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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 5.06

Written by David Green.

MORENCI BASEBALL: Southfield Christian saw some pitching here Saturday that no one else has seen.

Between sore arms and ineligibility, Bulldog coach Roger Pontious had to dig deep to fill the mound position.

“Our pitching is what’s hurting us,” Pontious said. “We’re still so young. We’re definitely relying on experienced kids.”

Morenci has two freshmen now in starting positions along with two seniors who are playing for the first time.

The visiting Eagles took a four-inning 15-0 win in the opener as Daniel Stutzman, Johnnie Gilbert and Joe Perez each took a turn on the mound.

The Bulldogs gave Southfield Christian a better game in the second half of the twin bill with veteran Cody Long pitching. Long had to leave after five innings due to arm pain and the Eagles finished with a 13-6 win.

With two outs in the first inning, Simon Jeffers came through with an RBI-single to bring his brother, Isaac, home from third.

Morenci tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning with three extra-base hits. Anthony Tompkins belted a double and came home on Nick Wilson’s long home run. Michael Snyder followed with a double and Isaac Jeffers brought him home with base hit.

The Eagles scored seven in the bottom of the sixth.

SAND CREEK—Morenci came through with only three hits in an 18-1 loss to Sand Creek at home Monday.

Wilson started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs, but a cut finger prevented him from putting much speed on the ball.

Finally, Coach Pontious took him out and gave Snyder and then Perez some pitching time. Sand Creek also took advantage of six infield errors by Morenci.

Wilson had two of Morenci’s hits off Aggie winner Tim McCarty.

Morenci scored its only run in the first inning when Jay Howard walked, advanced on a balk and a ground out, and came home on Wilson’s base hit.

SUMMERFIELD—Morenci played close with Summerfield last week, dropping a 6-4 contest.

“We committed seven errors and that’s what cost us the game,” Pontious said.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Just one run made the difference for  Morenci’s softball girls here Monday.

The Bulldogs (15-4) scored a pair of runs on base hits and one more run on an error to down Sand Creek 3-2 here Monday.

“We had nine hits, but we spread them out,” coach Kay Johnson said.

The Bulldogs finished the contest with only three strikeouts.

The Aggies weren’t as fortunate at the plate. Jade Pfund fanned 11 of the visitors, walked one and gave up three hits. Morenci committed no errors.

Sand Creek put the first run on the board when a fly ball was misplayed and dropped between two Morenci outfielders.

The Bulldogs came back with one run in the bottom of the inning when Matea Garcia hit a two-out single and scored on a base hit by Tia Tompkins.

In the fourth, Jackie Paris drew a walk and scored when a fielder threw wild on Tompkins’ sacrifice bunt. Tompkins also came home when Chanler McCaskey singled.

In the sixth, Sand Creek closed the gap to 3-2 with a run on a passed ball. A runner advanced to third base, still without an out, but Pfund struck out the next three batters.

McCaskey, Garcia and Tompkins each finished with two hits. Nicolette Swimmer, Pfund and Megan Cox each got a hit.

ALLENDALE—Morenci started off against the best at the Allendale Invitational, falling to Covenant Christian 10-1.

Once Morenci fell behind by five runs in the fifth, Coach Johnson gave Pfund a rest with two games yet to play. Swimmer and Barbara Hollstein took turns on the mound.

Pfund gave up four hits and two earned runs. She also had an uncharacteristic four walks, but Johnson said her heel kept slipping on a second pitching rubber positioned closer, just inside the mound.

Cox drove Chelsea Tompkins home in the sixth for Morenci’s only run.

Pfund struck out 10 Allendale runners in the next game, but Morenci lost 4-3.

Tess Ramsey drove Swimmer home with a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning. A base hit by Cox in the fifth scored Chelsea Tompkins.

McCaskey, who was on base with a double, scored on a suicide squeeze with Pfund at bat to give Morenci a 3-2 lead.

Chelsea Tompkins led off with a triple in the seventh, but a good fielding play ended the game.

The Bulldogs downed Hopkins 12-2 in the final contest. McCaskey belted two doubles and a single that went all the way to the fence. Cox and Ramsey each had a pair of hits.

Pfund fanned 11 and gave up two hits.

SUMMERFIELD—Three of Summerfield’s four runs came courtesy of Morenci errors when the two top-10 teams tangled here last week.

Pfund gave up only two hits and a walk, but Morenci never threatened. Mariah Bovee singled in the fifth and Cox in the sixth. Paris drew a walk—the only other Bulldog base runner.

Summerfield scored on a disputed call in the second inning when a base runner collided with Morenci catcher Chelsea Tompkins on a perfect throw from Ramsey in centerfield. Ramsey repeated the play later in the inning for an out.

Ramsey also doubled a runner off second base in the sixth and made a good running catch in the seventh.

Pfund was injured by a line drive in the sixth inning with a 2-0 score, but she kept pitching. Summerfield scored runs in the seventh on two Morenci errors followed by two base hits.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci track coach Brad Brown just wishes it would have been a fair fight, so to speak.

He knew the Bulldog boys had no chance against Whitmore Lake last week. No one is coming within 40 points of the Trojans, he said. But Madison is a different matter.

Morenci could have been the victors against that other set of Trojans if the entire team had been present. Instead, three of the top point-winners were absent and Madison claimed a 79-54 win. Whitmore Lake won 97-31.

“We couldn’t even field our relays,” Brown said.

Chas Frey made his presence known, claiming first-place finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 against Madison, but he was outpaced by Whitmore Lake speedster Steve Machin in the shorter sprints. Frey’s :23.6 on the 200 is his best of the season.

Zach Phillips won the high jump and 3200-meter run against Madison. Levi Hoffman took first in the shot put against both opponents with his season-best 37-10.

Morenci’s girls squad fell to Whitmore Lake 81-47 and to Madison 111-26.

Phoenix Duncan placed first in the long jump and high jump against Madison. Nichole Elarton came through with her best discus toss of the season (100-7) to top both opponents.

Hudson Relays

Morenci’s boys team placed second Saturday at the Hudson Booster Invitational, well behind Vandercook Lake and a point ahead of Hudson in third.

The Bulldogs were winners in the discus relay and second in the shot put. Frey won the 100-meter dash and placed second in the 400.

Morenci’s girls placed fifth overall, but the long jump team took first. Chelsea Howard placed fourth in the open 3200-meter run at 6:30.

• No Fayette sports news was received this week.

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