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.J Deadline to register: February 3rd THE RI 4510 Raley Rd Macon, GA J] rOorrer February 6, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS $tateFarm WE HAVE IT COVERED IF ITS PLAYED l- J By Richard Dumas HOME CALENDAR W lEmy, lt kll/6 .5:30 p.m. JV Girls Soccer (vs. Upson-Lee) 7.00 p,m. JV Boys Soccer {vs, Upson-Lee) 5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer (vs. ACEI 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. ACE) FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 t ay, mlo n The Mary Persons boys basketball team qualified for the AAAA state playoffs for the fifth straight year with an 83-71 victory over Spalding in the first round of the Region 2-AAAA toumament, hosted by MP, on Monday night. MP junior guard Maurice Shannon scored a team- high 26 points, including 21 in the first half, as the Bulldogs sprinted out to a 13-point halftime edge at 41-28. Although Spalding trimmed MP's advantage down to four in the third quarter, MP responded with a strong fourth quarter to secure a comfortable 12-point win. The Bulldogs will next host No. i ranked Upson- Lee, the two-time defending AAAA state champ;ons, in the semifinals of the Region 2-AAAA tourney at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. IfMP wins, it will host the winner of the other semi between Howard and West Laurens at 8:30 p.m. on Friday in the region champi- onship game. The Bulldogs have lost the region title game to Upson-Lee in each of the past three years. In a win-or-go-home game for the Dogs, 8-18 overall (3-8 in Region 2-AAAA), it was Shannon who set the tone early by scoring the game's first five points on a three-pointer and a layup, respectively. Another Shannon corner trey moments later staked MP to an 8-2 lead, but the Jaguars would come charging back and would take what turned out to be their only lead ofthe game at 15-14 on a comer three-pointer by Ka- leb Banks with 52 seconds left in the first quarter. MP's Desmond Williams answered back immediately with a layup to put the Dogs back ahead by one, and MP would finish the first quarter with an 18-17 advantage. With Spalding center P.J. Richards on the bench plagued by foul trouble, the Bulldogs had one of their strongest quarters of the season in the second outscoring the Jaguars 23-11. Early in the second quarter, MP's Dre Zellner connected from long range, banking in a three-pointer, and his shot was followed immediately by another long three from Shannon. See BASKETBALL Page 6B MP senior Desmond Williams scored 19 points in the Dogs' 83-71 region tourney victory over. Spalding on Monday night. The win lifted the Bulldogs to their fifth straight state tourney ap- pearance. MP will next face Upson-Lee in the region semis on Wednesday. (Photo/Kim Holderfield) 4.4)0 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Eagles Landing) 5.'00 p.m. C-Team Girls Soccer {vs. Henderson Middle 6.'00 p.m. C-Team Bgys Soccer (vs. Henderson Middle 5:55 p.m Varsity Baseball [vs. Eag landing) lUESDAY, 12 4,4)0 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Ups0n-[ee) 5:30 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Upson-Lee) $:30 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer (vs. Warner Robins) 7:30 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer [vs. Warner Robins) By Ri rd In its fourth year of competition, the Mary Persons wrestling team broke through in a big way on Satur- day as senior Brycen Young became the progran s first-ever area champi- on at the Area 2-AAAA Traditionals championship meet in PenT. Young, who captured the 152-pound weight class, and five other MP team members ffchieved top four finishes in Perry over the weekend to qualify for the two-day AAAA state sectionals traditionals meet at West Laurens on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. The other Bulldogs who will move on to state sectionals include: Aric Mock, who finished in third place in the area in the 106-pound weight class, Tyler Norsworthy; who placed fourth in the area in the 120-pound weight class, ]on Luke Newsome, who placed fourth in the area in the 132-pound weight dass, Keller Smith, who placed fourth in the area in the 138-pound weight class and Peyton Ward, who placed fourth in the area in the 170-pound weight dass. Wrestlers who finish in the top eight in their respective weight dasses at sectionals will move on to the Mary Persons wrestlers (from left to right) Brycen Young, Keller Smith, Aric Mock, Jon-Luke Newsome, Peyton Ward and Tyler Norsworthy finished in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Area 2-AAAA Traditionals championship meet in Perry over the weekend. Young was the program's first-ever area champion, competing at 152 pounds. (Photo/Randy Newsome) four-day AAAA state championship tournament at the Macon Centre- plex starting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. to compete in last year state champi- Young was one of three MP wrestlers onship meet. Co--Ed 3--4 ,r olds Co-Ed 5-6 yr olds)$75 (Ages 7-lz yr o]ds)$75 Parents will need to provide: Glove Helmet w/mask, Cleats & Pants