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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Awards given to Morenci spring athletes 6.25

Written by David Green.

Most Valuable Player awards were named for Morenci Area High School spring sports.

MVPs are Phoenix Duncan, girls track; Zach Phillips, boys track; Jade Pfund, softball; Anthony Barron and Steven Pontious, baseball; and Gavin Vanderpool, golf.

Adam Barnett earned the coach’s award from golf coach Jamie DeVoe.

In softball, coach Kay Johnson named Tess Ramsey as the Rookie of the Year; Nicolette Swimmer as the top offensive player; Mariah Bovee as the top defensive player; Rachael Rutkowski as the Most Improved Player; Megan Smith as the Golden Arm; and Salena Martinez as the winner of the Old Faithful award. That final award goes to the player who is steady but not flashy, Johnson said, and just gets the job done day in and day out.

TRACK—Track coach Brad Brown gave the Most Improved field events honors to Lucas Johnson and Nichole Elarton. Winning the sprints award were Chas Frey and Kate Gallup. The top field events competitors were Johnson and Duncan. The top distance runners were Phillips and Leslie Montijo.

Season-best times and distances are listed in the charts on this page.

BASEBALL—Baseball coach Roger Pontious named Steven Pontious as the Defensive Player of the Year and Anthony Barron as the Offensive Player of the Year. Barron was also chosen the top pitcher.

Isaac Jeffers was named Most Improved Player and Devin Martinez was given the Coach’s Award. Nick Wilson earned the Bulldog Award.

Barron was the top hitter with a .408 average, followed by Pontious at .392. Pontious made the least fielding errors.

On offense, Pontious had a .511 on-base average and 15 RBIs. Barron finished with a .500 on-base average. He and Nick Wilson each finished with a home run.

The young Bulldog squad averaged three fielding errors a game, a number Coach Pontious wants to see reduced next season.

Pontious is looking forward to the 2009 season when his younger players will have a year experience, plus some playing time from summer ball.

“I’m excited about next year,” he said.

SOFTBALL—Nicolette Swimmer finished the season at the top of Morenci’s batters with a .402 average. She was followed by Brooke Barrett at .370 and Jade Pfund at .357.

Swimmer was tops in hits with 41, ahead of Barrett with 40 and Pfund with 35. She had the most triples (10), while Megan Smith and Jade Pfund followed with six each. Pfund and Swimmer each pounded 11 doubles. Barrett and Smith each finished with a pair of home runs.

The RBI statistics were led by a pair of freshmen: Tess Ramsey with 29 and Smith with 24. Swimmer also finished with 24. Swimmer led in runs scored with 38, just ahead of pinch runner Chelsea Tompkins with 37. Ramsey score 29 and Barrett scored 27.

On the mound, Pfund put together an 18-6 record with 179 strikeouts and 22 walks in 179 innings.

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