Fayette track preview

Written by David Green.

Track season is going to be a lot more interesting this year, says Fayette’s head coach Andy Van Zile—not just for him but for team members, too.

“There will be a lot more options for the kids this year,” he said, and he’s talking about the number of athletes competing.

Last year’s girls team couldn’t even put a relay team together with only three competitors. This year’s eight girls certainly isn’t enough to score team victories, but there will be Eagles scattered throughout the events, including a couple of relays.

The boys team is small in numbers also, with only 15, but Van Zile has some quality athletes out and he thinks they might be able to take some team wins.

Van Zile sees a combination of stamina and speed to give the Eagles a good representation despite the low number of girls.

“We have enough people to cover all events and we should be able to compete as a team this year,” Van Zile said. “I think we could surprise some teams in the sprints. A lot of teams are lacking in sprinters but that’s where we’re strong.”

The Eagles open the season Thursday at North Central, with Edon also competing. Fayette returns to North Central again Tuesday.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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