Morenci sports previews 4.11

Written by David Green.

Baseball:

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.”

Softball:

 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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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