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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Six Morenci track and field athletes going to state 2013.05.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Six Morenci track and field athletes will compete in nine events June 1 at the Division IV state finals.

Bulldogs qualified for the state meet by placing either first or second in seven events Saturday at the regional meet in Hillsdale County. In two other events, the qualifying times were met in order to earn a trip to Grand Rapids.

Austin Sandusky will return for the same three events as last year: the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. He won all three events Saturday.

The sophomore turned in his fastest time ever in the 100, at :11.1. His 200 time of :23.1 is the best so far this season, the same with his 400 time of :50.8. Sandusky is the defending state champion in that race.

Freshman Alex Thomas placed second in the high jump at 5-11 to qualify, an inch below his season best.

Ali Piercy came through with her career best discus toss at 114-5, just two inches short of the winning throw.

She threw a “power throw” on her first toss to make the qualifying distance, coach Brad Brown said, then, with the pressure off, she went for distance and nearly won the title.

With Brooke Bovee out of action due to an injury, Madi Gleckler came through with an impressive win in the 100-meter hurdle race. Her time of :15.6 would have placed third in the state a year ago.

About 10 days ago, her time wouldn’t have been good enough to make the finals, Brown said.

“The improvement she made is just incredible,” he said. “I knew she had the potential.”

Gleckler placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at :48.08.

Tatyana Pless set a personal best in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:36 for a third-place finish that was just under the state qualifying time.

Finally, the Bulldogs’ 1600-meter relay team (Mariah Gillen, Pless, Piercy and Gleckler) ran their best time (4:28) to qualify with a fifth-place finish.

Other finishes for the day included:

• the boys 3200-meter relay (4th, 8:44);

• Reagan Stowell in the 1600-meter run (8th, 4:59) and the 3200-meter run (8th, 11:26)

• Luke Spaulding in the 3200-meter run (4th, 10:56)

• Billy White in the long jump (5th, 18-11.75) and Sandusky in the long jump (7th, 18-8.5);

• the girls 3200-meter relay (6th, 11:09);

• Tahjanay Jarrell in the 100-meter dash (7th, :13.81) and 200-meter dash (6th, :28.9);

• Gillen in the 1600-meter run (7th, 5:56).

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