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Mat Dogs compete in final tournament of regular season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s wrestling team finished up their final tournament of the regular season competing in the Archer Invitational.  The tournament is the final preparation for Coach Marcus Crowe and Coach Carter Shultz as they look toward this coming weekend’s Area Tournament at Jefferson High School. Shultz said, “I was very excited for the most part on how we performed Saturday. This tournament is a good jump start into the post season run to State. I thought we let a couple matches slip, but overall …

Bulldogs conclude busy week’s schedule

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Jamond Sims has never been one to back down from the competition.  From Friday to this past Tuesday, his squad will have played four games in five days.  Sounds more like an NBA-type schedule than a high school one.  The brutal schedule actually started last Tuesday with a home game vs. Hart County, this week’s number four team in AAA.  The weekend saw the Dogs take on East Jackson at home and Jones County on the road.  Monday’s contest was played against Jonesboro in …

Lady Dogs get huge win over Hart

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Point guard Taylor Wilson put on a remarkable display of basketball in a 48-35 home win over rival Hart County this week.  Her 25 points and outstanding floor play led the Lady Dogs in a win that pushed them into second place in the 8-AAA standings.  Down the stretch the senior sealed the “W” as she made good on eight out of her final ten free throws.  It was most likely her finest outing of the season and of her career. Hart County seemed …

JV Boys get back-to-back wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After taking a Tuesday loss to Hart County 46-42, the JV boys rebounded for back-to-back wins over the weekend.  The wins over East Jackson 79-50 and Jones County 56-54, along with the close loss to a talented Hart County team, show the improvement this young group has made under Coach Brian Green. Morgan trailed 4-0 in the early minutes to East Jackson before taking the lead at 5-4 with 4:50 and never looked back after that.  Rogers Clark and TJ Thompson led the offensive …

Wrestlers take fourth at Peach State

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Wrestling team competed in their final tournament of the season; the Peach State League Championships over the weekend.  According to Coach Marcus Crowe, this is one of the toughest middle school leagues in the state.  As a team they finished fourth out of 16 participating teams.   The individual placements were: Caleb Turner -1st place at the 130 pound weight class  Paul Bessette-2nd place at the 80 pound weight class Caleb Riser-2nd place at the 138 pound weight class Nolan …

Swim Dogs compete against two of area’s best at Winter Invitational

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Patrick Kicklighter is one positive guy.  He’s always happy to be the Swim Dogs’ coach, is super excited, and proud to be coaching and teaching at Morgan County High School.  It’s no wonder this group of kids seems to feel the same way.  “I’m happy with the kids’ performance this week.  We competed against two of the best teams in the area, and competed well against them in our final home meet of the season,” he said after Thursday night’s event.  “I’m excited …

Mat Dogs fail to qualify for State Duals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a tough weekend for the Morgan County wrestling team at the 6-AAA Area Duals hosted by Jackson County.  The team did not qualify for the State Duals to be held this weekend.  The team was obviously disappointed with the outcome.   According to Coach Carter Shultz, the Mat Dogs faced off with a senior laden Jackson County squad in the first round and never really got out of the gate losing in a not-so-close match.  The second round found Morgan taking on …

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Lady Lions get region win over Morgan girls

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball team suffered a similar fate to the boys last Friday at Franklin County.  After holding a commanding 19-3 lead after the first quarter of play, the Lady Lions dug in defensively for the dramatic comeback.   Despite the early ability to score at will on Franklin, MOCO was only able to find 18 additional points in the final three periods of play losing 38-36 in one they wish they could have back.  Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have …

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Franklin grabs win over Morgan in OT

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Bulldogs took a tough loss on the chin at the Lion’s Den in Franklin County last Friday with a hard-to-swallow 64-60 loss. The Dogs led by two with possession at the one minute mark before an untimely turnover and ensuing score doomed their effort.  The possible upset bid would have been a feather in the Bulldogs’ resume with Franklin holding a 14-4 record and a number six ranking in AAA. With the loss, Morgan moves to 2-13 on the season with …

All-Region Softball honored at Jefferson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With the final 8-AAA awards banquet under their belt, Coach Jason McBay’s softball program will now turn their sights toward a new season and a new region in 4-AAA.  The six seniors on the Lady Bulldog squad had their final say when they traveled to Jefferson this past week where they were honored for the season’s successes at the 8-AAA Softball Awards night. With the old season in their rearview mirror, it was on to what next season’s Lady Bulldogs’ success might be.  Here …

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2020 football brings all new faces to Region 4-AAA

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Did you know that not one single team competing in 4-AAA for the 2020 football season participated in that region a year ago?  That is correct.  Teams from Morgan County, Burke County, Thomson, Harlem, Cross Creek, Hephzibah, and the Academy of Richmond County (ARC) that will comprise that region in the fall of 2020 all participated in different regions in AA, AAA, and AAAA in 2019.  Just for fun let’s take a look at how those teams did this past football season and prognosticate …

Lady Dogs get split decision at Classic City Clash

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend.  The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.  According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts.  He …

Dogs get vital region win over Jackson County

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By R. Alan Richardson When it comes to region tournament seeding, every game is important as teams start jockeying for position in the early going of the 8-AAA schedule.  The Morgan County boys picked up their second region win of the season with a victory over Jackson County last Tuesday.  The home matchup places the Dogs in fifth place in the region at 2-3 and gives them a 2-8 record on the season.  The Bulldogs lost to Villa Rica 56-40 this past weekend and will travel to Tallahassee, FL for …

Lady Dogs finish 2-1 for week while grabbing third 8-AAA win

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a solid week for the MOCO basketball girls going 2-1.  Wins over Jackson County 54-39 and Tucker High School 45-42 highlighted the action with a loss on Saturday to Carver Columbus 87-51 to end the week in the Peach State Holiday Classic at Westlake.   The wins moved the Lady Dogs to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in 8-AAA play with the Jackson County victory. The girls played their third and final contest of the tournament this past Monday.  Results of that contest …

MOCO Lady Dogs take win over East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was all Dogs at East Jackson this past week as both varsity and JV teams brought home the wins.  The Lady Dogs came away with a hotly contested 45-42 victory on the road before losing at Jefferson Friday 68-47 and again on Saturday at Newton 51-39.  It was an eerily similar week for the girls and boys.  The girls fought out a close one at EJ before losing by an almost identical score at Jefferson before playing well against a much bigger Newton …

Dogs get first win at East Jackson

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a great night for Morgan’s hardcourt boys as they garnered their first victory and Region win of the 2019-20 season.  The win over East Jackson was a nail biter this past Tuesday on the road with the Dogs winning 63-61.  Improvement continues to be the name of the game for this Jamond Sims led squad.  They may have backslid a little at Jefferson against a veteran group ranked 23rd in AAA.  In 8-AAA Hart continues to lead the pack at number two …

Basketball roundup from around the county

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor It was a full week of round ball for the Morgan County High School’s junior varsity and Morgan County Middle School’s basketball squads. Report from Coach Candi Wyatt on JV girls: According to Wyatt, her squad played well against a very tough Jefferson team 31-20 this past Friday.  Morgan got six points from Trinesha Jones, four from Andrea Cooper and Sidda Outlaw, and three points from Bailey McDaniel.  The teams played their final home game before the break against Jackson County this past Tuesday …

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Mat Dogs take wrestle to 3rd place in tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In the words of Coach Carter Shultz, “Overall this was the best we’ve wrestled in any tournament so far.  We’re getting better and wrestling well.  All I can ask of them is to work hard and get better and that’s what they’re doing.”   The 12-team venue was whittled down to a mere seven when a number of schools opted out of participating at the last minute, much to the disappointment of the second-year coach.  “We’re hoping that next year the teams will be …

Hunting the elusive Mallard

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By Alvin Richardson, Staff Writer Duck hunters will mostly tell you that their gold standard is the mallard.  This wily and elusive trophy is one of the most sought after prizes of waterfowl hunters all over the country.  The male (drake) makes an impressive mount and is a worthy adversary especially as the season wears on and they have been hounded and shot at a few times.  The mallard is typically 20-26 inches long with an average wingspan between 32-39 inches and a body weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.  …