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Page 4B February 7, 2018 f porter By Richard Dumas Four Mary Persons wrestlers have advanced on to compete in the double-elimination AAAA state txadition- als finals at the Macon Centreplex beginning at 10 a.m. on .Thursday. MP seniors Hayleigh Blair, Stanley Lowe and Jatorian Hansford and junior Brycen Young each finished among the top eight qualifiers at the AAAA B sectional competition in Jefferson over the weekend. Lowe and Young also qualified for the state traditional finals in 2017 with Lowe becoming the first, and thus far only, Bulldog to score points at the state meet. In the 106-pound weight class, Blair, 18-10 overall, lost her first match to North Oconee's Hayden Prior. Blair then received a second-round bye before defeating White County's Jacob Cantrell in her third match. Blair was then defeated by St. Pins Wffiiam Pentecost in her fourth match before falling to Oconee County's Zach Cartrette to finish in eighth place. In the 145-pound weight class, Lowe, 31-6 over- all, won his first match against West Hall's Parker CampeUone. Lowe was then defeated in his sec- ond match by Jefferson's Coy Strong. Lowe then bounced back in his third match to beat Burke County's Jalen Lovett. He then took out Bald n's Taveress Smith in his (Above) Mary Persons junior Brycen Young gets the upperhand on his opponent during AAAA sectional competition in'Jefferson on Saturday. Young was one of four MP wrestlers to move on to the state finals in Ma- con this weekend. (At right) MP senior Jatorian Hansford drops his opponent in Jefferson on Saturday. Hansford is scheduled to sign a college football scholarship with Missouri on Wednesday morning. fourth match before fall- Brown. Young then ing to Blessed Trinity's regrouped and Aaron Werkheiser in defeated Baldwin's his fifth match. Lowe Makel Anderson to then regrouped and finish in seventh defeated Upson-Lee's Scott place. Kirschman to finish in In the 220-pound fifth place, weight class, MP In the 152-pound weight senior Jatorian class, MP junior Brycen Hansford, 7-4 Young, 41-9 overall, won overall, won his his first match against first match against North Oconee's Sean Oconee County's O'Brien. Young was then Nick Saunders. Hansford defeated in his second was then defeated in his match by Blessed Trinity's second match by West Alex Poma. Young then Hall's Damien Fouts. bounced back in his third Hansford then bounced match to beat Marist's back in his third match Lawrence Harris before to beat Jefferson's Alex falling in his fourth match Parker before falling in . to Upson-I o 's Chris his fourth match to White County's Devin Sullens. Hansford then regrouped and defeated Perry's Jordan Williams to finish in seventh place. Four other MP wrestlers competed at the AAAA Sectional B competition on Saturday but failed to fin- ish in the top eight in their :, respective weight classes. In the 126-pound weight class, MFs Keller Smith lost his first match to Hephzibah's Khalid Brinkley. Smith was then defeated by Blessed Trinity's Joey Moroski in his second match before falling in his third match as well to Baldwin's Keeylone Sanford. Smith then dropped his fourth match to North Oconee's Tanner Leierzapf to fin- ish O-4. In the 170-pound weight class, MP's Trent Sickman lost his first match to Marlsfs Corey Langner. Sickman was then defeated by RichmondAcademy's Rin Ishikawa-Beck before falling in his third match as well to Chestatee's Chino Ortiz. Sickman then dropped his fourth match to White County's Seth Stonecypher to fin- ish O-4. In the 195-pound weight class, MP's Brandon Neal lost his first match to Blessed Trinity's Jack Filipowicz. Neal was then defeated by Burke County's Cole Thurston before falling in his third match to West Hall's Ricardo Vazquez. Neal then bounced back in his fourth match to beat Cross Creek's Akeem Miles before losing his match to Perry's Jordan Thompkins. In the 285-pound weight class, MP's Abdul Glover won his first match against Blessed Trinity's Jack Jacobs. Glover was then defeated in his second match by Jefferson's Gavin London. Glover then lost his third match to Spalding's Robert 2kum ipseed before regroup- ing in his fourth match to beat Richmond Academy's Donovan Ramsey. Glover then defeated Jacobs a sec- ond time to finish just out of the top eight in ninth place. MP GIRLS ing stretch," VIcElhaney kind of just ride it out Campaign with a 47-42 goal of the game, just one That's probably the best: said. 'qvVe had a chance and let the clock burnhome win over Perry on minute later gave the we've shot all year ' 00nfin d Page 1B going into the fourth out." Senior Night on Tuesday, Lady Dogs a lead they McElhaney said he wah quarter. We just didn't Monday's defeat came Jan. 30. would not relinquish, pleased that the unsung Traylor caught fire from have enough gas." three nights after MP In a fitting result, MPFour free throws, two Hightewer enjoyed a : downtown, splashing a McElhaney said at least finished up a 1-9 regu- senior forward Abigail by McDowell followed pair of left elbow treys,memorable moment on: to give the Lady Knights three of Shannon s five lar season campaign inHightower drained the by twoby Buffington, :: her Senior Nigh~:~'!~!::a~:~:~ an ll:point advantage at fouls, including both of Region 2-AAAA with an go-ahead three-pointer put MP ahead by six "For her to hit five 44,33 with 1:13 left in the the last two, were mental 82-34 road loss on Friday with 5:25 left in the at 45'39!with 3:30 left. three-pointers in the last: third quarter. Upson-Lee errors from overaggres- at first-place Spalding, fourth period that put the Then, with 48 seconds to three games, that's been would eventually extend siveness or close calls by who completed a perfect Lady Dogs ahead for good play, Shannon drained big," McElhaney said. its run to 17-0 as Traylor the referees. 10-0 region season, at 41-39. two pressure free throws "And especially this shot buried another three- '"They still called them, MP fell behind 31-9 MP trailed 8-7 through to put MP ahead by five on Senior Night, it kind pointer, this one from the so we've got to live with through one quarter, one period before sopho- at 47-42, and the score of put us over the edge them," McElhaney said.The Lady Jaguars then more guard Taylor would remain the same and helped us get the left corner to go ahead "But that's just knowing extended their advan- Buffington got hot fromuntil the clock expired, win." 51-33 midway through the game, knowing thattage to 31 points at half- the perimeter in the sec- Buffington led the Lady Despite the struggles, the fourth quarter. With 4:21 left, Shannon she can't reach. She'stime at 46-15. MP thenond quarter to stake MPDogs with 16 points. McElhaney said he's had fouled out, and MP was got to slide her feet. And mounted a slight rallyto an unexpected 23-19 She was joined in double a good time during his unable to rally, scorin she's a gambler. It's one in the third quarter but halftime lead. The Ladyfigures by Shannon andfirst season at the helm. of those high-risk, high- was ultimately outscored Panthers regrouped to McDowell, who scored ' t's been a roller coast- just four fourth quarter reward type of things,26-16 to fall behind by 41 outpoint the Lady Dogs 15 and 11, respectively, er, but I enjoyed every bit pointS in the 20-point and we didn't get a high at 72-31. Spalding then 17-7 in the third period Perry's Asiah Harrell led of it," McElhaney said. loss. While MP's season came to an end, the No. reward today." cruised in the final period to take a six-point edge all scorers with 22 points. "All three of those wins McElhaney, a first-year to the 48-point win. into the fourth quarterMcElhaney said an and all 23 or 24 of those 3 seed Lady Knights guaranteed themselves head coach, said the past Kiana Banks led the at 36-30. But that's when increased focus in prac- losses. I wouldn't trade a spot in the AAAA state three seasons, in which Lady Jaguars with 24 MP responded with per- tice on shooting turned these girls for nothing." playoffs and will face No. the Lady Dogs have lost points. She was joined in haps its best eight min- MP's fortunes in its regu- Meanwhile, the Monroe 2 seed West Laurens at at least 19 games eachdouble figures by team- utes of the entire season, lar season finale. County Middle School 4 p.m. on Wednesday in year, have taken a cumu- mates Kirah Milner, who The Lady Dogs went on '"They've been workinggirls basketball team lative tell on his squad, scored 19, and Kierstyn an 8-0 run to start thehard, and the last maybe finished up a disappoint- a region semifinal show- "It's been hard to battle Milner, who scored 10.fourth qUarter, capped by two weeks we kind of just ing 2-10 campaign on down. Despite the disappoint- back, and you could see The Spalding defeat a corner three-pointer by had to try something dif- Tuesday, Jan. 30 with a ing defeat, McElhaney that at times when it came three nights after junior point guard Ateria ferent," McElhaney said. 39-9 road loss at Lamar said he was proud of how gets a little too tough," MP achieved its most McDowell with 6:26 left"So we've been doing a lot County Middle. The Lady his young team played at McElhaney said. '"We'll thrilling moment of the in the fourth quarter, more shooting and lessDogs were also defeated the end of he season, fight for as long as we season when it avoidedPerry would soon regainteam work, and you could in a road contest on Jan. 'We played some good can, but it's like when its second straight win- the lead, but Hightower's tell tonight that we shot 29 at Fort Valley Middle basketball in this finish- they know it's over, it's less Region 2-AAAA clutch shot, her lone field 47 percent from the field, by a score of 23-8. * ~ i/!~!~!~ Monroe EliteTigers team member Jaise Davis (above left) played in the 2018 Youth Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla and his 10U Blue team coached by T.Y. Hilton (father of Indianapolis Colts star receiver T.Y. Hilton Jr.) won the championship. Davis had 8 tackles and 1 sack.The Elite Tigers also had two other players, Mason Stephens (at right) and Cotdy"CJ" Banks (above right), who played in the 8U Youth Pro Bowl game. (Photos/Lamarcus Davis)