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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 1.16

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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