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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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