Cross-Country squads running toward successful 2020 season

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor  If you want some positivity in your day, why not try meeting up with the Morgan County High School Cross-Country teams for a daily 6:15 a.m. practice at the MCHS track.  Yes, that is well before sunup, and well before the start of school for teachers, coaches, and student-athletes.  But you wouldn’t know it by the attitude of all involved.   That positive attitude starts at the top.  Hang around girls’ Coach Erin Spinks for a few minutes, and you’d swear she’s been swizzling …

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2024 – Orwell would be proud

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Thank goodness it’s 2024 and all this other stuff is finally behind us. Remember 2020?  It was horrific, wasn’t it?  The pandemic and the election almost killed us all.  The year of the vaccine and a new President. Boy, it’s great to be alive and well at 67.  I’m just thankful for all the changes I’ve seen since that fateful year. Ahhh…2020. That was the year that high school football was cancelled.  Yep, completely and totally cancelled.  Can you imagine?  My, how things have changed. That was also the year …

Holloway catches on with Emmanuel Senior inks fishing scholarship

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Cole Holloway becomes the second Morgan County High School bass fisherman to ink a fishing scholarship over the past two weeks. Following his fishing partner’s (Ryan Thomas – Montavallo University) lead, the 18-year-old senior made the decision to attend Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs to pursue his lifelong goal of becoming a professional bass fisherman like his father, Mark.   Emmanuel Fishing Coach Pam Wells commented on Cole, “We go through a big process in our recruiting looking at everything from school to community …

New and familiar faces to lead 2020 Lady Diamond Dogs

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County softball squad gave their fans a littlepreview of the 2020 version of the Lady Diamond Dogs this past Monday night.  The intersquad double-header pitted the black and red teams against one another in two five inning contests.  The outcome was…The Lady Dogs were victorious. Coming away from the scrimmage, Coach JasonMcBay was pleased with the effort.  “I like our team and they play hard.  With this group they are already rising to the occasion.  We aren’t flashy, just gritty and hard-working. …

Bill Malone – State of the Program

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor If you ask any player or coach involved in the Morgan County High School summer football workouts if they are glad to be back at it, the reverberating answer is a booming, “Yes.”  At Monday’s practice, the first that have allowed the use of helmets, head Coach Bill Malone was ecstatic about getting the opportunity to see his players performing on the field.  However, he was also overly cautious about the chances of playing any real football against scheduled opponents this fall.  “I want …

MCHS welcomes Goodwin as 2020 volleyball coach

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Morgan County High School would like towelcome Coach Kathleen Goodwin to the staff as the 2020 volleyball coach.  She will be replacing CoachOlivia Daniell who stepped down after the 2019 campaign after two seasons at the helm of the program. Goodwin has ties to the Morgan County area as her parents, Mr. Steve and Mrs. Donna Dailey, grew up in Bostwick.  She is a 2008 graduate of Oconee County High School where she attended K-12 and starred in three sports: volleyball, tennis, and cross-country. …

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Youth Camps Draw Big Crowds at Bill Wood Park

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor The Morgan County Parks and Recreation Department summer youth camps are in full swing with record numbers showing up this week for softball and baseball instruction. 170-180 youngsters from ages 5-13 came out to enjoy the beautiful, but extremely hot, weather. The two camps were run simultaneously at the local fields at Bill Wood Park as kids flocked in from Madison and surrounding communities.  According to some of the coaches, the big crowds might be attributed to the fact that many of the players …

Brown Speaks at Madison Kiwanis Club

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By R. Alan Richardson Sports Editor Most people in Madison might not recognize the name Brown in the title.  However, the mere mention of “Tookie” will immediately get a reaction from those who have followed Morgan County High School athletics over the past ten years.  Tookie Brown was instrumental in bringing home the first high school state basketball championship in school history in 2014, before chasing his college hoops dreams to Georgia Southern.  He is now continuing to live out his dreams of playing professional basketball in Belgium this past …

Morgan’s Finest – Coach Julie Jameson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor There have been many greats in the annals of Morgan County High School’s storied athletic history. The ‘Morgan’s Finest’ series delves into those individual players and coaches who have excelled at their craft above and beyond the everyday. We’ve been away from this series for quite some time now. We thought it fitting to reopen it during this time of concern over whether there will be a fall sports venue as we know it. Will there be Friday night lights? Will the runners test …

‘Tis the season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Tis the season.  Red snapper season, that is.  The Federal and State game and fish law enforcement agencies of Florida set the Florida Gulf of Mexico fishing seasons.  One that is highly anticipated by Floridians and Georgians alike is the opening of red snapper season.  With the uncertain nature surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, many in both states were concerned there might be no season at all, especially for outsiders from other states. Florida still has some rather stiff restrictions on visitors from hotspot states …

Maeson Tanner signs softball scholarship with Johnson University

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Morgan County senior catcher, Maeson Tanner, is no stranger to hard work.  When coaches, teammates, parents, and fans are asked to describe this young lady, the first thing that comes up is her work ethic.  She was asked why?  “I’ve watched my Dad (Johnny Tanner) work his butt off every single day in his landscaping business in the heat along with my “Pop” (John Tanner) who is 73 years old.  He worked like that to make sure he could give us everything we ever …

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8-AAA Announces All-Region Soccer Squad

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Despite only playing a few games in a virus-shortened season, the Morgan County High School soccer teams were well-represented on this year’s 8-AAA All-Region rosters.  In a season that will not be soon forgotten, especially by this year’s graduating seniors, there were enough highlights shown to give the rest of the 8-AAA foes a taste of what might have been.  Coach Anne Stamps for the girls and Coach Aaron Paul with the boys had to be proud of the players and with the results …

Thomas hooks fishing scholarship

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  Just two weeks ago the Morgan County Citizen reported on a first-of-its-kind rodeo scholarship awarded to a Morgan County High School student-athlete. This week, in another historical first, MCHS senior Ryan Thomas was awarded a fishing scholarship to the University of Montevallo (Alabama) for the upcoming 2020-21 school year as part of the Outdoor Scholar’s Program. The news broke this past week when Thomas, who was being courted by several schools in the Southeast, made his decision to attend the Division II school that …

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GHSA opens limited summer workouts

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a long-awaited decision, the Georgia High School Association will begin allowing member high schools to have conditioning workouts and training June 8.  The decision doesn’t come without restrictions.  The summer preparations are vital in that many of the athletes may not have been involved in a conditioning program of any kind since the Coronavirus reared its ugly head back in February.  However, this is a welcome sign that there is still hope for a possible “normal” return to sporting events in the fall.  …

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Dogs facing uncharted territory in 2020-21

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor All eyes are on Washington, DC and Atlanta as we await word on how long the lockdown will last.  Questions surrounding the opening of schools and our favorite fall sports abound.  Will Morgan County schools open on time?  How will all of this affect fall sports (if at all)?  What parameters will be put on fans and supporters wanting to attend these contests? It’s not too long until those questions will be answered, and there’s hope from many that everything will go as planned.  …

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COVID kills baseball season

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By  R. Alan Richardson sports editor  In a letter and announcement from Morgan County Recreation Director, Lance Alexander, the MCRPS has decided to cancel all summer activities due to the threat of and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  According to the letter, all summer activities have been canceled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include all youth baseball and softball, adult softball, Summer Day Camp, all youth sports camps, karate, clogging, and aquatics programs such as aerobics, swim team practices and events as well as swimming …

Gillian Ray to rodeo at Erskine College

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By Patrick Yost editor  As Gillian Ray, an 18-year-old, soon-to-be graduate of Morgan County High School, sits on a bench inside a barn with sawdust whipping in the wind, her lipstick seems out of place. Not that it’s smeared or the wrong color, but for this lean girl with long straight hair wearing broken-in blue jeans and pointed cowboy boots, the makeup appears unnecessary. This same girl is a master in an arena. Her mother, Ronnie Jo Shelnutt, beams as she shows a video of Gillian’s craft, her work. There …

Remembering Fred Mills on the MCHS Gridiron

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By Alvin Richardson staff writer On April 22nd Morgan County lost one of their native sons.  The passing of Frederick Lee Mills was mourned by all who knew him and beautifully memorialized in his obituary in the April 30th edition of the Morgan County Citizen. He was also remembered in a separate article in which his life-long friend Reverend Robert Terrell noted that not only was Mills a true friend but also a force on the Morgan County High School football teams for which he played. Fred’s family and friends …

Lawrence commits to Commodores

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Former Morgan County basketball superstar and four-star recruit Tyrin (Spank) Lawrence has recently decided to take his talents on the hardwood to Vanderbilt University. The 6-4, 170 pound combo guard finished out his high school career by simply being one of the very best in history to don the red and black uniform. The 2019 squad brought home a State Championship and he was named as the AAA Player-of-the-Year joining Tookie Brown and Jailyn Ingram as the only three MCHS players to have garnered …

Coach Ignoffo doing special things in special times

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Teachers are doing some very special things during our troubled times. We all need to be appreciative of their extra efforts. Being a teacher has never been easy. We should all be thankful in these days for the advancements in technology that allow our children to use social media and other avenues to continue their education. What would we have done 30 or 40 years ago in a crisis like this? It’s for sure the American people are a resilient group. We will come …