Swim Dogs take second at home meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Swim Team hosted their first meet of the season Friday coming away with a second place finish for both the boys’ and girls’ squads.  Competing schools included Morgan, Clarke Central, George Walton Academy, and Athens Academy.  Head Coach Jennifer O’Neal talked about the event, “We had a great meet this week.  I’m very proud of the team spirit our swimmers showed.  Even the judges complimented us about it.  Way to go!  Clarke Central came in with about 40 swimmers to take …

Mat Dogs host Christmas Classic

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was another great weekend of wrestling for the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs as they hosted their annual Christmas Classic.  Sixteen teams came to Madison to compete in the event that drew great crowds and teams from around the state.  The squad made a strong showing finishing fifth against some of the best competition that were drawn and invited to the event.  Donovan McElligott and Finn Williams again paced the Dogs by finishing first and second respectively in their weight classes.  McElligott …

Bulldogs basketball goes 1-1 for the week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Without the services of an injured Tyrin Lawrence, the Morgan County Bulldogs used a balanced offense to drub Franklin County 62-46 in their first Region 8-AAA contest.  MOCO went on the road to face a team that some think could be in the conversation for a State playoff spot this season.  The Dogs moved to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in 8-AAA play with the win.  According to the MaxPreps State rankings, the Bulldogs are number three in all classifications and number one …

Lady Dogs rout Franklin in Region opener

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was all Lady Bulldogs in the 2018-19 Region 8-AAA opener.  Morgan County disposed of the Franklin County Lady Lions by an 83-43 margin in Carnesville  as Lou Reid poured in 25 points to lead her team  to the win. The win comes just days after a blowout  loss  to Buford that Coach Josh Reeves saw as a catalyst for his team.  “The Buford game helped us to recommit ourselves to pushing harder in practice.  The extra running is paying dividends.  The girls said …

Middle School basketball faces Social Circle Friday

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan’s Middle School basketball squads grabbed two Piedmont Athletic Conference wins over the Redskins of Social Circle Friday in a home game.  It was the first win for the boys’ team as the girls stayed undefeated on the season. In the locker room after the victory, Coach Bo Larkins told his team, “Now we’ve got the monkey off our back, and you guys are seeing what it takes to win.  I’m very proud of the team effort.” The boys locked in defensively from the …

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Bostwick’s Whitehead poised for State Championship

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County native, Len’neth Whitehead, has been looking forward to this week’s opportunity for quite some time. In fact, it’s been 15 games since the Athens Academy Spartans faced off with eventual Class-A Private football Champions Eagles Landing Christian Academy in 2017. That one didn’t go so well for the Spartans as they took a 41-3 loss in the finals.  This year’s rematch will pit the Athens school up against that same juggernaut.  ELCA has waltzed through this year’s playoffs outscoring their opponents by …

Lady Dogs getting better by playing the best

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Lady Dogs took on the number one ranked team in AAAAA and number three ranked team in the entire State this week, the Lady Wolves of Buford.  They are the reigning State Champs from this past season, and only seem to reload even after graduating three Division-I players from a year  ago.  Morgan lost the contest 62-36, but in the mind of Coach Josh Reeves, “The game did what it was supposed to do.”  Pressing him on that statement, he said, “Certainly, we …

Sims notches win 200 with victory over Gainesville

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In typical Jamond Sims humble fashion, he didn’t even let the cat out of the bag about his 200th win with his team until after the “W”.  He said, “I didn’t want to tell them because I was more focused on our performance instead of the importance of the outcome.”  The 43-year-old Head Coach, in his 11th season at the helm, got the milestone after taking down AAAAAA opponent Gainesville High School at the North Georgia University Showcase Tournament this past weekend 55-49.  If …

Bullpups split with Carver

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams took on the Carver Middle School Wildcats this past Friday.  The girls came away with a 34-23 win while the boys lost 45-36.  The Piedmont Athletic Conference contest was played at MCMS to a near capacity and highly vocal crowd.  This small venue makes for some exciting action with the compact seating putting the fans right on top of the game. Coach Brian Cousins’ girls had to come from behind in the second half to get the victory …

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Henry headed to North Georgia

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Madison Henry is a winner.  How do we know?  After suffering a (mostly) season-ending injury, the senior All-State catcher never seemed to let it get her down.  She attributes that to all her friends, family, and coaches that encouraged her during that troubling time.  “Without them, and without my acceptance of Christ into my life this past summer, I honestly don’t think I would have been able to stay as positive as I was.” Henry was the dugout-screaming, teammate-encouraging, drums-playing (well it was actually …

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Lady Dogs open with two wins at Dacula

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The 2018-19 version of Morgan County Lady Basketball got under way this past week at Dacula High School in the Dacula Tip-off Classic coming away with two wins against only one loss.  The field of girls’ team was deep and talented.  Morgan lost their first outing 55-46 to Mountain View, a 7A opponent, but bounced back to defeat another 7A team in Shiloh 59-51 before finishing off the opening games with a white knuckler defeat of Central Gwinnett.  They did all of this without …

Bulldogs open season with two wins over ranked opponents

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes down to the 2018-19 hardcourt Dogs, Morgan County will look to senior guards Alec Woodard, Tyrin Lawrence, and Stevin Greene to do what they are expected to do.  The opening weekend put those expectations on exhibition as the “Big Three” scored 129 of the Bulldogs’ 152 points offensively to lead the attack.  The Bulldogs traveled to Holy Innocents for the Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament taking their first two wins.  The opposition was no slouch as MOCO disposed of Pebblebrook (ranked 13th in …

Webb represents Lady Diamond Dogs in North-South All-Star Game

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor One this is for sure.  Morgan County’s Lady Softball team is going to miss Alissa Webb.  The four-year starter has been a rock for Morgan over that span.  Recently, the senior got another honor by being selected to and playing in the Georgia Softball North-South All-Star Game. She said, “I was blessed to get the opportunity and to get to wear my high school jerseys one last time.  It was an honor to represent Morgan County and I had so much fun getting to …

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Dogs finish 1-1 at Walnut Grove duals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The weekend saw the Morgan County Mat Dogs going 1-1 at the Walnut Grove Duals where they defeated Druid Hills 54-18 and fell to Walnut Grove in a close match 43-35.  Coach Carter Shultz commented on his team’s weekend.  “We came out very flat against Walnut Grove in the first match and fell behind quickly.  We didn’t wrestle particularly well early and in the future we have to figure out a way to start faster.  We picked it up towards the top end of …

Woodard signs with Austin Peay

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After committing earlier to Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee, Alec Woodard made it official this week by signing on the dotted line to play for the Governors next season.  When asked why he chose the school, he told the Morgan County Citizen, “I thought it was a good fit for me.  First, the new coach (Matt Figger) has only been there for one year, and had a winning record last year.  He was also Coach-of-the Year in the conference (Ohio Valley Conference).  …

MCRD celebrates volunteers and sponsors at annual banquet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor If you’re not on the VIP list to attend the Morgan County Recreation Department’s Volunteer Award Banquet, you don’t know what you’re missing.  As part of a tough sportswriter’s beat, my job is that of being “required” to attend this event.  It’s sad. I know that Patrick Yost forces me to go to the banquet each year that includes a T-bone steak that would feed a family of four, a baked potato as big as your head, and all the fixin’s that go along …

Young Dogs grew up in 2018 season

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The Morgan County High School football squad finished up their 2018 season this past week when they were eliminated by Lovett in the first round of the state playoffs. It was a re-building year for the Dogs as they were coming off back-to-back region titles in 2016 and 2017 and lost 25 seniors after the 2017 campaign. This season’s squad had only 14 seniors with just nine who saw significant playing time.  Of those nine K.J. Wyatt and Brett Edwards were injured for a substantial portion of the season. The …

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Mat Dogs open season with success in duals

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The Morgan County High School wrestling squad opened up their season with dual meets at home and on the road at South Forsyth.  Playing without a full complement of wrestlers early in the season, the Dogs held their own in both events.  First-year Coach Carter Shultz talked about his team’s week, “We wrestled Loganville and Madison County Wednesday night for our first home dual. The first match against Madison County didn’t go our way (60-24). Madison County is loaded this year and will most likely be in the Top 10 …

Morgan falls in State Playoffs

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer Morgan County bowed out of the state playoffs with a 40-7 loss to a very solid Lovett squad who dominated the game from start to finish.  The Lions rushed for 310 yards and passed for 203 more while holding the Bulldogs to just 91 total yards on the night. Lovett junior quarterback Blaine McAllister burned Morgan for 93 rushing yards and 203 through the air while accounting for three touchdowns.  Morgan had no answer for the tough Lovett defense, managing just five first downs on …

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Lady Diamond Dogs represented well in All-Region

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a Sweet Sixteen season and a fourth-place finish in an extremely tough Region 8-AAA, the Lady Diamond Dogs softball squad placed a number of players on the All-Region teams for 2018-19.  The first team nominees included shortstop, centerfielder, and all-around athlete Alissa Webb, ace pitcher Bailey Nix, and third and first baseman Reign Williams on the first team.  Nix, a junior, and Williams, a sophomore, will return for next year while Webb will continue her play at the collegiate level with one of …