Sports roundup 1.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette Boys: A lot of little things made the difference Friday when Fayette traveled to North Central.

The Eagles defeated the BBC foe the first time around, but couldn’t get the job done in the second meeting.

Too many turn-overs, too many missed free-throws—including the front end of a few one-and-ones—too many shots not finding their way through the hoop.

Add them up and they made the difference between a win and a loss, said Eagle coach Todd Mitchell.

Fayette got off to a slow start, falling behind 7-0, and seemed to be playing catch-up the rest of the night, Mitchell said. The Eagles tied the game at 9-9, but couldn’t get ahead.

“We played hard and we got a lot of good looks,” Mitchell said. “We just couldn’t get anything to fall. We had chances at the line but we didn’t take advantage of them.”


Fayette Girls: Fayette’s girls didn’t give the best showing at the foul line Thursday when North Central visited, but that’s all right because they made up for it with their outside shooting.

The Eagles connected on five three-point shots—three from Katie Pfund—to easily handle the visitors, 36-20.

North Central failed to make a bucket from the field in the first quarter and scored only one in the second as Fayette went on top 20-5 by intermission.

JeriAnn Lewellen and Rachel Seiler each added a three-pointer, while Trisha Bates hit three of four from the line.


Morenci Boys: Out-hustled and out-muscled. That’s what allowed Clinton to put together a pair of runs in the first half here Thursday night.

The two teams played close in the second half, but it was too late for the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-3). The damage was done and Morenci could never quite recover. Clinton (6-4, 5-2) went home with a 72-58 TCC win.

“We didn’t come out and play very well,” Morenci coach Tim Bovee said. “We were a step behind and they shot the ball very well.”

An 8-2 run in the first quarter put the Redskins up 20-12 after a quarter and a 12-2 spurt to end the second period gave them a 14-point lead, 38-24.

The squads played nearly even-up after the break, but the Bulldogs needed more than that. Eleven points was the closest they got for the remainder of the night.

Clinton cleaned up at the foul line, hitting 19 of 25 tries, while Morenci stepped to the line only once.

Jacob Bovee led the Bulldog offense with 25 points, but Anthony Barron wasn’t far behind with four three-pointers and a total of 18 points.


Morenci Girls: Morenci’s varsity girls basketball team appeared poised to pick up a victory against TCC foe Madison here Friday.

The two teams played evenly all night until the Bulldogs started advancing as the final quarter approached.

Then it all fell apart. It was as simple as one-two-three-four-five for the Trojans, as Morenci turned the ball over on its first five possessions of the fourth period.

Even after that, the Bulldogs only trailed by two, 40-38, after Nicolette Swimmer scored.

After five more turn-overs, there was just a four-point difference with less than a minute to play, but the Bulldogs didn’t have the time or the personnel to pull it off.

By this time, Swimmer, Morgan McVay and Tricia Black had fouled out and Chanler McCaskey would soon follow them to the bench.

The Trojans hit 12 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter and went home with a 57-48 victory, aided by 19 points from the line.

It was yet one more ball game the Bulldogs could have won, but didn’t quite finish off.

“Fouls took us out of it with so many kids on the bench,” coach Jim Yatzek said. “We’re still showing improvements. There are just a lot of little things that have to come together.”

The game proved to be another good offensive night for McCaskey who led the team with 16. She’s looking to score and she’s scoring, Yatzek said. McVay also came through with some key points in her nine-point night.

Amy Gillman collected 10 rebounds and Jackie Paris finished with three steals.


Morenci Wrestling: It’s hard to come up with a more competitive tournament than this one, says Morenci wrestling coach Scott Clark.

Hudson’s Super 16 tournament—actually 18 teams this year—included six ranked teams among the various divisions.

“The top seeds in each weight class were all state placers from last year,” Clark said.

The Bulldogs had no returning state placers to bring to the tournament, but they came home with a pair of medals.

Jeffrey Nofziger earned fifth place in the 145-pound class and Kyle McClain battled for sixth place at 152.

Nofziger opened with a pin at 1:29 against a Hudson wrestler before he was blanked by an Erie Mason foe who placed fourth at last year’s state finals.

He came back for a 13-5 win against Dundee, 13-6 against Jonesville and ended with a 5-2 victory against a Pittsford wrestler who placed sixth in the state.

McClain dropped his first match 1-5 to Dundee, but he came back with two wins to earn a medal.

Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central fell 10-3 and Hudson went down 5-4. He lost to Jonesville in a close 3-4 decision.

Mason Sanders (215) lost to the top-ranked wrestler in the state, then came back to pin a St. Mary’s foe at 2:37.

Chris Delaney (119) fell to a state champ from Dexter before pinning a Hillsdale opponent at 2:29. Camden McCaskey (112) was pinned by a state placer from Hudson, and followed up with a pin in 44 seconds against Jackson Lumen Christi.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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