Sports roundup 2.6

Written by David Green.

Fayette girls: Fayette tried a patient approach to slowing down Pettisville last Thursday. Lots of passing, waiting for the good shot...and waiting for the baskets that just didn’t fall often enough.

The Eagles played it right, but the scoring didn’t happen and Pettisville went home with a 57-32 BBC victory.

Perhaps Fayette’s first-quarter showing at the line should have been taken an omen of what was to come. Three different Eagles went to the line for two shots and nothing went through the hoop.

Pettisville moved to a 20-5 lead at 6:17 in the second quarter and finally, after several good shots had rimmed out, Katie Pfund connected for a pair of three-pointers before intermission. Pettisville scored a pair also to stay well ahead.

Pfund made it a 14-point game with a three in the fourth quarter, and Rachel Seiler from outside the arc midway through the quarter to cut the lead to 14 again, 46-32, but the Blackbirds always answered with another bucket and the Eagles just couldn’t catch up.

Pettisville scored a flurry of points in the final minutes for a 57-32 finale.

Fayette boys: A tie game in the second half didn’t matter for Fayette Friday at Pettisville. The Eagles were way too far behind to pull off a come-from-behind surprise.

The Blackbirds were up by 17 at half-time, 34-17, and that was the margin at the end, 54-37.

“We’d dug too big of a hole,” coach Todd Mitchell said, noting this was just the opposite of the teams’ first meeting this season.

The squads were tied at intermission, then Pettisville pushed to a big win in the second half.

If there was a positive to the loss, it would have to be Shelby Franks’ play, Mitchell said.

“He played one of his better games,” he said. “He played extremely hard and finished with 11 points and four assists.”

The Eagles finally had a strong night at the free throw line, shooting eight for 11, but in this case it didn’t really matter.

EVERGREEN—The Eagles found the going tough against Evergreen’s outside game Saturday night for the homecoming contest. The Vikings won the game 53-29.

Morenci girls: The Bulldogs got the job done, but they did it the hard way—in overtime.

After handily defeating Whiteford earlier in the week, Morenci’s girls needed the extra session when the Bobcats visited Saturday afternoon.

A strong overtime period gave Morenci a 50-45 TCC win as they outscored Whiteford 9-4, paced by five points from Jackie Paris.

“We came out hard and strong in overtime instead of being upset that we didn’t win it in regulation,” coach Jim Yatzek said.

Paris scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer, then added another bucket to put Morenci on top 7-2. After Tricia Black left the game with an injury early in the second quarter, the Bobcats made a steady gain to tie the game at 11-11 and the scored remained tight for most of the contest.

CLINTON—A weak shooting night at Clinton led to a 50-31 loss Friday on the Redskins’ court.

The Bulldogs kept pace for a quarter, then scored only seven points over the next two periods as Clinton upped its record to 13-2.

“We just couldn’t hit a shot,” Yatzek said. “We had a lot of good shots working through their man-to-man defense.”

Swimmer and Jones each finished with seven rebounds. Jones also made eight blocks, gave three assists and stole the ball five times.

WHITEFORD—At Whiteford Jan. 29, Morenci broke out of a six-point first quarter to score 20 in the second. The Bobcats scored only 11 points after three quarters and the Bulldogs finished on top 51-31.

Morenci boys: Saturday night proved to be a record-setter for Whiteford’s Josh DuPree—all at the expense of Morenci’s boys basketball team.

DuPree’s 22 points  gave him a career total of 1,063 to surpass his father’s scoring record. It took more than DuPree’s big night to topple the Bulldogs. Another Bobcat scored 23 and another finished with 20 as Whiteford stayed on top of the TCC standings with a 78-62 victory.

“We just got beat by a better team,” said Bulldog coach Tim Bovee. “Their kids play well.”

Morenci was up by a point late in the second quarter, but the Bobcats (13-1) quickly turned that into a six-point lead by intermission.

The speedy Whiteford team came out in the second half and scored on some fast break transitions and Morenci was playing catch-up for the remainder of the evening.

DEERFIELD—The Bulldogs gave up only 47 points to the Minutemen—a good enough defense to assure a win most nights—but Morenci’s offense sputtered.

A 21-16 half-time lead evaporated after the break as Deerfield (4-9) outscored the Bulldogs in both of the final quarters.

“We couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn,” Bovee said.


  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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