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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.

Morenci lifters produce three state titles 3.19

Written by David Green.

A very competitive tournament with last lifts making the difference.

That’s how Morenci power-lifting coach Dan Hoffman described Friday and Saturday’s MHSPLA Raw High School State Meet.

In the end, Morenci lifters came home with several state records and three first-place finishes.

“This was the most competitive meet of the year to date,” Hoffman said. “Most of our lifters’ final attempt on the dead lift determined the final place, including all the boys state champions.”

That worked in the favor of some Bulldog competitors, but against Kelby Allen. He set a state record in the squat lift at 405 pounds, but he was edged out by five pounds on another lifter’s final attempt and ended up placing second overall in the 145-pound weight division.

Allen’s other scores were 225 in the bench, 445 in the dead lift and 1,075 overall.

Levi Hoffman stayed on top in the 181-pound class, setting a state record of 1,250 total pounds. His 450 squat was also a record. He lifted 270 in the bench and 530 in the dead lift.

Morenci’s other varsity state champion came in the girls 114-pound division with Roxanne Shankster.

She scored 105 in the bench press and set records in the squat (195) and the dead lift (265). Her total was 565.

Salena Keller competed in the 123-pound class and placed fifth with a 510 total. Her scores were 180 (squat), 90 (bench) and 240 (dead lift).

Naomi Hoffman competed at 114 with scores of 155, 95, 205 and 455.

Codie Clymer placed seventh in the  145-pound varsity competition with scores of 300, 225, 390 and 915. Lucas Johnson (207) scored 300, 275, 435 and 1,010.

Morenci also produced a junior varsity state champion with Chas Frey winning the 145-pound class. His scores were 285, 245 (record), 410 (record) and 940.

More than 300 lifters competed in the boys varsity division and nearly that many in the junior varsity tournament. About 150 girls lifted.

All compeittors qualified for the state tournament through scores earned a regional meets. Medals were given to the top 10 in the boys division and to the top five girls.

The final meet of this school year is he USA Powerlifting High School Nationals in Kalamazoo April 4-6. This marks the first year the national tournament has been scheduled in Michigan.

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