  “It was all you could ask for in a Top-10, undefeated, Region Championship Game.  We put it all on the line and came up one penalty kick short.  We couldn’t have played any harder.  It was highly disappointing,” said Coach Aaron Paul. The Morgan County soccer squad traveled to Jefferson this week with a Region Championship on the line.  The Dragons, in one poll, were ranked ninth and the Dogs right behind at number 10.  It would be the …

Diamond Dogs’ bats, pitchers continue domination

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County baseball team remains ultra-hot at the plate this week while the pitchers are shutting down opposing teams with the best.  The arms of Hunter Lane, Jacob Anderson, and Ethan Stamps did it again this week with three straight wins over Jackson County.  Stamps pitched a 7-0 shutout on Tuesday.  That was followed up by a doubleheader win on Friday where Anderson got the come-from-behind victory 6-4 in the opener and Lane was lights out in the nightcap 11-1. The Dogs now …

Miracle comeback for Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Diamond Dogs capped off another perfect week by taking a three-game series over Franklin County.  Morgan got the wins on Tuesday 6-5 and in Friday’s doubleheader 9-4 in the opener and 7-4 in the finale.  Tuesday’s contest may have been one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in MOCO history and could have catapulted the Dogs into the weekend wins.  More on that later. Coach Merritt Ainslie talked about the week, “We had a good week at the plate and on the mound, …

Boys take first, girls second at Loch Johnson Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s 2019 track squads are setting the tone for what could be one of the better seasons in recent memory.  Both the boys and girls continue to improve their times, distances, and heights in all events.  This past weekend at Cedar Shoals in the Loch Johnson Invitational, they again exceeded expectations to bring home a first-place trophy in the boys’ meet and a second-place finish in the girls’. The win for the boys did not come without a little controversy.  Coach Aubrey Fortson …

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Spiel names All-State basketball teams

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Sandy Spiel runs a high school sports website that resonates with a lot of readers around the state.  This is the first All-State basketball team announcements seen in Georgia.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution usually runs one of their own by Steve Figueroa that hasn’t been posted at this point.  Here are his nominations for the Class AAA winners.  Congratulations to Tyrin Lawrence, Alec Woodard, and Stevin Greene of the State Champion Morgan County Bulldogs. Class AAA Coach of the Year: Harry Marsh, Hart County (24-8; …

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Clean Sweep!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week that featured five Region games and another non-region, MOCO came away unscathed against 8-AAA opponents to remain tied at the top of the standings with Jefferson.  The Diamond Dogs had a single loss to Madison County 8-1 on Wednesday; the only scuff mark on their record.  Morgan County continued their series with Hart on Monday with a doubleheader in Hartwell.  After winning both of those games (2-0 and 15-0) and sweeping the series, they continued their dominance over the Region competition …

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Dogs get two 8-AAA wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In tennis action this week, the Morgan County teams were busy.  Very busy.  After a Monday rain out with Jackson County, the teams took down East Jackson in Region 8-AAA play the next afternoon.  The girls swept the Lady Eagles 5-0 while the boys took an easy 4-1 win. Winners were:  1 singles Joah Plumley 6-1, 6-3, 2 singles Wyatt Breedlove 7-5, 6-2, 3 singles Will Thompson 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 1 doubles Owen Anderson/John Cardwell 6-1, 6-0.  Girls 1 singles Karlie Lane 6-3, 6-3, …