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Wed
18
Oct

Morgan County edges Monroe Area to take region lead

With the game on the line, Morgan senior quarterback Trey Patterson tosses up a long pass to Anthony Cooper, who hauls it in to give Morgan its decisive 22-21 lead over Monroe Area.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

On Friday the 13th, it was only appropriate for Morgan County football to win in a thriller.

The Bulldogs (6-1) beat Monroe Area (7-1) last Friday, 22-21, to remain in control of their own fate in the Region 8-AAA race. The matchup pitted two highly talented – and explosive – teams against one another and the game did not disappoint.

Although Morgan did not clinch the region title last Friday, it now has the easiest path to the championship of any other team. 

Bulldogs head coach Bill Malone is in his 11th year as the head coach of the team. Earlier this week, Malone recalled two key victories in his career – the 2000 playoff win against Union County and 2012’s win over Gordon Central – when discussing where last Friday’s win ranked in his tenure with the team.

Wed
18
Oct

Slate finishes in nation's top 10

Rafe Slate, driver of the No. 8 Solid Rock Racing Legends car, straps on his helmet before climbing into his car to compete in last week’s Legends series Nationals race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

PHOTO: Contributed

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The Legends racing series’ Nationals event last week in Las Vegas did not go the way Rafe Slate envisioned, but the Eatonton-based Legends driver still finished in the top 10 in points among the country’s Semi-Pro drivers.

Slate, who drives for his family’s Solid Rock Racing team, placed ninth in the national ranking out of 343 Semi-Pro drivers. Among the Legends Semi-Pro drivers from Georgia, Slate finished third.

“It feels pretty good, considering we've had a pretty strong year,” Slate said about his points finish. “We didn't really have many technical issues until right up to the very end.”

And those technical issues were aplenty.

Slate rolled his car onto the Bull Ring short track, located outside Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and quickly realized his setup wasn’t going to work.

Tue
17
Oct

How Sweet it is: Morgan softball advances

Morgan County senior pitcher Katee Finney winds up to throw a pitch during last week’s state playoff series at Greater Atlanta Christian. Finney allowed just two runs through two games.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The Morgan softball team used a combination of strong pitching, stellar defense and consistent offense to upend Greater Atlanta Christian last week and advance to the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs.

Morgan played a best-of-three series at GAC, which began and ended last Wednesday. The Lady Dogs won game one, 9-2, then beat the Lady Spartans, 9-0, in game two to sweep the round.

“That's probably the best two games we've had all season,” said junior shortstop Alissa Webb. “We were so clean and it went just like it should have, as good as it could've been.”

The Lady Dogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game. After surrendering two runs, senior pitcher Katee Finney made quick work of GAC.

Thu
12
Oct

Greene County cross-country sees massive growth

The Greene County cross-country team, comprised of runners from both Carson Middle School and Greene County High School, poses with co-head coaches Adam Bradley (left, bottom) and Mike Smith (right, bottom) for a team picture.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

If you have driven through the streets of Greensboro over the past few months and noticed packs of kids running in the afternoon, then you’ve seen the Greene County cross-country team on full display.

In total, the team features about 80 middle and high school students on its roster, all coming from Union Point STEAM Academy, Carson Middle School and Greene County High School. That’s quite a big jump in roster size compared to last year’s team, which included only six runners.

Mike Smith is one of the team’s co-head coaches. Smith teaches physical science at UPSA. Adam Bradley, who works at Greene County High School, is the other co-head coach.

Smith said he was disheartened when the duo first took over the program but words of encouragement from Bradley proved true.

Thu
12
Oct

Greene football loses to Washington-Wilkes

Greene County senior linebacker Josh Miller pops a Washington-Wilkes running back in the backfield for a loss.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The Greene County football team fell to 3-3 last Friday after losing to longtime rival Washington-Wilkes, 40-27, in Greensboro.

Washington-Wilkes jumped out to a 19-0 lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and took control of a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate. The visiting Tigers controlled the ball all night, running 77 plays and holding the ball for nearly 35 minutes.

Greene allowed 477 total yards, including 337 on the ground. Washington-Wilkes tailback Malik Hall ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to a decisive win.

Thu
12
Oct

LOA hosts basketball coaching clinic

Lake Oconee Academy girls basketball head coach Kevin Furtado presents a team drill run by his own players during last Saturday’s coaching clinic at LOA.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Lake Oconee Academy hosted a basketball coaching clinic last Saturday, bringing in coaches and visitors from all over the country.

The clinic featured former Georgia basketball player James Banks and Gene Durden, who has five state titles at Buford, among others. Visiting coaches came in as far away as Ohio and as close as Aquinas and Greene County High School.

LOA girls basketball head coach Kevin Furtado organized the clinic. He said he wants to try and help coaches become the best they can be.

“We're trying to share the game,” Furtado said. “We want to make it such a fun event where they're getting great speakers. They've got on-court teaching and so forth. We want them to feel like this is a destination every year for them. That's the way I am – I love clinics – and I'm just trying to get coaches here and share it.”

Thu
12
Oct

NGA ignores scoreboard, goes down fighting against Eagles

Joseph Crumbley, a senior tailback at Nathanael Greene Academy, looks for a running lane before taking off during last week’s game against Rock Springs Christian.

PHOTO: Contributed

By James M. Morton

james@lakeoconeenews.us

 

In a scene right out of Cool Hand Luke’s playbook, the Nathanael Greene Academy Patriots refused to give up, stay down or otherwise be broken by the Rock Springs Christian Academy Eagles.

After NGA’s 52-14 loss to Rock Springs, Patriots head coach Edward Bradley said he was proud of the fight his team showed despite the losing effort.

“The biggest thing I learned was the character of our team,” Bradley said. “They kept fighting. They weren’t down in the locker room at halftime. They’re like, ‘The game’s not over with, we’re still in it.’ So I liked seeing that.”

Trailing 52-14 going into the fourth, the referees told the press box to run the clock; this only seemed to motivate the Patriots, who ran from line to line to finish the game with the same intensity with which they started it.

Wed
11
Oct

Morgan softball prepares for state playoffs

In a dramatic play at home plate, Morgan catcher Madison Henry slaps a tag on a Franklin runner to record an out during last week’s Region 8-AAA tournament matchup.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The Morgan softball regular season did not go quite as well as normal but the Lady Dogs are back in familiar, expected territory: the state tournament.

Morgan opens the state playoffs Wednesday at Greater Atlanta Christian. The two teams will compete in a best-of-three series with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m. and game two slated for 6:30. Game three, if necessary, will be played Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The series with GAC came on the heels of Morgan’s inconsistent performance last week in the Region 8-AAA tournament.

The Lady Dogs dropped the first game of the region tournament to eventual champion Jackson County, 12-4, last Tuesday. They followed it later that afternoon with a 14-2 beatdown of East Jackson to advance to the next round on Thursday.

Wed
04
Oct

Morgan softball team clinches playoff spot

The Lady Dogs swarm Alissa Webb after she touches home plate following her home run against Monroe. Morgan beat the Lady Hurricanes to secure a place in the state tournament.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us 

 

Powered by strong offensive performances from Madison Henry and Alissa Webb and stellar pitching from Katee Finney, the Morgan County softball team punched its playoff ticket earlier this week with a Region 8-AAA tournament series win over Monroe Area.

The Lady Hurricanes came to Madison last Saturday for a doubleheader. The two games kicked off a best-of-three series. Morgan won the first game, 4-0, but lost the second, 4-3, which forced a decisive game three, held Monday evening in Madison.

On Monday, the Lady Dogs beat Monroe, 9-1. Henry blasted two homers and Webb crushed one of her own to lead the Morgan offense. Finney gave up a run in the first inning but fended off the Lady Hurricanes from then on.

It was as strong a win as Morgan’s had all year, and it came at the perfect time.

Wed
04
Oct

LOA hosts first-ever athletic senior night

LOA softball seniors Samantha Cervantes, Stephanie Cervantes, Grace Cosby and Savannah Courter stand with their families during last Thursday’s senior night ceremony.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Lake Oconee Academy’s softball team recorded the school’s first varsity-level athletic victory last year. This year, it added another “first” to its resume.

The Lady Titans held senior night last Thursday, the first such ceremony for LOA. The school, established in 2007, recently began its first year with a senior class. Four softball players – Grace Cosby, Samantha Cervantes, Stephanie Cervantes and Savannah Courter – were recognized prior to last week’s season finale against Morgan County.

LOA’s four seniors were presented flowers and gifts during an on-field presentation. Unfortunately for LOA, it dropped the game by a wide margin (23-1).

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