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.

For more information, visit www.trotforatrack.com.


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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    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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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