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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    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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