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i orter WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED 1 May 15, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS StateFarm 281 Tilt College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5".30 pm V By Richard Dumas Persons who would like to attend the third annual enshrinement ceremony of the For- syth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 22 can buy tickets at a handful of Forsyth locations. Tickets, which cost $35 per person, are on sale at the Re- porter office, United Bank, Persons Bank, the Forsyth Welcome Center, the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Com- merce office and Hay; good, Lynch, Harris, Melton & Watson law firm. Eight inductees, Tra Battle, Lloyd Bohannon, Richard Chambliss Sr Harold Clarke, Geraldine Ham, Edgar Hatcher, Bobby Melton and , Jimmy Watts, will be i!"enshrined into the Hall of Fame at the banquet, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Monroe County Convention Center. As part of the an- nual banquet, team members, coaches, cheerleaders and managers of the Mon- roe Academy 1973 and 1974 SEALS state championship foot- ball teams, coached by 2019 enshrinee Hatcher, will also be recognized. In addition, the For- syth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame committee is request- ing individual or busi- ness sponsors for the Hall of Fame banquet. Sponsorship forms are available online at fmcsportshalloffame. corn or in paper form at the Monroe County Reporter office, Hay- good, Lynch, Harris, Melton & Watson law firm or the Forsyth Welcome Center. Sponsorship pack- ages include: Gold Sponsor Level ($1,000 donation) -- 8 tickets to the banquet, a full page ad in the ban- quet program and sig- nage at the banquet; Silver Sponsor Level ($500 donation) -- 4 tickets to the banquet, a half-page ad in the banquet program, sig- nage at the banquet; Bronze Sponsor Level ($250 donation) -- 2 tickets to the banquet, a quarter-page ad in the banquet program and signage at the banquet;: Patron ($100 donation)-- name listed in the banquet program. champion Wachtel leads MP to highest state finish since 2004 By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons boys track squad recorded what is believed to be its highest state finish in 15 years when the Bulldogs placed fourth at the AAAA state track meet in Albany on Saturday. The Bulldogs amassed 37.5 points to achieve the program's highest team finish since nning the AAA state championship in 2004 when current MP head coach Kip Burdette was a team member. St. Plus X was the boys meet cham- pion for the second straight year with 81 points. Chapel Hill placed second with 72 points, followed by third-place Sandy Creek with 49 points. MP sophomore Justin Wach- tel captured the MP boys' first individual state championship since 2013 by taking first place in the 3,200-meter race on Thursday evening. Wachtel posted a winning time of 9 minutes, 24 seconds, which was seven seconds faster than Marist's LeifAnderson, who posted a second-place time of 9 minutes, 31 seconds. Anderson edged Wachtel by three-quarters of a second to take the top spot in the cross country finals in Novem- ber 2018, but Wachtel flipped the script on Thursday. Wachtel also finished in third place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 20 seconds, edg- ing fourth-place Anderson by 15 hundredths of a second. Oconee County's Wesley John took first place in the 1,600 with a time of 4 minutes, 18 seconds, besting second-place Karthik Kochu- parambil of Denmark by just over a half-second. Burdette said he thinks the precocious Wachtel's early varsity success is only a pre-cursor to what he could accomplish in the future. "Justin is a phenomenal talent. I think that is evident" Burdette said. "He is probably one of the hardest workers and fiercest com- petitors I have ever been around. We felt like Justin was prepared to sit at the top of the podium. He and (assistant) Coach Steve Herr do an outstanding job of preparing physically and mentally to race, so to us it was no surprise. Justin is a team-first guy, and really takes pride in team victories. He is such a student of the sport and is always The Mary Persons boys track team placed fourth in AAAA with 37.5 points at the state meet in Albany last weekend. Members of the Dogs' 2019 squad include from left to right: 3,2OO-meter state champion Justin Wach- tel, head coach Kip Burdette, William Stewart, Rico Harden, Desmond Williams, Quen Wilson and Wyatt Currie. (Photo/Kip Burdette) looking for ways to gain a competi- Jaylen Slade took the top spot with achieve a third-place finish by tak- tive edge. I really think Justin is a blazing time of 10.66 seconds, ing the bronze medal position in capable of doing great things and followed by Cross Creeks JaTravi- the high jump. Williams' leap of 6 could potentially chase down some. ous Stewart in second place with feet, 2 inches finished behind only records and milestones in the next a time of 10.90 seconds. Wilson champion Sultan Simms of Wood- couple of years" posted the fourth-fastest qualifying ward Academy, who posted a jump Senior sprinter Quen Wilson time with an 11.03 in a 100-meter of 6 feet, 6 inches, and second- also recorded a third-place finish preliminary heat. place Silas Griffin of Northwest in the 100-meter finals with a time Senior jumper Desmond Wil- of 11.10 seconds. Chapel Hill's liams became the third Bulldog to See MP TRACK Page 3B By Richard Dumas MP junior Trippe Moore set new school single-season records for wins, ERA and strikeouts en route to being named Region 2-AAAA Player of the Year last week. (Photo/Will Davis) Mary Persons baseball swept the Region 2-AAAA postseason awards as MP had the re- gion's Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Junior Georgia Tech commit Trippe Moore was named the Region 2-AAAA Player of the Year after a sterling junior season in which he broke every major program single-season pitch- ing record. Moore set a new school record with 10 wins, breaking the previous mark of 7 while going 10-1 with a program record 1.01 earned run average (ERA). Moore also set a new single- season school mark for strikeouts with 98 in 76 innings pitched. At the plate, Moore batted .407 while hitting a team-high 7 home runs and finishing second on the squad with 33 runs- batted-in (RBIs). The five-tool talent also set a new single-season school record for outfield assists with 10 while playing centerfield and tied the program single-season stolen base record with 18. Moore is the first Bulldog to be named region Player of the Year since Joey Wilson received the honor in back-to-back campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, MP head coach Clae Mathis claimed Region 2-AAAA Coach of the Year See MP BASEBALL Page 3B