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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.”

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Zaxby’s Student-Athletes of the Week – Week 6

Middle School Boys – James Martin, 8th Grade, Football

According to Coach Aaron Paul, it was a difficult task to highlight just one player from the team’s dominating performance against Monticello on October 5th.  The offensive line performed very well throughout the game by continuously opening holes that led to over 300 yards rushing.  The coaching staff especially noted center James Martin for his work not just in this one game but for the Bulldogs entire season to date. Coach Paul commented, “James does a great job at center in our no huddle offense.  He is extremely consistent with his snaps out of our shotgun formation, which is not common at the middle school level.  James allows us to vary our offensive looks to make it difficult on opposing defenses.”

Middle School Girls – Emma Silvey, 8th Grade, Volleyball

Emma Silvey is new to Morgan County Middle School this year, but her impact on the MCMS volleyball team was immediate this season.  The middle school volleyball team, in only its second year of existence, completed its season on October 1st with a third place finish in the league tournament.  Silvey was key to the team’s success throughout the day and season.  In game one versus George Walton Academy, Silvey served up seven aces.  “Emma has played consistently throughout the season and has showed great dedication to the team and game of volleyball,” noted Coach Angela Stapleton.

High School Boys – Anderson Wells, Junior, Football

As a team, the Morgan County Bulldogs put together a complete performance in the 42-6 triumph over East Jackson on September 30th.  A microcosm of team’s overall body of work on the night was the play of the offensive line.  The unit has shown continuous improvement this season, which can be highlighted by the play of junior guard Anderson Wells.  According to Coach Bill Malone, Anderson blocked well the entire night against East Jackson.  Coach Malone added this about his junior guard, “Anderson works hard and can always be counted on to do the right thing whether it’s on or off the field. I’m proud of the improvements he has made this season.”

High School Girls – Gracie Burge, Sophomore, Volleyball

Sophomore Gracie Burge has been one of the keys to the Spike Dogs successful 2016 season.  Burge is a setter for the MCHS Volleyball team, which is a position that requires a player to make quick judgments about how to direct the ball.  In the Spike Dogs area championship clinching victory over East Jackson on September 27th, Burge did her job extremely well.  “Gracie’s decision making was critical in the East Jackson match, as she was key to scoring crucial points down the stretch in each set,” stated Coach Greg Thompson.  Thompson added, “Gracie had several good runs with the serve to get us out of holes.  She stepped up not only in the East Jackson match but has been there the entire season.”


Morgan County Volleyball Claims First Area Championship in Program History

The stakes were at an all-time high for the Morgan County Volleyball team’s trip to East Jackson on Tuesday night.  With East Jackson and Morgan County tied atop the area standings heading into the match, the Spike Dogs walked away with the program’s first ever area championship after defeating the home standing Eagles two sets to one.

Set number one saw Morgan County start fast and race out to a 14-7 lead.  However, that lead would be erased over the course of the remainder of the set as East Jackson went on an 18-4 run to take a 25-18 come-from-behind victory.

With the momentum and home crowd clearly in favor of East Jackson, Morgan County responded to adversity and answered the challenge.  The second set was a back and forth affair from the get go.  East Jackson extended its lead to 22-18, which was the largest deficit either team would face in the set. With their backs against the wall, the Spike Dogs rallied for four straight points to knot the score at 22.  The teams would exchange points down the stretch and once again find themselves even at 25.  East Jackson scored next and was within one point of seizing the set and 2016 area championship.  However, Morgan County found itself on top after scoring three straight points to take a 28-26 victory to set up a decisive third set.

The Spike Dogs jumped out to a sizable 11-6 advantage early in the set. East Jackson continued to make plays and closed the Morgan County lead to just three at 15-12. Morgan County’s lead would diminish to two at 20-18, and the visitors eventually found themselves tied at 22-22. With the momentum pendulum swinging back to the side of East Jackson, the Spike Dogs regrouped to score the final three points of the set making the final score 25-22.

The 2-1 victory secured Morgan County’s first ever area championship in the program’s eleven year history.  Head coach Greg Thompson stated, “This was one of the most intense volleyball matches I have been a part of.  I was so proud of our girls and how they stayed in the match after a very disappointing first set.”  Thompson added, “It would have been very easy to fold, but we kept fighting and made plays at the right times. It was a great night for our girls and our volleyball program. I am so happy for our seniors. It was a great experience for our younger players who now know what it takes to be able to perform at your best when it matters most.”

The Morgan County Spike Dogs will close out the regular season by participating in a tournament at Monroe Area on Saturday followed by the regular season finale at Athens Academy on Tuesday.  The Spike Dogs have secured the number one seed from area eight heading into the GHSA state playoffs.  Morgan County will host round one of the state playoffs the second week of October with the match time and opponent to be determined next week.

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Week 4 Zaxby’s Morgan County Student-Athletes of the Week

Zaxby’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

Week 4:  9/12-9/17


Middle School Girls – Karlie Lane, 8th Grade, Softball

Shortstop Karlie Lane assembled an impressive resume in the MCMS softball team’s two games for the week of September 12th.  The Lady Bulldogs went 1-1 on the week with a victory over Putnam County and a loss to Monticello.  Lane made no errors at the key defensive position while also taking part in a double play, which is rare at the middle school level.  Her batting average for the week was .500 with an on base percentage of .750.  Needless to say, Karlie was an offensive catalyst for the Lady Dogs.

Middle School Boys – Noah Brown, 8th Grade, Football

According to the middle school football roster, Noah Brown is a Wide Receiver/Linebacker.  However, the title of utility man may better describe Brown’s various contributions to the middle school’s 31-26 win over Loganville on September 14th .  Brown found the endzone as a tailback and ran the football hard throughout the contest.  From a defensive standpoint, number 12 had six tackles and a game changing interception.  To top that off, Brown kicked an extra point and had “excellent kickoffs for the entire game” according to Head Coach Aaron Paul.  Coach Paul added, “Noah is the type of player that must be on the field at all times.  His ability to play defense and make tackles along with his offensive skills are matched by few players in our league.”

High School Girls – Mary Zimmerman, SR, Volleyball

The Morgan County Spike Dogs have a dominating presence in the middle of the floor in senior Mary Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has helped the MCHS varsity volleyball team to a 6-2 record for the weeks of September 5th and September 12th.  Over that period, Zimmerman recorded 23 kills and 12 blocks.  Coach Greg Thompson stated, “Mary is a team leader and always gives her best effort on the floor.  She is very competitive and works hard in practice to be the best player she can be.”  Zimmerman and her teammates currently sit in a first place tie with East Jackson in the area standings heading into the home stretch.

High School Boys – Keandre Williams, SR, Football

In watching the Morgan County varsity football team compete this season, it is evident that one of the team strengths is its outstanding defensive line.  This talented group of young men is anchored in part by #51 Keandre Williams.  In the Bulldogs 35-14 win over Putnam County on September 16th, Williams took down seven Putnam ball carriers and added three assists.  Two of his tackles brought War Eagle runners down behind the line of scrimmage.  Williams is the model of a true student athlete.  Keandre boasts a 4.0 GPA and has his sights set on attending school at Georgia Tech, NC State, or Duke.  Coach Bill Malone summed Keandre up by stating, “awesome young man.”

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Week 2 Zaxby’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Week Winners

Zaxby’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Week

Week 2:  8/29-9/3


Middle School Girls – Anna Cox, 8th Grade, Volleyball

In the only match of the week for the MCMS volleyball team, eighth grader Anna Cox led her team on the court with outstanding play from her setter position.  Coach Angela Stapleton particularly noted Anna’s outstanding serves during the Prince Avenue match, which resulted in five aces.  Anna also had two kills on the afternoon and exhibited great on-court leadership.



Middle School Boys – Kobridgette Lumpkin, 8th Grade, Football

Although the MCMS football team is still in the early stages of its season, fans are becoming accustomed to seeing number 15 Kobridgette Lumpkin shred opponent defenses. The eighth grader led the Bulldogs to a 52-24 victory over Green County on Wednesday, August 31.  Kobridgette scored three touchdowns on the afternoon and gained well over 100 yards.



High School Girls – Sarah Couch, SR, Softball

One of senior centerfielder Sarah Couch’s most important offensives tasks is to be a catalyst for the Lady Dogs softball team.  In the team’s region wins over Monroe Area and Jackson County last week, Sarah did just that.  Sarah reached first base five of seven times that she went to the plate in the two games including three singles and two walks.  Couch was just getting started when she reached base, as she went on to steal five bases in five attempts and eventually scored four runs.



High School Boys – Quin Williams, JR, Football

To say that Quin Williams had a monster of a game in the Bulldogs 23-13 win over North Oconee on September 2nd would be an understatement.  The junior defensive end/linebacker had seven tackles on the evening including two in which he brought down Titan ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage. Williams assault on the North Oconee offense did not stop there, as he added two pass break ups and five quarterback pressures.  When Quin was not in the opponent’s backfield, he was found on the offensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs.  Williams added to an already eventful night by scoring on a 36 yard run.  Perhaps most important of all was Quin’s unselfish blocking throughout the night as noted by head coach Bill Malone.