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 …

Outdoorsmen are getting mighty fancy when it comes to clothes

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By Alvin Richardson I will never forget driving up to visit with my grandmother many years ago sporting a new car. Well, it was new to me even though it was a 10-year-old Chevy. She immediately commented “You’re getting might fancy aren’t you?” Of course fancy to her was indoor plumbing and air conditioning. I stammered around and tried to convince her that I wasn’t putting on airs but she was thoroughly convinced that I was indeed showing off in a most undignified manner. I believe it is safe to …

Lady Dogs win some, lose some at North Oconee Play Day

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  By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County JV volleyball Lady Dogs started off their season last week and competed in a Play Day event at North Oconee High School. “They’re very experienced JV teams, they’ve got a lot of experience on their JV teams, several years of club ball, middle school ball and they play well,” said Coach Pete Busenitz of the Lady Dogs’ opponents. The Play Day took place Saturday, Aug. 17, and Morgan County faced North Oconee, George Walton Academy and Heritage High School. The play day …

Varsity Lady Dogs take championship in Cherokee Leadoff Classic

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Lady Dogs swept their way through the Cherokee Leadoff Classic at Etowah High School in Woodstock last weekend, beating Dodge County 15-12 and Paulding County 6-4 before taking the last game 5-2 against Etowah. During the first game of the classic, the Lady Dogs played Dodge County, who has become somewhat of a rival for the younger members of the Morgan County team, who saw Dodge County during the recent Georgia Recreation and Park Association 13-14 softball state …

Rocky Road: Morgan County Varsity softball has a bumpy start to the 2013 season

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  By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity softball team compiled a 1-2 record in just under 24 hours to begin their 2013 season. After a 1-10 loss to Walnut Grove last Friday night, the Lady Dogs lost to Mary Persons High School 3-7 for the first game of the Morgan Diamond Day on Saturday. The Dogs turned it around for the second game of the Morgan Diamond Day, beating Alcovy 4-0. Walnut Grove quickly took the upper hand over the varsity Dogs last Friday, …

There be dragons…

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Come one, come all to kickstart the Morgan County Bulldog (pre)season! The Dogs take on the Jefferson Dragons today, Thursday, August 15 at Bill Corry Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5. There will be no pre-sales and no reserve seating. You know where it is, and now you know when it is, so there are no excuses for staying on the couch. Come out into the heat and give your home team their first hurrah of the 2013 season!

Dispatches from the Oregon Trail, part II

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By Nick Nunn Nietzsche said, “Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.” Maybe that applies a little bit to reporters, so here I go again. For those of you who weren’t tuned in last week for the enthralling tale regarding the beginning of my vacation in Oregon, I described Silver Falls Sate Park and sent out a recommendation that we all spend a bit more time in natural settings exploring the beauty of Georgia. But back to Oregon: After Silver Falls, we returned to Salem but headed south …

Fishing pro is no match for Alvin Richardson, fishing jinx

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By Alvin Richardson Last summer I had the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Strom Thurmond (Clarks Hill) with perhaps the best guide on the planet. Jonathon Herndon, also known as the Sultan of Slime, is a professional catfish fisherman. He and his wife Cindy have a guide service on Lakes Oconee and Sinclair. If you want to catch the biggest fish of your life just line up a trip with him and you won’t be disappointed. The problem Jonathon had on this particular day was that he was going …

Volleyball team courts new players at camp

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer This year the Morgan County High School (MCHS) volleyball team included a new addition to their preseason schedule: a three-day camp at MCHS on July 29-31, just before team tryouts took place on Aug. 1. Twenty-two potential candidates for the volleyball team participated in the three days of the camp, which began at 8:30 a.m. and stretched to 2 p.m. For the athletes, the camp was primarily centered on practicing the fundamentals of offensive and defensive techniques, said MCHS Volleyball Coach Pam Hooten. Both new …

The last hurrah of the Greater Rutledge Sportsman’s Club

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By Alvin Richardson In 1971 Lake Oconee was just a gleam in the eye of the Georgia Power Company. There were, however rumors out there that the river was on its way to semi-extinction and that a big dead lake would take its place. The Greater Rutledge Sportsman’s Club, a loosely affiliated group of miscreants, scoundrels, reprobates and un-convicted felons (of which I was the junior member) took the news badly. This band of brothers fancied themselves outdoorsmen, and so, for old times sake, voted to take one last rafting …

A good, Old Time: Old Time Wrestling Federation’s family-friendly entertainment in Buckhead

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By Leila Dycus Intern When it comes to professional wrestling, most people only know the sport by what they see on television, but there is a professional wrestling association that hosts events right here in Morgan County. The combined experience between Tim Lowe, Billy Jack and “Vicious” Vic Roze, tied together with a few hometown roots, led to the idea to create the Old Time Wrestling Federation (OTWF) which has been calling Buckhead home for several years. “How we got started in Buckhead, was last March a year ago. There …