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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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    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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