Dogs sweep Monroe Area

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The Morgan County Diamond Dogs are coming around and playing some sound baseball as they continue to work their way through the Region schedule.  At 7-1, they are two full games ahead of Franklin County in second place at 5-3.  The Dogs also have the decided edge over the Lions after taking a 3-0 sweep in that series last week.  With the 8-AAA schedule a little over the halfway mark, MOCO can pretty much determine their own destiny by winning a couple of series down the stretch.    The first …

Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir now open to public

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It’s Christmas in Dixie with the opening of yet another hot fishing spot adjacent to Morgan County.  The Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir recently opened to fishermen and boats equipped with electric motors and other watercraft that are self-propelled.  That includes canoes, kayaks, and jon boats.  Since the reservoir will serve as a drinking water supply for both Walton and Oconee Counties, gas-powered motors will not be allowed on the site at any time. It is located in Walton County near the Northwest section of Morgan County and can be …

Middle School baseball with Coach Mike Campbell

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The MCMS baseball squad had two games this week coming away with two wins. In a close 7-3 win over Jasper County, the young Dogs got a seventh inning comeback after being down 3-2 for much of the afternoon. Morgan scored five runs in their final at-bat to give the Hurricanes the loss. Scoring in the inning were Conway, Peaster, Young, Arienas, and Harper for the late-inning heroics. The team also got a 17-2 blowout win over Greene County in mercy-rule fashion after three innings.  Every player in the starting …

Tennis Update

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Morgan’s tennis squads had a full week sweeping Monroe Area in 8-AAA Region play, but taking a loss to one of the frontrunners in the region, Franklin County, later in the week. The only winner for Morgan’s girls at Franklin was Avery Kirby who came away with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.  The win over the Purple Hurricanes saw winners across the board.  The scores included Kirby at 6-0, 6-0, Madison Gasque with an identical 6-0, 6-0, and Mariella Plumley 6-1, 6-0 in singles matches.  The girls’ number one doubles team …

Golf teams start season strong

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What a week it was for the Morgan County High School’s golfers.  Not only did Bailey Smith shoot a 78 at the UGA Golf Course in the Athens Classic High School Invitational, but Madison Walley also won the Girls’ High School Water Wheel Tournament Saturday.  On top of the individual honors by these two team leaders, the boys team went to 3-0 on the season with wins at Cherokee Run and at home vs. Loganville and Monroe Area. The UGA event saw Coach Josh Reeves take two of his top …

Track teams make good showing at Tiger Invitational

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In a meet that featured seven outstanding teams from around the state including Burke County (always a contender in AAAA) and Hancock Central (last year’s boys’ State Champions in A), the Morgan County track teams finished third in the girls’ event and fourth in the boys’. Coach Aubrey Fortson was excited about the results saying, “There were some very good teams at the Greene County Tiger Invitational this weekend.  I thought we competed well against some very talented squads that have good programs year-in and year-out.” Highlights from Saturday’s meet …

Diamond Dogs take big wins over Franklin County

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It looks like there is somewhat of a grudge match brewing between the Morgan County Bulldog baseball team and the Franklin County Lions.  The Dogs traveled to the Lions’ den Friday bringing home a double header sweep in what, according to some who attended, was a controversial and high-spirited evening.  The umpiring crew saw fit to eject players from both squads as well as a coach while another was saddled to the bench for the second game of the double-header.  There were differing opinions as to why this particular group …

JV Diamond Dogs come from behind in wild finish

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If you like baseball, no matter what level, you would have enjoyed watching the come-from-behind win by the Morgan County Junior Varsity Diamond Dogs this past Saturday.  The squad got an unlikely win in the bottom of the seventh inning over George Walton Academy by scoring four runs in their last at bat to take a 10-9 win in walk-off fashion. Things were pretty tight through four innings of play.  GWA got on the board first with three runs in their half of the first inning, but Morgan answered with …

Dogs, Lady Dogs hand Tigers home losses

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It was soccer like the pros play.  The Astroturf surface at Greene County’s football/soccer field is one the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams don’t get to see very often. Most of the players agreed it makes for a faster ball on passes and shots as well as giving you a nice ‘lie’ making plays. You don’t get any bad rolls, divots, or uneven spots on the field which can make things easier to handle.  It’s mainly about the skipping and speed of the ball coming off the artificial turf. One …

Girls’ tennis team continues winning ways

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Morgan County’s tennis teams are right in the thick of Region play at this point of the season, and both are holding their own against conference competition. MOCO took on Hart County this past week in Hartwell. The boys lost the tight 8-AAA matchup 2-3 while the girls kept up their winning ways 3-2.  Coach Stacy Dearing’s girls have been decimated with injuries and illness, but every week it seems there are those ready to step up and step in to a new role to get them over the hump. …

Middle School wins first track meet of season

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The Morgan County Middle School boys track squad got their first team win of the year while posting several first place individual performances in the meet.  The Dogs came out on top with a score of 57 to their opponents 42 and 35 points. Head Coach Marvin Mathis said, “With so much rain last week which forced us to call off or practice indoors, the Morgan County Middle School Track and Field boys did great. We have a bunch of first year athletes who were quite nervous for their first …

‘Faces of Morgan County Track’

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For the fourth straight year, the Morgan County track program is under new leadership.  Coach Aubree Fortson will head up the boys’ and girls’ programs along with veteran Coach Kathy Hubbard, Erica Finley, and Kenneth Vaughn.  The Middle School track staff includes Marvin Mathis and Milfred Franklin.  The Elbert County native knows what it takes to put a successful program together having competed and coached for the Blue Devils in one of the most successful track programs in the state.  He said, “I plan on duplicating the success I’ve been …

Tennis teams continue to improve

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It was another good week of weather for spring sports and Morgan County High School tennis. The only match of the week took place on the MCHS tennis courts against a tough Region contender, the Jackson County Panthers. Coach Stacy Dearing’s girls came up with a narrow 3-2 win that came down to the number two singles match where Madison Gasque took a marathon three set win 6-3, 6-7 tiebreaker 10-7, and 6-0. Some controversy over the scoring of the tiebreaker in set two gave Jackson County an opportunity to …

North Oconee proves too much for Diamond Dogs

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The Morgan County Bulldogs fell twice this week to North Oconee, once at home 4-2 and once on the road 13-3.  In the second game of the week, the Dogs did well against Kumar Rocker, forecasted to be one of the top Major League Baseball draftees. He could go number one in some prognosticators’ minds as a pitcher, but also totes a mean bat while playing first base on his non-pitching days. He is the son of former NFL tackle Tracy Rocker. The first game of the week was one …

Soccer Dogs get Region win

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In separate soccer matches this week, the Morgan County boys’ soccer team did a number on Region 8-AAA opponent Monroe Area 8-0 while the girls came away with a 2-2 tie against neighboring Eastside High School in a non-region contest. Aaron Paul’s Bulldogs scored early and often in this one with six different players putting the ball into the net.  Finn Williams pulled off the second hat trick for the Dogs this season along with teammate Trace Blanton (in an earlier game) to lead the onslaught.  Phillip Webb, Patrick Griffin, …

Dogs explode in second half for win

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For three quarters of basketball, Towers High School gave Morgan’s Bulldogs all they wanted and then some.  Unfortunately for the Titans, it takes four to complete a game.  The Dogs took full advantage of it outscoring the visitors 18-7 over the final eight minutes to grab a 64-49 win and a fifth straight trip to the AAA Elite Eight.  That game will be played Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Madison after Morgan won the “universal toss” by the GHSA that applied to all remaining teams in the tournament.  …

Another great year for Lady Dogs

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The MCHS Lady Dogs’ basketball team lost to number three ranked Haralson County 53-40 to end their season on the road in the second round of the State Tournament.  Reaching the Sweet Sixteen was no small task for this undersized group who also finished as the 8-AAA Runner-up to Franklin County.  They will be remembered with terms such as tenacious, gutsy, hard-working, unselfish, team oriented, defensive-minded, and fun to watch.  Coaches Josh Reeves, Timothy Roop, Sharda Massey, and Candi Wyatt got as much mileage out of this scrappy crew as …

Experience plays big part in Bulldog wins

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Aaron Paul’s 2018 soccer team is not only talent-laden but also loaded with experience.  The team returns 12 players who have started at some point and are upperclassmen.  That, along with some gifted freshmen, like Trace Blanton, and sophomores, gives this squad the makings of another team that could possibly make some noise in Region and State Tournament play.  A deep group of seniors, led by Nick Seymour, anchors the Bulldog squad that is poised to be one of the best in 8-AAA. After losses to Jefferson and Clarke Central …

And the hits just keep on coming

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In the earlier days of radio, the quote of, “And the hits just keep on coming,” was quite commonly used to say that one hit record after another was being played.  It can also refer to one good thing after another good thing after another good thing is happening.  In the baseball world of the Morgan County High School baseball team, it literally means that they are flat out tearing the cover off the ball in their last few outings. To most baseball fans that saw this team play last …

Morgan County Middle School Diamond Dogs split with Hart County

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The Morgan County Middle School baseball team came up with a win and a loss against the Hart County Bulldogs last week.  The opener saw MOCO falling 11-6 before rebounding in the nightcap to take an 11-4 win.  Head Coach Mike Campbell is in his second year at the helm of the Morgan County Middle School baseball program. In game one the orange and black Bulldogs struck in their first at-bat by scoring two runs after the first two batters went down on weak ground balls.  Shortstop Jack Harper and …