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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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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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