Morenci sports previews 4.11

Written by David Green.


Last year’s youthful baseball team is looking a little more mature this season.

With six seniors on the squad, Morenci coach Adam Foltz expects the Bulldogs to come through with some solid games this year.

“We only had one senior last year,” he said. “I think everyone’s ready to go. Everything seems to be coming together and I have a squad I really like a lot.”


 The gaping hole on the mound. The changes in position. Question marks all around.

Morenci softball coach Kay Johnson expected the return of an experienced pitcher from last year’s young team that included 10 freshmen and five sophomores. Then Jade Pfund began developing shoulder problems.

As it stands now, Johnson will have a freshman on the mound and she’s still shuffling players around the field to find the best matches.

Girls track:

 Morenci track coach Brad Brown sees some good talent among his girls squad. He’s just not seeing enough of it.

With just a dozen girls on the team, the Bulldogs won’t be able to compete for the top spot in the league, but he expects Morenci to be able to earn its way into the middle of the pack.

The Bulldogs are thin in the sprints and unable to fill sprint relay teams, but in a change from recent years, the field events look stronger.

“We could come out of the field events with the lead in many meets,” Brown said.

Boys Track: 

Last year, it was Whiteford on top of the boys track standings in the TCC, followed closely by Morenci.

And this year? It could very well become a repeat.

Morenci coach Brad Brown would like to see the Bulldogs on top this time around, but he lists the Bobcats as the favorites.

Actually, he thinks the Tri-County Conference will be very competitive this season, filled will good talent across the range of schools.

“Obviously we’re looking to compete with Whiteford,” he said. “We both lost only a couple runners and it could be another good battle.”

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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