Sports wrap-up 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fayette managed to keep it close all night when Edon visited Friday, but not quite close enough. The Bombers went home with a 40-34 BBC win.

Edon jumped to a 14-7 lead after a quarter, but the Eagles cut that down to a point by half-time. After playing nearly even in the third period, Fayette was forced to foul late in the fourth and the Bombers sunk seven of 13 tries.

For the night, Edon hit 12 of 20 free throws to seal the win. Fayette went to the line only seven times and scored on three.

With the two leading scorers out of the lineup due to injuries, sophomore Amber Scott filled the gap with a 10-point night. Junior JeriAnn Lewellen was next with nine points, followed by senior Danni Wyse with seven. All three girls each hit one three-point shot.

“We hit 15 of 51 from the field which is a solid number of shots,” said coach Ashley Oyer. “We just need to continue to work on finishing.”

Scott also led under the boards with 10 rebounds. Brittany Seiler finished with eight. Elisha Hartman grabbed three steals. Heather Cuff, Wyse and Andrea Canfield had two each.

• The Eagles entertain Stryker on Friday and Antwerp on Saturday. They travel to Edgerton on Tuesday.

FAYETTE JV BASKETBALL: Andrea Canfield found the bucket in the fourth quarter Friday to lead Fayette’s JV girls team to a 20-18 victory over Edon.

Canfield hit a pair of three-point shots along with a two in the final period to pull ahead of the Bombers and narrowly claim the BBC win. Canfield finished the game leading all scorers with 11 points.

The Eagles could have made it a little easier on themselves with better success at the line. Only three of 13 tries went through the hoop. Edon finished with eight of 19 free throws.

FAYETTE FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Every point counted for Fayette’s freshman boys Monday night, and Jessie Rodriguez had most of them.

Rodriguez pumped in 14 points to lead the Eagles to a 32-31 victory over Edon.

Quinton Keefer added eight points. He and Rodriguez each hit a pair of three-pointers.

Fayette trailed 24-17 going into the final quarter, but Keefer and Rodriguez combined for all 15 points, while the Eagles held the Bombers to seven.

• Fayette travels to Stryker on Monday.

MORENCI WRESTLING: Morenci’s wrestling team got off to a good start in the first week of competition—in fact, the best start that coach Scott Clark recalls.

“It’s our best start to the season since I’ve been here,” he said. “This is the first individual team trophy I’ve brought home.”

That refers to the Bulldogs’ second-place finish Saturday at the Blissfield tournament.

“We took a bunch of young kids in there and they did really well,” Clark said. “Things couldn’t have gone much better.”

This year marked Morenci’s first year at the tournament and the Bulldogs faced a lot of teams they generally never encounter during the season.

Wayne Memorial won the tournament, but finished only 5.5 points ahead of Morenci.

Dustin Roller, Jeff Nofziger and Sam Majahrowski each earned first-place finishes.

Roller (130 pounds) scored two pins and nearly a third. He started with an 18-second pin against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. He followed that with a pin in 1:42 against Pittsford. In the finals, Roller scored a 10-3 victory against the number one seed from Blissfield. He was nearing a pin when time ran out.

Nofziger (145) sandwiched a pair of pins around a big decision. He started off with a 1:57 pin against Cesar Chavez Academy and followed with a 23-9 whipping against Pittsford. In the finals, it was back to the pin with 4:29 finish against St. Mary.

Majahrowski first earned an injury default win, then also came through with a pair of quick pins. Madison fell in 33 seconds and Wayne Memorial in 42.

Two Bulldogs earned third-place finishes.

Nate Grieder (152) pinned a Riverview Gabriel Richard foe in 18 seconds before narrowly losing to Wayne Memorial 10-13. He stayed alive with a 57-second pin against Blissfield and won in the consolation finals against teammate Mitch Schmucker, 17-1.

Lucas Johnson (215) also faced a teammate before the day was over. He pinned a Wyandotte Roosevelt opponent in 1:08 and was leading against Blissfield before falling into a pin.

He pinned teammate Jordan Bach at 1:50 and followed with a 2:28 pin against Cesar Chavez.

Tyler Guelde (112) finished fourth with a 1:46 pin against St. Mary and a 6-3 decision against Allen Park Inner City Baptist.

Schmucker earned fourth with a 23-second pin against Pittsford, a 3:56 pin against Gabriel Richard and a pin against Pittsford.

Corey Williams (160) scored a pin in 2:57 against Madison and a 15-0 decision against Wayne Memorial. Jordan Bach (215) claimed two pins: 11 seconds against St. Mary and 1:18 against St. Mary.

Loren Delmonico scored a pin in 35 seconds against Cesar Chavez. Marcus Burciaga lost both of his matches.

Grass Lake

Wednesday at Grass Lake, the Bulldogs opened the season with a 42-36 win against Climax-Scotts and a 54-21 loss to the host school.

Against Climax-Scotts, points were earned by Burciaga (103), void win; Roller (130), pin at 3:04; Schmucker (152), pin at 1:24; Grieder (160), pin at :47; Williams (171), void win; Bach (215), void win; Majahrowski, pin at 2:23.

Against Grass Lake, points were earned by Roller (130), 19-14; Nofziger (145), 19-6; Grieder (160), pin at :33; Johnson (215) pin at 1:43.

• The Bulldogs compete Saturday at the Pittsford Invitational team event.

MORENCI GIRLS BASKETBALL: An impressive comeback pushed Morenci’s season-opening basketball game into overtime here Friday to give the Bulldog girls team a second chance against Blissfield.

In the extra session, the Royals (2-0) used three three-point plays to claim a 46-40 non-conference victory.

Three Morenci turnovers early in the fourth quarter helped Blissfield to a 10-point lead with about five minutes left in the game, but the Bulldogs’ full-court pressure started to take its toll.

The Royals scored only one more point in regulation while Morenci slowly ate away at the deficit.

Nicolette Swimmer went four-for-four from the line before fouling out at 1:23. Tia Tompkins finally tied it up with about 30 seconds to play, after blocking a Blissfield shot at the other end of the court.

The Royals turned the ball over but Morenci missed its shot and the game went into overtime after another Blissfield miss.

The Royals went up 43-36 after a pair of Morenci turnovers and a missed shot. Tompkins made a bucket and Mariah Bovee scored on a steal to pull within three, 43-40, but Blissfield hit another three-pointer to ice the win.

For Morenci coach Jim Yatzek, it all looked like a movie he’s seen too many times before.

“We shot 10 for 24 from the free throw line and committed 31 turnovers,” he said. “That was 31 more chances to win.”

The Bulldogs’ defense kept them in the game, Yatzek said. There was a lapse in coverage in the second quarter when the Royals scored 15 points, but he was impressed with the full-court zone that gave Blissfield some trouble.

“We did hang tough and made a nice comeback,” Yatzek said.

Even after Swimmer, the leading scorer, fouled out, the others played tough to continue the comeback. Tompkins really turned up the intensity in the second half. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Swimmer scored 16 and collected eight offensive boards.

Chanler McCaskey finished with six steals. Swimmer and Meghan Smith each notched three steals.

• Madison visits Thursday and Sand Creek is here Tuesday for Parents’ Night.

MORENCI JV GIRLS: One devastating quarter doomed Morenci’s JV girls when Blissfield visited Friday.

The Royals out-scored Morenci 15-2 in the second quarter en route to a 46-31 non-league win.

Without that lopsided quarter, it was nearly a tie game, with a difference of only one bucket.

Chelsea Phillips and Matea Garcia both scored seven points and Tess Ramsey added six.

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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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    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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