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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    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.
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    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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