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.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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