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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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