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.

  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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    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.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.

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