Morenci hires coaches 8.8

Written by David Green.

Morenci Board of Education members filled most of the remaining coaching positions Monday night, but two varsity head coach jobs remain open.

The board accepted the resignation of Jim Bauer as varsity boys basketball coach, ending seven years of leadership from the middle school teacher.

In a letter explaining his decision, Bauer said that to run the program the “right way” requires an enormous amount of time, and not just from November to March.

He said the decision was very difficult to make, but he knows he needs to spend more time with his children, ages seven and four.

The varsity golf position is also open now that the state athletic association moved boys golf to the spring. Golf coach Brad Brown also coaches track and he’ll stay with that spring sport.

The board approved the following coaching positions:

Bill Kohn, head varsity football; Dan Hoffman, assistant varsity football; Mike McDowell, JV football; Matt Bostick, assistant JV football; Nate Parker, volunteer assistant varsity football; Scott Gallagher, volunteer assistant varsity football; Travis Kruse and Chris Mansfield, eighth grade football; Shane Sarnac and Fred Love, seventh grade football; Robyn Taylor, varsity competitive cheer;

Scott Clark, varsity wrestling; Chris Ramsey, eighth grade girls basketball; Daniel Yatzek, seventh grade girls basketball; Chris Mansfield, seventh grade boys basketball; Brad Brown, varsity track; Chris Mansfield, assistant varsity track; Travis Kruse, assistant middle school track; Kay Johnson, varsity softball; and Dennis Owens, JV volleyball.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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