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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Morenci All-Stars place second 8.05.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s 8- and 9-year-old All-Stars met their match and then some as they took second place in their own tournament Saturday.

The Morenci team suffered a big loss to the larger Bedford program in the opening game, then won three contests before facing Bedford again in the finals.

That beating was worse than the first, said Billy Williams, who helped coach the all-stars, as the squad wasn’t hitting well at the end of a long day.

Bedford was on top 6-2 after two innings but finished with an 18-2 victory.

Morenci topped Addison 15-5 in five innings, then posted another five-inning victory against Pittsford.

Morenci trailed Tecumseh 17-2 after three innings, but came back in the next three to tie the game 20-20. Morenci advanced to the finals via a tie-breaker rule because they had fewer runs scored against them.

“That was great not to give up against Tecumseh,” Williams said. “Once we started hitting, the hits were coming from throughout the batting order.”

Morenci’s all-stars won two tournaments and placed second in two others.

“It was a great group of kids again this year,” Williams said. “What won for us was fundamentals, just basic baseball.”

Williams praised the pitching machine league as an excellent way to develop ball players for that age. He also spoke highly of the boys’ parents who were very supportive throughout the season.

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