Sports wrap-up 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY—Fayette’s two state cross country qualifiers didn’t get what they were after Saturday in Columbus, but they both capped strong seasons at an event that only the best runners get to take part in.

“They were both about a minute off from what they wanted to run,” said coach Bryan Stambaugh, “but I’m really proud of them for making it to state.”

Sophomore Darrell Randall was running  at a top-20 pace after the first mile at 5:05.

“That’s a little faster than I wanted,” Stambaugh said, “but he was running with Borton from Pettisville and looking good.”

After the second mile, Randall had slipped way back to 113th and he wasn’t looking good, Stambaugh said. There had been only one race all season in which a breathing problem caused a lot of pain, but the condition returned Saturday.

“The only other time it happened had to be at state,” Stambaugh said.

It was obvious that his sophomore was hurting, but Randall managed to gain back a few places and finish at 97th with a time of 17:31. Just a week earlier, he turned in a career-best 16:41 at the regional qualifier.

Isaiah Bradd of Cincinnati Fairfield win the race at 15:54, one of three runners to finish below 16 minutes.

In the girls run, Fayette junior Erica Goeltzenleuchter looked comfortable during her run, but that wasn’t how she was feeling.

“It wasn’t her day,” Stambaugh said. “She just didn’t feel up to par.”

She was feeling some ankle pain along with a recurring digestive problem.

She had a realistic goal of finishing below 19:50—she had already finished in the low 20s this season—and after her first mile she held onto 57th place. She slipped to 76th after another mile and held fast for a final 77th at 20:58.

One Div. III runner managed to finish below 18 minutes—Barnesville senior Stephanie Morgan who won the race at 17:57.

“Erica worked hard last summer and she had her best season this year,” Stambaugh said.

Since she’s improving as she gets older, she should have another shot at a state run next season as a senior.

Coach Stambaugh praised the good showing of fans who made the long trip to Columbus for the races.


MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY—It’s little comfort to Morenci senior Zach Phillips, but this year’s Div. IV state cross country run was one tough race.

“Nobody can say anything about Div. IV being weak,” said Bulldog coach Brad Brown. “It was one tough day in Div. IV.”

It was a tough day for Phillips, too, as he fell short of his goal and failed to repeat as an All-Stater in cross country.

His time this year of 16:41 was good for 33rd place—12 seconds off pace for a top-25 finish.

Two years ago, Brown noted, 16:41 took 15th in the state run. This year, the top six runners in Div. IV all ran in the 15-minute range, including winner Tec Adams of Harbor Springs who blazed the course in 15:22—the second best time of the day Saturday at Michigan International Speedway among all divisions.

In fact, the top four Div. IV runners posted better times than the best among Div. II runners.

Phillips was on pace after a mile with a time of 5:14 and stayed in contention with a second mile of 5:29.

“He just couldn’t close the last mile,” Brown said. “He didn’t lose on any, but he just held his spot.

“I know he’s disappointed. Zach puts a lot of expectations on himself and he was looking to improve, but he had a great year. In retrospect I think he’ll look back and realize that.”

Waldron’s top runners were Blake Fix, 21st at 16:28, and Allison Grimm, 66th at 21:31 in the girls race.

MORENCI VOLLEYBALL—The Bulldogs put their offense to work Thursday at Deerfield to wrap up the regular Tri-County Conference schedule.

The Minutemen went down in three games, 25-15, 25-21 and 25-14. The win gives the Bulldogs a final 7-9 TCC mark.

“We were pretty good on serve/receive and were able to make 61 attacks in three games,” coach Dennis Owens said.

Chanler McCaskey scored six kills on 20 attacks and Tia Tompkins added four on 12 attacks. Tompkins also finished with three kill blocks.

At the serving line, McCaskey scored four aces on a 16/17 performance. Mariah Bovee scored a pair on a 15/15 night.

Kathleen Barron went 13/13 on serve reception, Bovee finished 7/7 and Kate Joughin was 6/6.

Amy Gillman gave eight assists and Dana Joughin gave seven.

HUDSON—Saturday at the Hudson Invitational, the Bulldogs won their bracket and finished the day at 5-5.

Morenci lost to the eventual champions from Napoleon, 23-25 and 22-25; defeated Hudson 25-22 and 25-13; split with Clinton 25-22 and 15-25; split with Hudson 25-6 and 23-25; and split with Addison 25-24 and 23-25.

Barron was the serving leader for the day, missing only one of 38 attempts and scoring four aces. Kate Joughin also missed only one on 28 attempts. Bovee and Gillman finished with eight aces each.

McCaskey scored 29 kills on 70 attacks. Bovee added 20 kills on 89 attacks and Tompkins scored 10 kills on 58 attacks.

“Kelsi Stover and Tess Ramsey had good days playing at the net and the whole team contributed to a good day,” Coach Owens said.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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