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Page 2B March 21, 2018 porter 0 By Ridmrd Dumas forsyth@myrncmet The Mary Persons boys tennis team stayed unbeaten with a 5-0 region road sweep of Howard on Thursday. Four of MP's five match wins came in straight sets. No. 2 singles stand- out Tanner Lee beat Josh Taylor 6-2, 6-3 while Preston Wilson pounded Muhammad Sharef 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles. In doubles, MP was equally dominant with the No. I duo of broth- ers Micah Wilsbn and Caleb Wilson beating Josh Self and Darron Guo 6-0, 6-1 and the No. 2 pairing of Jordan Carr and Seth Smith pounding Peyton Leaptrot and Evan Wade 6-0, 6-1. The lone competitive match came in No. 1 singles, where MP star Chris Swats outlasted Howard's Tyus Bartolo in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The win over the Huskies improved MP to 9-0 (3-0 in Region 2-AAAA). Two days earlier, the MP boys squad handled Upson- Lee 4-1 at home on Tuesday, March 13. MP singles stars Swars and Lee were dominant in the Dogs' victory over i the Knights. Swars beat Holden Chapman in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0 while Lee prevailed 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles over Jordan Smith. MP also took both doubles matches with the Dogs' No. I duo of Micah Wilson and Caleb Wilson outlasting Upson-Lee's Fade Powers and Remington Mills in a three-set thriller, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6. In No. 2 doubles, MVs Cart and Smith hammered Silas Laughman and Ashton Reviase 6-1.6-1. The Dogs' lone defeat came in No. 3 singles where Preston Wilson dropped his tight match in three sets 1-6, 6-2, 5-7 to David Drake. One day earlier on March 12,MP claimed a 4-1 non- region win at Jones County. Swars was victorious 8-4 in No. 1 singles while MP's Tucker Melton captured his No. 2 singles match 8-2. MP also recorded comfort- able doubles victories by the Wilson duo (8-4) and the Carr/Smith pairing (8-3). MP's lone loss came in No. 2 singles where Wilson came up short by a score of 4-8. NIP opened its region campaign on Feb. 7 with a 5-0 road sweep of Spalding. Swars didn't drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 No. 1 singles vic- tory over Brandon Tharp. In No. 2 singles, Lee dominated Spalding's Spenar Eden 6-2, 6-2 while in No. 3 singles Prestori Wilson didn't lose a game either in a 6-0, 6-0 double bageling of Andrew Newnan. In No. 1 doubles, the Wilson duo prevailed 6-0, 6-1 over Keilan Battle and Jayden Robinson while Carr and Smith won their No. 2 doubles match via forfeit Meanwhile, the MP girls tennis team improved to 6-3 (2-1 in Region 2-AAAA) with a 4-1 region road victo- ry at Howard on Thursday. MP easily captured the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches with No. 2 Jackie Gore beating Howard's Teresin Jahin 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 Emma Cantrell handling Eliza Thigpen 6-4, 6-0. MP also had a pair of doubles victories with the No, 1 duo ofMadeline Copeland and Audrey.Parrott pounding Howard's duo of Kenly Buchanan and Kable Boththri 6-2, 6-2 while MP's No. 2 pairing of Reagan Dorrity and Anna Starr won by forfeit MP's lone loss came in No. 1 singles where Cadi Seitz fell in straight sets 3-6, 4-6 to the Lady Huskies' Camiello Tolbert. The victory over Howard came two days after MP escaped with its first region win of the season in a nar- row 3-2 home victory over Upson-Lee on Tuesday,' March 13. MP's Gore dominated her No. 2 singles match against Upson-Lee's Larkin McDaniel, prevailing 6-1, 6-0 MP's No. 1 doubles team of Copeland and Parrott was also victorious in straight sets, beating Briamma Hendricks and Sophie Trickel 7-5, 6-2. In the criti- cal swing match, MP's No. 3 singles player, freshman Cantrell, came up big in a tense 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over Upson-Lee's Alex Braselton for the deciding point MP's losses came in No. 1 singles where Seitz fell in straight sets 4-6, 2-6 to MaW Hucaby and in No. 2 doubles where Dorrity and Starr lost to Upson-Lee's Kara Beth Neighbors and Avery Perdue ::: i iiiiiiiii 2-6, 4-6. One day earlier on March 12, MP fell 1-4 at ]on& County in a non-region match. The Lady Dogs' lone win came in No. 2 singles where Gore won by a score of 8-4. Seitz lost 3-8 in No. 1 singles while Cantrell came up short 5-8 in No. 3 singles. MP also dropped both doubles matches with Copeland/Parrott losing 4-8 and Dorrity and Isabelle McCaskill losing a tight No. 2 doubles match 6-8. On March 7, the Lady Dogs opened region play with a disappointing 2-3 loss at Spalding. Gore was once again victorious in straight sets, beating Carson Cook 7-6, 6-3 in No. 2 singles. MP's other victory came in No. 2 doubles where Dorrity and Start outlasted Spalding's Emily Hall and Kendal Releford 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 in a third-set tiebreaker. The swing match was the No. 1 doubles match where MP's Copeland/Parrott pairing came up just short hard at practice to be better athletes and individuals. The matches lately have been challenging and have made them stronger. The boys are still undefeated with Perry and West Laurens left in the inthree sets, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 to region. It won't be easy, but SPal. ding's Mary Brock Smith I know the have the figl]t in and ]k/l',~A,d' -, MP's other two losses were in the groove and are getting both in straight sets with Seitz falling 5-7, 1-6 in No. 1 singles to Molly Flanagan and Cantrell losing in No. 3 singles 2-6, 5-7 to the Lady Jags' Macy Davis. MP head coach Hannah Grossman said she's pleased with the play of both of her MP squads over the first half of the season. "I am very proud of our tennis teams at Mary Persons," Grossman said. "They have been working more consistent as we get deeper into the season." The Mary Persons tennis teams were next sched- uled to host region rival West Laurens at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in a match rescheduled from Monday due to rain. MP will then travel to Perry for a region road match at 4 p.m. on Wednesday before heading to Pike County for a road non-region match at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 26. By Will Davis publJsher@mymcr.net The Mary Persons girls soccer team gave a valiant effort on Friday night in Griffin but the seventh- ranked Spalding Lady Jags were just too fast for the Lady Dogs, taking a 2-0 win. It was just the second loss of the season for the Lady Dogs, who are now 9-2-1 overall and 5-1 jn region. The Lady Jags (7-1, 4-0 region) jumped on top.just three minutes into the game on a nifty pass to the left side that Spalding drove into the net. But the MP defense held strong for the next 37 minutes, fending offwave after wave of at- tack until halftime. Center defender Kennedy Finch and keeper Lori Smith were especially strong on keeping Spalding from padding its lead. Spalding's only other goal came mid-way through the second half on a Jaguar ter on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over West Laurens at Lancaster Field in Forsyth, Taylor Buffington, recover- ing from her own bout of the stomach virus, netted a hat trick with three goals while Abbie Davis had the fourth. Annie Giles and Lauren Hamm had assists as MP dropped the Lady Raiders to 2-5 on the year, 0-5 in region. Itwas a better performance than the mere 1-0 win the Lady Dogs had in their first match in Dexter. The MP girls will play Howard at the Ed Defore Sports Complex on Thurs- day, March 22. The Lady Dogs beat the, Lady Huskies 2-0 in their first match in Forsyth. Then MP hosts Upson-Lee on Tuesday, March 27 in the last game before a two-week respite corner kick when the ball only shots, as the other half over spring break. The caromed off an MP defend- of the Lady Bulldog offense, Lady Dogs thumped the er and rolled into the net for Abbie Davis, wasn't at full Lady Knights 8-1 earlier in an "own-goal". speed due to the stomach Thomaston. Girls games" Sophomore striker Taylor virus, start at 5:30 p.m. Buffin ton managed MP's The Bulldogs fared bet- Sign-ups havebegun f0r annual teen driving camp The Monroe County Sheriffs Office in coopera- tion with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) will hold its 11th annual Teen Safe Driving Camp at GPSTC from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. The camp, which is for teens ages 15-17, will cost $20 and will include a hot lunch sewed in the GPSTC cafeteria and logo t-shirt Check-in will be between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The one-day camp will teach new drivers defensive driving tips, the dangers of distracted or impaired driving, skid and off-road recovery techniques, safety at grade crossings and important vehicle mainte- DanCe skills. Anyone wishing to attend must complete an appli- cation and return it with payment to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office either in person or by mail. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 27. Space is limited. Checks should be delivered in person to Monroe County Sheriffs Office, 145 L. Cary Bittick i Drive, Forsyth, Ga 31029 or by mail to Monroe County Sheriffs Office, P.O. Box 276, Forsyth, Ga 310:29, Attn: Safe Driving Camp. Teens must bring either theft learner's permit or t driver s license, and all campers must wear tennis shoes. ! For more information, contact either Sgt. Richard ] Coughenour at 478-262-1125 or Dep. Marilynne FiLLs at 478-957-2811. O BY Will Davis' pubhsher@mymcr.net The Monroe County Middle School boys soc- cer team will host the league championship after securing first place in the regular season with a 2-1 win over Lamar County Middle School last Wednesday; March 14. The title game will be a re-match of last week's contest as Lamar County finished the season as No. 2. The teams had tied 1-1 earlier in the season. But the Bulldogs carried the day at home last Wednes- da)n Eighth grader Park Da- vis got the scoring started on a nifty dribble past several defenders down the left side of the box before shooting around the keeper into the right corner of the net. Speedy Luis Martinez added an insurance goal when he dribbled past the Lamar defense to score. Lamar County did get one score with about four minutes left in the game when MCMS was called for tripping inside the box, leading to a penalty kick that made it 2-1. Coach Tracy Buff's Bulldogs held in the final four minutes to secure the win and finish the regular season unbeaten at 8-0-1. The Bulldogs were scheduled to make-up a game with Jones County at home on Wednesday. The date to host the cham- pionship has not been set yet.