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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 …

Holiday gift ideas for the old geezer in your life

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist I have recently entered a stage of life commonly referred to as being of a “ripe old age”. The specific number of those years can be measured in lustrums (around 12 in my case) and if you don’t know what a lustrum is then you aren’t old enough to worry about it. Anyway, there are certain rights and privileges that accompany this senior status and one of them is to complain when you get a birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or Columbus Day present that is unsuitable to …

Birding at dawn

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By Nick Nunn Last week, I had the singular fortune of renewing/refilling the Citizen’s community calendar. I don’t think that I had ever really taken a good look at it because, frankly, my time is already filled with a plethora of community functions. But being forced to look carefully at the various types of events that Morgan County offers really opened my eyes to a number of things that I’ve been missing out on. For instance: I saw in the calendar that there would be a beginner’s bird walk at …

Morgan Co. varsity Mat Dogs start off season at Cherokee Co. Warrior Rumble

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By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Mat Dogs began their 2013-2014 season last Saturday, Nov. 23, at Cherokee County High School’s Warrior Rumble. The Mat Dogs advanced to the Silver Bracket finals after beating Blessed Trinity 60-22 but fell to 6A opponent Parkview High School in the final match 33-48. “I was pleased with the effort out of our varsity,” said MCHS Head Wrestling Coach John Robbins after the Warrior Rumble. “With the exception of Blessed Trinity, the rest of our opponents were 6A …

MCMS Dogs pull out wins against West Jackson

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By Leila Dycus, intern The MCMS Basketball teams took on West Jackson this week in their most intense games of the season thus far. Both the girls and the boys’ teams rallied together to pull out back-to-back wins against West Jackson on Tues Nov. 19. The girls were first to take the court. “Out defense was much improved,” said Coach Brian Cousins. “We focused on blocking out and our full court press.” Coach Cousins went on to say that he was pleased with the improvements that they showed. The stands …

Morgan County Rec Department holds annual volunteer banquet

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By Nick Nunn staff writer Last Thursday, Nov. 21, the Morgan County Recreation Department (MCRD) held its Annual Volunteer-Sponsor Appreciation Banquet at the Madison Community Building. During the banquet, MCRD Director Lance Alexander named John and Penny Moore, owners of Madison Care Care, and Daniel Laughlin and Robert Ford, owners of Pro-Tec Fire and Safety as the MCRD’s sponsors of the year. Alexander stated that the recreation department had 64 sponsors during the past year. “Without those sponsors, the fees for these kids would be way over what they are …

MCMS Mat Dogs take control fo the competition at the Redskin Rumble

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By Nick Nunn, staff writer The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) wrestling fought hard last Saturday at Social Circle’s Redskin Rumble tournament, coming in second place behind the top-seeded Commerce Middle School Tigers. “The team did really well this week,” said Morgan County Middle School Wrestling Coach Mark Roper. “Once again it was a total team effort with key wins in every weight class. Halfway though the tournament we were in third place,” continued Coach Roper. “We stayed focused and was able to climb into second place above Veterans and …

Giving thanks during a thankful time of year

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By Alvin Richardson, Columnist For more years than I can count the great Atlanta Journal –Constitution sportswriter Furman Bisher offered up his thoughts on things for which he was genuinely grateful. Those columns always moved me and so in his honor and in his grand tradition we do the same here today. I’m thankful that my Mama enjoyed 78 years of good health, taught me a multitude of lessons that have lasted a lifetime, and saw fit to donate a kidney to me when I was deathly ill. I’m thankful …