Fayettes sports round-up 4.9

Written by David Green.

SOFTBALL—Whatever Emmanuel Christian accomplished, Fayette came back with a little more. The Eagles were the last ones to score and they opened their season with a 7-5 victory.

Coach Sheila Killam saw aggressive base-running, a few clutch hits, key defensive plays and good bench support as the path to the non-conference win.

Shenae Nuoffer gave up just four hits on her way to the win. She walked two and struck out seven. The Eagles finished the night with eight hits.

The Warriors broke a 1-1 first-inning tie by scoring two in the third inning, but Fayette came back with three to lead 4-3.

The visitors added two more runs in the sixth, but the Eagles answered with three of their own to regain the lead.

Katie Borer, Rachel Seiler, Mara Raker, Danni Wyse, Trisha Bates and Katelyn Downing each came through with an RBI. Bates went two for three and had a sacrifice bunt. Borer finished two for four, including a double.

Coach Killam was pleased with Elisha Hartman’s off-the-bench play, getting a hit in her only time at bat and claiming a put-out on defense. Leah Brinegar made a pair of put-outs at first base.

“We had five errors, but we had great work at the plate to score runs when needed,” Killam said.

• The Eagles travel Thursday to Montpelier and entertain Waldron for a double-header on Friday. North Central visits Monday.

TRACK—Fayette’s boys track squad took a strong second place Thursday against Edon’s much larger squad and easily defeated North Central.

The Eagle boys took first in five events while the girls captured a pair of first-place finishes.

Edon won with 78 points in the boys events, followed by Fayette with 57 and the host squad, North Central, with 29. Edon’s girls won with 86 points, followed by North Central with 58 and Fayette with 22.


Nathan Stoltzfus won the 1600-meter run (5:07) and the 3200-meter run (11:21) and anchored the winning 3200-meter relay (9:32). Darrell Randall was close behind in the 1600 (5:10).

Other firsts went to Austin Hylander in the 110-meter hurdles (:19.7) and Hunter Colegrove in the 800-meter run (2:30). Ben Kovar was second at 2:31.

In throwing events, Eliott Richardson took second in the shot put (37-4) and third in the discus (99-2).

The Eagles made a good showing in the 300-meter hurdles, with Sean Franks taking second (:48.3) and Hylander in third (:49.5). Edon’s Williams won the event at :44.6.

Fayette’s 400-meter relay squad fell a two-tenths of a second short of North Central with a time of :48.9.

Franks placed third in the long jump (16-9). Randall and Hylander tied for third in the high jump (5-4).


Two members of the girls squad accounted for most of Fayette’s points.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter scored a pairs of firsts for the girls squad, winning the 1600-meter run (6:20) and the 3200-meter run (13:26). Hannah Schrock took third place in both races, posting times of 6:42 and 14:35.

Elisha Hartman overtook several runners in the final 200 meters to place second in the 400 at 1:10. Alexa Kessler placed third in the 200-meter run (:32.9).

• The Eagles continue league action Tuesday at Hilltop.


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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.
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    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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    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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