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February 20, 2019 Page 3B iRL i orter Petmman #1 Park Davis #8 Julian Rivera #10 Evan Miller #11 /Vlkhael Necmim #12 Tripp Shipman #13 Austin Starr #14 Bryce Lynch #15 Garrison Walker #16 Logan Mercer #18 Devin Avant #19 -t- By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.nef * Under a new head coach, the Mary Persons boys soccer team will look *-to re-establish itself as One of the elite ',- programs in AAAA in 2019. *-- With longtime head coach Allen Lu- ton having departed the program after >-. five straight playoff appearances, two :i- Region 2-AAAA titles and a sterling 66-22-6 overall record, MP turned to a familiar face as his replacement. The Bulldogs promoted 2012 MP alum An- ,-: drew Stevick as the program's new head q man, and Stevick said he's excited about the chance to lead his alma mater. "Everything feels like home, the locker room, the practice field, the game field;' Stevick said. ' nd there's a little extra added motivation to do well and play well against these teams that I know" Stevick, a senior star on MP's first- ever Elite Eight squad in 2012, said MP has fewer travel ball players now than it had when he was in school but said the Bulldogs have managed to continue their winning ways anyway. In fact, 2018 was the first time since Stevick's senior season that the Bulldogs dropped below the No. 2 position in the region standings. Stevick said one of his primary goals is to get MP back to the top, a spot it occupied three times in five seasons from 2013-17. Stevick said that achievement could be attainable if the Bulldogs win all MARY PERSONS 2019 VARSITY BOYS SOCCER TEAM: Pictured from left to right on the front row: Madden McLendon, Michael Necas- tro, Logan Mercer, Evan Miller, Braydon Martin, Garrison Walker, Aubrey Peterman and Kendall Gantt. Pictured from left to right on the back row: Tripp Shipman, Julian Rivera, Austin Starr, Tanner Lee, Park Davis, William Atkins, Bryce Lynch, Devin Avant, Mason Baker and head coach Andrew Stevick. Not pictured: Liam Spence. (Photo/Will Davis) of their home region contests and squeak me, from my background, playoffwins are playoff games than the region title" out a few on the road, but he said finishing more important than winning region. We With only six varsity returners in 2019, atop the region is not nearly as important came in second in the region and hosted Stevick will have a tough task in getting as a deep state playoffrun, home games two years in a row and lost MP back atop its usual perch in the upper "You always want to win a playoff game" (in 2010 and 2011). To me, that's way echelon of Region 2-AAAA. The most Stevick said recalling his 2012 squad's dash more devastating than losing the region. I to the state quarters as a No. 4 seed. "To think there's a lot more satisfaction in the See BOYS SOCCER . Page 6B