The Mary Persons Bulldogs pulled off their second dramatic comeback in a row, this one more stunning than the last, to upset Eastside (Covington) on the road in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs.

The Mary Persons competition cheerleading squad recorded its third straight Top-5 state finish on Saturday, placing fourth at the AAAA state championship meet in Columbus.

Kyle Funderburk, sports editor for the Madison County Journal, covers Madison County football for his readers and answered a few questions about Mary Persons’ foe in Round 2 of the state playoffs on Friday. You can find his work at

Temperatures have plummeted well below freezing, and the Monroe County woodlands are beginning to display a blush of autumn color. To a small but dedicated group of Monroe County hunters, these signs point to the “real” opening of the 2019-20 Waterfowl Hunting Season. 

Mary Persons senior Trippe Moore became the first Bulldog baseball player in recent history to ink with a major Division 1 college program when he signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play for the University of Georgia.

In front of about 70 family members and friends, Mary Persons senior Conner “Gus” Proctor signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play college golf at Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs overcame rain and a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to outlast Howard 45-38 in a memorable shootout at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex in Macon on Thursday.

When you stop and think about it, the only two months Monroe hunters cannot legally hunt are June and July. Isn’t that something? It is hard to believe we can enjoy this time-honored tradition throughout most of the year. 

The Mary Persons competition cheerleading squad made it a threepeat on Saturday at Houston County, winning its third consecutive Region 2-AAAA championship.

Michael Pope, sports editor for the Covington News, covers Eastside football for his readers and answered a few questions about Mary Persons’ foe in Round 1 of the state playoffs on Friday. You can find his work at

Mary Persons principal Dr. Jim Finch says he’s double-checking his school’s enrollment numbers after it was announced on Tuesday that the school would be moving down from Class AAAA to Class AAA.

Dakota Sanders, son of Chad and Veronica Sanders, killed his first deer last week, a 5 1/2 year old, 10-point buck that weighed 220 lbs. His dad, a former professional hunter and the assistant principal at T.G. Scott Elementary School, said they’re very proud of Dakota.

The Mercer Lady Bears women’s basketball team held its annual 2019-20 preseason Tip Off event in Monroe County last month. Mercer visited Morgan View Farm on Oct. 17 for an outdoor picnic that included head coach Susie Gardner and Lady Bears’ team members. This year’s squad will be the first…

A recent news release reported the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged two suspects with the illegal capture and sale of more than 4,000 turtles during a six-month period. The article caught my attention because it brought to light the rarely exposed underbelly of o…

Mary Persons junior Justin Wachtel became the first boys cross country individual champion in program history on Friday when he captured the AAAA state meet in Carrollton by a whopping margin of 36 seconds.

The Mary Persons Bulldogs’ program-best 23-game region winning streak came to an ugly end when MP was walloped 52-7 at home on Senior Night by first-place West Laurens on Friday.

For the first time in program history, the Mary Persons boys cross country team captured back-to-back region championships with a team victory at the Region 2-AAAA title meet at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon on Thursday.

Although a publication entitled “Annual Waterfowl Status, 2019” will never be a best-seller, in the eyes of duck hunters across the country this obscure report is one of the most important texts printed this year.  The reason for this is it provides wildfowlers with a glimpse of how many duc…

The Mary Persons Bulldogs’ hopes for a record fifth straight region title appear faint as MP heads to Perry to face the surging Panthers on Friday night.

After their second and final bye week of the season, the Mary Persons Bulldogs will host West Laurens at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday night with the winner squarely in the driver’s seat for the Region 2-AAAA title.

Georgians enjoy some of the best fishing found anywhere in the nation. However, the report that a Georgia angler recently landed two northern snakeheads while fishing in a private pond located in Gwinnett County heightened concern that this exotic fish could potentially threaten the state’s …

The Mary Persons Bulldogs stayed undefeated in Region 2-AAAA with a memorable 37-28 Homecoming victory over Upson-Lee at Dan Pitts Stadium on Friday.

Mary Persons senior cross country runner Logan O”Neill captured the 2019 Disney World ESPN Wide World of Sports Classic 5K race in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday. Competing in the Beast division, O’Neill started off at the front of the pack before taking a quarter-mile lead over racers from all o…

Despite this big run by freshman J.T. Owens, the Mary Persons JV football team was shut out 6-0 by Jackson at home on Thursday to finish its 2019 campaign with a 3-2 record. Jackson scored the game’s lone touchdown on a 10-yard run with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter. The MP JV opened the s…

The Mary Persons volleyball team qualified for the AAAA state playoffs for the first time since 2016 with a fourth-place finish in the Region 2-AAAA tournament in Perry on Saturday.

The Mary Persons JV boys cross country team competed in the Mount de Sales Cavalier Classic at Middle Georgia State College in Macon on Wednesday, placing seventh out of nine total teams.

Nowadays when we go to a concert we are often entertained by one or more opening acts before the spotlight falls on the main group or star. Similarly, Georgia deer hunters look at the Archery and Primitive Weapons seasons as opening acts for the main event---the Modern Firearms Deer Hunting …

The Mary Persons Bulldogs made history in a 38-13 road win over Spalding on Friday, setting a new program record for most consecutive region victories.

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.

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