Mary Persons’ offensive line coach Jamarcus Johnson is leaving the Bulldogs to be defensive line coach at Ware County High School in Waycross next year.

Head Baseball Coach Clae Mathis got an email last Thursday as he was accompanying his team to play at Bleckley County in Cochran. The email said all high school sports events were going to be canceled as of Friday through March 27.

The Mary Persons tennis teams had a successful week last week, with the girls winning all 3 of their matches and the boys winning 1 of 3.

I am certain many Monroe Countians are wondering when the first ruby-throated hummingbird will herald the beginning of the hummingbird season in Monroe County.  While there is no way of knowing when this special bird will magically appear at a local feeder, after watching these amazing bird …

Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said he will consider whether to let a homeschool basketball team use the old Monroe Academy gym for games when it is idle. Parents appealed to the Board of Education at its March 10 meeting after their initial request to the school syste…

Noah took a few days off from his ark-building efforts last week when the rain stopped long enough to allow Mary Persons to play a little baseball.

Mary Persons distance running standout Justin Wachtel will be competing this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals track meet in New York City, according to track coach Kip Burdette.

Lawson Cole of Forsyth has amassed a 3-1 record with a 33 strikeouts and no walks and a 1.01 ERA for the Stratford Eagles so far in 2020. On March 6, Cole pitched a perfect game in a 15-0 win over Wilkinson County. On Feb. 22, Cole threw a complete game and 4 hitter, striking out 13 with no …

Now that the days are appreciably longer than they were back in January and the buds on redbud trees are threatening to open any day, it is time for Monroe County turkey hunters to turn their attention to the opening of the 2020 Turkey Hunting Season.

Former MP basketball star Cam Holden and his Gulf Coast Community College basketball team will play in Florida’s state basketball tournament for the first time in 10 years on Wednesday.  Holden has helped spur the turnaround of a team that won just two conference games last year. Now the Com…

If you are a backyard gardener, you are probably chomping at the bit waiting for spring to arrive so you can begin gardening again.  While we all realize it is much too early to plant many plants, it is a perfect time to begin planning what you are going to plant this year.

Rain this spring season has forced the 9th grade and JV baseball teams to miss several scheduled games. So far, each team has played only two games. The JV team lost to Jones County, 4-2, and lost to Upson-Lee, 6-1.

The Mary Persons boys soccer team improved to 3-2 with wins over Jackson and Upson-Lee last week, but will have to play this week without leading scorer Julian Rivera.

 The Mary Persons tennis teams finally got their 2020 seasons underway last week after rain washed out their first two matches of the season.

After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the AAAA state tournament in 2019, the veteran Mary Persons boys and girls golf teams will try to elevate their play in 2020.

After its highest finish at state in 15 years in 2019, the Mary Persons boys track team will try to inch even closer to the top of the state podium in 2020.

The baseball bats have finally awakened for the Bulldogs.

Monroe County commissioners have approved memberships and rental fees for their rodeo arena at the rec department last Tuesday, Feb. 18 hoping to put it back into use.

The Reporter has created a plaque in its lobby to honor the annual winners of its popular Pigskin Picks contest. Above, Sonny Trammell, the winner of this year’s contest among former Pigskin Picks champions, holds the plaque which now bears his name not once but twice. Other past winners inc…

The Mary Persons Bulldogs fell to 2-2 on the season after being blanked 2-0 at home by Morgan County on Monday night.

The MP boys soccer team fought its way back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game on Tuesday, but Northside-Warner Robins had too much depth and escaped Lancaster Field with a 4-3 victory. MP is now 1-2 as it begins region play this week.

For the first time this season the Mary Persons girls soccer team failed to mercy rule an opponent and had to play a full game. But the Lady Dogs still beat Northside-Warner Robins 9-4 at Lancaster Field in Forsyth, improving to 3-0 on the season.

The Mary Persons wrestling season came to an end on Friday after no MP wrestlers advanced into the state traditionals finals by placing in the top eight at the state AAAA B sectionals in Perry.

Two Mary Persons senior football stars signed letters of intent on National Signing Day on Wednesday to play college football in the state of Alabama.

With the end of 2019-20 Hunting Season only a couple of weeks away, it is already time to begin thinking about the upcoming turkey season. This is especially true for those Monroe County hunters that plan to participate in one of the quota turkey hunts offered by the Georgia Department of Na…

The Monroe County Middle School girls basketball team were next scheduled to face Byron Middle in the semifinals of the area middle school basketball tournament at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Of all the sports columns I’ve written, this one might be the hardest to write. Because in my nearly three decades of watching sports, I’ve never viewed a more complex athlete than Kobe Bean Bryant.

Each year untold numbers of mature white-tailed deer bucks drop their antlers throughout Monroe County.  These antlers are dropped in any number of places, such as fields, brushy thickets and forests. With all of these antlers strewn across the countryside, you would think we would find them…

Mary Persons’ Kamron Ward (right) and his Bulldogs’ teammates faced off with Monticello, Crawford County and Southwest (Macon) in their final home meet of the regular season on Thursday, losing their first match to the Purple Hurricanes before bouncing back to win their last two matches. The…

There are countless birdbaths throughout Monroe County.  I would venture to say most birdbaths are bought and placed in yards during the spring and summer. It is also safe to say homeowners maintain them during these two seasons more than at any other time of the year. Have you ever wondered…

After a blazing start to the season, the Mary Persons boys basketball team has cooled off considerably, dropping its fourth straight game with a 94-44 blowout non-region loss at Westside (Macon) on Saturday.

Mary Persons’ senior all-purpose standout Rico Harden (left) was named the Most Valuable Player of the Georgia Coaches Association (GACA) Senior North-South All-Star Classic at Denmark High School in Alpharetta on Sunday, Dec. 29. MP head coach Brian Nelson said Harden, playing on the South …

At the conclusion of Monday night’s Mary Persons football banquet, MP Touchdown Club president Stan Hickman told head coach Brian Nelson (left) he had one more surprise. Hickman told the crowd and a shocked Nelson that the eighth-year coach was about to get a new ride and would have to go ou…

The Mary Persons boys basketball team suffered just its second loss of the season on Saturday, falling 66-64 to non-region rival Jackson at home.

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