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Holden, who was a unanimous AAAA All-State selection in 2017-18, is believed to be the first MP boys player in program history to score 2,000 points in his high school career. Holden was also se- lected to play in the prestigious GHSA North-South All-Star Game. The MP Access Department also gave framed team photos to all of the MP boys basketball seniors and coach Greg Nix. The MP boys set a new school record for victories in 20]7-]8 with 23. (Photos/Richard Dumas) By Will Davis pubhsher@mymcr.net The Mary Persons boys soccer team is unlikely to repeat as region champions after falling to Upson-Lee last Tuesday for the second time this season, once again by just one goal. But after a win over Jones County on Thursday, the boys still have a solid 10- 3-1 record, 4-3 in region heading into a Alex Rivera moves upfield against Upson- Lee despite the Knight defender grab- bing a hand-full of Rivera's abdomen on Tuesday, March 27. (Photo/Will Davis) 12-day pause for spring break. Last Tuesday the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 game to No. 4-ranked Upson-Lee at Lancaster Field in Forsyth. The Knights led 1-0 at the half and added another goal in the second half. But then Dawson Daniel broke the ice for the Bulldogs offan assist from Jacob Anthony, and MP trailed just 2-1 with plenty of time left. Alas the Bulldogs couldn't punch through a tying goal, and spent much of the half chasing the speedy No. 7,last year's region Player of the Year. Keeper Brock Hulsey had six saves for the Bulldogs as Upson outshot MP 12-6. The Knights, who beat MP 4-3 in Thomaston on Feb. 27, improved to 12-1 overall, 6-1 in region. On Thursday in Gray, the Bulldogs played a struggling Jones County team and the teams stayed knotted at 0-0 for 75 minutes until MP had a. corner kick with just five minutes left to go. Senior Alex Rivera lofted the corner ball to the middle and William Atkins headed it home for what turned out to be the game-winning shot. MP outshot the Hounds 22-4 but only scored in the final five minutes. The Greyhounds are now 3-9 on the year. Offfor Spring Break, the Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday, April 10 against Howard (3-6 overall, 0-6 region) in Forsyth. Boys games start at 5:30 p.m. Lawn Maintenence - Debris Removal Bedding -Landscaping - Tractor Work Licensed & Insured Family-owned Monroe County business By Will Davis publisherOrnymcr.net The Mary Persons gids soccer team remained in the race for a region title by downing a surprisingly feisty Upson-Lee team 3-2 last Tuesday, but then dropped a non-region contest at Jones County on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs (10-3-1, 6-1 region) had trounced the Lady Knights 8-1 on Feb. 27 but found themselves in a tough re-match on Tuesday in Forsyth. Sophomore Taylor Buf gton gave the Lady Knights fits with her strong left foot and scored all three goals for the hat trick. But when Upson scored a second goal in the second half, the Lady Dogs found themselves fighting to keep a narrow 3-2 lead. The girls succeeded, locking down their. 10th win of the year. "We didn't play very well at all" said coach Dallas Hall, noting that the girls were rusty having been off for 11 days prior to the contest. "It's not the result you want, but sometimes you have to win ugly." Upson-Lee fell to 3-10 overall azld 1-6 in region. On Thursday, the Lady Dogs lost to Jones County in a non-region tilt in Gray. Mary Persons scored first. when Abbie Davis went right, then left, then right again before nailing a shot into the back of the net. Jones County star forward Madison Mitchum tied it 1-1 with two minutes left in the first half. In the second half, Taylor Bulfington struck for the Lady Dogs to make it 2-1. But the Lady Hounds wouldn't go away. They tied it at 2-2 and the game remained deadlocked for much of the second half until Jones County struck again with just five minutes left for a 3-2 advantage. The Bulldogs couldn't score again and suffered the loss. "We knew it was a dan- gerous game with spring break coming up" said Hall. "When spring break is that dose, it's usually shutdown time for a couple of people:' Hall said his girls have struggled the last couple of games and wondered if the team's limited depth was catching up with them. "Spring break comes at a good time,' said Hall. "The girls can rest their legs and reboot their batteries:' Hall said the girls actually moved the ball pretty well against Jones County but said the Greyhounds style of play rattled them. "The biggest thing is they were an ugly team to play against,' said Hall. "They just kicked the ball in no direction, and it was a super bouncy field which played into how they played." Hall said Jones County took advantage of a few mistakes by MP to score goals. "They didn't create anything" said Hall. "Our three mistakes -- they capitalized on it. Soccer is the only sport that you can't click off, or they're going the other way" The Jones County girls improved to 6-3. Hall said The Bulldogs will face a monster week when they return from spring break, hosting fellow region leaders Howard and Spalding. MP retums to action on Tuesday, April 10 against Howard (7-3 overall, 4-2 region) in Forsyth and then hosts No. 4-ranked Spalding on Friday, April 13. Girls games start at 5:30 p.m.