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

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 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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    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.

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