Spike Dogs defeat Prince Avenue, Jackson County on the road

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School Spike Dogs were on the road last week, traveling to different area schools. The varsity team took on Prince Avenue and Jackson County at Prince on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The varsity and JV Dogs traveled to Hart County Sept. 14. And, while the varsity team took Saturday off, the JV team headed to Oconee County for a Play Day. The varsity Spike Dogs fought Prince in a three-set match on Sept. 12. Prince Avenue took the first set, edging out Morgan …

For the trophy-hunting outdoorsman, size matters

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By Alvin Richardson I caught my first trophy bass at around the age of six and I’ll never forget that day. The big fish hit a plastic worm that I was inexpertly dragging along the bottom of our small pond. The day had been slow to that point and my attention to detail had no doubt waned somewhat in the hot summer sun. A few minutes after the bass actually struck I realized the line was going sideways so I feverishly tightened up the line and set the hook. After …

MCMS beats Monticello 32-18

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Next Up The MCMS Dogs took on Loganville this Wednesday, Sept. 18, and play the Putnam War Eagles next Wednesday at home, 4:30 p.m. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School Bulldogs beat the Monticello Purple Hurricanes 32-18 last Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Jasper County. The victory marks the Dogs’ second win of the season for a 2-0 record so far. Morgan County received the opening kickoff but held onto the ball for only three plays before punting back to the Hurricanes. Monticello ran an eight-play drive before …

Greene’s a wrap, now to Putnam

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer From the very beginning, the Bulldogs’ 31-16 win over Greene County was a little rough around the edges. Including Greene County’s first attempt at a kickoff at the start of the game, the first five plays of the game resulted in a penalty. Three of those were against Morgan County, which resulted in a first-and-thirty-nine for the Dogs right off the bat. Fortunately, the Bulldogs were able to come together and pull themselves out of that deep yardage for a first down, but Morgan County …

Columnist: On top of old Stoney

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer A couple of weeks back, I suggested that we all try to get out a bit more often to see more of the natural beauty of Georgia, beginning perhaps with the so-called seven natural wonders of Georgia. In order to minimize my sense of hypocrisy – oh, it is always there, I just try to push it as far back as possible most of the time – I decided that it wouldn’t kill me to get out last Saturday and go to the most accessible …

MCHS JV girls cross country team ranks high at North Oconee High meet

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) JV girls cross country team placed highly at the North Oconee Home Meet on Sept. 5, with Yakira Chapman taking first place with a time of 25:56.36. Carolina Zant, Jessie Pagett and Maddie Allen also placed in the top 10 for the JV girls’ race. Zach Stone finished in the 24th spot of the varsity boys’ race with a time of 19:53.06. Luke Zimmerman came in 33rd place in that race as well, and, overall, the team placed eighth …

MCMS beats Monticello and Putnam

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Lady Dogs softball team defeated Monticello 8-4 and Putnam County 18-6 on Aug. 27 and 29, respectively, before losing to Loganville last Friday 2-4. The Lady Dogs’ 8-4 victory over Monticello marked the first win of the season for the Dogs. Morgan County’s batters were steady at the plate. Alissa Webb hit three singles in four at bats, Madison Henry was four for four with three singles and a double, Caroline Thomas hit a single and a double, and …

MCMS beats Carver Middle School 28-24 in season opener

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County Middle School football team beat the Carver Middle School Wildcats 28-24 at home for their first game of the regular season on Sept. 4. During the Bulldogs’ preseason game against Carson Middle School on Aug. 24, Morgan County beat the Carson Tigers 20-0. The Dogs received the first kickoff of the game but did not score until their second drive, when Tremon Moore was able to make a 65-yard run for the first Morgan County touchdown. Deyondray White kicked the extra point …

Spike Dogs lose to Oconee, dominate over Central Gwinnett

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By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School JV and varsity Spike Dogs found themselves on the road this week to play in neighboring Oconee County. Morgan took on Oconee County as well as Central Gwinnett high schools last Tuesday, Sept. 5. While the varsity Dogs welcomed back previously injured team member Riley Moss, many of the JV players were missing this week, which meant first-time starters on the JV side of the game. “I feel like, even though a lot of our girls were not here for other …

How tractor engineering lost World War II

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By Alvin Richardson As an old history teacher I’m always on the lookout for events that changed the course of our country and world. I ran across one from a surprising source the other day and this story will chronicle that event as best I can. Be patient and follow along closely so as not to get lost in the details. I have sworn under oath in this space that fixing stuff is not my cup of tea but I have a natural affinity for actually using weed eaters and …

Lady Dogs beat Athens Christian, lose to Eastside during Invitational games

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer On Sept. 4, the Morgan County High School Lady Dogs put Athens Christian behind 12-5 before losing to Eastside 6-8 during pool qualifying games for the Lady Dogs Invitational medal games, which will take place this Saturday at Heritage Park. After the Lady Dogs secured their 12-5 win over Athens Christian for the first game in a double-header, they got a quick lead over Eastside with two runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI triple by Aubree Cox and an RBI by Laree …

Greene County in Morgan’s headlights

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Next Up The MCHS Dogs play arch-rival the Greene County Tigers this Friday, Sept. 6 at Bill Corry Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer “It’s a one-week season,” says MCHS football Head Coach Bill Malone, who pauses to see if he needs to explain himself. He does. This is what he means: during the course of the 2013 football season, the coaching staff and athletes are taking the perspective of looking at each game as its own little season. The 35-7 victory over Monticello …

They call it “Labor” Day

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By Nick Nunn It has been pointed out more than once that naming a holiday, which most people use as an excuse to get out on their boats or backyards to enjoy the heat of the quickly cooling summer, “Labor Day” is more than a little ironic. Well, for most people, that is; your loyal Citizen staff is (or was, by the time you read it) at 259 North Second Street on this holiday. Feel free to thank us later. Anyway, staring out the window and imagining the world outside …

Richardson recommends camping to relieve stress levels

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By Alvin Richardson Sometimes I just need to soothe my frayed nerves. I normally can accomplish this by pretending to be a fishing guide (for no pay) or playing a little golf with my buddies (for money). When these two activities don’t work I always have my go to strategy. Break out the camper and head for the hills. This is a sure-fire method for lowering blood pressure and smoothing out my anxiety issues. As usual my instincts were right. This camping trip did the trick. There’s nothing like communing …

Dangerous Days

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By Nick Nunn Jason Heyward getting hit in the head with a 90-mph fastball, breaking his jaw in two places, serves as a real reminder that sports in general, but major-league sports in particular, are a dangerous way to make one’s living. Whether it is getting hit in the face by a ball moving as fast as the most intrepid interstate drivers, staring across the line at a 275-plus pound NFL lineman, or doing better than 200 mph in a little metal box around and around the track – not …

On the run: MCHS team begins season at NEGA Championships

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School cross country team competed in the Ninth Annual Northeast Georgia (NEGA) Championships on Sat., August 24, at Athens Christian School. Dalton Shaw led the boys’ team in the boys’ Championship 5k with a time of 18:42.23, taking 58th place in the race. Wyatt Howard was next fastest in the 88th position and a time of 19:32.18. Yakira Chapman took 83rd in the girls’ Championship 5k, finishing the race with a time of 24:28.62. Jessie Pagett finished with 25:05.34 and the …

JV Spike Dogs take part in Athens Academy Play Day

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  By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County High School JV volleyball Spike Dogs are doing a lot of learning on the court, participating in a play day at Athens Academy last week. “We started off against North Oconee, we ended that game 25-27, so we almost beat them. They’re a really good team, we played really well against them,” said team member Mary Claire Cardwell. After a play day the previous Saturday at North Oconee and matches on the road last week, the JV volleyball Dogs traveled to Athens …

Spike Dogs win against Jefferson, Walnut Grove, Prince Avenue

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By Leila Dycus, Intern Home games tend to bring out the best in teams, and that was the case for the Morgan County High School varsity volleyball team this week. “I feel like tonight we won all of our games, all of our matches, and we put forward a lot more effort then we have in the past, and for it to be the beginning of the season, it’s going to be great at the end of the season,” said team member Rosa Cox. On Tuesday, Aug. 20 the varsity …

Turman commits to UT

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dog CJ Turman announced this week that he is committing to the University of Tennessee. Turman, senior at MCHS this year, stated in an interview earlier this week that the University of Tennessee (UT) had been recruiting him since the tenth grade but had been “recruiting hard” since he became a junior last year. One of Turman’s biggest deciding factors was the coaching staff, which Turman said would call him regularly to check up on him, making him feel …

One Year Down

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By Nick Nunn I remember saying to myself a year ago when I applied for this job that I’d never get it. After all, I don’t have a background in journalism, I had never written for a living, and – as anyone in my family will tell you – I don’t know that much about sports. Oops. The cat is out of the bag. But I cleaned up a couple of the shorter papers that I had written in college, and I sat down to watch a Braves game, so …