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State Farm Student-Athletes of the Week

Ed Freeman State Farm Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

Week of August 21-26

Middle School Girls – Addy Christian, 7th Grade, Volleyball

Seventh grader Addy Christian played a key role in the MCMS Spike Dogs’ 2-0 start to the season last week.  In victories over East Jackson and Madison County, Christian did a great job of setting to create scoring opportunities for her teammates.  The coaching staff also noted Christian’s poise in making good decisions throughout both matches.  In the come from behind win over Madison County, Christian had a run of ten consecutive points scored while serving, which included several aces.

 

Middle School Boys – DeMarcus Smith, 7th Grade, Football

Although it does not officially begin its season until Wednesday, the Morgan County Middle School football team has been hard at work all summer in preparation for the 2017 campaign.  Coach Aaron Paul has been pleased with his team’s work during August practices and highlighted one player who has given exceptional effort.  According to the head coach, “DJ does not take plays off in practices or games. He always gives maximum effort and is consistent both on and off the field.”  Smith will be found at Quarterback and Linebacker for the Bulldogs this season.

 

High School Girls – Madison Gasque, SR, Volleyball

Senior Madison Gasque stands out in more ways than one for the Morgan County Spike Dogs.  As the Libero player, Gasque is a designated defensive specialist and is required to wear a different colored jersey than her teammates.  From a personal standpoint, her “lead by example approach” is the key characteristic making her a leader on this year’s squad.  Coach Thompson stated, “Madison is a true leader and our younger girls really look up to her.  I have coached her for four years now in volleyball and tennis, and she is one who leads by example and expects her teammates to follow.” Gasque helped lead Morgan County to a 6-2 record last week including a 4-0 day at the Battle of the Borders tournament played on August 19th.

 

High School Boys – Jason Fryzel, SR, Football

Senior Nose Tackle Jason Fryzel had a big night last Friday at Greene County.  Fryzel and the Bulldog defense held the Tigers to just 97 yards of total offense through the first three quarters.  Number 60 played a key role in the stingy Bulldog defense, as Fryzel recorded eight tackles, a sack, and three other tackles for loss.  He was also credited for three quarterback hurries. As if that were not enough, he helped the defense notch two points when he brought down a Tiger ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.

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Student-Athlete of the Week: August 7-12

Ed Freeman State Farm Morgan County Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

Week of 8/7-8/12

 

High School Girls – Bailey Shultz, JR, Volleyball

As the team’s setter, Junior Bailey Shultz plays an important role for the Morgan County High School Volleyball team.  Shultz sets scoring opportunities and must know how high and where to place the ball for different teammates.  According to Head Coach Greg Thompson, Shultz has done an outstanding job of adjusting to the new faces in the team’s 2017 lineup.  Coach Thompson added, “Bailey is the leader on the floor.  She gives 100% effort every day in practice, which translates to game day success.”  Shultz and her teammates will be at home on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

 

High School Boys – Jamario Pritchett, SR, Football

“Fanatical Effort” is the motto and standard on the defensive side of the ball for the 2017 Morgan County High School football team.  In the Bulldogs’ 21-0 scrimmage victory over Monticello on Friday night, both Head Coach Bill Malone and Defensive Coordinator Brett Bell pointed at the same individual when asked what player upheld the standard.  “Jamario played with relentless hustle,” stated Malone.  Pritchett’s effort paid off.  In just two quarters of action, the senior defensive lineman recorded seven tackles including one for loss.  Malone added, “Jamario is a behind the scenes guy who gives great effort day in and day out. I’m happy to see him have this type of success.”

MCHS Athletics Brings Home the Region Director’s Cup

A banner year for Morgan County High School Athletics was capped at May’s region meeting when the Bulldogs were named the winner of the 2016-2017 8-AAA Director’s Cup.

The award, sponsored by Regions Bank and governed by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association, recognizes athletic departments “that have excelled and show superior performance.”

Morgan County athletic teams earned 821 points throughout the school year, which was over 300 points ahead of the region runner-up.  Schools earn points based on the eight highest scoring teams for each gender.  Points are accumulated based on the individual team’s finish at the state level. MCHS boys teams collected a total of 363 points, while female sports accounted for 458 points.  Both genders led the way in 8-AAA.

Morgan County’s claim of the 2016-2017 Region Director’s Cup is its first since it picked up the top spot in region 4-AA for the 2011-2012 school year.

At the state level, Morgan County will finish in the top ten for the AAA classification, as the boys currently hold onto ninth place while the girls have finished sixth overall.

Morgan County athletic teams picked up eight region championships this year as well as runner-up finishes in six sports.  Region championships were claimed in Football, Volleyball, Competition Cheerleading, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Boys Soccer, and Girls Tennis.

 

MCHS Class of 2017 To Be Well Represented in College Athletics

While the prep careers of the Morgan County High School class of 2017 are complete, seventeen Bulldogs will receive opportunities to participate in their respective sports at the college level.  The Morgan County student-athletes moving on to college athletics represent a range of activities.  Listed below is a list of the MCHS class of 2017 college-bound athletes.

 

Tatyana Davis – Women’s Basketball – University of Toledo

Josiah Mitchell – Men’s Basketball – New Rock Prep Academy

Autumn Woodard – Women’s Basketball – Augusta University

Taylor Pickrell – Cheerleading – Georgia State University

Dalton Shaw – Cross County/Track and Field – Oglethorpe University

Malik Chapman – Football – Highland Community College

Casey Cooper – Football – Highland Community College

La’Marcus Stokes – Football – Highland Community College

M.J. Webb – Football – University of South Carolina

Ellie Conn – Rowing – Indiana University

Annie Akins – Soccer – Georgia Military College

Sarah Couch – Softball – Georgia College and State University

Ansley Dean – South Georgia State College

Mary Zimmerman – Volleyball – Middle Georgia State University

LaDarrius Andrews – Wrestling – Allen University

Jody McAlister – Wrestling – Newberry College

Antonio Robinson – Wrestling – Reinhardt University

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Williams Nominated for 2018 US Army All-American Bowl

The buzz surrounding senior football standout Quin Williams continues to grow heading into the summer before his senior year.  Having already received scholarship offers from a host of division one schools, Williams recently received a nomination for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Bell of the U.S. Army presented the nomination to Williams on Monday, May 15th.   The nomination recognizes the Bulldog Linebacker as one of the nation’s top 400 high school football players.  Of the nominees, one hundred will be selected and invited to participate in the game, which will be held in San Antonio’s Alamodome on January 6, 2018.

 

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MCHS to Host 1st Round of Region 8-AAA Tournament on Tuesday, 2/7

Morgan County High School will host the first round of the boys and girls Region 8-AAA basketball tournaments on Tuesday, February 7th.

Game one will match the Jackson County girls against the Monroe Area girls at 3:00.  The second game will begin at 4:30 and will feature the boys #5 seed, East Jackson, versus #4 seed Hart County.

Host Morgan County, the #3 seed in the girls tournament, will play #6 seed East Jackson at 6:00.  The nightcap will feature the boys #3 seed, Monroe Area, against the #6 seed Jackson County Panthers.

Winners of Tuesday’s games at Morgan County will earn a spot in the region final four to be held at Emmanuel College on Thursday as well as a berth into the state playoffs.

The Morgan County boys, who earned the #1 seed in the region tournament with a perfect record in regular season region play, will take the court on Thursday evening at 8:30 at Emmanuel College.

All tickets are $7.  Only GHSA passes will be accepted for admittance to the event.  Click on the link listed below for complete tournament brackets.

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JV Boys Basketball Wins Region Tournament

The MCHS JV Boys Basketball team closed out the 2016-2017 season in style by winning the 8-AAA junior varsity region tournament championship.

The tournament was held this past Saturday at East Jackson and was the first ever region tournament for the junior varsity level.

The JV Bulldogs picked up their first victory of the day with a narrow 55-49 win in the semifinal versus East Jackson.  Morgan County continued its success in the championship game with a 48-26 win over the Franklin County Lions.

Head Coach Milfred Franklin stated, “I am very proud of the commitment the guys had through the season.  I’m looking forward to watching these young men build on this success and continue the Morgan County basketball tradition.”

Letter Jacket Fitting for Eligible MCHS Athletes on February 8th

Representatives from Omni Sports will be on the MCHS campus Wednesday, February 8th to accept orders and fit eligible student-athletes for letter jackets.  To earn a letter, students must have completed two years of participation in an athletic activity.

Student-Athletes eligible to receive a letter and purchase a jacket will be fitted during their lunch period.  Please see the Omni Sports representative in the MCHS cafeteria.  Checks should be made payable to Omni Sports.  Orders will not be processed until payment has been received by the company.

Please see the attached order form for more information.

http://mocoathletics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-Jacket-Order-Form.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATE BOUND!

Morgan County Boys and Girls Earn First Trip to State Meet in Six Years

For the first time in the careers of any of the current Morgan County Cross Country athletes, they are a part of a state qualifying team.  To make things even better, both the boys and girls teams have earned the opportunity to compete in the state meet to be held this Saturday in Carrollton.

The boys advanced to the state championship event by virtue of a runner-up finish in the region 8-AAA meet held last Thursday in Hartwell.  The team captured second place in the region with a total of 61 points.  The runner-up finish was made possible by three members of the MCHS boys team finishing in the top ten and four in the top 15.  The Bulldogs were paced by Alex Rountree, who finished with a time of 18:03, which was good for the sixth overall spot in the region.  Kevin Berisko and Jordan Hilsman came in just behind Rountree with times of 18:07 and 18:09, respectively.  Dalton Shaw, who has led the boys team all season, battled a nagging injury throughout the race but still medaled with the 14th best overall time in the region.  Cody Pace rounded out the top five for the MCHS boys with a time of 19:14.

The Lady Bulldog runners took home the fourth and final invitation to the state meet given by region 8-AAA.  The Morgan County girls scored a total of 76 points, which put them just behind Jackson County.  Jessie Pagett, Mary Zimmerman, and Carolina Zant each earned medals by finishing in the top 15.  Pagett led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with a time of 23:13.  Brooke Randall took the 18th overall spot in the region with a time of 24:21.  Emily Dickson completed the top five for the Lady Bulldogs. Dickson took 20th place overall in the region with a time of 24:27.

As you would expect, all of the members of the Cross Country program were ecstatic about their accomplishment.  The team has trained diligently since June to improve their strength and endurance.  Improvements have been noted throughout the season as many runners have made gains and set personal records along the way.  First year head coach Erin Spinks commented, “The athletes have worked diligently all season and set big goals from the beginning.  We began the summer by saying ‘when we make it to state’.  We used that mindset to train hard.   I am so proud of each athlete.  This is a lesson that hard work truly pays off.”

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Zaxby’s Student-Athlete of the Week – Week 7

Allie Randall – Cross Country – Senior

Not only is Allie Randall a newcomer to Morgan County High School, she is also new to the sport.  Both of these firsts have not stopped the senior, who transferred from North Carolina, from making a mark on this year’s cross country team.   Randall has continuously improved over the course of the season and has shaved over seven minutes off her initial 3.1 mile time.  This puts Randall among the team’s top seven runners, which will be critical as cross country moves into the region meet this Thursday at Hart County.  Coach Erin Spinks commented, “Allie has jumped in as part of the team without hesitation.  She provides encouragement and support to her teammates and makes our team stronger.”

 

Kevin Berisko – Cross Country – Junior

Junior three-sport athlete Kevin Berisko has been a model of consistency for the 2016 boys cross country team.  Always among the top five finishers on the squad, Berisko had a second place overall finish at the October 12th home meet.  His time of 18:10 helped Morgan County to capture first place in the final home meet of the year.  Berisko and his teammates combined for another strong outing on October 22nd at the Last Chance Invitational in Carrollton, where the team took fourth out of 13 teams.  According to Coach Spinks, “Kevin has been on fire at practice and in our competitions.  He always give maximum effort and strives to get stronger each day.”