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.cross
    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.
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    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.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    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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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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