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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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Friday, Dec. 13 • MCHS Varisty and JVWrestling: Morgan County Christmas Classic @ MCHS, 5 p.m. • MCMS Wrestling: Morgan County Christmas Classic @ MCHS, 5 p.m. • MCHS Varsity and JV Basketball @ East Jackson High School. JV 4:15 p.m., varsity 7 p.m. • MCMS Basketball @ Social Circle Middle School, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 • MCHS Varisty and JVWrestling: Morgan County Christmas Classic @ MCHS, 9 a.m. • MCMS Wrestling: Morgan County Christmas Classic @ MCHS, 9 a.m. • MCMS Basketball @ West Jackson, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 • MCHS Varsity and JV Wrestling @ …

MCMS Hoop Dogs begin regular season last week with games against Carver, Youth & Greene

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  By Leila Dycus intern The MCMS Bulldog Basketball kicked off their regular season this week. The middle school basketball teams were busy this week starting off their regular season at home on Wednesday Dec. 4 against Carver. They then went on to the road to face Youth in Walton on Friday Dec. 6 and Greene County on Saturday Dec.7. “It always good to have home court advantage on your first regular season game,” said the boys head coach Milfred Franklin. “It’s gives the players a normal feel because this …

MCHS Swim Dogs host home meet

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By Leila Dycus By Leila Dycus intern The Swim Dogs were back in the water this weekend after starting their season off in Athens in November. On Saturday Dec. 7 the swim team returned to host a meet in Morgan County. Three teams competed including Eastside and Salem High Schools. According to Coach DeLaigle, the team placed second out of the three teams. The girls took first place while the guys were second. The team was missing many of their starters due to the SAT. Although there were no state …

Hoop Dogs take on Elbert Co. to jump off 2013-14 region play

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity and JV basketball teams traveled to Elberton on Friday, Dec. 6 to face the Elbert County Blue Devils for the first 8-AAA region games of the 2013-2014 basketball season. The varsity boys lost a close game in overtime 73-78, but the varsity girls started off their region record with a 56-33 win over the Blue Devils. The JV Dogs also had a tough night on the court, with the JV girls and boys falling 21-26 and 39-56, respectively, …

MCMS Dogs top George Walton, Athens Christian at home duals

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) wrestling team took on George Walton Academy and Athens Christian School last Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Morgan County High School gym. The MCMS Mat Dogs beat George Walton by a score of 65-19 for their first dual of the day, and they were able to keep their winning streak going against Athens Christian by beating them 66-25. After racking up the two wins last week, the MCMS wrestling team is now 4-0 in league matches this season. “Overall, …

Rugged outdoorsman’s toughness on the decline

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist There was a time in the distant past when I was pretty sure that no one was tougher than me. At 20 years old I would get up two hours before dawn, head to the swamp and tromp through ice to go duck hunting. After that was over I’d go get the dogs and walk 10 miles in search of quail. After lunch I’d jump on the bush hog and work until sundown. I’d then head out to the party, come in late, get five hours …

Above the rim – Hoop Dogs defeat Buford in season-opening games

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs faced the Buford Wolves for the first regular season games of the 2013-2014 season last Tuesday, Nov. 26. The varsity Lady Hoop Dogs edged out the Wolves 54-51 with an overtime win before the varsity Hoop Dogs finished out the day with a 76-65 win against Buford. The JV teams also had their season-opening games against Buford last Tuesday. The girls fell to Buford 19-38, but the JV boys beat their Buford counterparts 59-56. The Morgan County …

The Sports Desk – Grand Upsets

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By Nick Nunn, Sports Columnist Apparently, someone decided that this past weekend was to be set aside for close games and upsets. I’ve written columns before about how much I love close games, but, unfortunately, I had to miss most of the Saturday games because Mother Nature decided that the perfect Thanksgiving gift for me would be an overwhelming head cold. Unwilling to deal with the symptoms of the disease that plagued me, I medicated myself and slept for the better part of the day. Of course, that decision meant …

MCHS Mat Dogs crush the Red Raiders 60-18 in Madison Co. dual

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School wrestling team traveled to Madison County last Tuesday, Nov. 26, to face the Madison County Red Raiders in a team dual. The Mat Dogs came out ahead of Madison County 60-18. Among the varsity winners were Sean McElligott (120 lb.), Chris Bazemore (126 lb.), Jody McAlister (138 lb.), Luke Mitchell (145 lb.), Jeremy Worth (182 lb.), and John Grubbs (195 lb.), who all won their varsity matches against Madison County by fall. Clayton Bearden (152 lb.) won his match in …

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Friday, Dec. 6 • MCMS Basketball @ Youth Middle School 4:30 p.m. • MCHS Basketball @ Elbert County. JV 4:30 p.m., varsity 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 • MCHS Varsity Wrestling @ Hoya Invitational. Harrison High School, Kennesaw, 9 a.m. • MCHS JV Wrestling @ Collins Hill JV Duals I, Lawrenceville, 9 a.m. • MCMS Wrestling @ Pin Down Cancer Middle School Invitational, Ola High School, 7:30 a.m. • MCHS Swim Team @ Morgan County Aquatic Center, 10 a.m. • MCMS Basketball @ Greene County, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • …

MCHS football program recognizes atheltes, coaches at annual banquet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) football program hosted their annual award banquet at the MCHS auditorium on Monday, Dec. 2. After the meal in the cafeteria, coaches, parents, and athletes made their way to the auditorium for the awards portion of the evening. Rev. Tom Duff gave an opening prayer to begin the ceremony, and MCHS Head Football Coach Bill Malone gave a brief welcome. The individual grade levels participating on the football team were presented with certificates, and, as is customary, the seniors …

Varsity Hoop Dogs host SweetSouth Classic at MCHS last Saturday

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) basketball program held the annual SweetSouth Classic this past Saturday, Nov. 30, at the MCHS gym. The varsity girls’ team took on the Druid Hills Red Devils and beat their 6A opponent 65-40. The boys’ varsity faced the Allatoona Buccaneers in a nail-biter, losing in overtime 63-69. The Buccaneers’ fluid and aggressive style set the Dogs off their game in the first half; Allatoona took an early lead on the Hoop Dogs in the first quarter but were only …