Sports

Thu
10
Aug

Henry and Finney lead Lady Dogs past Alcovy to open season

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Led by strong outings from senior Katee Finney and junior Madison Henry, the Morgan County softball team opened its regular season Monday night with a 6-2 win over Alcovy High School.

The Lady Dogs fell behind early after an uncharacteristic throwing error by junior shortstop Alissa Webb cost them a run in the first inning. They tied things up the next inning then opened up their lead a couple innings later, thanks in large part to Henry’s multi-hit and multi-RBI performance.

“We came out and the first inning was kind of rough, I'm not gonna lie,” Henry said. “We started a little shaky but we quickly got that under (control). When we got to hit, we kind of calmed down, got things under our belt and we really took off from there.”

Thu
10
Aug

Tigers roar in scrimmage win over Heritage

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

It didn’t take long for the Greene County football team to prove it can hold its own despite losing 19 players to graduation.

The Tigers seemed destined for a rebuilding year after losing one of the program’s most talented groups of players, which featured the likes of Devin Wynn, Anthony Grimes and C.J. Richardson. A rebuild may still be inevitable, but, at least for now, there’s reason to be confident in the Tigers’ chances of winning a lot of games in 2017.

After quickly falling behind Class 6A opponent Heritage High School 14-0 last Friday during a preseason scrimmage in Greensboro, Greene seemed doomed to have a three-and-out on its third possession. Then, Mikel Adams, who has been tasked with replacing Wynn as the Tigers’ No. 1 tailback, got loose.

Thu
10
Aug

Slate finishes second in Thursday Thunder points

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us 

 

Rafe Slate drove his car the best he could last Saturday during the finale Thursday Thunder race of 2017, but he was unable to match Hudson Halder and finished second in the race and the series standings.

Slate, who lives in Eatonton, entered the finale third in the points and 30 points behind the leader, Christopher Clanton. His second place finish Saturday only moved him up to 25 points back, but he did earn the second spot in the standings as he and Halder both leapfrogged Clanton.

“I was going to wait until near the end to make a move and try to get up to his bumper and try and win that race,” Slate said. “We definitely had a shot at it if it hadn't been called short.”

Thu
10
Aug

Best Yellow Jackets of the past decade: Part 3

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

We keep inching closer to the return of college football, and we here at Lake Oconee News are nearing the end of our best Yellow Jackets of the past decade series, too.

So far, we’ve listed three of the top five Georgia Tech football players since 2007. The fifth-ranked player was Jonathan Dwyer, Jeremiah Attaochu was fourth and Demaryius Thomas was third. This week, we reveal the man we think was the second-best Yellow Jacket of the past 10 years: Justin Thomas.

Thomas is the most recently active player on our list. He was the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback from 2013 to 2016.

Thu
10
Aug

Morgan softball hosts alumni game, honors Brittany Smith

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us 

 

The Morgan County softball team hosted several events this past Saturday.

To kick things off, the junior varsity team competed in a tournament Saturday morning. A home run derby was held that afternoon. A dedication of memorials that were made in honor of Brittany Smith, a Morgan grad and former softball player who was killed in a car accident earlier this year, was held later that evening. To cap things off, Morgan alumni competed in the second-ever softball alumni game.

Doug Connelly, the former softball coach and current Morgan athletic director, held an alumni game two years ago prior to his final season as the Lady Dogs’ coach. Jason McBay, who enters his second year leading the program, decided to hold another one this year.

Thu
03
Aug

Fall sports begin in Lake Country

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The intense Georgia humidity considerably decreased for a few days this week, which made the temperature outside feel more like October than July and August.

Surely, the Georgia heat will ramp up again soon but there’s a sure sign that cooler weather is on its way: Lake Country’s fall athletic teams start activities this week and next week.

Morgan County softball hosts Madison County this Thursday for a scrimmage. On Saturday, the Lady Dogs will host a junior varsity tournament, home run derby and their second annual alumni game. The late Brittany Smith will be honored during Saturday’s festivities, too.

Morgan softball’s regular season begins next week with two home games. The Lady Dogs will host Alcovy High School this coming Monday and North Oconee on Tuesday.

Thu
03
Aug

Best Yellow Jackets of the past decade: Part 2

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The calendar has turned to August, which means we are just a few weeks away from the return of college football.

When this edition of Lake Oconee News is released on Thursday, we will have less than 30 days to go before the return of one of the most exciting sports. To help fill in that time, we’re going to list off the five best Georgia Tech football players of the past decade.

Last week in the first installment of this series, we unveiled former Yellow Jackets running back Jonathan Dwyer in the No. 5 slot. This week, we’re going to reveal the next two men on our list. These two former players represent different sides of the ball but they share a bond in that they accomplished great things in their Yellow Jackets uniforms.

Thu
03
Aug

Slate falls to second ahead of Thursday Thunder finale after wild night at AMS

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The final races of the 2017 Thursday Thunder series will be held this Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and it’s safe to say the final Semi-Pro race of the season will have to feature some truly bizarre moments to match the craziness of last week’s penultimate event.

Eatonton’s Rafe Slate entered last week’s Thursday Thunder Semi-Pro race with a two-point lead over Hudson Halder in the series’ points standings. He left the track in second place and 16 points behind Halder.

Several relatively inexperienced drivers from the Thursday Thunder Chargers division were added into the Semi-Pro races over the past few weeks and nearly 10 were on the track last Saturday. Slate said he had “no idea” why those drivers were added to the mix, especially considering the tight championship battle going on between him and Halder.

Thu
03
Aug

Morgan softball to honor Smith, host alumni game

The Morgan County softball team’s second annual alumni game and tribute to Brittany Smith highlight a handful of festivities to be held this Saturday at the Morgan County High School softball field.

Early Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., the school’s junior varsity team will compete in a tournament. A home run derby will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Following the home run derby, the Lady Dogs will honor Brittany Smith. Smith was tragically killed in a car accident in Putnam County back in April. She was a graduate of Morgan County and played for the Lady Dogs during her high school career. The team will honor Smith at 6:15 p.m. this Saturday.

The alumni game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities will cap off the opening week of Morgan County softball. The Lady Dogs began practice Monday afternoon and will host Madison County for a scrimmage Thursday evening.

Wed
26
Jul

Best Yellow Jackets of the past decade: Part 1

Contributed 

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

If you’ve been following our paper the past several weeks, you’ve likely noticed our UGA football Mount Rushmore series.

We identified the four men we thought deserved places on our fictitious Mount Rushmore of Bulldogs. We understand, though, that not everyone in Lake Country is a Georgia fan. Because of that, we’re going to spotlight the other national championship-winning college football program in the state, Georgia Tech.

To help kill a little bit of time between now and football season – which returns in just a little more than a month – we’re starting a new series, which will break down our picks of the five best Georgia Tech football players of the past decade.

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