Dogs, Lady Dogs prepare for Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s varsity basketball teams finished up their regular season schedule with wins over Monroe Area this past Tuesday on the road.  Both squads are now gearing up for the Region 8-AAA Tournament, and hopefully a deep run in the State playoffs beyond that. The Lady Dogs disposed of Monroe Area handily 56-46 to post a regular season record of 18-6 and 9-3 in Region play.  Coach Josh Reeves said, “The Monroe game was not our best effort but a win none the less.  …

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JV boys finish runner-up in Tournament finale

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a fitting end for the Morgan County JV boys’ basketball team as they came up just short of taking home the Championship Trophy losing to Franklin County 38-26 in the finals of the Region JV Tournament.   In the words of Coach Milfred Franklin, “After the game I told the players we did exactly what you are supposed to do throughout a season…get better as the season goes on and play your best in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how you start, …

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Bulldog Bytes: quick, digestible tidbits from high school sports

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Tennis:  Coach Stacy Dearing will again head up the boys’ and girls’ tennis programs this spring.  After losing four of the top girls from last season’s Region 8-AAA Runner-up squad, she said, “We have a lot of new faces and terrific talent!  Last year we did well with a second place finish for the girls.  We lost our first round playoff match in a close one, so this will be a building year for us.  I am excited about this rising talent.”  The teams …

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Primed and positive about upcoming track season

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s High School track program is headed in the right direction according to second-year boys’ head Coach Aubrey Fortson and first-year girls’ head Coach Patrick Kicklighter.  As most track coaches will tell you, it’s all in the numbers.  The sport is driven by getting as many quality athletes out to participate as you possibly can.   Convincing those stars from other sports like football, basketball, cross-country, swimming, volleyball, and others is a key ingredient to being successful in AAA track. Fortson commented, “We’re …

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Foundation builders: Former basketball coaches honored

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor At Morgan County’s final home game of the 2018-19 season, the high school basketball teams honored several former high school basketball coaches at MCHS.  These coaches spanned several generations of basketball at our storied institution.   They laid the foundation for the many years that followed where MOCO has been at the forefront of basketball in the state of Georgia.   Their contributions cannot be measured in wins and losses, but only in the number of kids that came through the programs that they …

Three straight Region wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Six games in 10 days is tough for any team.  After taking a tough loss at the hands of AAAAAA opponent Langston-Hughes 50-42 Monday the Morgan County hardcourt Dogs came back strong with three wins this week over Jefferson 68-59 in overtime, Jackson County 74-50 on Senior Night, and Hart County 66-55 in the season’s final home game. The 2018-19 team is senior-laden with the likes of four-year starter Alec Woodard and three-year starters Stevin Greene and Tyrin Lawrence.  These three guys will be …

Girls rip Jackson Co. on Senior Night

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a tough week for Morgan’s girls with games against the number one ranked Jefferson Lady Dragons on Tuesday, Jackson County and Senior Night on Friday, and another game with Hart County Saturday.  All of these games had major 8-AAA Region and even State implications.   The girls lost to Jefferson 68-55 Tuesday, but had a big loss in that one.  Starting point guard Lou Reid went down to a shoulder injury that may keep her out for some time.  She did not …

Dogs take down Newton in epic war

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor When it comes to elite teams, players, and coaches, Saturday night’s contest at Newton High School had all the makings of a great one from the time it was scheduled a year ago.  Two teams ranked in the top 10 state-wide, outstanding soon-to-be college players on both sides, and two coaches with 20 plus wins per season over the past decade and beyond.  It was simply a “War” and one of the best high school games you’ll ever see. Morgan came into the evening …

Lady Dogs rebound with two wins

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor After a tough road loss to the Hart County Lady Bulldogs Tuesday 77-63, the Morgan County Lady Dogs (16-4) came back strong with wins over East Jackson 77-40 Friday, and the Newton High School Lady Rams 68-57 Saturday.   The loss may have derailed Morgan from the top spot in AAA, but they have an opportunity to avenge that loss this week at Jefferson.  Jefferson’s girls took over the number one spot in AAA sporting a 17-2 overall record.   The Lady Dogs, at …

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Cardwell, 200 relay qualify for State

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor It was a good week for the Morgan County Swim Dogs at the Johnson Park Swim Meet in Conyers.  Swimmers John Cardwell and the 200 free relay team qualified for the State Swim Meet to be held February 7-9.  Coach Jennifer O’Neal said, “I was proud that the boys relay team made State and John qualified in the 100 backstroke.  Natalie Rogers came within ½ of a tenth of making State as well in the 100 freestyle.  It was a big meet and we …

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Bullpups, Lady Pups perfect for the week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor In a week that saw the Morgan County Middle School basketball teams take wins over Carson Middle School (Greene County) and Youth Middle School in Walton County, the teams walked away with a perfect 4-0 mark.  Both games were played at home. Wednesday the girls took a 44-29 win that was sparked by a 20-0 third quarter run.  In that quarter, Destiny Hunter, Precious Benford, Tameria Smith, and Kamora Smith combined to score all 24 points as they put the game away.   Morgan …

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Middle School Mat Dogs finish fifth at Peach State Duals

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The Morgan County Middle School Wrestling squad made a nice showing at the Peach State Duals in Elberton this past weekend.  This is the Middle School’s version of their State Championship that ends the season.  The team, under the guidance of second-year head coach Marcus Crowe and assistant Christian Darsey, came in fifth out of seven strong teams from throughout the area.  Crowe gave these remarks, “We are very excited about how the season went, and we look forward to the future of our …

Lady Dogs move to #1 in AAA!

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor  It’s been a while since both the Morgan County boys and girls basketball teams have held the number one spot in AAA at the same time.  This past week’s rankings have the girls moving from number two to number one after Beach, the previous number one lost to archrival Johnson-Savannah on Tuesday. The Lady Dogs defeated Franklin County 60-46 Friday and then thumped Salem 65-24 in this weekend’s Sweet South Shootout to make the move to the top of the heap.   MOCO is …

Water Dogs honor seniors at final home meet

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s swim team hosted a four-team meet this past week and honored their seniors at the event.  The swimmers competed to a packed house at the Morgan County Aquatic Center in their final home meet of the 2018-19 season.   Seniors who were honored included: Grace Williams-Plans to attend Valdosta State to study dental hygiene. Swam for two years. Bailey Shultz-Will attend North Greenville on a volleyball scholarship and plans on majoring in biology.  She has been on the swim team for two …

Dogs take down Franklin and Duluth

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor With wins of 55-38 over Franklin County and 46-41 over Duluth the Morgan County Bulldogs moved to 16-1 over the weekend and remained number one in Class AAA.  They are currently ranked at number seven in all-classification rankings on MaxPreps.  AAAAAAA McEachern heads the All-State list at number one while Hart County trails the Dogs at number four in AAA and Jefferson is hanging around the top ten in the classification as well.  AAAAAAA Newton, who the Dogs play Saturday, will be a tough …

Middle School hardcourt Dogs have busy week

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams continue to compete in Piedmont Athletic Conference games as the second half of the season moves on.  The Middle School girls are still undefeated after wins over Social Circle and Loganville this past week.  The boys have lost some close ones and are still in the hunt for a PAC playoff spot. The girls defeated Social Circle 35-23, but got off to a slow start before turning it on in the second half.  The first quarter score of …

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Sweet South Shootout a success

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor The second annual Sweet South Shootout featured some of the state’s premier teams.  The venue, put on by the Morgan County basketball booster club, is a fundraiser for the teams that attempts to bring in some of the finest talent in Georgia.  This year’s event was no disappointment.  The four boys’ games and one girls’ game pitted Class AA through AAAAAAA schools with several being found in the top 10 of MaxPreps rankings.  MaxPreps is the official website that the Georgia High School Association …

MS Mat Dogs finish fifth at Championships

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling squad made a good showing at this year’s Peach State Traditional Championships finishing fifth out of 14 teams competing.  He said, “We wrestled in the Championships on Saturday and placed fifth out of 14 as a team which was beyond our expectations due to the level of competitiveness.  Jacere Cooper placed first in the 147 weight class.  Zyjawn Myers-Turner placed third in the 130 weight class.  Nymh Carrera placed third in the 171 weight class, and Miles Butler placed fourth …

Huff’s final game ends in victory

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor Senior Jordan Huff played the final game of his basketball career at MCHS Friday.  The 6’2” 182 pound senior is headed for early enrollment as a scholarship football player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this semester.  He will be missed.    This two-sport standout has played a vital role in back-to-back Region Championships in football his sophomore and junior seasons and was voted in as an 8-AAA All-Region defensive back his senior year.  Huff is also known for his tenacious and unrelenting defense …

Mat Dogs compete at East Metro

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S This weekend was a good weekend for the Morgan County High School wrestling program. Both the varsity and JV competed at the East Metro tournament hosted by Monroe Area. Coach Carter Shultz commented, “I am very happy with the way the guys competed. We are starting to turn the corner across the board and winning some tough matches. Senior Mason Adams finished second at 132 pounds falling in a tough match in the finals. He is really starting to hit his stride and wrestling well. Senior Trevor Craft finished …