MCMS basketball bests Taliaferro during Dogs’ 2013 preseason opener

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By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer By Leila Dycus staff writer The Morgan County Middle School basketball teams started their season off this past week with games against Taliaferro. On Friday Nov 8 the Bulldogs hosted their first preseason games at home. The girls took the court first. According to Coach Brian Cousins the girls team is young this year consisting of 9 sixth and seventh graders and 7 eighth graders. The Lady Bulldogs took the early lead in the first quarter against Taliaferro, leading by three points. In the second …

Morgan County Matt Dogs that first place at Jr. Patriot Tournament

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Editor By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) wrestling team got their season off to a great start last week with victories over Oglethorpe County and Madison County on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and a team win at the Oglethorpe County Jr. Patriot Tournament last Saturday, Nov. 9. The MCMS Mat Dogs faced Oglethorpe County and Madison County at home for their first duals of the season and came out with overpowering wins against both schools. Morgan County outscored Oglethorpe 60-35 to begin …

Dogs fall to Hart County with 8-26 loss

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By Nick Nunn and Photos by Josiah Connelly By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity football team lost to region opponent, the Hart County Bulldogs 8-26 last Friday, Nov. 1, for Morgan County’s final home game of the regular season. Morgan County’s region record now stands at 3-3 (6-3 overall), with one game remaining in the regular season. This Friday, Nov. 8, the Morgan County Bulldogs will travel to Jackson County to take on the Panthers, who are 3-3 in the region but 3-6 overall …

6-3 Dogs are battling for playoff spot

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By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer This Friday, Nov. 8, in Jefferson, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs will battle the Jackson County Panthers for the fourth-ranked spot in 8-AAA and a place in the state playoffs. Although the Dogs still have a chance to extend their year through the regular season’s 10 games, Head Football Coach Bill Malone is still somewhat “disappointed about where we are” at this point in the season. Malone points to quarterback Trent Hawk’s mid-season knee injury and “untimely penalties” as two …

MCHS Cheerleaders take second place at Oconee competition

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By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team took second place at Oconee County High School’s cheerleading competition last Saturday, Nov. 2. The MCHS cheerleading team is gearing up for their region meet, which is set to take place this Saturday, Nov. 9, at Putnam County High School. “It was a great competition,” said MCHS Cheerleading Coach Denise Frost about the Oconee County competition. “We still have room to improve our score and we will be working hard to do that this …

MCHS Cross Country Season Ends At Region Meet

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Junior Jeremy Craft led the Morgan County High School cross country team, Photo by Josiah Connelly By Nick Nunn By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country teams competed in the 8-AAA Region meet on Thursday, Oct. 31 to finish the 2013 season. The MCHS varsity boys came in sixth out of the eight teams in the region with an average time of 18 minutes and 55 seconds in the 5K, while the girls placed sixth out of seven teams, averaging 23:45.61 in their 5K …

Offense back on track for Senior Night game

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By Nick Nunn, Staff writer After the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs capped off their 49-18 over Franklin County last Friday night, the stands and sidelines cleared out at a rather brisk pace due to the cool weather. Even MCHS Head Football Coach Bill Malone was anxious to get on the bus and head home. The game moved along at a good pace, thanks to limited penalties on both sides of the ball, an issue that has popped up a few times this year for the Bulldogs. After a …

Lady Dogs lose in second round of AAA playoffs

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  By Nick Nunn, staff writer The Morgan County High School varsity softball team played the Buford High School Wolves last Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the second round of the AAA state playoffs. Morgan County lost twice in the doubleheader, 0-11 and 7-15. The season-ending losses leave the Lady Dogs with a 10-4 record in the region and a 25-11 record overall. The Buford Wolves, who have won consecutive state championships in their region since 2007, shut out Morgan County in the first game of the doubleheader 0-11. A three-run …

Bulldogs hurt the Lions’ Pride with 49-18 Win

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldogs crushed 8-AAA region opponent, the Franklin County Lions, last Friday night, 49-18. The win puts the Dogs’ record at 3-2 in the region and 6-2 overall. This Friday, Nov. 1, the Bulldogs will play their final regular season home game against the Hart County Bulldogs, who lost their first game of the season last Friday against Elbert County 21-23. Morgan County received a kickoff from the Lions to begin the game in Franklin County. The first drive gave they …

Brrrrr…it’s cold

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Nick Nunn, Citizen Sports Columnist With little forewarning, Old Man Winter fell upon us around the middle of last week. Hard. Late October is that awkward transitional time of year when most of the outdoor sports have run their course, and the newly arriving, winter sports are heading indoors for shelter. Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball’s last stand in Buford last Wednesday was an cool-to-cold adventure as the sun went down, sending many of the parents back and forth from the heated recesses of their vehicles. And I …

Cheerleaders take 4th in division bout

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By Nick Nunn The Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team competed at Winder-Barrow High School last Saturday, Oct. 26. The MCHS team took fourth place out of the six teams in their division, facing 8-AAA region opponents North Oconee, Oconee County, East Jackson, and Hart County. “All of our stunts hit this week and we were overall pleased with our performance,” said MCHS Cheerleading Coach Denise Frost. “We had made some slight adjustments because we were missing a main base this week. We expect to have our full routine back …

Runners post personal bests at meet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team held their second home meet of the 2013 season last Tuesday, Oct. 22. The MCHS boys’ team turned in a “dominant victory,” stated MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York, with Georgia Military College (GMC) coming in second place. “The races were faster than the previous meet, as the course was not as wet, and our runners had a couple more weeks to train on it,” said Coach York. “We also had an …

Boys and ghouls enjoy running the Trick or Trot!

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Elementary School held their second annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run this past Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown Rutledge. The races attracted a total of 455 runners, with 169 registered runners competing in the 5K. The total of 455 runners shows a marked increase in participation. Only 325 runners registered to compete in the first Trick or Trot last year. “We definitely think that last year’s success helped us to build more awareness this year,” …

Franklin County (0-7) up next for Bulldogs

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Before Morgan County’s game against the East Jackson Eagles last Friday, Morgan County High School (MCHS) Head Football Coach Bill Malone hoped that the team would be able to get back on track after back-to-back losses against North Oconee and Elbert County. In Malone’s eyes, the 38-19 win over East Jackson was only a qualified victory, and, although the Dogs feel good to have another win under their belt, Malone thinks that the team has a way to go in order to get back to …

Spike Dogs fall to War Eagles in state playoffs

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By Leila Dycus, Intern Their Facebook page says it all: “A lot of blood, sweat, and tears were left on the court Wednesday evening as Woodward Academy took the court and the match in three games.” Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) varsity Spike Dogs traveled to Woodward Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 16, for the first round of state playoffs. Led by Coach Pete Busenitz, filling in for Coach Pam Hooten, the Spike Dogs faced a tough opponent in Woodward, the third-ranked team in the state. The Bulldogs competed in a …

Devotion

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By Nick Nunn Last week, during the JV football team’s 18-0 victory over the East Jackson Eagles, it rained from the first buzzer to the last. The rain came in strong with a moderate wind at some points, and, at other times, it slowed to a heavy drizzle, but not once did it stop. I watched the game from a relatively comfortable little enclave near the field house; a conveniently placed two-foot overhang protected my notepad, my camera, and myself for the entirety of the game, although I didn’t always …

Dogs lose in PAC heartbreaker

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) football team lost their Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) game against the Youth Middle School Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The 7-8 loss ended the 2013 season for the Dogs, who had remained undefeated through the regular season. Morgan County was set to receive the ball to begin their matchup against Youth, but Youth was able to successfully execute an onside kick, beginning the first offensive drive of the game on the Dogs’ 46-yard line. Youth advanced to the 19-yard …

MCHS competition cheerleaders gearing up for region meet Nov. 9

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Last Saturday, Oct. 19, the Morgan County High School (MCHS) competition cheerleading team competed in a meet at the Loganville High School, where they competed against region opponents, such as Hart County and Oconee County. MCHS Competition Cheerleading Coach Christen Seabolt said that the team’s score from the meet suffered due to mistakes in the pyramid element of the team’s routine. In order to receive top marks for a pyramid, the pyramid must include two or more structures with two or more entries into an …

Shutout in the rain: JV Dogs win 18-0 over East Jackson in season ender

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV football team beat East Jackson in Commerce last Thursday, Oct. 18, ending the 2013 season with a 18-0 shutout against the Eagles. The JV Dogs, a handful of devoted parents, and the JV cheerleader squad endured the cold rain that fell throughout the entire game. The soaked fans and poncho-wearing cheerleaders didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits; Morgan County’s attendance matched or exceeded that of the home team’s from beginning to end. Morgan County’s defense held East …