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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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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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