Sports Round-up 7.30

Written by David Green.

BMX: Morenci’s BMX track at Wakefield Park will serve as the host site a 700 point BMX race weekend Thursday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 10.

Single point races are scheduled Aug. 7 and 8. Registration is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. both nights and the cost is $8 a rider. Races will begin as soon as possible, after registration is completed.

A Michigan State Championship qualifying race with double points is scheduled Saturday. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 a rider.

A Redline Cup qualifier with triple points is scheduled on Sunday. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $30 a rider. Open class registration costs $10 per rider.

For more information, call 517/458-7094 or 458-6302 or visit www.morencibmx.com.


Boosters: The Morenci Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to organize for the new school year. The meeting is planned in the high school library.

Agenda items include discussing the organization’s budget, looking at scheduling needs and general organizing for the year.

Parents of Morenci athletes are encouraged to attend, along with anyone with an interest in Morenci school athletics.


Bowling: Want to give bowling a try — for free?

Funded in part by the Michigan State USBC Bowling Association, five bowling alleys in Lenawee County will participate in an open house program this weekend.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, anyone can stop in for two free games of bowling, including free shoe rental. Additional games can be purchased when time and space allows.

Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

In addition to Mor-N-C Lanes, other participating alleys include Rich Lanes in Blissfield, Hudson Lanes, Ten Pin Alley in Tecumseh and Lenawee Recreation in Adrian.


5K: The Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K run started big in 2006 and grew a little bigger last year. Organizers are hoping for even more runners and walkers this year.

The third annual run is scheduled at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Lyons ball park, with the one-mile fun walk following at 9:15.

The first year of the event brought in $32,000 for the Evergreen Athletic Boosters and their effort to help pay for the new track at the high school.

Last year, $26,000 was raised in addition to a $10,000 donation that brought the total to $36,000.

The Boosters’ goal, Karen Donahue said, is to contribute a total of $125,000.

More than 500 participants registered for the race and walk last year, she said.

In addition to the run, there are raffles, a 50/50 drawing, refreshments and other activities.

Early registration—through Aug. 10—costs $15. After that, the fee rises to $20.

For on-line registration and other information, visit www.trotforatrack.com or send an e-mail to [email protected]


Fayette: Practices for fall sports teams gets underway Monday for Fayette athletes.

 • Golf—High school golf participants should meet at the track, with their clubs, at 8 a.m. Monday.

• Volleyball—Junior varsity and varsity volleyball players should meet at the new school at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Junior high players should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the new school. All players should use the high school entrance.

• Cross country—Junior high and varsity runners should meet at Harrison Lake at 4:15 p.m. Monday.


Summer Ball: The Morenci Summer Ball Program officers have scheduled a meeting for coaches and anyone interested in the program at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Baseball and softball coaches are encouraged to attend.

Coaches who have not turned in their ball equipment should do so at this meeting.

Topics of discussion will include closing out the 2008 season and planning for the 2009 season.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    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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    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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