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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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