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.  …

Girls fall to Druid Hills 41-36

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s Lady Dogs had a stinging loss in their finale of the Tabo’s Tipoff Classic at Jefferson High School.  The girls jumped all over Druid Hills early only to see that lead evaporate in the second half for the 41-36 loss. Coach Timothy Roop told us, “We jumped out to a big early lead, but couldn’t hold on.  A scoreless third quarter for us changed the game completely.  It was 20-2 at one point in the first quarter.  We had our chances but …

Shultz readies youthful team for second season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s wrestling program is a prideful one with a history and tradition of winning.  Coach Carter Shultz should know.  The second-year coach is a former MCHS wrestler under Coach John Robbins that knows the process it takes to become successful at the Area and State level.  “Our program is definitely trending up.  When you look at our middle school program and the work there that Coach (Marcus) Crowe has done along with Duane Turner and Christian Darsey; they do an outstanding job.  We …

Lady Diamond Dogs Honored At Banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor The 2019 Morgan County softball team held their end-of-the year banquet to honor the accomplishments of the individuals and team after another successful season.  Several players were recognized for their All-Region performances that included first-teamers Avery Kinnett and Zoey Brown and second-teamers Parker Spain, Hannah Callaway, and Maeson Tanner. Coach Jason McBay said, “Avery was without a doubt our most explosive hitter at the plate. She led the team in home runs with 5. Around mid-September, no one could get her out. She brings …

Reclassification revisited- The Saga Continues

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor In last week’s issue of the Morgan County Citizen, it was noted that further changes by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) would continue to change the landscape as far as reclassification is concerned.  Doug Connelly noted that those changes could dramatically change the region situation as far as Morgan County High School is concerned. According to reliable sources, the GHSA was to hear final appeals on class changes (i.e. Class AAA to AA or AAAA to AAA as examples) over two weeks ago.  …

Stamps, Arienzo ink baseball scholarships

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By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor Morgan County’s middle infield tandem of Dominic Arienzo and Ethan Stamps signed baseball scholarships this past week.  Second baseman Arienzo and shortshop/pitcher Stamps have been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ success over the past few seasons. Arienzo will be attending Georgia College and State University while Stamps has signed with Lipscomb University.  The duo will complete their final senior season for the Diamond Dogs this spring with high hopes of success.  Arienzo said, “I think we will be good this year and will …

Dogs fall to Calhoun in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County went toe-to-toe with state powerhouse Calhoun for a half last Friday night at Phil Reeves Stadium but couldn’t sustain it over the final two quarters, ultimately losing a 38-10 decision.  Morgan led 10-7 at the end of one quarter before Calhoun surged back to take a 17-10 lead at intermission.  The home team then showed their pedigree by scoring on their first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 31-10 and put the game out of reach.  The loss gave Morgan …

Dogs fall in opener to Newton

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2019-20 Bulldog basketball season kicked off Saturday night at home against an always-talented Newton team.  Starting three sophomores, junior Desmond White, and senior AJ Brown, the Dogs came away empty-handed in the 74-47 loss.  The inexperience showed in the second half. Trailing by only seven at intermission 29-22, and both teams playing like it was the first game of the season, Morgan’s youthful lineup had problems handling the Rams’ pressure.  Turnovers that were converted into easy buckets proved too much for MOCO to …

Hart rushes past Morgan 39-14

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer In a game that would ultimately decide the number two and three seeds in Region 8AAA Hart County’s ground game carried the day.  Led by tailback Malachi Thomas (1136 rushing yards coming in) Hart took a 21-14 lead into intermission and then dominated the second half with a punishing rushing attack.  The visitors from Hartwell held the ball for 18:24 of the final 24 minutes, racked up 14 first downs and posted 18 unanswered points to capture the number two seed.  Morgan had precious few …

Lady Rams power past Morgan

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The home opener and prior pre-season scrimmage for the Morgan County Lady Dogs’ basketball team have not gone as planned.  Or have they?  Over the past several season, the program has taken to scheduling stronger opponents early outside the region in an attempt to “toughen up” the team for those games that really do count.  Just ask first-year head coach Timothy Roop.  As the lead assistant for Josh Reeves over the past few seasons, he has seen first-hand how these early games may not …

Morgan stops East Jackson 45-31

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County didn’t play their best football game of the season last Friday night when they traveled to Commerce, but eventually posted a wild 45-31 win over East Jackson to move to 4-1 in region play and 7-2 on the season. The Dogs used a crushing ground attack that accounted for 330 yards on the night to eventually subdue a feisty, much improved Eagle squad.     That rushing attack was led by junior Kobridgette Lumpkin who had a monster game.  The junior running back …

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Dogs open season against Newton Saturday

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It’s that time.  The Morgan County Bulldogs and Lady Dogs will tipoff their basketball season this week with a girls’ scrimmage game Nov. 7 and the season opener Nov. 9.  Coach Timothy Roop’s team will get their feet wet against an always stout Madison County squad Thursday at 6:00.  The boys won’t have the advantage of a preseason scrimmage, but will be tested right out of the gate by the neighboring Newton Rams Saturday.  Newton is always tough and this year should be no …

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Morgan faces Hart with home playoff game on the line

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By Alvin Richardson sports editor The orange-clad Hart County Bulldogs will pay a visit to Bill Corry Stadium this Friday night and there will be a lot on the line.  Because the race is so close there will also be another factor in play – the three way region tie-breaker (between Morgan, Hart and Monroe Area) – and that could lead to some interesting decision making.  Without going into all the specifics it boils down to these possibilities: (1) If Morgan County wins the game they will get the second …

Bulldogs christen new practice field under the lights

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a timely turn of events, the Morgan County football team got a welcome surprise this week when they were given an opportunity to practice under the lights at the brand new practice field.  The beautifully sodded and lighted field has been some time coming with a lack of funding holding up the progress of completing the field.  Donations from the community helped to complete the project. The practice came during a week when the squad is looking squarely at a possible second place …