FAYETTE CROSS: Five Fayette runners stayed beneath the 19-minute mark Saturday at Columbus Grove for a seventh-place finish.
Stryker came through with a pair of top-10 finishers to win the race with 73 points. Fayette tallied 172.
Junior Darrell Randall clipped a few seconds off his time from a year ago to place fourth with a time of 16:42. Stryker’s Kenny Graber was the overall winner in the small school division at 16:24.
Other Eagle runners were Trevor Cox (31st, 17:56), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (42nd, 18:26), Hunter Colegrove (47th, 18:38), Tyler Keefer (52nd, 18:45), Tim Stoltzfus (83rd, 19:37), Clay Burkholder (114th, 20:16), Skylar Sommers (130th, 20:53), Nathan Seiler (138th, 21:30), Dusty Lantz (140th, 21:35), Andy Karathanasis (169th, 24:10).
Sommers showed the most improvement from a year ago as he trimmed two minutes off his time.
In the girls race, Alexa Kessler placed 38th at 23:09 and Olivia Molina took 61st at 24:02. Sarah Flickinger from Pandora-Gilboa won the race with a time of 19:24.
HILLTOP—Hilltop claimed a 21-36 win over Fayette at Harrison Lake Aug. 31. Montpelier trailed with 81 points.
Hilltop’s Livensparger finished first at 17:26, followed by Randall at 18:08.
Cox placed fifth at 18:43, followed by Hookstadt (8th, 19:21), Goeltzenleuchter (9th, 19:22), Keefer (12th, 19:52), Stoltzfus (15th, 20:19), Colegrove (18th, 21:07), Burkholder (19th, 21:25), Lantz (27th, 24:54), Seiler (28th, 25:47) and Karathanasis (29th, 26:15).
In the girls race, Kessler took second at 23:57, trailing Hilltop’s Park who finished at 23:26. Sarah Kovar placed sixth at 25:06 and Molina was eighth at 25:57.
Fayette’s junior high boys were the champions of the Columbus Grove run, finishing first among all divisions in the combined race.
The Eagles scored 128 points to edge Ayersville with 134.
The Eagles were paced by Ben Grieser (20th, 12:07) who finished a step ahead of Tyler Cox (21st, 12:08). Other runners were Skylar Lantz (26th, 12:17), Ian Schrock (41st, 12:37), Dylan Aschemeier (59th, 12:56), Ben Kessler (85th, 13:22), Thomas Ehman (102nd, 13:41), Jared Wagner (129th, 14:24).
The race was won by Adam Larger of Anna at 11:07.
Jill Stuckey was tops for Fayette in the junior high girls race, finishing 10th at 13:10. She was followed by Liz Maginn, 35th at 13:58, and Miranda Minzey, 126th at 16:36.
Lakota’s Cariss Reese won the race at 12:30.
Fayette’s boys took eight of the top 10 spots at home Aug. 31, led by Cox at 12:37.
Other Eagle runners were Lantz (3rd, 12:47), Grieser (4th, 12:54), Schrock (5th, 13:23), Kessler (6th, 14:16), Ehman (7th, 14:59) and Wagner (9th, 16:45).
The boys and girls ran together and Maginn finished 8th overall at 15:01. Minzey was 12th at 18:09.
At a junior high meet Thursday in Bryan, Maginn placed third at 14:29 and Minzey finished eighth at 17:07. Grisier was tops for the Eagle boys in third place (12:28), followed by Cox (4th, 12:30), Lantz (5th, 12:42), Schrock (7th, 12:59), Aschemeier (8th, 13:39), Wagner (12th, 14:20), Kessler (13th, 14:28) and Ehman (15th, 14:54).
FAYETTE GOLF: Kevin Ferguson took a turn to lead the Fayette golf squad as the Eagles posted a 184-203 BBC victory at home against Edon.
The match was played Sept. 1.
Ferguson was the medalist with a score of 41. Following him was Chase Hookstadt at 45, Nelson Barnhiser and Quinton Keefer with 49s, Jonathan Boesger with 51 and Sye White with 54.
By DAVID GREEN
There have been worse nights on the Morenci-Hudson gridiron.
1991: Morenci 41, Hudson 0
1974: Hudson 42, Morenci 0
1970: Hudson 48, Morenci 0
1956: Hudson 62, Morenci 0
1949: Morenci 71, Hudson 0
Worse scores have been recorded in the past, but those are of no consequence to Morenci coach Tom Saylor. As far as he’s concerned, the Bulldogs’ 40-0 loss at Hudson last week is about as bad as it gets, and he’s sorry that it happened.
“I feel badly about disappointing our fans,” he said. “They went over there with higher expectations. That hurts me a lot.”
The Tiger offense had little trouble moving through Morenci’s line and the Bulldog offense was mostly impotent against Hudson’s defense. It was as if the Tigers knew where every single play was going to be run.
“They were quick, very strong. They could do whatever they wanted,” Saylor said. “They controlled the line on both sides of the ball. They were always there first. I thought we could play better than we did. I really thought we’d give a better showing.”
Hudson needed only two first downs to score on its first possession and then three first downs to reach the end zone on its second try.
After Morenci muffed the kickoff reception, they soon punted and the Tigers were on the Bulldog 31-yard line. Two more plays and Hudson was on top 21-0 as the first quarter ended.
In the second quarter, another punt was followed by another touchdown. The Tigers notched 33 plays to Morenci’s 13 as they went into intermission with a 28-0 lead.
A good kickoff return by Dustin Roller put Morenci in Hudson territory to start off the second half, but three plays later the Bulldogs lost possession on a fumble and the Tigers responded with another quick touchdown.
Hudson intercepted a Morenci pass to stop the next possession and a field goal at 3:15 set the mercy clock into motion.
Morenci finally made the first of two first downs late in the fourth quarter, but another fumble ended hopes of averting a shutout.
Morenci netted only 43 yards rushing to Hudson’s 296. Quarterback Brett Bovee completed one pass for eight yards.
Coach Saylor saw some good defensive spurts, but not a consistent effort. Jarrett Keller notched 16 tackles and Travis Janish was credited with 14. Sophomore Max Gautz was also in on many stops. Saylor also praised Isaac Jeffers for a solid defensive job.
“Victory comes to those who believe in themselves the most and I don’t think we did,” the coach said.
Forget those two little schools of Britton and Deerfield. They’re combined now in most sports and it’s Morenci that’s the little school in the Tri-County Conference.
The Patriots are 2-0 this season with solid wins against Waldron and Romulus Summit Academy.
“They run a spread offense and they execute it well,” Coach Saylor said. “We won’t take them lightly.”
The 7 p.m. contest Friday marks the home opener for Morenci—the first of only three home games.
RESERVES: The final 37-14 score doesn’t sound too pretty, but keep this in mind: Hudson’s junior varsity football squad led Morenci 8-0 at half-time and by only 14-8 midway through the third quarter.
A pair of unanswered fourth-quarter scores by the Tigers gave them the non-conference win.
“We stopped them on fourth down three times in the first half,” coach Ryan Love said. “We played good defense, but we couldn’t get anything going on offense.”
Hudson took a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter, but a 50-yard touchdown run by Cody Graham put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at 6:30 in the third quarter. Jay Howard carried for the conversion.
The Tigers scored again late in the quarter, but Morenci closed the gap at 8:28 in the fourth quarter after Simon Jeffers connected with Lucas Hollstein for a 24-yard halfback pass. Graham scored to cut the Hudson lead to 22-14.
The Tigers made it into the end zone one more time, but Morenci gave up possession on an interception.
“I was really happy with them for not quitting in the second half,” Coach Love said.
He said the Bulldogs maintained intensity throughout the contest.
Graham tallied 80 yards on 13 carries and Howard added 53 yards on 16 carries.
Hollstein led the defensive effort with 16 solo tackles and nine assists. Jacob McVay and Brad Funchion each notched eight solos.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Close but not quite. That pretty well describes Morenci’s volleyball trip to Manchester last week.
Bulldog coach Dennis Owens thought his squad was playing a single match against the Dutch, but soon learned a quad match was arranged.
Although Morenci played some close games, they left without a win.
Morenci opened by taking the first game against the host squad, 25-20, then dropped the next two 17-25 and 12-15.
Against Concord, the Bulldogs dropped the opener, 18-25, before forcing some extra play in a 24-26 loss.
Morenci opened against Addison with a 25-22 victory before falling 24-26 and 6-15.
“We were serving to win two of the games we lost,” Coach Owens said. “We have struggled a few times this year finishing games.”
The Bulldogs also struggled in the serving department, missing 24 attempts in eight games.
Morenci missed the services of Kelsi Stover who is out with an injury.
Serving leaders were Tess Ramsey who went 26/28, with five aces and 18 points, and Mariah Bovee who went 26/29 with five aces and 19 points.
Ramsey was leading setter with 24 assists and only four errors. Passing leaders were Chanler McCaskey with 42 digs, Mariah Bovee with 37 digs and Tia Tompkins with 34 digs.
In attacks, Tompkins led the way with 14 kills and Phoenix Duncan added 13 kills. Duncan also had a pair of kill blocks.
TROT FOR TRACK: The final Dennis Donahue Memorial Trot for a Track 5K run brought in about $14,000, with more than 400 runners and walkers participating.
The event was started in 2006 in an effort to help Evergreen School District build a new running track. The old track was in such poor condition that home meets were no longer scheduled.
Organizer Karen Donahue also describes the event as “great therapy” for herself and her family members after the death of her husband, Dennis, due to a heart attack.
Donahue, along with Kathie Brock, planned the event to raise money for the track and to help raise health awareness and the value of exercise.
In a thank you to runners and sponsors, Donahue said, “The support over the last few years of this community has been incredible and I’m so grateful and proud to be a part of it.”
The top three male runners were Eric Lutton (24) at 18:24, Daniel Mayfield (27) at 18:56 and Scott Eisel (38) at 18:56.
The top three female runners were Kate Carter (17) at 19:17; Dominique Miller (20) at 19:52 and Janell Toth (34) at 20:51.
10 & Under, Asia Gensch, 38:02.
11-14, Rachel Audet, 22:04.
15-19, Kate Carter, 19:17.
20-24, Dominique Miller, 19:52.
25-29, Mary Vitte, 25:47.
30-34, Janell Toth, 20:51.
35-39, Gina Warnke, 21:37.
40-44, Amy Pennington, 22:03.
45-49, Connie Ricker, 26:06.
50-54, Sandra Langevin, 28:26.
55-59, Judi Turner, 37:31.
60-64, Mary Steinhausen, 31:04.
65+, Karen Vollmar, 45:26.
10 & Under, Matthew Butson, 34:52.
11-14, Luke Spaulding, 20:19.
15-19, Matthew Fischer, 19:49.
20-24, Eric Lutton, 18:24.
25-29, Daniel Mayfield, 18:56.
30-34, Jerry Drennan, 21:21.
35-39, Scott Eisel, 19:39.
40-44, John Dominique, 19:42.
45-49, Greg Shannon, 20:14.
50-54, Dave Eicher, 21:13.
55-59, Donald Bashor, 21:00.
60-64, Gary Valentine, 21:35.
65+, Jerome Tomc, 27:23.