FAYETTE TRACK: Three Fayette athletes earned individual league champion status Saturday at the BBC track meet and one relay team also finished on top.
Senior Eliott Richardson closed out his high school career by winning the discus title with a toss of 132-0. Richardson also placed third in the shot put at 42-1.
The Eagles’ 800-meter relay team nipped North Central by a tenth of a second to win at 1:41.5. Team members were Caleb Brinegar, Shelby Franks, Austin Hylander and Dakota Shay.
In the girls races, junior Erica Goeltzenleuchter was back on top in the 3200-meter run after a disappointing race a year ago due to an injury. Her 12:41 topped the second place time by 17 seconds. Goeltzenleuchter also placed third in the 1600-meter run with a 5:59.
Junior Elisha Hartman turned from sprinter to middle distance runner to win the 800-meter run at 2:34.8—her career best.
“She has always been a sprinter and long jumper,” coach Ryan Colegrove said. “Then at the Hilltop Relays she ran an 800 in the distance medley. She ran a good time so she became an 800 runner.”
Other Eagles earning points were Alexa Kessler, sixth in the 800-meter run at 2:44; the 3200-meter relay team (Goeltzenleuchter, Hartman, Kessler and Hannah Schrock), third at 11:28; and the 1600-meter relay team (Hartman, Kessler, Sarah Kovar and Schrock), fifth at 5:03.
Others earning points for the boys were Franks, second in the long jump at 18-3 and second in the 300-meter hurdles at :43.7; Hylander, second in the 110-meter hurdles at :17.8, third in the 300-meter hurdles at :47.2 and fourth in the high jump at 5-2; Darrell Randall, fourth in the 3200-meter run at 10:47 and fifth in the 1600-meter run at 5:01; and Shay, fifth in the 100-meter dash.
The boys 400-meter relay team (Brinegar, Taylor Curry, Chase Hookstadt and Jerry Minzey) placed third at :51.9; the 1600-meter relay team (Brinegar, Hunter Colegrove, Franks and Hookstadt) placed third at 3:56.9; and the 3200-meter relay team (Colegrove, Logan Keefer, Ben Kovar and Randall) placed fourth at 9:19.
The boys placed fourth overall with 84 points, behind Hilltop (136.5), Edon (107.5) and Pettisville (95). The small girls team finished last. Pettisville won the championship.
• Fayette will compete at the district meet Thursday and Saturday at Ayersville.
MORENCI BASEBALL: The score looks bad, said Morenci baseball coach Roger Pontious, and unfortunately it’s no indication of how hard his squad played.
Summerfield claimed an 11-1 league victory in five innings against Morenci’s young squad that continues to dwindle in numbers.
For that game the Bulldogs had only nine players on the roster and Pontious was forced to make some changes on the field.
Not only were there several young players on the field, but even some of those with experience were standing in new positions.
Twice Morenci put runners on second and third with no outs, but neither resulted in runs.
The Bulldogs put their only run on the scoreboard when Nick Wilson scored on a base hit by Anthony Tompkins. Wilson got on base with a walk and advanced on two passed balls.
Brett Bovee went two for three at the plate and six runners were left on base.
Cody Long took the loss for Morenci, giving up eight runs—only three of them earned. He walked four and gave up eight hits. Michael Snyder threw the final inning and three runners came home.
• Morenci entertains Whiteford at 4:30 p.m. today and wraps up the regular season with a visit from Britton-Deerfield at 4:30 p.m. May 27.
In district tournament play, the Bulldogs face Lenawee Christian School at 10 a.m. May 30 at Whiteford.
MORENCI SOFTBALL: It’s bad enough dropping a close, extra-inning contest to highly-ranked Summerfield, but to give up a seventh-inning lead? Now that really hurts.
The Bulldogs were poised to topple Summerfield Friday on the opponent’s diamond when it suddenly fell apart.
An error and a pair of hits allowed Summerfield to tie game in the bottom of the seventh and they finally pulled out a 6-5 victory in the ninth—on another error.
“They were amazingly as poor as we were,” coach Kay Johnson said about the error-strewn contest. “It was rainy and windy, not a great night for softball.”
The two teams went scoreless through two innings before Morenci put one run on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Chanler McCaskey was safe on a bunt single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Megan Cox. McCaskey came home on error.
Summerfield went on top 2-1 in the fourth, but Morenci came back with three in the fifth. McCaskey was safe on an error, advanced on another bunt by Cox and came home on Jade Pfund’s base hit.
Two more Summerfield errors allowed Pfund and Nicolette Swimmer to score.
Summerfield made it a 4-3 game in the fifth inning and the Bulldogs made it 5-3 in the top of the seventh when McCaskey tripled and scored on a base hit by Cox.
The game was tied on an error and two singles and remained deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth when the home team took advantage of one final Morenci error.
None of Summerfield’s six runs were earned, although they managed six hits off Pfund. Nine batters struck out.
Eight Bulldogs batters were fanned and Morenci also finished with six hits—two by McCaskey and Pfund and one each by Cox and Matea Garcia.
• After facing Clinton for two games Tuesday, Morenci entertains Whiteford for two games (one of them considered league play) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Britton-Deefield visits for a 4:30 p.m. make-up game May 27.
The Bulldogs face Lenawee Christian School in the district tournament opener May 30 after the baseball team plays. The tournament will be played in Whiteford.
MORENCI TRACK: Four Morenci track and field athletes will have an extended season after qualifying for the Div. IV state meet.
The event is scheduled May 30 in Grand Rapids.
For two of the four, it wasn’t just a matter of qualifying. They also finished as regional champions Saturday at Hillsdale College.
Junior speedster Chas Frey won a pair of championships, first taking the title in the 100-meter dash with a time of :11.19, then following that up with the 200-meter dash title at :23.1.
Sophomore Phoenix Duncan nearly matched his feat. She started the day with a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping to a career-best 16-5.25, then came through with another career topper in the high jump, easily winning the event at 5-5.
Morenci’s other two qualifiers are also making return appearances to the state meet. Senior Zach Phillips will run the 1600-meter run after his third-place finish Saturday. His time of 3:35 was his top time of the season, but still four seconds short of his school record performance last season.
Senior Lucas Johnson returns to compete in the discus toss after placing third with a toss of 144-5—a foot better than last season’s best.
Other point-winners for Morenci were Johnson, sixth in the shot put at 44-3.25; 3200-meter relay team (Trey Tompkins, Drew Tompkins, Logan Drummond and Micah Gillen), eighth at 9:27; 800-meter relay team (Nathan Grieder, Dustin Roller, Jordan Bach and Frey), fourth at 1:39.7; 1600-meter relay team (Grieder, Roller, Phillips and Frey), fourth at 3:38.5; Nichole Elarton, eighth in the discus at 89-0; Tequoia Jarrell, eighth in the long jump at 14-8.25; 800-meter relay team (Duncan, Sarah Ragan, Jarrell and Kathleen Barron), sixth at 1:59.8; and Kate Gallup, sixth in the 300-meter hurdles at :53.89.
Waldron High School will send three qualifiers to compete in four events.
Junior Katherine Baker will compete in the 100-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of :17.0 and in the 300-meter hurdles with her second-place time of :50.19.
Sophomore Fletcher Masters placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of :52.02 and Blake Fix took second in the 1600-meter run at 4:34.87.
HOLE IN ONE: De-Mor Hills Golf Course reported its first hole-in-one of the season Friday.
Brian Fruchey scored an ace on the 214-yard no. 18 at De-Mor Hills using a five iron.
His feat was witnessed by Larry Gorsuch, Kenny Shadbolt and Travis Williams.
BBC SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Thirteen Fayette students earned scholar athlete awards for spring sports participation.
Two students, seniors Hannah Schrock (track) and Brittany Seiler (softball) maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in sports.
Others earning scholar athlete status are junior Elisha Hartman (track), senior track team members Austin Hylander, Logan Keefer, Ben Kovar, Dakota Shay, Caleb Brinegar, Shelby Franks, and senior softball team members Trisha Bates, Katie Borer, Mara Raker and Danni Wyse.
Only juniors and seniors are eligible for the award.