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Page 2B April 18, 2018 i porter By Will Davis region blemish in the last two pubhsher@mymc~net seasons. MP only lost 2-0 the first time the teams met. But Spalding The Mary Persons girls soccer was just too strong and too deep. team suffered a rough week with The Lady Jags scored just 10 min- losses to Howard and Spalding, utes into the first half. The Lady but nevertheless appears poised to Dogs hdd them for the rest of the hold onto a second-place finish in half so trailed just 1-0 at the break region and the right to host Cairo and would have the gusty breeze in Round 1 of the state playoffs on behind them in the second half. Thursday, April 26. While the Lady Dogs did play The Lady Dogs (10-5-1, 6- 3 in more aggressively in the second region) were set to finish their half, they were not able to strike the back of the net, and the Lady lags added two REGION 2-AAAA STANDINGS late goals for the 3-0 SCHOOL OVERALL REGION win. Spalding High. 14-2-0 10-0 "I was just glad to get Mary Persons 10-5-1 6-3 out of that game with no injuries" said coach Dal- Howard High 10-4 5-3 las Hall, noting that the Perry High 3-12 3-5 Howard loss on Tuesday Upson-Lee 4- 11 2-7 meant MP couldn't win region. "Hopefully we West Laurens 2-9 O-8 can get them next year" Then on Tuesday; season by hosting Perry on Senior April 10, the MP girls Night Tuesday. MP beat the Lady suffered a tough loss to rival How- Panthers 7-0 during their first ard 2-1. meeting. The Lady Dogs scored first in On Friday, the Lady Dogs took the first half when Abbie Davis on region power Spalding, hoping fed the ball to Taylor Buffmgton, to hand the Lady Jags their only who went left and then blasted a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net to give MP a 1-0 lead. Howard sophomore Elizabeth Rodenroth Ued the game in the second half on a long left-footed shot. Later, Rodenroth knocked a free kick from beyond the box off the cross bar and it bounded in front of the net. When the Lady Dogs failed to clear the ball, a Husky punched it in for a 2-1 lead. Despite frantic scoring efforts the Bulldogs couldn't tie it up, and for the second year in a row Howard and MP split their two regular season games. Howard improved to 10-4, 5-3 in region. Hall said he knew it would be a tough game with his girls coming offspring break. He had hoped not to play the game then but Howard had to re-schedule after failing to get referees for an earlier date. "That's why I didn't schedule them on that day" said Hall. "But it's how it had to go. And overall, disregarding the score, it was the best game we played possession- wise. We passed very well and did exactly what we wanted to do. But MP senior goalkeeper Lori Smith held region champ Spalding to just a single goal until there were fewer than six minutes left on the clock on Friday. (Photo/Will Davis) Howard just loaded the box on region ahead of Howard by beat- defense. It's not fun to play against ing Perry on Tuesda) April 17 at teams when they're just kicking . home. That would also clinch a the ball." home Round 1 playoffgame on Despite the loss, the Lady Dogs Thursday; April 26. can still clinch second place in the HALL OF FAMEall-time leading scorer, Continued from Front having led the Lady Dogs to the state playoffs three straight years from 1998- 10 by the Hall of Fame's 2000. Davis went on to play 11 -member committee, for legendary head coach The eight members sdected Pat Summitt at the Univer- include in alphabetical or- sity of Tennessee, where der: LaToya Davis, Charles Davis played on three Final Dumas, Rhonda Griffin Four teams, including two Hardy, Thomas "Sonny" national runner-up squads Marsh, Steve Melton, An- in 2003 and 2004, respec- nie Ree Brantley Summers, Rodney Walker and Peppi tively. Dumas, a former Mary ZeUner. Persons football star, was Davis, a former Mary one of the first backfield Persons girls basketball standouts under head standout, is the program's ClassiC Soul Hits at 100.1FM 1 of Mid-die Georgial coach Dan Pitts, being recognized as an all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1959 and 1960. Dumas went on to play college football at Clemson before coming back to Forsyth and eventually serving more than 20 years as Monroe County Schools superintendent. Hardy, a former Monroe Academy all-sports star, was perhaps Monroe's finest ever female athlete, having excelled at numer- ous sports, including as the star of Monroe's back- to-back girls basketball titles in 1984 and 1985, respectively. Hardy went on to Mercer University, where she lettered in four different sports: softball, basketball, soccer and cross country; before embarking on a distinguished teaching career at Tattnall Square. Marsh, a former Mary Persons football star, was arguably the greatest foot- ball player of the pre-Dan Pitts era of MP football. Marsh, an all-state running back, was the centerpiece of a 9-2 season under former coach Bill Meeks in 1955, being recognized as the Middle Georgia Player of the Year by the Macon Telegraph. Melton, a former Mary Persons basketball stand- out, was one of the top hardwood talents in pro- gram history. Melton was a leader of some of the top boys squads in MP history in the late 1960s, including the 1968 team that remains the lone Bulldogs' squad to reach the state Final Four. Summers, a former Hubbard High School standout, competed in several sports at Hubbard, including basketball, and is widely considered one of the school's finest athletes. Summers, who now lives in Maryland, has numer- ous successful children and grandchildren. Walker, a former Mary Persons head football coach, was one of the most successful football coaches in Georgia High School Association (GHSA) his- tory. Walker, who captured his lone state title at West BOYS TRACK Continued from Front really pleased with the way this team competed, and I believe this team saw how dose they came to a region championship. They now realize what it will take to bring the first place trophy home next year:' In its final tuneup before the Region 2-AAAA cham- pionship meet, the MP boys placed second with 107.5 points in a six-team competition at FPD on Wednesday. Home FPD was the boys champion with a total of 141 points, followed by MP. John. Milledge placed third with 84.5 points. Other teams participating in MONROE COUNR BOARD OF EDUCATION SCHEDULE OF APPROVED LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX PROJECTS YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2017 Ape~I 201~9 Rome in 1984, won ex- actly 300 games in Georgia, making him one of just 13 head coaches who have achieved the feat. A former MP letterman, Walker returned to his alma mater as athletic director in 2005 and served as head coach from 2006-11. Zellner, a former Mary Persons football star, was the top player on MP's state runner-up 1993 squad. ZeUner, who went on to star in college at Fort Valley State, is one of just four MP alums to reach the NFL. A member of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals, respectively, ZeUner played 89 games in the NFL as a defensive lineman, registering 107 tackles and 9 sacks. Tickets for the June 16 in- duction ceremony are cur- rently on sale to the public at Persons Bank, United Bank, the Reporter and Alderman Hall. The cost of a ticket is $35 per person, which will indude a seated dinner. Team members, coaches, cheerleaders and order of highest to lowest finish included: Stratford Academy, Tattnall Square and Mount de Sales. MP's lone individual champion at the FPD meet was junior Daniel LaveUe, who captured the discus with a throw of 124 feet, 2 inches. MP's 4 x 100-meter relay team was also victori- ous with a time of 44.55 seconds. Other MP boys athletes who scored points atthe FPD meet included: Caileb Ussery, who placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.62 seconds, Ladamian Sands, who placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.66 seconds, Adrian Hughley, who placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.5 seconds, Ty Brown, who placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 31 seconds, Logan O'Neil, who placed second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 24 seconds and second in the 3,200 meters with atime ofll minutes, 13 Seconds, Holden Haworth, who placed sixth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 43 seconds and fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12 minutes, 18 seconds, Jamar Fagan, who placed second in the managers of Mary Per- sons football teams that pre-date 1960 will also be recognized at the banquet. An annual Hall of Fame : banquet tradition also in- ; dudes the honoring of one male and one female Mary Persons senior scholar- athlete. This year's honor- ' ees include: MP football/ soccer star Dawson Daniel and MP softball/soccer star Lori Smith, who are also among the top scholastic performers in the 2018 MP senior class, For more information about the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony,! contact one of the Hall of " Fame committee member Mary Frances Chambliss, Gaylyn Cole, Richard Dumas, Keith Edge, Her- bert Gantt, Chairman Jim Hardin, Bob Harris, Nolen Howard, Vice Chairman Bobby Melton, Secretary/ Treasurer Penny Pitts or Marcus Whitehead. Inter- ested persons can also visi the Hall of Fames website at forsyth-monroecountys : portshalloffame .com. ~ 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.20 seconds, Condarius Alford, who placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, : I inch, Jaquez Watkins, : Who placed third in the : high jump with a leap of 6: feet, third in the long jump; with a leap of 20 feet, 1 inch and third in the triple, jump with a leap of 40 feet; 6 inches, Bralen Harvey, who placed fifth in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, il 6 inches, Brycen Young, who placed sixth in the pole vault with a vault of ,o 8 feet, 6 inches, Deadrek Alford, who placed sixth h't the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 4 inches, and Lavelle, who placed third in the shot put with a heave of 39 feet, I inch. Also, MP's : 4 x 400-meter relay team ': placed third with a time of:. 3 minutes, 40 secdnds, : The Mary Persons varsity boys track team ," will next compete at 10 ", a.m. on Saturday, April ; 28 in the GHSA AAAA state sectional competi- tion at Kinnett Stadium in Columbus. Athletes from Regions 1-AAAA, 2-AAAA, 5-AAA and 6-AAAA will square off for spots in the AAAA state finals to be contested at Valhalla Stadium in Rome from May 10-12. ) (