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vc rter WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED [ ~i L, .2 January 9, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS dbStateFarm 281 "l-Wt College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - ~, 9 arn - S'.30 pm HOME CALENDAR Wg)NmI R9 ltlIIiS B I0 5.'00 p.m. C-Team Girls Basketballl (vs. Upson-Lee Middle) 6.'00 p.m. C-Team Boys Basketball (vs. Upson-Lee Middle} RaT, JWWIRT 11 SAmY, R sulaY, JANU r 13 MOI AY, JANUARY 14 MP junior Keller Smith (right) lifts his opponent during the Harlem Bulldog Bash tourna- ment on Dec. 29. Smith will next compete with his Mat Dogs' teammates in the Area Duals championship at Perry this weekend. (Photo/Randy Newsome) BY, HIS 4:!5 p.m. JV Bays Basketball Ivs. Howardl 6. 01p.m. Varsity' Gii s Basketba - {vs. Howardl i : 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Basketball (vs. Howard) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcrnet The Mary Persons wrestling team -; will next compete in the two-day Area 2-AAAA Duals championship at Perry be- ginning on Friday and ending on Saturday. The Mat Dogs placed fourth out of six teams in the Area Duals competition in 2018 with West Laurens taking the area title. MP came up short against both Perry and Monticello in a three-team home meet on Thursday that served as its final tune-up for Area Duals. However, the Mat Dogs had several individual wins with senior Brycen Young pinning his opponent in each of his two matches while Keller Smith and Dante Olivieri each recorded wins as well. MP head coach Barron Hamlin said de- spite the defeat, it was good for MP to face off with an area opponent, Perry, heading into Duals this upcoming weekend. "We had a good showing for our young team,' Hamlin said. "It was a chance for us to see an area opponent." On Dec. 29, the Mat Dogs competed in the Harlem Bulldog Bash, a 16-man tournament in each weight dass. MP par- ticipants included: Aaron Thompson (106 pounds), Tyler Norsworthy (120), Elijah Shannon (126), John Luke Newsome (132), Keller Smith (132), Brayden Lauber (138), Brycen Young (152), Dante Olivieri (195), Jeremiah Andrews (220) and Covi Zellner (285). In a tourney that featured talented wrestlers from all over the state, including some state champions, Young placed first in his weight class, repeating as champion, while Zellner finished fifth in his weight class. reg prings duo to all- ion squad Two Rock Springs Christian Acad- emy football standouts and Monroe County residents, Jeremy Hunnicutt and Jordan Stroud, were named to the Georgia Inde- pendent Christian Athletic Asso- ciation (GICAA) 2018 All-Region team. Hunnicutt, a freshman defen- sive standout, recorded 28 tackles, including 16 tackles-for- a-loss and six sacks. Stroud, a senior offensive standout, rushed for 478 yards on 37 carries and caught 14 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He also account- ed for 568 return yards. (Photos/ Blackshear Pho- tography) Hunnicutt Stroud By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons boys basket- ball team improved its season re- cord to 5-9 with its second victory over non-region Veterans in eight days on Saturday. The Bulldogs topped the visiting Warhawks 73-62 at James P. Evans Gymnasium on Saturday, break- ing a 27-27 halftime tie with a 27-14 third quarter explosion to seize control of the contest. The Bulldogs, who led by 13 at 54-41 entering final period, held on for the 11-point win despite being outscored 21-19 in the fourth quarter. The MP boys basketball team will next travel to Perry for a road region contest at 7:30 p.m. on Fri- day. The Bulldogs will then play a non-region road game at Westside (Macon) at 3:30 p,m. on Saturday before retuming home to host Howard in a region contest at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the MP IV boys squad will next play at Westside (Macon) at 12:15 p.m. on Satur- day before returning home to host Howard at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Also, the Monroe County Middle School boys basketball squad will retum from a four- week holiday break when it hosts Upson-Lee Middle at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The C-Team Bulldogs will then face Lamar Middle on the road at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Saturday did not go nearly as well for the Mary Persons girls basketball squad, which dropped to 0-14 on the season after getting shellacked 82-14 at home by non- region Veterans. Madison Perez led Veterans with 21 points. She was joined in double figures by teammates Stacie Jones and Zykeria Jenkins with 20 and 13, respectively. The MP girls basketball team will next travel to Perry for a road region contest at 6 p.m. on Friday. The Bulldogs will then play a non- region road game at Westside at 2 p.m. on Saturday before returning home to host Howard in a region contest at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the MP IV girls squad will next play at Perry at 4:15 p.m. on Friday before playing yet another road game the follow- ing day at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Westside (Macon). Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls basketball squad will return from a four- week holiday break when it hosts Upson-Lee Middle at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then face Lamar Middle on the road at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. FROM THE PRESS BOX Continuing last week's countdown of the Best Games of 2018. Here are the Top 5: 5.) National Basketball Association Finals Game 1 -- Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (May 31 ) & NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Championship Game -- Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (April 1) For the fourth consecutive year, the Golden State Warriors met the Cleveland Cav- aliers in the NBA Finals, but this year's series failed to materialize into a classic showdown in large part because of an ill-timed Cavs' miscue in Game 1. With Cleve- land superstar LeBron James, competing in his final playoff series as a Cavalier, continuing his 2018 postseason brilliance, the underdog Cavs hung tough against the heavily-favored War- riors in Oakland's Oracle Arena. The contest was tied at 107-apiece ~ 7. ~Y,~-~f with 4.7 seconds left in regula- tion after Cleveland's George Hill made the first of two free throws. Although Hill missed his second attempt, Cavs' guard J.R. Smith secured the offensive rebound. However, Smith apparently forgot the game was tied and instead dribbled out the remainder of the dock without attempting a shot. A frustrated James, who scored a career playoffhigh 51 points, struggled in overtime as the Warriors seized control, outscoring Cleveland 17-7 thanks to a pair of Klay Thompson three-poInters for the 124-114 OT win. James would injure his hand while punching a whiteboard in frustration after the loss, which ended with his teammate Tristan Thompson being ejected. The Warriors would go on to sweep the Cavs for their second straight championship as Golden State star Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP for the second consecutive year. The year's other most memorable basketball moment came in the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won back-to-back contests in Columbus, Ohio on a pair of spectacular buzzer-beater shots by guard Arike Ogunbowale. In a women's Final Four that featured all four top seeds, Notre Dame shocked No. 1 ranked and undefeated Connecticut in a 91-89 overtime semifinal with Ogubowale, who scored 27 points, burying a wing jumper with one second to play. The Fighting Irish then faced Mississippi State in the finals two nights later, falling behind by 13 at halftime before rallying back to tie the contest entering the fourth quarter. And remarkably, for the second straight game, the end- ing was just the same with Ogunbowale, who scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half, draining an off-balance comer three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left for a 61-58 Notre Dame victor Notre Dame's come- back was the largest in women's title game history and enabled the Irish to capture just the program's second- ever women's basketball title after falling short in the finals four times since 2011. 4.) National Football League NFC Divisional Playoffs -- New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (Jan. 14) The Minnesota Vikings entered the 2018 NFC play- offs needing just two wins to become the first ever NFL squad to host a Super Bowl on its home field. Playing in their shiny new U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings hosted the New Orleans Saints in their playoff opener and appeared poised to cruise to the NFC Champi- onship game after opening up a 17-0 halftime lead. But Saints quarterback Drew Brees, no newcomer to playoff pressure, led the Saints all the way back with New Orleans kicker Will Lutz kicking a go-ahead 43- yard field goal with 25 seconds to play to put the Saints ahead 24-23. Then, with the Vikings out of timeouts and on their own 39-yard-line with just 10 seconds to play, Minnesota's journeyman quarterback Case Kee- num fired deep down the right sideline in the direction of star receiver Stefon Diggs. But New Orleans' rookie safety Marcus Williams mistimed his jump and instead whiffed on Diggs as the receiver improbably hauled in the pass. With Williams on the ground, Diggs turned and sprinted untouched down the sideline all the way to the end zone for one of the most improbable game- winning touchdowns in NFL history. The 61-yard catch-and-run, forever known as "The Minneapolis Miracle" signaled the first time in NFL playoffhistory that a game ended on a game-winning touchdown as time exp'lred and capped off a wild fourth quarter in which there were four lead changes in the final 3:01 of regulation. While the Saints would go home from Minneapolis gutted, the Vikings' Super Bowl dreams would also be dashed one week later when the eventual champion Philadelphia Eagles throttled Minnesota 38-7 in PhiUy to win the NFC rifle. 3.) Major League Baseball World Series Games 3-4 -- Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers (Oct. 26-27) A pair of large-market MLB juggernaut franchises, the American League's Boston Red Sox and the Na- tional League's Los Angeles Dodgers, battled head-to- head in the World Series for the first time since 1916. While the Red Sox had made up for a century ofun- See DUMAS Page 2B