Sports Round-up 4.29.09

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE TRACK: Weather conditions finally allowed for a track meet for Fayette’s squads, but two of the leading male athletes missed the event due to a school trip.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter won a pair of events Saturday at the Hicksville Invitational, taking both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs.

Goeltzenleuchter was 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor in the 1600 with a time of 6:08. In the 3200, she topped the field by more than a minute finishing at 13:09.

Elisha Hartman placed second in the 400-meter run at 1:07.8, just four tenths behind the winner.

Hartman also took fifth place in the long jump with a leap of 13-2.75. Hannah Schrock was the other point winner for the Eagles, claiming fifth in the 1600 run at 6:40.

Fayette’s 320-meter relay team placed third.

Fayette placed sixth among eight teams. Edgerton clipped Evergreen by two points for the title.

The Eagles’ boys team tied for sixth place. Hicksville won the title easily.

Third place was best for Fayette and the team finished with three of them.

Elliot Richardson was third in the discus with a toss of 127-3 and third in the shot put 40-6.5. Darrell Randall took third in the 1600-meter run at 4:56.2, three seconds out of first.

Randall placed fourth in the 3200-meter race at 11:16. Fayette’s 3200-meter relay took fourth at 9:20.

• The Eagles travel to the Hilltop Relays on Saturday.


FAYETTE SOFTBALL: It wasn’t a great week for Fayette softball, but at least they’re playing games.

A rescheduled game against North Central was canceled Tuesday and rescheduled again for May 5.

Hilltop visited Thursday when the Eagles were missing three players and Fayette faced the same situation Friday against Stryker. They made do with the 10 players remaining, but lost both contests.

Saturday against Holgate, only nine players were available in another loss.

The Eagles dropped a BBC contest to Edon on Monday night, with one starter still out due to an injury.

Coach Sarah Skolmowski is looking for things to turn around with most everyone back in action.

North Central is scheduled to visit Thursday and the girls travel to Pettisville on Monday.


MORENCI SOFTBALL: Morenci’s softball team is still boasting a strong record with only one loss as of Monday, but coach Kay Johnson knows that could change quickly.

“We still haven’t played many teams with winning records,” she said.

One of those teams with a winning record—Summerfield—was scheduled to visit Tuesday night. Number two ranked Summerfield, however, had some troubles recently when it split a double-header with Clinton and then lost to Whiteford.

Whiteford will be in Morenci Thursday for a make-up game, then the Bulldogs make their annual trek to the tough Allendale Tournament. Morenci starts the day against Covenant Christian, a team that finished last year with a 29-3 record and has both pitchers back.

That’s followed by a visit Monday from Sand Creek, a team Morenci barely got by earlier in the season on an error-filled night.

Coach Johnson describes Morenci’s five-inning win Friday at Britton-Deerfield as uninspiring. The Bulldogs scored runs here and there, she said, on their way to a 10-0 win.

Jade Pfund gave up one hit.

Tess Ramsey drove in two runs with doubles in each of the first and third innings.

Ramsey, Megan Cox and Chelsea Tompkins each finished with two hits. Nicolette Swimmer had three.

At Whitmore Lake last Wednesday, the Bulldogs won 10-1 in a game that started off with Chanler McCaskey’s lead-off home run. Mariah Bovee knocked in a pair of runs that inning with a triple.

Ramsey drove a run home in the fourth inning and Pfund drove one home on a seventh-inning double.

Pfund gave up four hits and no walks and struck out 10.


MORENCI BASEBALL: Leading by a run in the bottom of the eighth. Two outs, two strikes.

Morenci coach Roger Pontious thought his baseball squad might have that one wrapped up.

Not so.

A throwing error allowed the tying run. Another throwing error resulted in the winning run, giving Britton-Deerfield a 9-8 TCC victory.

Pontious was frustrated with the loss, but he acknowledges the inexperience of the team. The initial squad numbering 18 was down to 11 players that day due to injuries and ineligibilities.

“They’re young,” he said, “but if they keep playing like they are, they’ll be where I’d like them to be by the end of the season.”

The Bulldogs stranded 11 players for the game while the Patriots left six on base.

Brett Bovee, who isn’t in the pitching rotation, went to the mound in the fourth inning and finished the game.

“He’s got a lot of heart,” Pontious said, and he also praised Jay Howard for his effort that day.

Morenci trailed 4-0 after two innings, but scored three in the third on a two-run double by Anthony Tompkins and a passed ball. Two runs were walked home in the fifth.

Simon Jeffers drove in a run in the fifth to make it 7-6, B-D’s favor, and Morenci tied it in the sixth on an RBI-single by Tompkins.

In the eighth, Bovee led off with base hit and stole two bases. Singles by Cody Long and Isaac Jeffers put the Bulldogs on top by a run and Morenci left the bases loaded.

Bovee ended the game hitting three for four and collecting six stolen bases.

WHITMORE LAKE—Morenci fell 13-0 in five innings last week at Whitmore Lake as the Bulldogs committed numerous errors. Rookies filled several positions, Coach Pontious said.

• Morenci entertains Southfield Christian on Saturday.

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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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