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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 5.28.09

Written by David Green.

ALL-BBC: One Fayette softball player was named to the second team of the All-BBC honor squad.

Senior infielder Trisha Bates was chosen for the second team, while five of her classmates were given honorable mention status.

Katie Borer, Shenae Nuoffer, Brittany Seiler, Danni Wyse and Mara Raker joined the list of honorable mention players.

First team choices were Pettisville seniors Jordan Riegsecker and Katie Weber; Pettisville junior Erica King; Pettisville sophomore Kayla King; Edon junior Alicia Sumner; Hilltop senior Tiffani Jagielski and junior Ashley Ames; North Central sophomore Miranda Cochran; and Stryker senior Jaquelyn Laws.

FAYETTE TRACK: Fayette produced one district champion at the Div. III meet Saturday in Ayersville, and one other Eagle will advance to the regional meet this week in Tiffin.

Darrell Randall warmed up with an eighth-place 1600-meter run (4:52), then came back later in the hot afternoon for the district title in the 3200-meter run with a winning time of 10:17—his career best.

The sophomore finished two seconds ahead of league rival Kenny Graber of Stryker and six seconds ahead of Austin Borton of Pettisville. Borton won the 1600 at 4:31.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter will make her third consecutive trip to regional competition to run in the 3200-meter race.

The junior took off to a fast start Saturday before settling in for a second-place finish at 12:44.9. Liberty Center’s Chelsea Knapp took an easy first place at 12:20. Goeltzenleuchter stayed ahead of Pettisville rival Tanner Hostetler and beat her by four seconds.

“She's running hurt right now, but gutting it out, showing her toughness,” said coach Ryan Colegrove.

Junior Elisha Hartman turned in the top 800-meter run of her career, coming close to qualifying with a sixth-place finish at 2:29.8. Stryker exchange student Naemi Smolka won the race at 2:25.

The 3200-meter relay team (Goeltzenleuchter, Alexa Kessler, Hannah Schrock and Hartman) earned an eighth place finish at 11:17.

Other Eagle girls competing were Kessler in the 800; Schrock and Sarah Kovar in the 1600; Olivia Molina in the 3200; Abby Jaramillo in the shot put and discus; Jessie Torres in the shot put; and Amanda Gilmore in the discus.

Three Eagles earned sixth-place finishes. Senior Austin Hylander took sixth in the 110-meter hurdles :17.6.

Shelby Franks, also a senior, took seventh in the 300-meter hurdles at :44.04. He came through with his best at :43.06 in the preliminary race. Hylander turned in a :44.8 in the race.

Franks placed sixth in the long jump at 18-6.75. Tinora’s Brad Wagner was first at 20-10.

Eliott Richardson wrapped up his throwing career with a sixth-place finish in the shot put (43-05.25), behind winner Anthony King of Ayersville at 50-06. Richardson placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 126-07. King won at 158-10.

Other competitors were Hunter Colegrove and Logan Keefer in the 400; Jerry Minzey in the 100; Taylor Curry in the 200; Nathan Seiler in the 100; Skylar Sommers in the 3200; and Jonathan Boesger in the shot and discus.

Relay teams were 400-meter (Hylander, Caleb Brinegar, Chase Hookstadt and Minzey); 800-meter (Franks, Hylander, Brinegar and Hookstadt); and 1600-meter (Colegrove, Brinegar, Franks and Keefer).

Pettisville won the team title, followed by Archbold and Patrick Henry. Archbold was tops for the boys, followed by Tinora and Hicksville. Seventeen schools competed.

MORENCI BASEBALL: Morenci’s baseball squad gave visiting Whiteford too much of a head start when the Bobcats visited Wednesday.

The visitors put five runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and when on to post an 8-0 TCC victory.

Michael Snyder started on the mound and Cody Long came in during the second inning to finish it off. Long gave up no earned runs and walked only one batter.

“If wouldn’t have had that bad first inning we would have been with them,” coach Roger Pontious said.

Nick Wilson and Brett Bovee had base hits and Snyder reached base on a fielder’s choice.

The Bulldogs dropped a pair of league games to conference leading Clinton.

In the open, only Long and Snyder came through with base hits for Morenci as the Redskins won 15-0 in four innings.

Snyder took the loss. Clinton was aided by several Morenci errors.

In the nightcap, the 1-1 tie game in the first inning didn’t hold for long. The Redskins ended the contest in five innings, 15-1.

Bovee singled for the Morenci and stole two bases. Anthony Tompkins followed with a walk. Clinton threw the ball away trying to make the out at second base, allowing Bovee to score.

The Bulldogs committed four errors, adding the Clinton’s 12 hits and seven walks.

MORENCI GOLF: Morenci will send one golfer to the Div. IV regional tournament Friday in Lake Orion.

Colin Walker was one of six individuals who qualified to advance, in addition to the six qualifying teams.

The junior shot a 91 at Devils Lake Golf Course to qualify, carding 43 on the front and 48 on the back.

Twelve teams competed in the district tournament including seven from Lenawee County.

Three teams will advance from the regional tournament at Bald Mountain Golf Course, along with the top three individuals not on a qualifying team. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian is the host school.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: It took nine innings for Whiteford to get the job done, but that’s when it finally happened.

The Bobcats ended a TCC showdown with a base hit in the ninth to stop Morenci short, 4-3.

Whiteford had a runner on base after a Bulldog error, but the visitors weren’t the only squad to take advantage of miscues.

After Chanler McCaskey singled in the bottom of the first, Jade Pfund reached base on an error that allowed McCaskey to come home.

Nicolette Swimmer reached base on a dropped third strike to put runners at first and third. Tess Ramsey poked a single past third base to score Pfund.

In the third, Swimmer was safe on an error, advanced on Ramsey’s base hit, and scored on a wild pitch to the Bulldogs on top 3-1.

The lead held until the top of the seventh when Whiteford scored a run on a passed ball and another on a throwing error.

Morenci left a runner stranded in each of the final three innings.

Whiteford claimed a non-league 10-0 win in the nightcap, with Barbara Hollstein and Matea Garcia sharing pitching duties. Each team finished with three hits.

CLINTON—Morenci and Clinton each came through with only three hits May 19, but the Redskins claimed the 3-0 TCC victory.

Pfund struck out 11 batters and 15 Morenci batters when down on strikes.

A pair of Morenci errors gave Clinton a boost early in the nightcap and the Redskins went on to win 7-1.

The Bulldogs scored one run in the fifth on base hits by Ramsey and Chelsea Tompkins and a ground out by Mariah Bovee.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci’s four qualifiers for Saturday’s Div. IV state track and field meet will find the competition plenty tough when Michigan’s top small-school athletes compete.

One of them, however, could finish on top.

Sophomore Phoenix Duncan returns to the state meet to compete in the high jump where she’s tied with Sarah MacCourtney of Lutheran Northwest at 5-5.

MacCourtney was last year’s state champ at 5-5, although she cleared 5-6 at last year’s regional meet.

Duncan, on the other hand, is on her way up. Her 5-5 leap at the regional meet was her best ever. She jumped 5-0 a year ago at the state competition.

Eleven of the 21 Div. IV qualifiers cleared 5-0 at regional meets.

Duncan’s 16-5.25 in the long jump places her as the fourth best in a tightly contested line-up. An Athens jumper stands out in front at 17-3.

Morenci senior Lucas Johnson is rated fourth-best in the discus, based on regional finishes. He came through with his longest toss ever at 144-5. He’ll see some familiar faces, with the top two rated throwers coming from the regional in which he competed.

Last year Johnson was off from his best with a toss of 132-0.

At last week’s regional, Concord’s Kyle Stacks was the favorite to win the 1600-meter run, and he came through as expected at 4:25. Now he’s number three in the pack with  a Harbor Springs runner seven seconds better.

Morenci senior Zach Phillips turned in the ninth best time among the various regional finishes at 4:35, but if he matches his career best, he should move up a few places.

Junior Chas Frey exceeded last year’s eighth place state finish in the 200-meter dash (:23.88) with a :23.1 at regionals, placing him as seventh best. The top five of the 24 qualifiers have run under 23 seconds.

Frey also qualified in the 100-meter dash and he has a seventh-best standing there, also, at :11.19. Three of the top runners have covered the course in less than 11 seconds.

The Div. IV competition returns to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern High School.

WOMEN’S GOLF: The Tuesday Morning Nine-Hole Ladies Golf League will begin June 2. Tee-off time is 9 a.m.

Anyone interested in playing should call Lois Speed at 517/458-7377 or DeMor Hills at 458-6679.

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