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April 3, 2019 Page 3B iRe orter I By Rk rd Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The Mary Persons boys track team placed ninth out of 16 teams with 30 points at the Oconee County-Barberitos Track Classic at Warrior Stadium in Watkins- viUe on Friday. Baldwin was the boys meet champion with 117 points, fol- lowed by Loganville in second place with 94.5 points. North Oconee finished in third place with 77.33 points. Two Mary Persons boys athletes captured individual events. Sophomore Justin Wachtel took first place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 16 seconds to edge second-place Myles Collins of Archer by a half-second. Also, MP junior Rico Harden took the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 2 inches to top second-place Elijah Hamm of Oconee County by a half-inch. Other MP boys athletes who scored points at Friday's meet in- dude& Rico Harden, who placed seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 11.27 seconds, Wachtel, who placed eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds, William Stewart, who placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.53 seconds and Connor Battles, who placed seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 29 seconds. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-meter re- lay team of Stewart, Rico Harden, Kelvin Harden and De24drek Afford placed seventh with a time of 43.78 seconds. Other boys teams in attendance on Friday in order of highest to lowest finish included: Archer, North Oconee, Madison County, Franklin County, Collins Hill, Clarke Central, Washington-Wil- kes, Morgan County, East Jack- son, Athens Academ Westside (Augusta) and Lincoln County. Meanwhile, the MP girls track team also competed in Watkins- vine on Friday, placing 1 lth out of 17 teams with 24 points. Collins Hill was the girls meet champion with 89 points, fol- lowed by Archer in second place with 81 points. Oconee County finished in third place with 78 points. MP girls athletes who scored points at Friday's meet included: Campbell Brown, who placed sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.03 seconds and placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 27.20 seconds, Ava McKallip, who placed seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 2 seconds, Maradeth Leverett, who placed eighth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 13 seconds, Cheyla Tafolla, who placed fifth in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches, and Precious Gaines, who placed seventh in the shot put with a heave of 31 feet, 3 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-meter re- lay team of Brown, Alyssa Green, Alvina Shannon and Demarria Scandrett placed sixth with a time of 51.48 seconds, and MP'S No. 1 4 x 800-meter relay team of Caro- line Hampton, Leverett, Rilyn McKallip and Katie Hollis placed third with a time of 11 minutes, 38 seconds. Other girls teams in attendance on Friday in order of highest to lowest finish included: North Oconee, Washington-W'tlkes, Baldwin, Madison County, Clarke Central, Franklin County, Morgan County, Athens Acad- emy, Westside (Augusta), Athens Christian, Lincoln County, He- bron Christian and East Jackson. The MP boys and girls track teams will next compete at FPD at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Mclaurin takes home second- place ribbon at Florida event Isabel Mclaurin of Monroe Coun- ty continued her successful senior season at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (lEA) Zone 4 Finals, held in Pensacola, Fla. on March 23. Mclaurin competed against 17 other riders from six different states who each had qualified for Zones by qualifying for and winning his/her Region Finals. Mclaurin placed second in her Open Flat class, earning her a place as one of the top 18 riders in the lEA Open Division fiat in the U.S. and qualifying her to compete at lEA National Finals held in Harrisburg, Pa. in April. Mclaurin is the daughter of Cole and Audri Mclaurin of Smart, and the granddaughter of Jerry and Ann Greer of Smart and Jerry and Gail Mclaurin of Jackson. (Photo/Cole Mclaurin) Middle win: 10-1 Monroe County resident Avery Sinyard (above) and the Rock Springs Christian Academy Eagles Middle School baseball sqaud defeated Griffin Christian 10-1 on Tuesday, March 26 and to stay undefeated against the Crusaders. (Photo/RSCA) q top international com in Fin ing petition Former Mary Persons soccer star Shane King (left), who is in his second year of studies at Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) in Leeds, England, competed with his academy squad at a tournament in Finland last month. King's group flew into the capital city of Helsinki before heading to the city of Kotka to play at historic Arto Tolsa Areena, a soccer stadium that opened during the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. After suffering a loss in Kotka, King's team then proceeded to nearby Kymi, where RIASA recorded a victory in a contest played in a dome. King served as a team captain for both matches. RIASA's competition included reserve and academy teams from Finland's premier soccer league. King's mother Kay said her son has mostly international teammates and has gotten to meet people from all over the world thanks to his RIASA experience. This includes RIASA'S head academy coach Rob Jones, a former professional player with over 470 appearances in various British soccer leagues. King will be headed home in May for the summer before returning to RIASA in the fall, where he will head to China to compete in another international tournament in October and continue his pursuit of a degree in inter- national sports business management. King's parents, Dave and Kay, recently visited their son in England over Christmas before traveling around northern Europe for vacation. (Photo/Kay King) By Ridmrd Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commissioners will allow Monroe County EMS to outsource its billing services to a private company. At the recommendation of Monroe County fire/EMS chief Matt Perry, commissioners contracted on Tuesday, March 19 with Hinesville-based Trinity EMS Billing and Consulting for 12 months. Trinity EMS Billing and Consulting will be entitled to 6 percent of total gross collections, which Perry estimated was about $500,000 in 2018. Perry said the county's EMS department has insufficient staffing with only one designated employee to perform billing duties, which has resulted in the county getting about eight to 10 weeks behind on sending out bills. He said the shortage in staffing, intermittent internet issues and outdated software are among the reasons Monroe County staffers make too many data entry miscues, which has resulted in a 15 to 20 percent reimbursement denial rate. He speculated that because of these shortcomings the county is missing out on hundreds of thousands of potential collections. Perry took proposals from five different companies of which Trinity EMS Billing and Consulting requested the lowest percent- age of total collections. By Richard Dumas at least 119,000 miles on them. into the physical custody of a forsyth@mymcr.net staffer at one of the three loca- In other Board of Commis- tions, the child is unharmed Monroe County Commis- sioners' news: and that the child is no more sioners agreed to spend up to than 30 days old. Signs desig- $190,000 to buy and outfit a Monroe County Commis- nating Monroe County fire sta- new ambulance, sioners on Tuesday, March 19 tions as "Safe Haven" spots for At the request of Monroe spent $25,963 to buy 13 porta- newborn babies to be left will County fire/EMS chief Matt ble radios for volunteer Monroe be erected on the buildings. Perry, commissioners bought County firefighters/EMTs from Procedures for county fire- on Tuesday, March 19 a 2019 Williams Communications, Inc. fighters/EMTs to follow in- Ford F-450 from an Orlando, The radios will include: char- dude: taking protective custody Fla.-based dealer. Perry es- gers, spare batteries, belt clips of the infant, attempting to ob- timated the new ambulance and remote microphones. Mon- tain information about the baby could be ready to go into ser- roe County fire/EMS chief Matt from the parent while trying to vice within two months. Perry said the radios will be maintain the parent's anonym- Commissioners also approved used by volunteers who do not ity, encouraging the parent to to spend $114,791 to remount participate in structure fires, get his/her own medical evalua- an existing ambulance box on tion, contacting Department of a 2013 Chevrolet to put on a Monroe County Commis- Family and Children's Services Ford F-450 truck chassis. The sioners approved on Tuesday, to notify them that the infant funds to pay for the remount March 19 a standard operating is being transported by ambu- will come from 2014 Special procedure for Monroe County lance to a medical facilty and Purpose Local Option Sales firefighters/EMTS in case a making the county fire chief or Tax (SPLOST) proceeds while newborn baby is left at a county deputy fire chief aware of the fire station, situation. the new ambulance will come from the county's general fund Per state regulation, a parent Monroe County fire/EMS to be repaid using future 2020 leaving a newborn in the cus- chief Matt Perry said there have SPLOST proceeds, tody of a medical facility, fire been no previous instances of Five of Monroe County's six station or police station would babies being left at a county fire current ambulances have had not face criminal prosecution as station. major parts replaced and have long as the child is volunteered