Sports Round-up 8.20

Written by David Green.

DONAHUE RUN—Early registration has closed for annual Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K, but runners and walkers are still welcome to sign up on race day.

A limited quantity of T-shirts will be available on race day.

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

More than 500 participants registered for the race and walk last year when $36,000 was raised for Evergreen Athletic Boosters’ project to help pay for the new running track at the high school.

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

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SINGLES RUN—The third annual Neal Singles 5K run is scheduled Sept. 21 at Morenci Area High School and early registration continues through Sept. 10.

 The event serves as a fund-raiser for Neal V. Singles Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As in the past, a pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to participants by volunteers from the Morenci Church of the Nazarene and custom medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in 13 age divisions.

The cost of the 5K run is $15 if registered before Sept. 10. After that, the price increases to $18. Registration for the one-mile fun run/walk costs $10 in advance and $12 on race day.

Those who pre-register will receive a commemorative T-shirt. There will be limited availability of shirts on race day.

Organizers of the event are seeking door prizes and sponsorship support from area businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact Jackie Schaffner at 517/458-6025 or [email protected] or Heather Whitehouse at 517/458-1703 or [email protected]

HOLE IN ONE—A Morenci teacher is the latest golfer to score a hole in one at DeMor Hills Golf Course.

Matt Bostick scored an ace on hole number four Friday morning. He used a five iron on the 165-yard hole.

Bostick was golfing with Mike McDowell, Rich Tavernic and Larry Snabely.

FREE BOWLING LESSONS—Looking to sharpen your bowling skills?

Mor-N-C Lanes is participating in a nation-wide bowling promotion by offering two sessions of free bowling lessons.

Help will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26. The lessons are open to bowlers of any age.

Bowlers are also invited to help set a world record on Aug. 30, for the most games bowled in a day around the world. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information or to sign up for free lessons, call Mor-N-C Lanes at 458-2260.

BOOSTERS TO MEET—The Morenci Athletic Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in the high school library.

Officers will be nominated and fund raisers will be discussed during the meeting. Volunteers are needed to run concession stands, take tickets, and sell Bulldog apparel and 50/50 raffle tickets.

Parents of school athletes and any community members interested in the school athletic program are encouraged to attend.

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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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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