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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Jeffrey Nofziger competes at state 3.12

Written by David Green.

Morenci junior Jeffrey Nofziger didn’t come home from the state wrestling finals with much in the win column, but he proved that he deserved his place at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Nofziger had the lead for two periods against the wrestler who finished fourth in the state at 145 pounds and he stayed close with the eventual number three. Along the way, he posted a decisive win.

It was his opening match Thursday afternoon that set him on a tough path.

“We thought we had that one won,” said Morenci coach Scott Clark. “We ended up losing a match we shouldn’t have and then taking the hard road.”

Nofziger was showing good control against his opening opponent from Iron Mountain, Joey Wollum, who came into the tournament as the two-time defending champion with a 53-2 record.

Nofziger, who went to the Palace with a 29-3 mark, took a 4-1 lead into the final period, but that’s when it all fell apart.

“I don’t even have an explanation,” Coach Clark said. “Maybe he was trying too hard not to get hurt.”

Nofziger has battled a recurring injury that developed in his freshman year.

Wollum ended up with a 12-4 victory and Nofziger moved to the consolation bracket where he posted a strong 14-4 decision against Eric Heath of Leslie.

Clinton’s Ryan Perry (49-4) was Nofziger’s next foe. Perry won his opener before losing to the eventual champion.

Perry and Nofziger faced each other earlier in the season when Perry won 5-3 at the Clinton tournament.

Nofziger trailed 4-3 with about a minute remaining and needed to earn some points.

“He tried to throw him and it ended up costing him five points,” Clark said.

Perry won the match 9-3 to end Nofziger’s season. Perry later defeated Wollum 8-5 to finish third in the state.

“Both of Jeffrey’s losses were closer than the scores show,” Coach Clark.

He looks forward to returning to the Palace next year with Nofziger and at least a couple of his teammates.

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