Sports roundup 2.13

Written by David Green.

Fayette Boys: They don’t call them the Bombers for nothing.

Edon used an outside game along with plenty of opportunities at the line Friday to down Fayette’s boys, 59-57.

The Eagles’ 10-point second quarter lead melted away after intermission with a steady showing from outside the arc by the Bombers. The visitors finished with nine long-range shots.

The third three of the third quarter made it a two-point game and Edon finally took the lead midway through the fourth after one three-pointer and two more yet to fall.

Shelby Franks tied it up 51-51 with 2:17 remaining, but the Bombers were ahead by five with only 46 seconds remaining.

Evan Hibbard nearly pulled it out for Fayette by driving in twice to score, but his last bucket came with only seven seconds to go and the Eagles ran out of time.

“It was a good high school basketball game,” coach Todd Mitchell said. “We just came up one possession short.”

It wasn’t turnovers that posed a problem Friday.

“We only had four for the entire game,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think we had any in the second half.”

Franks finished with a pair of three-pointers—a shot he seldom takes—and Eliott Richardson played a big game underneath with 12 points even though he’s still recovering from illness. Hibbard finished with 10 and Austin Hylander suffered from heavy defensive coverage.

“We’ll get the rubber match Feb. 20th,” Mitchell said due to the sectional tournament draw.

The two teams square off at 8 p.m. that night in Bryan. The victor will take on the winner of the Stryker-Edgerton contest at 8 p.m. Feb. 22.

Fayette Girls: Fayette’s varsity girls found the perfect way to end the regular season: an exciting 43-41 victory over Edon on the Bombers’ court.

Never mind that Edon won three out of four quarters. It was the all-important third period that made the difference for the Eagles.

Trailing 24-17 at intermission, Fayette came out of the locker room to turn it around in the third with a 14-4 advantage and to go on top by three, 31-28.

After that, it was just a matter of hanging for the narrow win, despite three three-point buckets from Edon. The Bombers missed on three chances from the line.

Danni Wyse had a big offensive night with 13 points. She also gave four assists and made four steals. Rachel Seiler finished with four steals and four rebounds.

DELTA—The Panthers pulled away in the second half to post a 57-41 win over Fayette. The Eagles stayed close through the first two quarters with the game tied at 18 each at intermission.

Seiler led scoring with 12. The Eagles failed to capitalize at the line, sinking only 10 of 27 tries.

Katelyn Downing grabbed seven rebounds and Rachel Rash had six. Wyse finished with four steals. Mara Raker and Seiler each collected three.

Morenci Boys: Sometimes you can see in your mind just how you want the play to turn out, says Morenci varsity boys coach Tim Bovee. And sometimes it actually works out that way.

The Bulldogs ran it perfectly Monday night at Summerfield and posted a 59-58 win.

It was a tough victory, Bovee said, with the game staying close for all four quarters.

“We actually pulled it out twice,” he said.

Jacob Bovee hit a three-pointer to put Morenci on top by a point with about 12 seconds to play. That didn’t last long. A Summerfield player was fouled and made both ends of a one-and-one to go ahead with eight seconds remaining.

Rather than give Summerfield the chance to set up a play, Coach Bovee chose to keep the action moving and the ball got to Bovee at half court with about six seconds to go.

He faked around one player and pulled up to nail a 15-foot jumper right before the buzzer—just like his father pictured the play in his head.

Bovee finished with 21 points and Logan Clark added 15. Anthony Barron gave 11 assists and the Bulldogs cut their turnovers to 13.

The win marked the end of an long eight-game road trip for Morenci with three home games on the schedule starting Thursday.

Morenci Girls: The Bulldog girls team breezed through one of its final TCC contests of the season Thursday at Britton, coming home with a 52-23 victory.

The Tories were held to single-digit quarters throughout the contest while Morenci ran away with the lead through a 20-point third quarter.

A nine-point half-time lead swelled to a 22-point advantage after three quarters with the Bulldogs piling on the points.

Jackie Paris came through with her top offensive production of the season to lead with 16 points. Brooke Barrett and Jessica Jones each finished with 12 points.

DISTRICTS—Morenci wraps up the regular season Friday with a trip to Whitmore Lake, then comes district tournament action at Whiteford.

The Bulldogs drew a bye for the opening night. Sand Creek and Blissfield tangled in the opening game at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Summerfield-Whiteford clash.

Morenci faces the Sand Creek-Blissfield winner Wednesday at 5:30 and Madison takes on the other winner afterward. The finals are scheduled Friday, Feb. 22.

The Bulldogs played close with Sand Creek in January but haven’t yet faced Blissfield.

“I think we’re capable of beating either one,“ Bulldog coach Jim Yatzek said.

In the other bracket, he expects Madison to advance to the finals.

Morenci Wrestling: The annual Tri-County Conference/South Central Athletic Association combined league wrestling meet grew to six teams this season with Clinton joining the mix, but it’s slated to grow again next year.

Clinton finished on top here Saturday, followed by Pittsford and Morenci. Next year, with Bellevue and Colon joining the SCAA, competition will enlarge even more.

Morenci finished with three second place winners, three in third and four others taking fourths.

“I thought the kids looked pretty good,” coach Scott Clark said. “Everybody but one finished with a medal.”

Chris Delaney (125) and Dustin Roller (130) needed only two matches to take seconds.

Delaney opened with a 2-0 decision against a Sand Creek wrestler, but was pinned by Clinton in the finals. Roller opened with an 18-2 major decision against Clinton—one of best showings of the season, Coach Clark said—before getting pinned by Sand Creek.

Sam Majchrowski (285) pinned a Climax-Scotts foe at 1:28 and lost to the county champion from Madison at 2:45, but that was good for second.

Jeff Nofziger (145) lost in an injury default to a Pittsford wrestler that Nofziger beat earlier in the season. He came back to defeat teammate Brady Canfield with a pin at 2:41 and followed up with a 3:06 pin against Madison to take third.

Nate Grieder (160) was shut out in the opener against a state placer from Pittsford, but he came back with a pair of pins to take third. He stopped a Climax-Scotts wrestler at 1:30 and a Clinton wrestler at 1:14.

Alex Burton (171) was in the only full weight class of the tournament and he wrestled four times to earn his third place.

He lost to Clinton, 3:28, but stopped Pittsford at 1:02, Sand Creek at 1:19 and Climax-Scotts in a 12-9 decision.

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    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.
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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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