Sports roundup 1.9

Written by David Green.

• Too many turnovers and too many missed foul shots, and Fayette still won.

The varsity boys traveled Thursday to Edon and came home with a 49-46 overtime victory.

“It shouldn’t have been that close,” said Eagle coach Todd Mitchell. “We could have iced it several times, but it was nice to go on the road and beat them.”

Fayette (3-6, 3-1) got off to a shaky start with five travel calls in the first quarter and only three points on the scoreboard.


• Fayette’s varsity girls scored a decisive win Friday against Edon, but coach Ashley Oyer can only think about what it could have been with a little better ball control and shooting.

They won the game 37-26 despite nine-for-21 shooting from the line and a five-for-23 showing inside the paint in the second half.

“We still aren’t shooting the ball well,” Oyer said. “We could be good if we could just finish.”

The game was tied at half-time, but Coach Oyer made a defensive adjustment that turned the tide. Something had to be done about Edon’s Graves.

“She had 10 points at half-time so we used a box-and-one on her,” Oyer said. “Dani Wyse played her the whole second half and she didn’t get a point.”


• Twelve teams—five of them state ranked—and six Bulldogs came home with medals.

Clinton’s wrestling tournament Saturday was a tough order, said Morenci coach Scott Clark, especially coming off a long holiday break.

Nevertheless, he saw some good results from his squad.

Kyle McClain (10-6) finished highest for the Bulldogs with a third-place finish at 152 pounds.

He posted big wins against Clinton (17-2) and Michigan Center (16-0), while getting caught in a pin with a second left in the first period against a Tecumseh wrestler.


• Just when it looked like the Bulldogs were going to run away with it, Britton came back to tie the game.

And then the Bulldogs proceeded to run away with it.

Morenci’s varsity boys ended a scoring skid to go on top by 14 at half-time and went on to claim a 58-40 TCC victory. That puts their season mark at 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the league.

“We just had a bad stretch,” coach Tim Bovee said, “and Britton took advantage of it.”

A bucket by Adam Ries made it 20-9 with 1:45 to play in the first quarter, but that was the end of Morenci’s scoring for the next three minutes.

Four turn-overs and three missed shots put the Tories back in the game with a 20-20 tie. Bovee called time out—perhaps a little late, he said in retrospect—and the Bulldogs regrouped.

Then it was the complete opposite. Britton scored only two points for the next six and a half minutes while Morenci added 16.


• Morenci’s varsity girls needed to save the best for last Thursday at Summerfield, but that’s not the way it ended. Summerfield came through with a better overtime session to edge the Bulldogs 44-40.

That makes the second league loss in a row where Morenci almost pulled out a win with chances in the final seconds, but the Bulldogs couldn’t quite pull it off.

“I felt we could have won, but we played hard and held our own,” said coach Jim Yatzek. “We played a pretty good game overall. I think we just got wore out.”

The two teams were near a tie game after three quarters, but both squads had problems in the fourth.

“The fourth quarter killed us,” Yatzek said, “but it also killed them.”

With Morenci scoring just three points and Summerfield adding two, either team could have easily come through with the win.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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