All-league players chosen 6.18

Written by David Green.

One Morenci baseball player and three softball players were named to all-TCC honor team.

League coaches chose Morenci senior Anthony Barron as a first-team infielder. Senior Steven Pontious was given honorable mention as an infielder.

Other first-team choices were:

Sophomores Rylie Robinson, Jesse Sexton and Stephen Cooley, junior Travis Houghton and senior Tim Snell of Clinton; sophomore Nick Marr and juniors Garrett King and David Hilliard of Sand Creek; junior Jake Ritzenthaler and seniors Dave Gust, Kyle Lievens, Joel Bratt and Joel Bunge of Whiteford; senior Jason Case of Britton-Deerfield; juniors Taylor Glass and Tyler Glass of Summerfield; senior Chase Mann of Madison; and seniors Bill Ramey and Justin Ketzner of Whitmore Lake.

Eddie Cousino was Morenci’s all-sportsmanship nominee and Barron and Devin Martinez were named to the all-academic team.

Morenci senior Brooke Barrett and juniors Nicolette Swimmer and Jade Pfund made the all-league softball team.

Other team members are sophomores Kristin Espinoza and Kelcey Baker and seniors Laura Heinz, Colleen Zimmerman and Erin VanWasshnova of Clinton; sophomore Caitlin Blanchard and juniors Jordan Ratliff and Heather Carlson of Summerfield; seniors Catherine Herriman and Lizz Wilson of Sand Creek; juniors Kelsey Hutchison and Kim Lambert and senior Emily Rush of Whiteford; senior Elizabeth Perez of Madison; and junior Lauren Houghton of Whitmore Lake.

Rachel Rutkowski was named to the all-sportsmanship team. She, along with Barrett, Pfund and Megan Cox, made the all-academic team.

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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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