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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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