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iP orter April 18, 2018 IF IT'S PLAYED. WE'VE GOT IT COVERED MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS State Farm 281 Tiff College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992"9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm L SPRING SPORTS 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis (vs. Shaw} 4 p.m. Varsity Girls & Boys Golf (vs. Schley County @ The River Forest Golf Club) THURSDAY, APRIL 19 FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Varsity Baseball (vs. Upson'Lee) SATURDAY, APRIL 21 SUNDAY, APRIL 22 HE SWEET TASTE OF VICTORY Spalding Co. 1 MP players Brock Hulsey (green jersey) after beat- ing Spalding in penalty kicks on Friday. u 0 MONDAY, APRIL 23 4 p.m. Varsity Girls & Boys Golf (River Forest Invitational @ t 'er Forest Golf Club TUESDAY, APRIL 24 . ~ .~: ~ .-%" i: ~ ~,: I;, MP improved to 12-3-1, 6-3 in region last week with wins over Spalding and Howard. On By Will Davis pubhsher@mymc~net Friday, the Bulldogs beat the Jaguars for the The Mary Persons boys soccer team has ap- second time this year, both of them nail-biters. patently locked down a.thi.rd place finish in The teams were scoreless after 60 minutes on Region 2-AAAA with a thrilling penalty-kick Friday. But then the Bulldogs got a corner kick ' win over Spalding at Lancaster Field on Friday, and sophomore Julian Rivera lobbed a perfect April 13. As a result, the Bulldogs are expected rainbow to the middle. Rivera's brother Alex to hit the road for Round 1 of the state playoffs came speeding to the ball, head down, and at Shaw-Columbus on Friday, April 27. MP was drilled it into the net to give MP a 1-0 lead with set to host Perry on Senior Night on Tuesday 20:03 left to play. but the outcome would not likely change the But the Jags wouldn't go quietly. With 15:40 standings. MP lost to the Panthers 6-1 the last left to play Spalding scored from the back side time. to tie it at 1-1. While MP controlled posses- FOR A VIDEO FROM THE GAME REGION 2-AAAA STANDINGS SCHOOL OVERALL REGION Upson-Lee High 14-I 8-I Perry High 9-4-I 6-2 Mary Persons 12-3-1 6-3 Spalding High 7-7-2 5-5 West Laurens 7-8 1-7 Howard High 4-9 0-8 sion for much of the remainder of regulation, neither team could take the lead in it or the two five-minute overtime periods. So the teams See MP BOYS Page 4B MP boys track finishes surprising second at windy region title meet By Richard Dumas In the coldest, windi- est championship day in recent Region 2-AAAA track history, the Mary Persons boys track squad performed admirably at Spalding on Monday, finishing as the region runner-up for the second straight year. As expected, MP fresh- man Justin Wachtel was the Bulldogs' star, captur- ing a pair of individual races, the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 metem. Two other MP boys also won individual titles with senior Condarius Alford prevailing in the high jump and senior Bralen Harvey finishing atop the podium in the pole vault. Also, MP senior Jaques Watkins finished as the region runner-up in the high jump to his teammate Alford while the Dogs' top 4 x 400-meter relay team of Alford, Malik Davis, Wachtel and Watkins finished as the runner-up as well. MP totaled 129 points in its second place result, finishing behind region champion West Lau- The youthful MP boys track squad, coached by first-year head man Kip Burdette, finished as the runner-up at the two-day Region 2-AAAA track meet, concluded on Monday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) rens' total of 146 points, placed third in the pole tional region meet cover- Perry placed third with vault, Colton Dingmore, age will be available in the 107 points followed by who placed fourth in the April 25 Reporter. Howard with 89 points, shot put, Danid Lavelle, MP head coach Kip Spalding and Upson-Lee who placed fourth in the Bur&Re said of his squad's were also in attendance discus, Alford, who placed performance on Monday: at Monday's meet. Perry's third in the 400 meters, "I think we exceeded Davion Ross won the indi- lamar Fagan, who placed expectations this year. vidual award for capturing fourth in the 110-meter Early in the year I did not the most individual points hurdles, and Myles John- think we would be able to at the region meet. son, who placed third in have the success we had Other MP boys athletes the 800 meters. Also, MP's down the stretch. Each kid who achieved top-four top 4 x 100-meter relay on the team was basically region finishes and will team of Ladamian Sands, maxed out on events, and move on to the AAAA Alford, Fagan and Caileb they fought really hard state sectional competition Ussery placed third, down the stretch. I was included: Watkins, who Full region meet results placed third in the long and times were unavail- jump, Brycen Young, who able at presstime. Addi- See BOYS TRACK Page 2B Former Mary Persons head coach Rodney Walker is one of eight new inductees into the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Walker and the rest of the class will be inducted in a ceremony on June 16. (File photo) By Richard Dumas The second-ever induction class of the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame will officially be enshrined at an induction ceremony at the Monroe County Conven- tion Center at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Eight new members were chosen on Tuesday, April See HALL OF FAME Page 2B ,r j . ~ ~ ~<, ,~;, > d: ,%,/ : ,~/