Tevin Waller ears All-State recognition

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By Nick Nunn staff writer Morgan County High School (MCHS) senior Tevin Waller has been named to the Georgia Sportswriters’ 2013. All-State team. Waller was voted a spot as a defensive lineman on the second-team defense for the AAA class. MCHS Head Football Coach Bill Malone was a deciding factor in Waller’s receiving the award. “I nominated him for the All-State team about three weeks ago and thought he had a good chance to make the team,” said Coach Malone. “He is very deserving, especially after his dominating performance in …

Minority Report

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Greg Morin, Columnist This past Friday (December 27) a federal judge ruled that it is perfectly fine for the NSA to collect and review your phone and Internet records ( HYPERLINK “http://goo.gl/Q4LI4Q” http://goo.gl/Q4LI4Q) . Why is that? Well, those records don’t actually belong to you. This ruling is consistent with an interpretation of the 4th amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure known as the “3rd party doctrine.” Under this doctrine anything you disclose to a third party is no longer yours and therefore loses all expectation of privacy. Since …

The Sports Desk: Winter Pudge

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist The holidays are coming to a close. By the time this has printed, the new year will have been ushered in, and we will be without any national holiday until Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21. Resolutions will still be fresh and – when we neglect them – painful for our pride. And what is number one on a lot of peoples’ list of resolutions? Lose that winter pudge accumulated during the holiday season, of course. It might be the cruelest trick of the architects, …

MCHS Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs find tourney success during holidays

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  By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs continued their holiday seasons with continued success at prestigious tournaments. The Lady Dogs took the runner-up position at the Dwight Madison Christmas Tournament in Montgomery Ala., and, Monday night, the MCHS boys were set to play against Berkmar High School for the championship game of the 2013 BMASP/Nike Holiday Hoops Classic. Last Thursday, Dec. 26, the boys’ varsity Hoop Dogs began their bid at the Nike Holiday Hoops Classic at the Berkmar High …

Mat Dogs take second place in Border Wars

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs continued their holiday seasons with continued success at prestigious tournaments. The Lady Dogs took the runner-up position at the Dwight Madison Christmas Tournament in Montgomery Ala., and, Monday night, the MCHS boys were set to play against Berkmar High School for the championship game of the 2013 BMASP/Nike Holiday Hoops Classic. Last Thursday, Dec. 26, the boys’ varsity Hoop Dogs began their bid at the Nike Holiday Hoops Classic at the Berkmar High School …

MAYSA prepares for free Saturday clinics

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) is gearing up for a series of free soccer clinics to take place Saturdays in January, beginning Jan. 4. The clinics will take place at Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to noon. MAYSA is a non-profit organization formed in 2008 in order to promote the playing of soccer in the Madison area. MAYSA offers a pre-academy program for soccer players eight years old and under, academy programs up to age 12, and recreation teams for ages 12 to …

On the road for the holidays

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist As I grow older, Christmases seem to become a little less magical with each passing year. Call me the Grinch, but that’s just how it has felt to me for the past few holiday seasons. Christmases since I’ve turned 20 or so have started to blur together a little bit in my memory, so that it is getting to the point that I can’t remember if Nan gave me that set of pajamas last year or the year before… However, even if the holidays at home …

Rockin’ down the highway – MCHS Mat Dogs travel to Elbert County for Granite City Duals

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School Mat Dogs traveled to Elbert County this past Saturday, Dec. 21, to compete in the Granite City Duals. The Dogs fell to Social Circle, Chestatee, and Jackson County but beat Cross Creek. Earlier in the week, the Dogs also earned wins against Union County and Athens Christian School during duals at Athens Christian. During the first dual of the Granite Duals against Social Circle, Nathan Lundy, Jacob McAlister, and Jeremy Worth earned victories against the Redskins. However, Social Circle won …

Hoop Dogs compete in Holiday tournaments

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity basketball teams began their holiday tournament schedule on the road last weekend, with the girls traveling to Atlanta for the Woodward Academy Classic, and the boys riding all the way out to Columbia, SC, for the Chick-Fil-A Classic. Before the holiday break, however, Morgan County took on region opponent North Oconee High School on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Morgan County girls were facing tough competition with the North Oconee Lady Titans, who were the Region Champs during the …

MCMS Dogs face Hurricanes, Red Devils before break

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer The middle school basketball teams were busy this week taking on Monticello and Loganville. First up the teams took on Monticello at home. On Wednesday Dec. 18 the teams came back home after a long stent on the road. Even though they were back on their home court the games would prove to be difficult for the two teams. The boys trailed Monticello in the first quarter, being outscored by 11 points. Monticello with a 17 to 6 lead over MCMS the teams went into …

MCMS Mat Dogs place second at Monticello Duals

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS middle school basketball teams were busy this week taking on Monticello and Loganville. First up the teams took on Monticello at home. On Wednesday Dec. 18 the teams came back home after a long stent on the road. Even though they were back on their home court the games would prove to be difficult for the two teams. The boys trailed Monticello in the first quarter, being outscored by 11 points. Monticello with a 17 to 6 lead over …

At a Risk

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By Nick Nunn, Columnist Except for the intense zealousness, that fervor for success, which typically accompanies high school sports, you could almost say that high school athletics is only all fun and games. However, taking that view would mean ignoring a very real part of any level of sports: injuries. Despite coaches and athletes taking the best precautions, injuries are going to happen in any contact sports. Just this past week, Clayton Bearden suffered a broken arm as the result of a wrestling match. I didn’t personally see the incident, …

Ho, Ho, Hold! MCHS Mat Dogs host the Morgan County Wrestling Christmas Classic

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By Nick Nunn, staff writer The Morgan County wrestling program hosted their annual Morgan County Christmas Classic this past weekend at the Morgan County High School (MCHS) gym. Wrestlers and parents for Morgan County’s middle school, JV, and varsity teams participated in making sure the Christmas Classic went smoothly for the 12 teams in attendance. Morgan County’s wrestling team placed seventh during the tournament, with several individual Mat Dogs placing in their weight divisions. Nathan Lundy earned a third-place finish in the 106-pound division with a 3-1 record. After pinning …

MCHS Hoop Dogs continue region success

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By Nick Nunn The Morgan County High School (MCHS) boys’ and girls’ basketball teams defeated region opponents the Hart County Bulldogs and the East Jackson Eagles during their second week of region competition. Following last week’s wins, the girls’ varsity Dogs now have an undefeated 3-0 region record and are 5-0 overall, while the Hoop Dogs are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the region. The Lady Dogs executed a fine comeback win against Hart County on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Morgan County girls fell behind Hart 6-14 after the first …

Sports Calendar

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Friday, Dec. 20 • MCHS Varsity Girls Basketball @ Woodward Academy Tournament. Atlanta. • MCHS Varsity Boys Basketball @ Chick-Fil-A Classic, Columbia, S.C. • MCMS Basketball @ MCHS vs. Loganville, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 • MCHS Varsity Wrestling @ Granite City Duals. Elbert County High School, 9 a.m. • MCMS Wrestling @ Monticello Duals, Jasper County High School, 8 a.m. • MCHS Swim Team @ Ramsey Center, UGA, 2 p.m. • MCHS Varsity Girls Basketball @ Woodward Academy Tournament. Atlanta. • MCHS Varsity Boys Basketball @ Chick-Fil-A Classic, Columbia, …

MCMS basketball teams continue conference play with Putnam, Social Circle

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  By Leila Dycus The Morgan County Middle School basketball teams were on the road this past week taking on Putnam County, Social Circle and West Jackson. On Wednesday Dec. 11 the Bulldogs traveled to Putnam County to take on the War Eagles. The girls were the first to play. The stands were filled with Putnam supporters and dedicated Morgan County fans. The cheerleaders lined the court cheering their Bulldogs on. After a tough first quarter, the Lady Dogs trailed Putnam 16 to 5. The girls played hard in the …

Rotary hosts annual Christmas Rush Classic races

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By Nick Nunn, Sports The Rotary Club of Morgan County presented the 32nd annual Madison Christmas Rush Classic this past Saturday, Dec. 14 in downtown Madison. The rain and dreary weather may have forced a cancellation of the planned Christmas parade and caroling, but hundreds of icy runners lined up and down the streets of Madison to do their best in the 5K and 8K races. Zach Massey of Buckhead posted a first place finish in the 5K with a time of 18:53.2, while Chris Carter from Snellville finished the …

Take the upper hand: MCHS Mat Dogs’ season heats up at home duals, tourneys

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JW Guinn has his opponent right where he wants him. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity and JV Mat Dogs traveled out of town for separate competitions last Saturday, Dec. 7, after hosting home duals on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The MCHS varsity wrestling team traveled to Harrison High School in Kennesaw, where they competed in the Hoya Invitation, while the JV Dogs competed in the Collins Hill JV Duals in Lawrenceville. The Harrison Hoya Invitational traditional tournament gave the varsity Mat Dogs a chance …

Homefield: Facing the opponent in enemy territory

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  By Nick Nunn, Columnist Much has been said about the benefits of home field (or court) advantage and its effect on the game. A few quick minutes spent thinking about all of the ways that being in a friendly atmosphere could influence the athlete’s performance can give quite an array of possible effects. First is the purely physical. Being in a different place, possibly with different geographical features – like a flat football field as opposed to a curved field – or a different set of references outside the …