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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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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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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.

Misc. sports news 11.05.08

Written by David Green.

CHILI BOWL: Fayette’s annual Chili Bowl flag football games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday under the lights on ball diamond one at the park.

Fayette American Legion members will sell chili for donations and the concession stand will open at 6 p.m. to serve supper.

The junior division game, Lightning vs. Lions, will be played first, followed by the senior division game, Warriors vs. Buckeyes.

The Legion will conduct a flag raising ceremony along with the playing of the National Anthem at 6:30 p.m.

In case it rains, the Chili Bowl will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday.


EAGLE HATCH: Fayette’s winter sports season kicks off Nov. 14 with the annual Eagle Hatch program—the first in the new school.

The winter sports teams and coaches will be introduced, along with the cheerleading squad.

The girls basketball season begins Nov.  29 at Liberty Center, with the first home game scheduled Dec. 5 against Edon.

The boys start the season with a trip to Morenci Dec. 9. A Dec. 13 visit from Antwerp marks the home opener.

Before Eagle Hatch gets underway, Fayette’s cheerleaders will sponsor a chili dinner fund-raiser, starting at 5:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.

Meal tickets are available from junior high and high school cheerleaders.


ALL-BBC: Three Fayette volleyball players received honorable mention status on the Buckeye Border Conference honor team.

Seniors Shenae Nuoffer, Katie Borer and Sierah Griffiths joined seven other players in the honorable mention category.

Megan Wiler of Edon, a senior, was named Player of the Year. First team choices were Edon senior Jenni Troyer, Hilltop junior Ashley Ames, Pettisville seniors Haley Nofziger, Katie Weber and Karina Rohrer-Meck, and Stryker junior Hanna Burkholder.


MORENCI BANQUET: Morenci Area High School’s fall sports banquet is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the high school cafeteria.

Ham, scalloped potatoes and beverages will be provided. Attendees should bring their own table service and a dish to pass as follows: varsity and JV football, a salad or a vegetable; boys and girls cross country, bread or rolls; varsity and JV volleyball, dessert.


ZAC JOHNSON: Morenci graduate Zac Johnson was featured Oct. 30 in the University of Michigan’s “Getting to Know...” series on the MGoBlu website.

To find his profile, go to www.mgoblue.com, then choose Football from the Varsity Sports drop-down menu. At the football page, look for Features on the menu at the left.

The red-shirted freshman is a starter on the Wolverine special teams. He recorded two tackles in the Purdue game and one each against MSU, Toledo and Illinois. He also notched an assist against Notre Dame.

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