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.

 

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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