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February 20, 2019 i orter Page 7C By Rkhard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.nef The Mary Persons boys track team placed second out of 15 teams at the Riv- erside Military Academy Last Chance Indoor meet in Gainesville on Saturda - MP finished with 76 points, finishing behind only the champion Wolves Track Club with 128 points. Host Riverside Military took third place with 71.5 points. MP had three first place winners with two athletes taking the top spot in mul- tiple events. Junior sprinter Rico Harden took the top spot in both the 55 meters (Hardens winning time of 6.78 seconds edged second- place Kenny Williams of Rome by just over two- tenths of a second) and the long jump (Hardens first-place jump of 20 feet, 11 inches, topped second- place Tae Gray of Heard County by a foot-and-a- half). Sophomore distance runner Justin Wachtel fin- ished atop the podium in the 800 meters (Wachters winning time of 2 minutes, 9 seconds was four seconds faster than second-place Donangelo Marshall of Gainesville) and the 1,600 meters (Wachters first- place time of 4 minutes, 30 seconds was six-tenths of a second faster than second-place Miguel Lopez of Gainesville). Also, MP senior De'Adrek Alford took the top spot in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.10 seconds, just over one-tenth of a second faster than second-place Montrell MiUsap of Rome. Other MP boys athletes who recorded Top 10 fin- ishes on Saturday included: Harden, who placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 24.84 seconds, William Stewart, who placed seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 26.12 seconds, Antoine Davis, who placed seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 59.18 seconds, Kelvin Harden, who placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56 seconds, Cam- eron Buckner, who placed ninth in the 200-meter hurdles with a time of 31.02 seconds, Alford, who placed eighth in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet, 4 inches and placed 10th in the triple jump with a jump of 35 feet, 4 inches. Also, MP'S 4 x 200-meter relay team of Rico Harden, Alford, Kelvin Harden and Stewart placed third with a time of 1 minute, 42 sec- onds and MP'S 4 x 400-me- ter relay team placed fifth with a time of 3 minutes, 58 seconds. MP boys track head coach Kip Burdette said Saturday's success should serve as a good early season indicator for future success. Burdette said, "We didn't quite take the whole squad because we had several on official visits for football, but I was very pleased with the guys that went and competed against some stout competition" Other boys squads in attendance on Saturday in order from highest to low- est finish were: Gainesville, Monroe Area, Thomson, Heard County, Franklin County, Pace Academy, Stephens County, Mont- gomery County, Galloway, Chapel Hill, Banks County and Johnson. Mary Persons sophomore distance phenom Justin Wach- tel placed runner-up in the 3,200 meters at the Mari- etta Distance Carnival meet in Marietta on Saturday. Wachtel finished the prestigious meet in a time of 9 minutes, 42 seconds. The MP track season will be pre- viewed in the March 6 Reporter. (Photo/Kip Burdette) Mary Per- sons senior Morgan Lawson, pictured on defense during a 4-0 home loss to Warner Robins, scored MP's open- ing goal in a 3-0 rivalry road win over Jackson on Thursday. (Photo/Will Davis) By Will Davis pubJJsher@mymcr.nef The Mary Persons girls soccer team is 3-1 after throttling rival Jackson 3-0 on Thursday. Playing on Jackson's new turf field for the first time, the Bulldogs jumped on top when senior Morgan Lawson scored. But more goals would be hard to come by as the Lady Devils played their defenders very high, close to mid-field, preventing the MP attack from getting close t9 the goal without risking an 8ffsides penalty. De- spite controlling the possession for most of the half, MP still had only a 1-0 lead at intermission. Jackson seemed poised to tie it in the second half when the Lady Dogs were whistled for a " foul in the box, giving the Red Devils a penalty kick against first-year keeper Maggie Sand- ers. But Sanders, playing with what turned o ut to be a broken finger, easily stopped the PK and the Dogs clung to that 1-0 lead. Finally* the MP offense began to i enetrate the high Jackson defensive line. Junior Alexis Havens sent a free kick from the back over the top line's heads, and junior striker Abbie Davis chased it down and chipped an arching shot over the keeper's head to make it 2-0. Then freshman Karsen Winget was fouled and got a free kick from just outside the box. She sent a missile into the back of the net and MP clinched a 3-0 win. On Tuesday, the talented War- ner Robins Demonettes shut out the Lady Dogs 4-0 at Lancaster Field in Forsyth. Warner Robins is now 4-0 on the year. The Lady Dogs cancelled their game scheduled at Houston County on Tuesday due to inju- ries. Sanders, Annie Giles and Banks McCoy are all battling injuries, and coach Dallas Hall . said he wants to focus on start- ing Region 2-AAAA action at West Laurens on Friday, Feb. 22. The game may be made up later. See our MP girls soccer preview inside. h By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons boys basketball team ~w its season come to an end on Saturffay with a 67-52 road loss at Cross Creek in the first round of the AAAA state tournament. It was the second straight year that the Bulld9gs have been bounced from the state tourney in the opening round. MP finished the 2018-19 season with a 9-20 record (4-9 in Region 2-AAAA). The contest was tied 14-14 after one quarter. Cross Creek then outpointed MP 18-16 in the second quarter to take a two-point halftime lead at 32-30. The Razorbacks then extended their lead to five at 45-40 through three quarters be- fore dominating MP 22-12 in the final period for the 15-point final margin. The Bulldogs never led after the first quarter. Also, the MP JV boys basketball team finished the 2018-19 season with a 7-6 record while the MP 9th Grade boys basketball team finished 1-10. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School 15oys basketball team also concluded its season with a first round area playoffloss at Kennedy Road on Wednesday to finish 8-5. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help in identifying a suspect who shattered a front window at the Sunoco High Falls Market on Feb. 16. According to the incident report, at about 1:47 a.m Monroe County Dep. Tyler Rodgers went to the Sunoco High Falls Market on High Falls Road about an alarm. When Rodgers arrived, he found the store's window shattered. Ro, - ers then viewed the store's surveil- lance video, which showed a dark- colored vehide headed eastbound on High Falls Road puUup to the gas pumps at 1:39 am. Rodgers then saw a black male suspect wearing black pants and a black hood exit the passenger side of the vehicle and walk to the store's front door, where he leaned on it. The suspect then shattered the store's front window before returning to the vehide and exiting the parking lot headed eastbound at 1:43 am. The video then showed the same vehicle headed westbound on High Falls Road, so Rodgers concluded it must have turned around at either the nearby Citgo station or Buck Creek Market. 109D Patrol Road 478-994-9911 apply and manage your account online Rodgers was later notified of similar incidents the same night at a pair of Crisp County stores, Pack-A-Sack and Striplings Gen- eral Store, in which the suspect, who matched the description of the High Fails Market burglar, broke the front windows of those stores as well. Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Julietle Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga, Reg.CO401419 turn to the experts% ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND UNDER GRADUATE STUDENTS: The Estates of Gilbert A. Banks, Jr. and Bera Denham Banks have gifted assets anticipated at approximately $2.0 million dollars to fund The Banks Scholarship Trust. Wells Fargo Bank serves as Trustee with selections admin- istered by the Scholarship committee of the Forsyth United Methodist Church, Robert k Harris, Chairman. Schalarships funded by the Banks Scholarship Trust are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year and will be awarded to eligible students based on academic merit and/or financial need who have lived in Monroe County for a period of two years at the time of apphcatJon. This financial award will provide for an undergraduate degree to attend a fully exempt, four-year College or University in the United States. Application form and detailed requirements may be obtained from Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2019 There's no CharliePelt, Agent 12 E. 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