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Tue
24
Apr

Getting used to the Gators

By Brandon Bush

 

If you’re observant enough, you’ve probably noticed it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written any stories about Gatewood.

In an attempt to provide more thorough coverage of both schools on a more consistent basis, I’ve mostly been spending my time with Putnam County High School while handing over Gatewood duties to Jake McMillian, a senior at Gatewood who’s been working with The Messenger since before I got here.

Wed
18
Apr

A lesser-known lake battle

By Brandon Bush

 

Last Friday, Putnam County hosted Baldwin High School in soccer and both War Eagle teams emerged victorious, 6-2.

For many people around here, the phrase “Battle of the Lake” is most commonly associated with the rivalry between Gatewood and its Milledgeville archrival John Milledge Academy, particularly in football. The name is in reference to the body of water surrounding the Baldwin/Putnam County line – Lake Sinclair.

Wed
11
Apr

Hope in the worst of times

By Brandon Bush

 

I won’t lie, I have a lot of fun doing this job.

Life isn’t perfect, but I find it hard to complain when I get to cover football, or whichever sport is in season, for a living. While it is my journalistic duty to be an unbiased news source, I can’t help but silently rejoice when the Putnam War Eagles or the Gatewood Gators find success and, conversely, quietly share a bit of their pain when they fall.

Needless to say, losing has caused more than just pain for the War Eagle baseball squad; it’s been full-on agony.

Wed
04
Apr

Putnam could see a title this year

By Brandon Bush

 

Your favorite dumb Auburn fan is back, friends.

I had my hands tied up a bit last week, so I took a break to allow my colleague Jake McMillian to write a column. I was told he wrote several before I came aboard at The Messenger, so he was an easy choice to fill in.

Wed
28
Mar

'If I'm going to jail, at least I'm going to my hometown jail'

By Shannon Sneed

It was the first time I had been on the lake since I moved back home a few years ago, and I couldn’t wait to paddle through familiar waters again.

About 25 of us gathered at Little River Park to join in an educational tour of the waterways around Georgia Power Plant Harlee Branch, learning about the procedure the facility is taking to close its coal ash ponds.

Wrapped safely in a lifejacket from Oconee Outfitters, which rents equipment and provides tours around the lake, I set out in one of their canoes with a lovely young environmentalist with strong paddling arms.

Wed
28
Mar

Ramblin’ Fever

By Jake McMillian

 

It was cold and drizzly on the evening of March 23.

Safe from the elements, I sat comfortably in my recliner and watched March Madness, one of the modern spectacles of the sporting world, unfold before my very eyes. Fans of the Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers, a Jesuit university with an enrollment of just 16,000, were storming the court at Philips Arena and wildly celebrating yet another upset victory as the team clinched a berth in the Final Four.

Tue
20
Mar

A humble request to Lake Country

By Brandon Bush

 

Because I’ve been trying to use this column space for more local sports, now is as good a time as ever to make a request.

For the most part, working for The Messenger has been a pretty smooth ride so far. Most, if not all, coaches and players at both Gatewood and Putnam County High School have been good to me, and your help has allowed me to help you in turn by highlighting our talented young athletes here in Putnam County.

Wed
14
Mar

War Eagles will get better

By Brandon Bush

 

I’m sure most baseball fans will agree that a game in which both teams score in the double digits is a good one.

Unfortunately for Putnam County High School, as good of a game as it played last Thursday against a much stronger Johnson County team, the 13-11 loss was sadly just that: another loss.

Tue
06
Mar

More wrestling in Putnam

By Brandon Bush

 

Although I am a lifelong fan of many sports, my actual athletic experience is quite limited.

I tried out many different sports growing up; after learning that I had neither the grace for basketball or soccer nor the attention span or patience for baseball, as well as geographical limitations keeping me from playing hockey (I doubt I had the grace for this one either), I ended up putting all my chips on football.

Thu
01
Mar

You made me a fan

By Brandon Bush

 

In attempting to utilize this column for more local sports, I sometimes worry that ideas will be harder to come by than if I were writing about the entirety of the sports world.

Not that there isn’t plenty to talk about here in Putnam County, but I think most would agree that far more big plays, controversies and other talking points that I could go on for days about happen at the college and professional level. However, last Friday evening not only gave me a subject for this week, it actually changed a fundamental part of my being.

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