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January 8, 2020 Volume Chevrolet gives new truck to MP head coach Nelson? At the conclusion of Monday night's Mary Persons football banquet, MP Touchdown Club president Stan Hickman told head coach Brian Nelson (left) he had one more surprise. Hickman told the crowd and a shocked Nel- son that the eighth-year coach was about to get a new ride and would have to go outside to see it. Nelson was then escorted in front of the Fine Arts Center, where he saw a gleaming new black Chevrolet Silverado, cour- tesy of Forsyth’s newest dealer- ship and frequent Monroe County Schools contributor, Volume Chev- rolet. (Photo/Richard Dumas) DU MAS three quarters, the visiting the end zone on the ground give the Pats a hard—fought victory would be the first of the late-season return C , d f P 1 B Pats played outstanding with just over two minutes 37-31 win. Two weeks later, for a Washington baseball to form of Tiger Woods in onl'nue rom age defense while taking a 17-7 left in regulation to put the the Patriots would go on to franchise since 1924 and 2018. Tiger finished in the lead into the final period. Chiefs in front again 28-24. beat the Rams 13-3 in Super the 2019 Series would be top 5 at the British Open FiVe plays later» Zuerlein But what onlookers didn’t The Chiefs appeared to be Bowl LIII best remembered as the and the PGA Champion- . hOmbed a 57'Yard field goal know at the time was that on the way to their first Su- first playoff series in major ship before winning the fi- tO give the Rams a 26-23 they were about to witness per Bowl in 49 years when 3.) Major League Base- North American sports nal tournament of the 2018 victory. The critical missed one of the most thrilling pe- defensive back Charvarius ball World Series Game 7 history in which the road season, The Tour Champi— PaSS interference call in riods of football in history. Ward intercepted Brady, -— Washington Nationals at team won all seven contests. onship, for his first victory regulation WOUId eVentuallY On the opening play of the but Chiefs’ linebacker Dee Houston Astros (Oct. 30) Strasburg, who re—signed in more than five years. But lead to the NFL chang- fourth quarter, Mahomes Ford was flagged for lining with the Nationals in the that win in Atlanta was a ing the rules to a110Wf0r found Damian Williams up off-sides, enabling the Without franchise slugger off-season, would receive mere appetizer for what POSSihle Pass interference for a one-yard score to trim Pats to keep the ball. New Bryce Harper, who signed the World Series MVP would take place about Penalties to he reViewed the Chiefs’ deficit to 17- 14. England’s Rex Burkhead with the rival Philadelphia award, the first time a No. 1 two hours east at Augusta ‘ But the NFC dramatiCS The Chiefs then momen- ran for a four—yard score Phillies shortly before the overall draft pick had ever National Golf Club in April merely set the stage for the tarily took command of the with 39 seconds to play, but 2019 season, the Wash- earned the honor. 2019. After a first-round 70, AFC nightcap in Kansas game, stopping the Patriots the Chiefs’ Harrison Butker ington Nationals entered Woods finished the second City- Led by 2018 NFL on downs and then inter- booted a 39—yard field goal the 2019 World Series 2.) Wimbledon Men’s round just one-stroke off of MVP, quarterbaCk Patriek cepting Tom Brady. Ma- with six seconds to left to tie seeking the franchise’s Singles Final -- Novak a five—way tie for the lead 'Mahome5, the Chiefs were homes’ second TD pass to the score at 31—all heading first World Series title in Djokovic vs. Roger Fe- with a Friday 68. But de- playing in their the" Confer- Williams gave Kansas City to overtime. But the Chiefs’ its 51-year history. Mean- derer (July 14) spite a Saturday 67, Woods enee title tilt in 25 Years a 21- 17 lead with 7:45 left hopes were short-lived in while, the Houston Astros entered Sunday’s round two agalnSt the superpower in the game. However, New OT. New England won the were looking to cement a In one of the finest tennis strokes off the lead thanks New England PatriOtS, England retook the lead coin toss and marched 75 mini-dynasty with their matches in the history of to the reigning Open seeking their SiXth Super moments later on a Sony yards in 13 plays for the second title in three years. the sport, two of the great- champion, Italy’s Francesco BOWI title in 18 Year 3~ In 3 Michel touchdown run. winning touchdown, a two- The underdog Nationals, est men’s players of all time, Molinari, who reeled off relatiVelY uneVenthl firSt But then Williams found yard run by Burkhead, to who needed a 10th-inning Novak Djokovic and Roger four straight birdies in the grand slam by veteran Federer, engaged in a battle middle of the back nine to second baseman Howie royale on Center Court at seize a two-shot advantage. Kendrick to topple the Wimbledon. In what was With thunderstorms slated heavily—favored Los Angeles the longest Wimbledon for late Sunday afternoon, Dodgers in the Divisional final in history at 4 hours, Masters’ officials moved the round, stunned the 107-win 57 minutes, Djokovic, tee times up and opted for Astros by sweeping the first who has topped Federer threesome groups, enabling . a V 1 two games in Houston. But in every marathon match Woods to walk alongside Cali 9942358 t: 1 mil ptihiashe an sij’iiiiit at an: leading 2-0 and halfway between the two, tookthe Molinariinthe final trio to a world championship, five-set classic 7—6 (7-6), with Tony Finau. As Woods. Washington hit a stumbling 1-6, 7—6 (7—4), 4-6, 13- 12 played roller-coaster golf, block at home, losing three (7-3). Djokovic lost more with three birdies and straight home games by a games than Federer in the three bogeys over his first V combined score of 19-3. match, but prevailed in all 11 holes, Molinari played ; Game 5 was particularly de- three tiebreaks, including ‘ steady, maintaining his lead. pressing as Washington ace the first fifth-set tiebreak in But at the historic 12th hole Max Scherzer was scratched Wimbledon singles history. at Amen Corner, every— from his start due to neck Djokovic went up a break thing changed. Molinari spasms. Facing elimina- at 4-2 in the deciding fifth was one of four players in tion, the Nationals turned set, but Federer managed the final two threesomes, to their 2019 postseason to square the match and he to hit the ball into Rae’s hero Stephen Strasburg in eventually took an 8-7 lead. Creek off the tee, leading Game 6 to cool down the With Federer serving for to a double bogey. With Astros’ hot bats and force a the championship, Djokovic Woods and Molinari shar— deciding Game 7. Strasburg heroically staved ofl" a pair ing the lead with others in was more than up to the of match points to re-tie the the groups ahead, the two task, leading Washington contest at 8—all. Both leg- both birdied 13 and parred to a 7-2 win while pitching ends held serve until it was 14, leading to more dramat- into the ninth inning. In a 12-12, setting up the final ics at the 15th. After a poor winner-take—all Game 7, tiebreak Djokovic sprinted second shot layup, Molinari Scherzer got the start for the out to a 4-1 advantage in clipped an overhanging Nationals against Astros’ the breaker, seizing on a branch, and his ball found star Zack Greinke. Greinke couple of untimely misses the pond in front of the outpitched Scherzer as by Federer, and held on for 15th green, causing his the Astros took a 2-0 lead the championship win. It second double bogey of into the top of the seventh was the first time since 1948 the back nine. Meanwhile, inning. That’s when the Na- that a Wimbledon men’s Woods made birdie at tionals’ Anthony Rendon, a champion has overcome the 15th, enabling him to Houston native playing in being down match points take his first solo lead of what turned out to be his in a title match. Federer was the tourney. Minutes later, final game in a Washington seeking his record-breaking Woods hit one of the most uniform, blasted a homer to eighth Wimbledon title memorable shots of his leg- leftfield off of Greinke. Af- and looking to extend his endary career, nearly acing ter the next hitter, Nation- all-time Grand Slam record the par-3, 16th on the fly en als’ 20-year-old phenom to 21. But it was instead route to a kick-in birdie and Juan Soto, walked, Astros’ Djokovic, capturing his a two-shot advantage. After manager A]. Hinch contro- fifth Wimbledon title, a par on 17, Woods escaped versially elected to remove who edged ever closer to a poor drive on 18 with Greinke from the game Federer’s record total of 20 a bogey to finish his final with a 2—1 lead. Instead of with his 16th Slam. Federer, round 70 with six birdies putting in star pitcher Ger- who dropped to 22-26 (0—4 and four bogeys and win rit Cole, who was warming in 5—setters) all-time against what is arguably golf’s most in the bullpen, Hinch chose Djokovic, lost despite hav— prestigious title by a single veteran reliever Will Harris, ing 40 more winners than shot. Woods’ emotional who promptly yielded a the Joker (94 to 54) and 15 victory, his first come-from— two-run homer to Kendrick more aces (25 to 10). Tennis behind win in a major, put that hit the netting next to Magazine later called the the finishing touches on the rightfield foul pole and match the greatest men’s one of the greatest personal put the Nats’ up 3-2. Wash- tennis match of the decade. comeback stories in sports ington would go on to add history. The win also moved three more runs while Nats’ l.) The Masters Touma- him within three major . relievers Patrick Corbin ment (April 1 1-14) wins of the all-time record 1% 0 and Daniel Hudson would total of 18 by Jack Nicklaus . ‘ j , . ‘1 u r ’ , , i I ’- hold the Astros scoreless The 2019 Masters was and within one of Nicklaus’ , m n? r; fig . for the final four innings one of the most anticipated record total of six Masters’ ,4 for the 6—2 win. The Series majors of all time because triumphs.