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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 1.23

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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