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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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