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~ r May,2019 J orter Page 3B ~ew" u i i Josey Allen -- : Player Award Varsity Most Improved Karsin Bass -- Varsity Academic Award Emma Cantrell -- Varsity Coach's Award Reagan Award Dorrity -- Varsity Team Player Finch -- Varsity Team Spirit Award MP BASEBALL Continued from 1 B pro- : gram record 25-win season. Mathis 25-9 ,squad reached the AAAA Sweet 16 for F the first time since 2013 and captured the program's first region title since 2011. Six more Bulldogs were named to the 7 ! : Region 2-AAAA First Team squad. Senior catcher Alex Kite earned First Team ; all-region honors while leading MP with ', a .469 batting average, a .575 on-base '. percentage, 38 RBIs and 16 doubles. Kite's batting average was the second-highest in :, program history for a single season while ', his RBI total was also the second-highest Single season mark in program history. ', Junior first baseman Nate Howard also , earned First Team all-region honors while Becky Kenirey -- Varsity Headliner Micah Wilson Award -- Varsity Headliner Award }; batting .404 with 28 RBIs. Senior second season runs record with 43. Snow finished baseman Camden Claxton also made the second on the squad in batting average at First Team while batting .402 with 24 RBIs. .444 while hitting i homer and 25 RBIs Claxton was also third on the team in in- while tying Moore for the program record nings pitched with 44 1/3, going 5-3 with a with 18 stolen bases. 2.05 ERA and recording a team-high three Two other Bulldogs received All-Region saves. Junior designated hitter Jeramiah honors. Sophomore outfielder Thomas Andrews also was a First Team all-region Willingham was named Second Team member while batting .310 with 3 hom- All-Region while batting .386 with 2 RBIs ers and 24 RBIs. Junior outfielder Conner while junior outfielder Wyatt Currie was Watson also made the First Team while named Honorable Mention All-Region batting .274 with 1 homer and 11 RBIs. while hitting .286 with 3 RBIs. Watson was also a mainstay in MP's pitch- Other new team single-season statisti- ing rotation, hurling 48 1/3 innings while cal records set by MP in 2019 included: compiling a 5-3 record and a 3.45 ERA highest team batting average (.380), games with 48 strikeouts, played in a season (34), doubles (67) and Joining the veterans on the First Team triples (13). was freshman shortstop Eric Snow, who MP will hold its annual baseball awards set a program single-season record for base banquet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Cross- hits with 52 in his first varsity campaign link Meadows farm on Hwy. 42 North. while trying the previous school single- CGTC to smnmer camps The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) men's basketball program will host two separate boys basketball camps in summer 2019. The Fundamentals Camp for boys ages 6-11 will take place June 10-13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m while the Elite Skills Camp for boys ages 12-17 will be July 8-11 from 9 a.m.2 p.m. Both camps will be hosted at CGTC'S Larry Walker Arena, locat- ed on the Warner Robins campus at 80 Cohen Walker Drive. The cost to participate is $80 per camper. The camps are designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball to beginning level players and develop skills with advanced level players through station work and com- petition. Areas of focus include shooting, ball handling, individual offense, and individual defense. Campers will be divided by age and skill level to ensure the best experi- ence for each participant. Reco Dawson, CGTC men's basketball head coach, will lead the camp along with Byron Mincey, men's basketball assistant coach, and current CGTC players. Lunch will be available daily for campers for an additional $5. All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately in shorts, t-shirts, socks, and basketball shoes. More details about the summer camps is located at www.cgtctitans. corn/information/Summer Camps. For more information, contact Reco Dawson at (478) 757-4360 or rdawson@centralgatech.edu. MP TRACK Continued from 1 B Whitfield, who jumped 6 feet, 4 inches. Williams tied Westover's Micheal Todd Isler for the third- place position. Two Other Bulldog individu- als plac'ed among the top eight individuals and scored points state. William Stewart placed eighth in the 100-meter finals witha time of 11.37 seconds. Stewarfalso finished eighth in the 100-meter preliminary heat with a time of 11.14 seconds. Junior Rico Harden placed sixth in the 200-meter finals with a time of 22.39 seconds. Harden also finished sixth in the 200-me- ter preliminary heat with a time of 22.28 seconds. In addition, Harden finished in eighth place in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 5 inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 100-me- ter relay team of Wilson, Wyatt Currie, Stewart and Rico Harden placed fourth with a time of 42.58 : seconds, which was just over three-tenths of a second slower than first-place Shaw's winning 2* time of 42.24 seconds. MP's top 4 x lO0-meter relay team finished with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 42.59 seconds in the pre- -* liminary round despite Mnning its heat. MP boys athletes who com- - peted at state but failed to score points by placing in the top eight included: Stewart, who placed 10th in the preliminary heat of the 200 meters with a time of 22.60 seconds, and Connor Battles, who placed 15th in the 1,600-meter finals with a time of 4 minutes, 44 seconds. Burdette said he was thor- oughly satisfied with his squad's performance at state. "It is extremely difficult to qualify athletes for the state meet, much less score 37 points" Bur- dette said. "I was really pleased with everyone's performance and effort. It is an honor to make it to the podium for the team awards at the end. Our main goal this year was to go after the region title, and by doing that we put ourselves in position to have more success. After sectionals and seeing where we stood, our goal was to be on the leaderboard when the dust settled on Satur- day; and that's where we were. The kids were really excited about that. Almost everyone that made the trip contributed to the point total, and that's all you can ask. Burdette, who is in his second season as the Bulldogs' head man, said he inherited an already successful track program and has been blessed with a nucleus of skilled veteran athletes. "The talent we have this year can make you look like a good coach;' Burdette said. "We just happened to have a lot of depth Mary Persons sophomore Justin Wachtel (center) stands atop the podi- um after capturing the 3,200 meters at the AAAA state meet in Albany on Thursday. Wachtel is MP's first boys individual state champion since Nick Davis won the 100 meters in 20]3. (Photo/Kip Burdette) in the sprints, jumps and relays, score in almost all facets. This has We have an extremely talented definitely been a special group stable of distance runners, and that has prided itself in team vic- our throws have improved. It is tory. The nucleus of returners is a well-rounded squad that can strong, and we are really excited to see if we can go after one of the bigger trophies they had on display next year" Meanwhile, the Mary Persons girls track team failed to score points at the AAAA state meet in Albany for the second consecu- tive season. For the third straight year, Chapel Hill was the girls meet champion with 85.5 points, fol- lowed by Sandy Creek in second place with 60.5 points. Wood- ward Academy came in third with 44 points. MP girls athletes who com- peted at state but failed to score points by placing in the top eight included: Campbell Brown, who placed 16th in the preliminary heat of the 200 meters with a time of 26.77 seconds, Ava McKallip, who placed 1 lth in the 1,600-meter finals with a time of 5 minutes, 44 seconds and placed 10th in the 3,200-meter finals with a time of 12 minutes, 30 seconds, Maradeth Leverett, who placed 12th in the 1,600-meter finals with a time of 5 minutes, 51 seconds and placed 1 lth in the 3,200-meter finals with a time of 12 minutes, 31 seconds, Cheyla Tafolla, who placed 13th in the pole vault finals with a vault of 8 feet, Precious Gaines, who placed 12th in the shot put with a heave of 32 feet, 9 inches, and J'Mya Mann, who placed 9th in the discus with a throw of 102 feet, 10 inches.