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.

Boys

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).

Girls

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.

 

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
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  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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