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18
Apr

Williams to leave NGA for Rock Springs Christian

Derrick Williams recently announced he is leaving Nathanael Greene Academy to take a job at Rock Springs Christian Academy. Williams led NGA’s girls and boys basketball teams this past year, coaching the Lady Patriots to their first playoff victory since 2015.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

After one year at Nathanael Greene Academy, Derrick Williams will soon depart for another job.

Williams, who served this past year as the school’s girls and boys head basketball coach, recently accepted a job at Rock Springs Christian Academy in Milner. He said he decided last Monday to take the job before notifying NGA officials and basketball players early last Tuesday.

Wed
18
Apr

Online exclusive: Harris signs with Brewton-Parker College

Flanked by LOA athletic director Chris Ingle (left), LOA boys basketball coach Michael Brooker (center, back) and Brewton-Parker men’s basketball coach Gavin Chapman (right), LOA’s K.J. Harris signs a basketball scholarship to Brewton-Parker College.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

His full name is Ka’Jarius Harris but everybody knows him by two letters: K.J.

It’s short but effective, just like Harris’ time at Lake Oconee Academy. The senior was an integral part of the Titans basketball team’s early stages once he joined the school after attending Carson Middle School. He was part of LOA’s first junior varsity squad then moved up to its first varsity team for the 2016-17 school year.

Wed
18
Apr

Online exclusive: Hubbard to attend Georgia Southern

Aris Hubbard, a senior at Morgan County High School, signed a track scholarship to Georgia Southern University last Thursday during a ceremony held inside MCHS’s Freshman Academy.

PHOTO: Contributed

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Aris Hubbard is taking her talents to Statesboro.

The Morgan County High School senior last week signed a scholarship to run track at Georgia Southern University. The signing followed a successful career in Madison, where Hubbard shined on the Lady Dogs track team.

Wed
18
Apr

Rountree signs with Augusta University

Morgan County senior track star Alex Rountree signed a scholarship from Augusta University during a ceremony held last Wednesday at MCHS.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

When Alex Rountree signed a track scholarship to Augusta University last week, it completed a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Rountree, a senior at Morgan County High School, wrote an essay when he was in the eighth grade, which detailed his plan of one day signing a college track scholarship. Last Wednesday, Rountree saw that plan accomplished.

Wed
18
Apr

Grill dominates in Lady Titans’ final regular season home game

Lady Titans senior Meredith Grill prepares to take a shot, which successfully went into the net. Grill finished with five goals against Greene County, matching her personal record, which raised her career total to 39 goals.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Meredith Grill’s five goals helped power the Lake Oconee Academy girls soccer team past Greene County last Friday night, 8-0.

Grill’s five-goal performance matched a personal best. She previously scored five goals against Piedmont.

Wed
18
Apr

Bulldogs finish regular season on nine-game winning streak

With an East Jackson defender bearing down on him, Morgan County junior Finn Williams lunges forward to attempt a difficult shot.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

All that stood between the Morgan County boys soccer team and a two-week break in action was a date last Tuesday with East Jackson.

A back-and-forth game couldn’t be decided in regulation. The Bulldogs and Eagles were tied at 2-2 as the second half expired. They traded ridiculous shots in two overtime periods and went to penalty kicks, where the Bulldogs converted on four of their five attempts.

Wed
18
Apr

LOA baseball closes season with win at Greene

Titans sophomore pitcher Zach Tolleson winds up to throw a pitch against Greene County. Tolleson fanned 16 Tiger batters en route to a victory to close out the year.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The 2018 season was a rough one at times for the Lake Oconee Academy baseball team but the Titans got a sweet finish.

LOA won its season finale last Thursday at Greene County, 7-1, to finish 4-16. The game was also the last one of the year for the Tigers, who finished 0-14.

Wed
18
Apr

Lady Dogs soccer rolls past East Jackson

Morgan Walker, one of the Morgan County girls soccer team’s two seniors, drives the ball closer to East Jackson’s goal.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Morgan County’s girls soccer team finished off its regular season with a solid win on senior night.

Wed
18
Apr

Titans soccer shuts out Greene

LOA’s Tyler Weir battles Greene County’s Juan Lopez for possession of the ball near the sideline.

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us 

 

The Lake Oconee Academy boys soccer team was on a two-game winning streak entering this week following last Friday’s 3-0 win over Greene County.

Wed
11
Apr

Seniors lead LOA baseball past Lincoln on senior night

Titans senior designated hitter Hunter Lovelace safely slides into second base to record a steal on senior night. 

PHOTO: Justin Hubbard

By Justin Hubbard

justin@lakeoconeenews.us

 

It was appropriate for Eli Ramsey to hit the game-winning home run during the Lake Oconee Academy baseball game against Lincoln County last Thursday.

Ramsey, the team’s senior catcher, was honored before first pitch as part of the Titan’s first-ever senior night ceremony. He had never before hit a home run at the varsity level, either, so he picked the perfect time to go deep.

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