Sports Round-up 8.6

Written by David Green.

CHAMBER GOLF—There’s still room for a few more teams in the fourth annual Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce golf outing. The four-person scramble is scheduled at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at DeMor Hills Golf Course.

The entry fee of $240 a team includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner.

Prizes will be given to the winning teams and for the longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin.

Hole-in-one prizes are also on the docket for holes number four, eight, 11 and 18.

A women’s division will be formed if enough interest is shown.

To register, call Chamber president Brad Frederick at 517/605-1020. The deadline for registrations is Aug. 14.


HUNTER SAFETY—A Hunter Safety Training course is scheduled at the Morenci Sportsman’s Club Aug. 23 and 24. The class will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The class will cover safe gun handling, first aid, survival, hunter ethics and sportsmanship.

Registration is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the club. The class costs $5 a person. A full name and birth date are needed to register.

For more information, call Orville Metcalf at 517/458-6841.


MORENCI PHYSICALS—All Morenci middle and high school students who plan to play fall sports must have a completed physical card on file before practices begin.

High school sports practices will begin Aug. 11. Middle school football practices will start a week before school begins, Aug. 25.

Physical forms are available at the high school office or Board of Education office.


MORENCI VOLLEYBALL—Morenci High School JV and varsity volleyball practice is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. beginning Aug. 11, in the high school gymnasium.

Players must have current physical cards on file or bring them to the first practice.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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