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MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS StateFarm 281 Tilt College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm IF IT'S PLAYED, WE'VE GOT IT COVERED iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii llllllllll ?. r?k Six Mary Pers0ns soccer stars named first-team all'regi0n Four Mary Persons girls soccer players were named Friday as first-team, all-region selections in 2018. Sophomore striker Taylor Buffmgton, junior midfielder Annie Giles, freshman midfielder Lauren Hamm and senior de- fender Kennedy Finch were all named Region 2-AAAA first-team selections as chosen by the region's coaches. Three other Lady Dogs were also honored. Sophomore striker Abbie Davis was named a second- team, all-region choice while junior defender Sidney Briner and junior midfielder Morgan Lawson were named all-region hon- orable mention. Davis was a first- team all-region choice in 2017 while Buffing- ton, Giles and Finch were all second-team all-region selections in 2017. Spalding's Alex Chapman was named the Region 2-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year while West Lau- tens' Hannah Woods was honored as the Region 2-AAA Defensive Player of the Year. Perry's Alex Dady was also recog- nized as the Region 2-AAAA Coach of the Year. On the boys side, two Bulldogs' team members were named Friday as 2018 first-team all-region selections. Senior striker Daw- son Daniel and senior midfielder Alex Rivera were both named Re- gion 2-AAA first- team selections. Six other Bulldogs were also honored. Senior striker Jacob Anthony and sophomore striker Julian Rivera were named second-team Davis' quintet of'goals leads to 6-3 MP win By Will Davis The Mary Persons gifts soccer team played Wood- ward Academy in Round 2 of the state playoffs on Tuesday after beating Cairo in Round 1 last Thursday on the strength of five goals from sophomore Ab- bie Davis. The gifts improved to 12-5-1 by outlasting the Syrupmaids -- yes the Syr- upmaids -- by a 6-3 score. The Lady Dogs got on the board first with 20:39 left in the first half when freshman Lauren Hamm perfectly threaded a pass ' keeper's fingertips and into with another big boot and has been overthinking the goal. MP's 2-1 lead held it was 4-3 with 22:08 to go things this season when until halftime, in a score-test, she's one on one with Cairo wasn't done But Davis wasn't done defenders and just needs though. Hand looped either. With 17:20 to go, the confidence that she can another high shot fromshe beat a defender to the beat them. beyond the box over ball, streaked left past the Cairo finished the season Smith's head to tie it again rushing keeper, then re- 9-8. through three Cairo de- at 2-2 with 35:10 left in the versed back to the middle ]-he Lady Dogs advanced fenders that rolled right in contest, to score in the open net to the Sweet 16 to face front of a sprinting Taylor Nine minutes later MP and it was 5-3. Davis added the War Eagles in College Buffington, who drilled it would re-take the leada fifth and final goal with Park. The Woodward gifts into the left corner of the when Davis used her left 20 seconds left to give MP are the No. 1 seed from net. foot to score offa Buffing- a 6-3 win. Region 4-AAAA, having But Cairo didn't drive ton corner kick. Coach Dallas Hall saidgone 5-0 in region. But the three hours to roll over. Davis expanded the MP his team, which was miss- War Eagles haven't done as Thirteen minutes later, lead two minutes later by ing starter Naomi Sanders well outside their region, with just 7 minutes left in taking a through ball to the to a play performance,playing a tough schedule the half, Cairo star Ashley house to make it 4-2, and could've played betterthat left them with an over- Hand drilled a free kick giving Davis the hat trick, defensively, but said Davis all record of6-10. Results from beyond the box that Cairo fans squealed that had a very good game of- of the game were not avail- rainbowed over the head the assistant referee flagged fensively, able at press time. of keeper Lori Smith to tie Davis for offsides, but the "It's about time she If the girls won, they it at 1-1. head referee had ruled that showed up," said Hall, not- would advance to the Elite The tie didn't last long. the defender touched the ing Davis scored more as a 8 and would likely play at With 5:51 left in the half, ball first, freshman than she has this St. Pius on Friday. St. Pius Abbie Davis booted a long Still, Cairo would not go year. "She looked like last ended the girls playoff run ball from well outside away. Hand got her third year's Abbie." last year in Round 2 by a the box that sailed off the goal just two minutes later Hall said he thinks Davis 5-0 score. all-region choices while senior keeper Brock Hulse); senior midfielder Matt Miller, senior defender Beau Watson and senior midfielder Jakob Cox were named all-region honorable mention. Daniel and Hulsey were named honor- able mention choices in 2017 while Alex Ri- vera and Julian Rivera were each second- team all-region selec- tions a year ago. Chase Winters was named the Region 2-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year for thesecond straight while Perry's Tyler Knowles was honored as the Region 2-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year as well. Perry's Nathan Dooley was also recognized as the Region 2-AAAA Coach of the Year. (At left) Steve McArthur of Forsyth competed in the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, finishing in four hours and 29 minutes despite enduring some of the worst weather in the history of the race. (Below) McArthur's family, including daughter Kelly, braved the Patriots' Day weather as well, which included 32-degree conditions, pouring rain and 25 mile-per-hour winds. (Photo/Kelly McArthur Junqberq)