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Page 4B Apr 201t[ R porter l | By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The Mary Persons girls tennis team advanced to the AAAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year with a 3-2 home victory over Shaw on Wednesday in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs. The Lady Dogs' No. 2 doubles team of Reagan Dorrity and Anna Starr secured the deciding point on Wednesday, outlasting Shaw in a thrilling second-set tiebreak. Dorrity and Starr won the first set 6-0 and appeared to be cruising early in the second set before Shaw rallied to force a tiebrealc After falling behind 3-2 early in the tiebreak, Dorrity came through with several big baseline forehands while Starr volleyed heroically at net to eke out a 7-5 tiebreak win for the 6-0, 7-6 straight sets match victory. MP's other match victories came in No. 2 singles where lackie Gore demolished her over- matched opponent 6-0, 6-0 and in No. 1 doubles where Madeline Copeland and Audrey Parrott prevailed in two tight sets, 6-4, 6-3. MP was defeated in its other two singles matches with No. 1 Cadi Seitz falling 1-6, 1-6 and No. 3 Emma Cantrell losing 3-6, 4-6. MP head coach Hannah Gross- man said she was proud of the clutch performance of her young team, which improved to 10-7 overall (4-3 in Region 2-AAAA). "We lost a lot of girls from last year and had a bunch of new kids out here" Grossman said. "They% worked hard and never gave up. And that was the thing. They knew what they needed to do. They don't want to lose, so they're gonna do everything they can do to find a way to win." Grossman said she had a feeling the match could come down to two of her least experienced play- ers, Dorrity and Starr. "I know they're real competi- tive" Grossman said of her No. 2 doubles pairing. "Reagan is going to fight for every last point. She's not going to give up either. They're new at the game, but they come out here all the time. Her and Anna work together on the weekends as well. So they put in the time not only at our practice but outside of practice as well. So I think they've known where they needed to be all season long, and it paid offwith this match" The MP boys team, 13-4 overall (5-2 in Region 2-AAAA), previ- ously reached the round of 16 with a 3-1 first-round home win over Cairo on April 16. Both the MP boys and girls squads were next scheduled to travel to peren- nial power Woodward Academy at 4 p.m. on Tuesday for second round matches. Cadi Seitz is one of a pair of seniors, along leading the Lady Dogs into the state Sweet with Madeline Copeland,'" 16. (Photo/Richard Dumas) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Nearly two-dozen Mary Persons boys and girls track team members will compete at 10 a.m. on Sat- urday at Kinnett Stadium in Columbus in the AAAA state sectional competition after top-four finishes at the Region 2-AAAA champi- onship meet on April 16. Athletes who place in the top eight at sectionals will then move on to the AAAA state finals at Valhalla Sta- dium in Rome beginning Thursday, May 10. Athletes from Regions 1-AAAA, 2-AAAA, 5-AAAA and 6-AAAA will be competing in the Columbus sectional. MP boys athletes who qualified for state section- als include three individual region champions: Cond- arius Alford, who placed first in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches, Bralen Harve5 who placed first in the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet, and Justin Wachtel, who swept the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races with winning times of 4 minutes, 37 seconds and 10 minutes, 13 seconds, respectively. Other MP boys ath- letes who will compete at sectionals include: Alford, who placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 53.32 seconds, Iamar Fagan, who placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.54 seconds, Myles Johnson, who placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 14 seconds, Iaques Watkins, who placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and third in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 9 inches, Brycen Young, who placed third in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 6 inches, Colton Dingmore, who placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 40 feet, 7 inches, Daniel Lavelle, who placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 113 feet, 6 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 boys 4 x 100-meter relay team, consisting of Ladamian Sands, Afford, Fagan and Caileb Ussery, qualified for sectionals after placing third in region with a time of 45.08 seconds. MP's No. 1 boys 4 x 400-meter relay team, consisting of Malik Davis, Watkins, Wachtel and Alford, also made it to sectionals, placing second at region with a time of 3 minutes, 42 seconds. MP girls athletes who qualified for state section- als include one individual region champion: Precious Gaines, who placed first in the shot put with a heave of Mary Persons freshman Justin Wachtel (right front) is expected to be MP's top challenger for an individual state track crown after tance races (1,600 meters and 3,200 meters) at the Region 2-AAAA track meet in Spalding.on April 13-16. Wachtel is one of 21 compete at state sectionals in Columbus on Saturday.(Photo/Richard Dumas) 31 feet, 8 inches. Other MP girls ath- letes who will compete at sectionals include: Erin Hampton, who placed third in the discus with a throw of 80 feet, 3 inches, ]'Mya Mann, who placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 74 feet, 7 inches and fourth in the shot put with a heave of 28 feet, 11 inches, Ava McKallip, who placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6 minutes, 1 second and third in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 min- utes, 24 seconds, Destiny Middleton, who placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 10 inches, and Cheyla Tafolla, who placed fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 7 feet. Also, MP'S No. I girls 4 x 100-meter relay team, consisting of Judiyah Afford, Middleton, Daizha Outlaw and Jordan Shan- non, qualified for section- als after placing fourth in region with a time of 51.65 seconds. Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls track team placed fifth out of nine teams with 59 points at the Central Georgia Middle School Athletic League championship meet on Saturda April 14 at Spalding. Monroe County's Camp- bell Brown was a double individual champion, sweeping the 100-me- ter and 200-meter races. Mary Persons freshman Justin Wachtel (above left), Bralen Harvey (above center) and Condarius Alford (above right) were all individual region champions at the Region 2-AAAA championship meet on April 13-16. Harvey captured the pole vault while Alford won the high jump. (Photo/Richard Dumas) Brown's winning time ofthan second-place Upson- minutes, 46 seconds.Also, 13.08 seconds in the 100 Lee, which finished with a the Monroe County's No. meters was just ahead of time of 53.11 seconds.2 4 x 100-meter relay team the second-place time of Other Monroe County of Ah'Zoria Hardy, Serenity 13.24 seconds recorded by Middle School girls athletes Bland, Zora Bigham and Kennedy Road's Alacious who scored points at Demaria Scandrett placed Wimbush. Brown's time the Championship meet sixth with a time of 54.86 of 26.93 seconds in the included: Barkley, whoseconds, Monroe County's 200 meters was more than placed seventh in the 100 No. 1 4 x 400-meter relay two-tenths faster than that meters with a time of 13.78 team of Brown, Webb, Big- of second place Miralde seconds and fifth in the 200 ham and Green placed fifth Hill of Cowan Road, who meters with a time of 28.19 with a time of 5 minutes, finished in 27.15 seconds, seconds, Webb, who placed 6 seconds,'and Monroe Brown was also a member seventh in the 400 meters County's No. 2 4 x 400-me- of Monroe County's win- with a time of 1 minute, 10 ter relay team of Barkle ning 4 x 100-meter relay seconds, Ialiyah Johnson, Alexis Dent, Bland and team along with Amaya who placed second in the Scandrett placed seventh Webb, Anyana Barkley 800 meters with a time of with a time of 5 minutes, 7 and Alyssa Green. The 2 minutes, 56 seconds, and seconds. Lady Dogs' winning time Caroline Hampton, who Upson-Lee was the girls of 52.78 seconds was more placed fifth in the 1,600 meet champion with a total than three-tenths faster meters with a time of 6 of 97 points, followed by winning a pair of dis- MP pthletes who will i i second.place Pike County with 84 points and third- place Peach County with 71 points. Other participants in' order of highest to low- I . . ~41 est finish included: Carver Road, Kennedy Road, 4 Cowan Road, Rehobath Road and Lamar County. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School ,- boys track team placed eighth out of 11 teams with 14 points at the area cham- !; pionship meet on April 14. Monroe County Middle School boys athletes who 7. scored points at the cham- pionship meet included: *" D.J. Martinez, who placed sixth in the 200 meters with- a time of 25.17 seconds " and sixth in the 100-me- ' ter hurdles with a time of ," 17.26 seconds, Dylan Ivey, ; who placed sixth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6 minutes, 1 second, Bobby Bond, who placed seventh < in the 3,200 meters with ' q a time of 13 minutes, 55 -:: seconds, and Kam Casser, :.' who placed fifth in the high' ! jump with a time of 5 feet. ' Upson-Lee was also the J: boys meet champion with "i a total of 118.5 points, followed by second-place L Larnar County with 107 tr" points and third-place C- Carver Road with 79 points. '< Other participants in :'; order of highest to lowest ,; finish included: Kennedy Road, Rehobath Road, Henderson, Pike County, Peach County, Cowan Road and Greenville.