Nick Nunn, columnist

Even without the 80-degree weather last week, I’d know that summer is coming on fast.

A quick look at the sports schedule on the next page will show that there aren’t quite as many events per day as there were just a couple of weeks ago.

In the busiest parts of March, there are often four or five sporting events per day where there is Morgan County competitor.

Anyway, looking back to the calendar, you start to see more mentions of region and state playoffs, and one things starts to become painfully clear: another year of Morgan County sports is coming to an end.

And what a year!

We’ve seen the first-ever Morgan County boys basketball state champions rise to their title, overcoming an early loss in the postseason from the year before.

Just this week, we’ve seen a young Morgan County golfer play on one of the biggest golf stages in the world at a junior tournament, and another young Morgan County football player has been offered a scholarship for a Division I, SEC college while he is only a high school freshman.

What all of this spells out is that Morgan County is a place to watch on the athletic front.

There’s no doubt that the strong fan base and supportive atmosphere of Morgan County sports has fostered such achievement and success, and, in the future, the remembrance of what Morgan County athletes are capable of will spur the desire of the younger age groups on to reach their own peaks of accomplishment.

One can’t help but look forward to the challenges to come.

In the next year, the 8-AAA region lines are changing.

North Oconee is being moved up to 8-AAAA along with a couple of other teams that Morgan County has become accustomed to in the past couple of years: Buford and North Hall.

Next year, we won’t see the Franklin County Lions again either. With the shifting of the lines, they are staying in AAA but will be in the 7-AAA division of the classification.

But it’s not all good news; we’re also having to take the formerly AA Jefferson Dragons, who have proved to be trouble for the Dogs before, into the 8-AAA family.

So, now that the year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to look out from our high vantage point and look out at what may be to come.