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Sports WE HAVE IT COVERED lF IT'S PLAYED FROM THE PRESS BOX A 'sweet' and sour weekend in sports ongtime readers can probably tell by now that I don’t really have a couple of favorite sports. I pretty much follow all of them. So when a handful of enormous sports stories collide all at once, like what happened this past weekend, it can be quite the emotional roller coaster. After a week of watching the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team celebrate in memorable fashion along with a not-so-memorable MLB All Star Game, Thursday marked the start of baseball’s second half. But it wasn’t baseball that grabbed my attention that night. It was the ever—present NBA, which seemed to had finally wrapped up the mayhem of free agency that began on June 30. What I didn’t know was that sometime around 9 pm. I would casually glance down at my phone and see that my favorite player, Russell Westbrook, had gotten traded for another NBA megastar Chris Paul Westbrook had been a member of the small-market Oklahoma City Thunder for his entire 1 l—year career. While the energetic point guard had been on the trade block for the previous few days thanks to a com— plicated set of free agency transactions, it was not known that a Westbrook trade would happen that quickly. And it definitely wasn’t known that Paul, one of the biggest names in the game, would be swapped for him. The deal reunited Westbrook on the Houston Rockets with former Thunder teammate James Harden, putting two ball-dominant (ball-hogging?) former MVPs on the same team and potentially shaking up the hierarchy of the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Paul is expected to be traded again, likely before the start of the 2019-20 season, as the Thunder begin a rebuild with a whopping 15 first round draft picks in the next seven years. On Friday afternoon, my favorite tennis player ever, Roger Federer, outdueled his biggest rival, Rafael Nadal, in the semifinals of Wimbledon. It was only the fourth time Federer had ever beaten Nadal in a Grand Slam match, but it merely served as a table—setter for the drama that was to come two‘days later in the Wimbledon final. Then, after midnight on Friday night, as I was getting ready for bed, I saw on SportsCenter that the Los Angeles Angels were no-hitting the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim. No-hitters aren’t all that infrequent in the present-day “Strikeout era.” In fact, I came one strike away‘from seeing one in person in Atlanta last year. But this wasn’t any or- dinary no-hitter. The Angels were in their first game back home since the shocking death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs in a Texas hotel room on July 1. Skaggs, who would have turned 28 years old on Saturday, was memorialized prior to Friday’s game. His family, including his wife of less than a year, gathered on the field in pre-game while his mother, a high school softball coach in nearby Santa Monica, Calif, fired a perfect strike in a ceremonial first pitch. With every member of the Angels wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 in tribute, one of Skaggs’ best friends, slugger Mike Trout, blasted a homer off the rocks in left-center on the first pitch he saw on Friday, staking the Angels to a seven- at. Saw“ See DUMAS Page 9A FORSYTH ' Lt: 2MAN G SCRAMBLE CLUB Saturday, July 20m $50 per, person For more information Or to register contact the golf course at 478-994-5328 or Gus Proctor at 478-297-7268. 400 Country Club Dr. - Forsyth, GA 31029 Terry Johnson finds out where Monroe County’s favorite birds go after the summer MONROE OUTDOORS: a“. Eighteen-year-old Ethan Johnson, who lives in north Monroe County, placed third in the U.S. in the Men's Compound Bow division at the U.S. Team Trials in Kentucky last month. (Photos/Regilyn Johnson) Johnson takes aim at worlds Monroe County archery phenom to compete in Canada By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet An 18-year-old Monroe County resident will compete for Team USA in the 2019 World Archery 3D Champion— ships in September. Ethan Johnson was the third qualifier in the Compound Men division at the two—day U.S. Archery Team Trials in London, Ky. on June 19-20. Shooting two arrows each at 24 targets per day, Johnson posted a score of 713, finish- ing behind only lO—time world champion Jeff Hopkins, who finished with a score of 728, and runner—up James Hale, who finished with a 720. By virtue of his top three U.S. finish, Johnson will next compete at the six-day World Championships in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada on Sept. 2-7. Johnson, the son of Brent and Regilyn Johnson of north Monroe County, recently graduated from high school and will attend United Methodist-affiliated Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. beginning next month. While Lindsey Wilson, a National Association of In- tercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school, does not have a nationally-sanctioned archery team, Johnson will com- pete for the college’s club squad on an archery scholarship while still regularly shooting at national Archery Shoot- ers Association (ASA) tournaments. He said he thinks archery is tracking toward being an NCAA-sanctioned sport by 2022 since 40 college archery programs have already formed nationwide. Johnson has only competed competitively in Com- pound bow 3D archery for six years, having learned to fire a bow and arrow fro‘m his father and grandfather on hunting excursions at the age ,of 5. Johnson’s mother Regilyn said her son really got interested in archery after attending an archery camp at Georgia Southern, where he almost immediately showed great promise. Johnson said instead of shooting at traditional archery targets like a dartboard bullseye, he gravitated toward 3D archery, which he likened to hunting. In 3D archery, archers fire at three-dimensional foam animals on which there are various scoring rings that account for the archer’s point total. The closer that the shooter, who is typically 60 yards from the target, gets to hitting the center of the target, the higher the score achieved up to a maximum of 11 points per shot. Johnson said the first qualification round at the World Championships will narrow the competition down to 16 finalists based on the 16 top scores atwhich point the shooters will then go head—to—head in a one—on-one, single elimination, format to determine the world cham- pron. Johnson said his trip to Canada will be his first inter- national trip, and he’s looking forward to it. But Johnson said he’s not simply heading up for the experience, saying in"... a...” q wngmu rum-n aq'Eoruw Wm M... "an ,m.wv.. Mmmnmm nenairmen on nutv Monday to Friday - 8 to 5 mm mm in”!!! “mm Hwy iiil mum lurwtlr (in ii lit/5i Johnson is pictured alongside a foam 3-D animal archery target. ’ he’s aiming for a world title victory and hopes to at least achieve a top-three podium result. In preparation for worlds, Johnson said he practices six days a Week, firing between 100 to 120 shots on those days. He also does a bit of running and weightlifting for conditioning. Up until his late teens, Johnson, who was home- schooled, was also a talented baseball player, competing on local travel teams with several current Mary Persons baseball standouts, including Georgia Tech commit Trippe Moore. But Johnson showed such a precocity for compound bow archery that he gave up baseball to pur- sue archery full-time. Despite the individual nature of the sport, Johnson said there’s great camaraderie amongst the top competitors. But he said he relishes the self-reliance of archery. . “I like the individual aspect of it,” Johnson said. “It pushes me each day. It’s all on me to get it done.” Johnson is presently selling BBQ-tickets to Georgia Bob’s as a fundraiser for his upcoming Canada trip. Persons wanting to buy BBQ tickets can contact Johnson at 706-819-3339. He is also soliciting donations on his Go Fund Me page entitled Ethan’s World 3—D Travel Fund. NIP season football tickets on saleJul’y 29 The 2019 Mary Persons office Monday - Friday, High School football season between the hours of 8 am. is just around the corner, and 3 pm. to purchase your and regular season reserved tickets. ‘ seats/ season tickets for Also, advance general home games will go on sale admission tickets for Mary starting Monday, July 29. Persons High School home There are five regular football gafnes will be sold , season home games, and on the day of the game at A the cost will be $45 per United Bank and Persons ticket. Please see Mrs. Bank The ticket‘price will Barbara Dennis in the Mary be $10. The price at the gate Persons High School front will also be $10. '