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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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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.

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