Zack Craig chooses West Liberty State College 5.9

Written by David Green.

Morenci High School basketball standout Zack Craig is headed to West Virginia.

The senior signed a letter of intent last month to play at West Liberty State College, an NCAA Div. II school located on the state’s northern panhandle.

Craig, a four-year varsity starter, is the leading scorer in Morenci High School history with 1,606 points and was named unanimously to the Class C all-state team by the Associated Press. He finished his final season with an average of 21.9 points per game, a 75.5 free throw percentage, and a 50 percent accuracy rate from three-point range—a statistic high school coach Jim Bauer called “amazing.”

Craig attributed his choice to play for West Liberty on the emphasis the team places on scoring. Last season, the Hilltoppers led their division with an average of 104 points per game.


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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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