Sports roundup 1.16

Written by David Green.

• Fayette boys: There were three good periods of play for Fayette, coach Todd Mitchell said, but unfortunately, he added, it isn’t hockey.

The Eagles trailed Stryker by just a couple points going into the third quarter at home Friday, but the Panthers piled on the points in the final period to claim the 49-36 BBC victory.

Stryker missed only a pair of shots in their hot fourth quarter while the Eagles were coming up with too many misses.

“We didn’t get too many offensive stops in the fourth quarter,” Coach Mitchell said.

Overall, 11 offensive rebounds were given up to the visitors and five of them was converted into baskets.

The improvement for Friday’s trip to North Central is obvious to Mitchell: “We’ve got to do a better job on the boards.”


• Fayette Girls:A trip to Stryker Thursday turned out to be a good shooting night for Rachel Seiler, but that’s about where the good news ended for Fayette fans.

The Panthers turned a 13-7 first quarter lead into a lop-sided affair by half-time en route to a 48-23 league victory over the Eagles.

Fayette’s offense tried to find it’s range from the outside, but ended up zero for seven, coach Ashley Oyer said. The Eagles put up just 32 shots total and sank eight of them. They fared better from the line, hitting seven of nine tries.

Seiler also led in rebounds with five. Danni Wyse, Trisha Bates and JeriAnn Lewellen each collected three.


• Morenci Boys: 2:04 in the first quarter. A significant moment in the Morenci-Summerfield homecoming clash here Friday.

A bucket by Summerfield put the score at 17-9, and that was the last time the visitors’ trailed by a single digit.

Morenci’s lead reached as high as 22 early in the fourth quarter on the way to a 78-66 TCC victory.

Morenci coach Tim Bovee was a little surprised by his squad’s offensive advantage. After all, it was Summerfield who upended Madison a week earlier to deliver the Trojans’ first league loss.

“We came out and we attacked,” he said. “That was a huge first quarter.”

Summerfield opened with a zone that stymied the Bulldogs at first.

“We made some changes to find a hole in the zone,” Bovee said. “Jacob [Bovee] got through and started putting the ball through the hole. The other kids started feeding off that with assists and free throws.”

Coach Bovee figures the Bulldogs may have gotten a little lackadaisical later in the game as the visitors finally closed the gap to 12.

“We need to keep the killer instinct,” he said.


• Morenci Girls: A few Morenci shooters found their range Wednesday night at North Adams as three girls hit double figures.

After starting the season with seven consecutive league games, the Bulldogs finally had a non-conference date and trounced the Rams 54-15.

It took Morenci (4-5, 3-4) a few minutes to get on track, but once the barrage started, there was little hope for North Adams (1-9, 1-6).

By two minutes into the second quarter, the Rams had committed 12 turn-overs yet trailed Morenci by only four points, 11-7. That was due to five-for-23 shooting by the Bulldogs.

That ratio came to an abrupt halt when Nicolette Swimmer hit her next three shots. She was aided by a bucket from Tricia Black and a three-pointer from Brooke Barrett. The Bulldogs went five for seven to take a 23-9 lead. The Rams turned the ball over 20 times by intermission and went more than seven minutes without a point.

BRITTON—Coach Yatzek got balanced scoring from eight of his nine players when Britton visited Jan. 7. A 43-31 victory raised the Bulldogs league mark to 3-4.

The Tories trailed by just two at the half, but Morenci took a four-point advantage in the third and scored six points in the fourth while holding the visitors to single digit scoring.

HUDSON—Morenci didn’t disrupt Hudson’s strong season in a matinée Saturday. The Tigers advanced to 8-2 with a decisive 69-43 knockout.

There was no recovery from Hudson’s 20-9 opening quarter.

Jackie Paris had her top offensive night of the season with 13 points, including three three-point shots.


Morenci wrestling: Morenci’s wrestlers came out on the short end of a pair of conference matches last week.

With nine bouts down and five to go, the Bulldogs had a 5-2 lead Wednesday against Madison, but things fell apart in the remaining matches.

Morenci fell 45-26 to the Trojans, then lost to Sand Creek by a nearly identical score, 42-24.

Voids made the difference again with the Bulldogs giving up four classes, plus two that were double voids.

Two of Morenci’s top wrestlers lost to Madison. Chris Delaney (119) gave up six points in the final 30 seconds to lose 4-6. Kyle McClain (160) was pinned at 1:19.

 

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    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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    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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    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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