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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Sports round-up 8.27

Written by David Green.

CROSS COUNTRY—Morenci’s two veteran cross country runners showed improvement over a year ago at the County Preview meet Aug. 16.

Senior Zach Phillips place third in the junior/senior boys run at Tecumseh with a 17:54. Blissfield’s Justin Bateson won the race at 16:34, followed by Will Brown of Lenawee Christian School at 17:26.

“That was an improvement from last year,” coach Brad Brown said, “but it’s not what Zach was after. He has high expectations and that’s exactly what I want him to have.”

Classmate Jeff Nofziger earned a medal with an 18th place finish at 19:53, his best run ever by 10 seconds.

Morenci had a pair of rookie runners in the girls’ race.

Freshman Rachel Sodergren finished 20th for a medal with a time of 28:34 in the freshman/sophomore run.

“This was her first varsity race and she was nervous,” Coach Brown said, “but she did well to get a medal and I’m sure she capable of a better time.”

Junior Kate Gallup ran her first race ever, also, taking 31st in the junior/senior run at 29:00.

“This was Kate’s first cross country experience and she’s just starting with distance work.”

Brown knows this will make her stronger in her spring track events, and he noted that she’s not the first Morenci sprinter to compete in cross country.

Tecumseh’s Jordan Harrison turned in the fastest time of the day among the girls with a 20:07.

• The Bulldogs travel Tuesday to Hudson.

MORENCI SPORTS—Fall sports teams in Fayette have all started their seasons now that the volleyball squad played its first match Monday. Morenci’s teams follow suit this week, including the first football contest of the season.

Morenci’s volleyball team opened the season Tuesday night at Hudson. They’ll take a break until Sept. 4 when they make a trip to Madison. The home season opens Sept. 5 against Fayette.

The cross country teams participated in the county preview Aug. 16, but there’s nothing on the schedule now until they visit Hudson Sept. 2.

Football opens at 7 p.m. Friday with a home game on the road. What’s that?

The game was scheduled at Adrian College when a school maintenance project called for the track to be torn up this summer. Due to impending construction, the game was moved.

That project is now set for next summer, but the decision was made to play on the college field anyway.

Morenci will give Auburn Hills Oakland Christian an introduction to varsity football since this is the Lancers’ first season to field a varsity squad in the school’s 41 year history.

You might say that Oakland Christian has one secret weapon: the line coach is former Detroit Lions standout defensive lineman Luther Eliss.

Morenci coach Dan Hoffman knows that name well.

“I have one of his posters hanging up in the locker room,” Hoffman said. “I should take it down and have him autograph it.”

A news article about the team stated that 30 players were expected to join the squad, but it would be a combined varsity/junior varsity team, and freshmen were expected to have the biggest representation.

The Lancers’ football program is funded through private donations, including a financial gift from the Lions.

After watching the team scrimmage, Hoffman knows the rookie squad has a long way to go. But the Bulldogs have their own challenges.

Since last spring, five players have either moved out of the district or decided not to play, and four of them would have been two-way starters, Hoffman said.

He expects to have 20 players dressed for Friday’s opener.

Morenci’s JV team will play visitors from Farwell here Thursday at 6 p.m.

Look for previews of all Morenci and Fayette teams in next week’s Observer.

FAYETTE GOLF—After the first three outings of the season, Fayette’s golf team boasts a 5-1 record, and two different players have come through with medalist honors.

The Eagles’ first loss came at the hands of a sharp Archbold squad that won a quadrangular match-up at Ironwood Aug. 13.

The Blue Streaks had four players in the 30s for a score of 151, ahead of Fayette with 171. Ayersville took third with 176, followed by Pettisville with only three competitors.

Archbold’s Steve Kinsman was medalist with 34, followed closely by Caleb Brinegar with a 36. Other Fayette competitors were Austin Hylander, 42; Eliott Richardson, 45; Chase Hookstadt, 48; Jonathon Boesger, 54; and Nelson Barnhiser, 55.

Fayette captured a triangular match at home Sept. 19, scoring 169 to Delta’s 172 and Hilltop’s 233. Richardson and Delta’s John Simon tied for medalist honors with 38 each.

Brinegar was a stroke behind with 39, followed by Hylander, 45; Hookstadt, 47; Kevin Ferguson, 50; and Barnhiser, 51.

Pettisville visited Aug. 21 and went home with a 176-258 loss.

Brinegar came through with a 38 and Richardson was four strokes behind at 42. Hylander and Barnhiser finished at 48, Hookstadt with 52 and Ferguson with 53.

• The Eagles take a break until the Stryker Invitational on Sept. 6.

YOUTH BASKETBALL—The Morenci girls’ varsity basketball team will host a weekly basketball program for first and second grade girls from noon to 1:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13 and ending Oct. 25, at Morenci Bible Fellowship. Coaches and varsity ball players will run the program.

The program costs $25 for one child and $40 for two or more children.

Forms will be sent home with students next week and must be returned by Sept. 8.

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