The Reporter talked to Austin Franklin, who covers Upson-Lee for the The Upson Beacon newspaper, about MP’s region showdown with Upson-Lee on Friday. Visit to view Franklin’s work.

Over the years, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has continued to expand the deer hunting opportunities for Georgia’s hunters. One way in which they have been able to accomplish this goal is through the scheduling of archery and primitive weapons seasons before the Modern Firearms Sea…

Mary Persons boys cross country star Justin Wachtel set a new Georgia state high school record with a victory against top state competition in the Alexander-Asics Invitational at the Foxhall Sporting Club in Douglasville on Saturday.

Mary Persons assistant principal Robert Lindsey added a new title at the start of the 2019-20 school year when he was named the school’s athletic director.

The Reporter talked to John Sullivan, sports editor of the Griffin Daily News, about MP’s showdown with Spalding on Friday. Visit to view Sullivan’s work.

The Mary Persons Lady Bulldogs softball team will miss out on the AAAA state playoffs for the first time since 2013 after dropping its final two regular season games last week.

The Mary Persons football team finished the first half with a losing record for the first time in 13 years, but MP has a chance to right all of its wrongs with a big second half.

Dry conditions on the opening day of the annual Firearms Deer Season are not unique. In fact, I can remember several occasions when deer hunters were concerned that the fire hazard raised by dry weather would force opening day to be pushed back until rain alleviated the threat of wildfires. …

With top runner Justin Wachtel resting on Thursday, the Mary Persons boys cross country team still managed a sixth place finish out of 16 teams at the Rock Ranch Invitational in Yatesville.

Mary Persons has a losing record heading into region play for the first time in head coach Brian Nelson’s eight-year tenure after an undermanned Bulldogs’ squad was walloped 44-13 at home by top-ranked Peach County on Friday.

Competing against some of the state’s top racers in its highest classifications, Mary Persons junior cross country phenom Justin Wachtel stayed undefeated on the 2019 season, recording his fifth straight victory.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will face their most daunting challenge to date in 2019 when they host the top-ranked powerhouse Peach County Trojans at Dan Pitts Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Towaliga Tina and I took the El Camino up to that fancy private school on Friday to see the Bulldogs play. Had no idea we’d have to do it again on Saturday! Would you believe that stadium at The Lovett School (them fancy schools have titles like that) is on the banks of the Chattahoochee Riv…

Brian Moore of Forsyth is celebrating the kill of a lifetime this week after he shot a 10-point deer that he’s been chasing for two years on Monday evening. “It’s the kill of a lifetime,” said Moore. Moore said he had captured the giant deer on a trail camera at a hunting lease on Maynard’s …

In a game that took a full day to complete, the Mary Persons Bulldogs fell just short in their comeback bid to upset Lovett on the road on Saturday.

Michael A. Lough worked at the Macon Telegraph from 1998-2017 and founded and has been running, The Sports Report of Central Georgia, for two years. He has covered the past three Mary Persons-Peach County games.

Aside from tracks, two of the most visible signs that indicate the presence of deer are rubs and scrapes. Whenever hunters find them they face the quandary of having to decide whether or not they should spend their valuable hunting time sitting in a tree stand overlooking a scrape or rub in …

After losing three straight contests by a single run each last week, the Mary Persons softball squad faces an uphill battle to qualify for the AAAA state playoffs.

Many felt it would be a blowout, but the Mary Persons Bulldogs were instead pushed all the way down to the final horn as MP held off a dramatic comeback to beat Morrow 29-28 at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday.

After a pair of nail-biting home victories, the Mary Persons Bulldogs will look to extend their winning streak to three with a road win at Lovett at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The eastern bluebird is one of our most beloved birds. One reason for its popularity is its beauty can be enjoyed without having to gaze at it through a pair of binoculars. However, the eastern bluebird’s stunning beauty belies the fact its migratory behavior is truly perplexing.

Nearly one year to the day after he pledged his commitment to play college baseball at one in-state power, Mary Persons senior standout Trippe Moore has decided to switch his allegiance to another high-profile in-state program.

The Mary Persons girls cross country team placed third out of nine teams at its lone home meet of the season at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will try to get back above .500 for the first time in 2019 with a home victory over Morrow at Dan Pitts Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Mary Persons varsity and JV girls cross country teams will each compete at the home Bulldog Distance Classic beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The Mary Persons varsity and JV boys cross country teams will compete in their lone home meet of the season at the Monroe County Recreation Department at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

For the past few weeks, I have been writing a series of columns dealing with hunting. This may seem strange, however, the truth of the matter is late August, and the first couple of weeks in September, are awash with hunting-related matters.  A number of quota hunt deadlines occur in late Au…

The Mary Persons Bulldogs achieved one of their most memorable wins in recent history with a 36-29 victory over rival Jackson at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday.

The Mary Persons Touchdown Club fed the football team on Thursday night on the eve of their season opener last week. Above, club members serve up some chips to Kelvin Harden. The Bulldogs host the Backyard Brawl against Jackson on Friday night. (Photo/Will Davis)

Jatorian Hansford, a 2018 Mary Persons alum, is expected to start at defensive end for the Missouri Tigers in their season opener at Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, which will air on the CBS Sports Network. Hansford, a sophomore, will play closer to home in Athens against UGA on Saturday, …

The Mary Persons Bulldogs have enjoyed a recent stretch of domination of their fiercest rival, the Jackson Red Devils, but Friday’s showdown at Dan Pitts Stadium could prove to be a challenge.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, our three most highly anticipated hunting seasons are turkey, dove, and deer. For dove hunters the long wait for opening day is just about over. The 2019-20 Dove Hunting Season is just days away.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs got their 2019 season off to an inauspicious start with a 27-21 road loss to Gainesville in their first-ever visit to historic Bobby Gruhn Field.

A big group of students from Monroe County schools are playing travel soccer this year with the U16 boys and girls teams at the Macon Soccer Club and competed in the Resurgens Cup in Henry County on Aug. 17-18. They include the girls, from left, Clara Smith, Karlie Dell, Reagan Benson, Ella …

The 2018 Mary Persons Bulldogs will be remembered forever as perhaps the greatest offensive squad in program history. Among the myriad offensive records established a season ago were new single-season marks for total points with 598, average points per game of 46 and average margin of victor…

Forsyth is using city employees to add a driving range to the Forsyth Golf Course where golfers will hit off mats that simulate turf on a concrete pad. The city is providing employees to pour concrete, which will be about six inches deep, on the 100 foot long pad.

Matt Walker’s MotoX Compound in Culloden is widely considered the largest and winningest motocross training facility in the country after a big week for its racers at the Loretta Lynch MX, the Amateur National Championships, on July 29-Aug. 3 in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Walker’s racers won fou…

Mary Persons fans who are curious to see if an inexperienced Bulldogs squad can capture the program’s record fifth straight Region 2-AAAA title will get a sneak-peek  on Friday at what the 2019 season has in store.

Juliette native Marshall Thompson recently completed the 2019 baseball season as a member of the popular Savannah Bananas. Thompson, a 6’2”, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, threw 16 innings of relief for the Bananas, whose season ended on Aug. 4, while compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.94 Earn…

The Mary Persons softball team dropped to 2-4 on the young season after a disappointing 17-3 home loss to Pike County on Monday.

You do not have to be very old to remember when squirrel hunting season opened on a cool November day. Such is not the case anymore. For the past several decades, squirrel season has commenced on a hot and humid day in August. This year is no exception. The 2019-20 Squirrel Hunting Season op…

If you are planning to begin the upcoming dove season by taking part in one of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s (WRD) quota dove hunts, you must apply now! The reason for this urgency is all applications to take part in one of these hunts must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.

With a diamond full of experienced returners, the Mary Persons softball squad is expected to field its best squad since the Lady Dogs captured the program’s lone region championship in 2016.

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