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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.

Kylene Spiegel nearing end of basketball career at Tiffin 2009.02.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

After an outstanding high school basketball career in Morenci, Kylene Spiegel knew she wasn’t finished playing the game yet.kylene.spiegel.tiffin.jpg

She was recruited heavily by Tiffin University and the school offered a major in sports management, a program that fit her interests.

That was four years ago and now her days on the basketball court are dwindling.

“Tiffin seemed like a good decision right from the start,” Spiegel said. “It’s only an hour and a half from home and I like the small school environment.”

And best yet, she had the opportunity to play Div. II ball.

And play she did.

Spiegel earned a starting role early in her freshman season and she’s been on the floor ever since.

She’s entered the Tiffin record book as the all-time leader in assists—a mark she set in her junior year—but she’s also among the top 10 in career scoring.

Spiegel left Morenci as the second-highest scorer among all athletes. She’s leaving Tiffin as the person who makes sure others are scoring points.

“It was a transition coming from high school to college,” she said. “I knew my role was to be a true point guard. Controlling the tempo and the offense was the first priority over scoring.

“I feel very fortunate that I did break the assists record in my junior year. However, I did just recently score my 1,000th career point.”

“Ky is definitely a player who is smart and able to get everybody included in the offense,” said Tiffin head coach Pam Oswald. “She makes things happen. She’s definitely an asset to the team.”

Spiegel is known as one of the quickest players in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. That was an asset when she entered college ball.

“The introduction to the shot clock was an adjustment because it forces basketball to be played faster and more precise,” Spiegel said.

With her quickness comes durability, as well. She has more time on the floor than any of her teammates this season.

“I always focus on staying in shape and we have a tough pre-season conditioning regimen,” she said. “I get a lot of minutes because I tend to think I’m a team player and I enjoy handling pressure situations.”

Coach Oswald appreciates Spiegel’s role on the team.

“She’s one our leaders on the team, both vocally and by how hard she plays. She’s always picking someone up and I think she takes pride in doing that.”

The team’s freshman point guard is learning a lot from Spiegel, Oswald said, and her senior is going to leave behind a lot of knowledge for others to use.

With the season winding down, Spiegel is looking forward to the end of college and putting her sports management degree to work.

“I’m looking to eventually become a coach and/or athletic director,” Spiegel said. “In April, I will be attending the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association convention in St. Louis. There’s an invite-only event helping women find and make connections for coaching positions across the country.”

Before that, four games remain on the basketball schedule followed by the conference tournament. One of those contests is a match-up Feb. 26 at league-leading Hillsdale and several Morenci fans will head to the Chargers’ field house to watch Spiegel in action one last time.

When the season ends, Spiegel can look back on her stellar career at Tiffin and also on everything that happened outside the gymnasium.

“I’ll remember the friendships that far surpass the basketball court,” she said.

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