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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 2.13

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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