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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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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.
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Sports round-up 4.23

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL—After dishing it out heavy to the Toledo Cardinal Stritch JV team, Fayette’s softball squad ran into its own problems Thursday at Pettisville.

Danni Wyse picked up a no-hitter win on the mound when the Cardinals visited April 15. She struck out six in the 20-3 blow-out, while walking six and hitting one batter.

Things really fell apart for the Cardinals in the bottom of the second inning when Fayette brought 17 runners home.

Some Fayette batters came to the plate three times that inning as the Eagles came through with six hits and five walks. Stritch fielders committed five errors.

Trisha Bates batted three for three and Wyse went two for four, with a stolen base. Katie Borer finished with a pair of steals.

Fayette made just two errors.

Despite the lop-sided score, Eagle coach Sheila Killam said the contest was a good learning experience for her young squad.

Fayette hung close to Pettisville for five and a half innings Thursday in a BBC contest, but the game got away from them in the bottom of the sixth when the Blackbirds put seven runs on the scoreboard.

MORENCI BASEBALL—Morenci’s baseball season came to an abrupt halt after just two outings as injuries and ineligibilities resulted in a shortage of players.

After a 15-0 loss to Sand Creek at home Wednesday, the Bulldogs forfeited a pair of games but are expected to be back in action today when Whitmore Lake visits. Morenci should have 11 players in the lineup.

Sand Creek claimed a mercy-shortened five-inning win Wednesday after jumping to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. The Bulldogs ended up trying four pitchers in the first four innings of the contest.

Senior Anthony Barron started it off, but control problems took him off the mound. The first Aggie up slammed a double and the next three batters were hit by pitches.

Barron traded places with catcher Devin Martinez, but four runs scored on a walk and two base hits. Steven Pontious made a double play at second before one additional runner came home.

Two walks, a base hit, a fielder’s choice and an error put the Aggies up 11-0 after two innings.…

MORENCI SOFTBALL—Morenci needed nine innings to get the job accomplished, but they came back from Whiteford Monday with a 6-2 softball victory.

Bulldog coach Kay Johnson knows there are tougher challenges ahead, but she’s always pleased to come through with a win against Whiteford.

The Bobcats have an uncharacteristically weak 2-8 record, but Johnson says that losses have come from battles with quality Div. I teams.

Morenci (4-0) had all it could handle through eight innings with its first contest of the season against a pitcher adept at changing speeds and using a drop ball.

Whiteford took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Morenci tied the contest with two outs in the seventh.

Rachael Rutkowski got on base with a single and Jade Pfund was safe on an error. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice, it looked as though Morenci might strand runners on second and third before Tess Ramsey came up to bat and smacked the first pitch for a two-RBI double.

Neither team got anything in the eighth inning, but three extra-base hits in the ninth put it away for Morenci.

Pfund and Nicolette Swimmer pounded doubles, Salena Martinez was safe on an error, then Ramsey belted a triple to drive two runners home. Ramsey scored on a ground out.

Morenci played a mercy-shortened 10-0 game Friday at Madison.

MORENCI SOCCER—Morenci’s soccer club stands at 1-1-1 after the first three games of the 2008 season. The squad plays in the Southeast Michigan Soccer Association.

Morenci tied Milan 2-2, lost to the Adrian Area Football Club 4-1 and picked up its first victory Friday, a 4-2 win against the Adrian Football Club (AFC). The AFC is made up of Lenawee Christian School players who field a spring team for off-season training, said Morenci coach Pete Fallot.

This marks Morenci’s third year of competition in the league. Home games are played at Adrian’s Heritage Park and the next contest of the seven-game schedule is planned May 10.

The team competes in the 14 to 18-year-old boys division, although two girls are on the team. SEMSA rules allow girls on a boys team, but boys are not allowed on the girls team.

Team members are Kelby Allen, Brady Canfield, Josiah Fallot, Cedric Kutzley, Dillon Kunkle, Adam Ries, Andrew Roddy, Derek Gabler, Kyle White, Jacob Bovee, Lucas Johnson, Nicholas Merillat, Tricia Black, Leslie Montijo, Fausto Godinez and Brett Bovee.


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