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 5kinfo@trotforatrack.com.


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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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