Sports Round-up 9.16.09

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE GOLF: It was just a so-so day for the Eagle golf team Saturday at the Stryker Invitational.

“Nobody played really well or really bad,” coach Ryan Colegrove said. “Everybody just had some bad holes.”

Kevin Ferguson had the best showing for Fayette with a 97. Zayne Colegrove, Nelson Barnhiser and Sye White each carded 99s and Jonathan Boesger was two strokes back at 101 for a team total of 394.


FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s varsity spikers notched a pair of three-game victories, although Montpelier pushed them to the edge.

In a non-league match-up at home Monday, the Eagles finally topped Montpelier by a score of 32-30. The final two games weren’t that much easier, with Fayette winning 25-22 and 25-23.

“The girls looked very good and had a strong offensive night at the net,” Coach Danni Keefer said. “I am very pleased.”

From the serving line, Sydney Coger scored four aces and Sierah Griffiths had three. Andrea Canfield, Elisha Hartman and Leah Brinegar each served two aces.

The Eagles had an easier time Thursday in their first BBC contest of the season, downing North Central 25-19, 25-12 and 25-10.

That match marked the return of libero Tara Lichtenwald who had recovered from an injury.

“I was glad to have her back,” Coach Keefer said.

Lichtenwald served a pair of aces to get the Eagles on a roll in the opening game. With North Central just a point behind at 14-13, Fayette stretched the lead to 21-14. Aces by Brinegar and Griffiths, plus a kill by Brinegar finished it off.

Jacy Lewellen recorded a block and a pair of kills as the Eagles forged a commanding 16-4 lead in the second game. Kills by Griffiths and Hartman aided the attack, and a save by Brinegar brought it to an end.

Griffiths and Brinegar scored most of the offensive points in the final game while the visitors never got into the flow.

Earlier in the season, Fayette lost to Edgerton in three games and played close with Swanton in a four-game loss.


FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette cross country coach Bryan Stambaugh didn’t get the results he was hoping for at the big Tiffin Carnival run Saturday, where many of the state’s best runners competed.

The top two runners in the Div. III race finished below 16 minutes.

Darrell Randall was tops for the Eagles with a 39th place finish at 17:12, followed by Trevor Cox in 53rd at 17:30.

Hunter Colegrove crossed the line at 18:39 for 161st place and Dalton Goeltzenleuchter took 189th at 18:57. Tyler Keefer was 229th at 19:22 and Tim Stoltzfus took 303rd at 20:52.

Maplewood had the top team finish. Fayette was about in the middle of the pack, 24th among 52 teams.

In the girls Div. II/III open race, Alexa Kessler took 18th at 22:44, followed by Olivia Molina (86th, 24:38) and Sarah Kovar (88th, 24:39).

Junior high

Fayette’s junior high boys remained unbeaten this season, but not by much.

The Eagles were the Div. III champions, topping Sylvania St. Joe by one point and Minster by two points.

Chandler Sanford took 13th place, followed by Ben Grieser in 19th, Tyler Cox in 27th, Skylar Lantz in 29th, Ian Schrock in 37th, Dylan Ashemeier in 65th, Ben Kessler in 74th, Jared Wagner in 81st and Thomas Ehman in 108th.

In the girls open race, Jill Stuckey placed sixth at 13:51, Liz Maginn was 20th at 14:39 and Miranda Minzey was 185th at 14:39.


MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s varsity volleyball squad rolled to a victory Thursday to open the Tri-County Conference season on the road against Britton-Deerfield.

The Bulldogs took the match in three games, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-9.

“We played well as a team and our serving was very good, making 67-71 serves and 16 aces,” coach Dennis Owens said.

Serving leaders were Mariah Bovee, 20 /20 with five aces and 14 points, Tia Tompkins, 11/12 with five aces, Mercedez McCaskey, 10/12 with three aces, and Chanler McCaskey 11/11 with one ace.

Tess Ramsey finished with seven assists to lead all setters.

Hitters Bovee and Chanler McCaskey each scored five kills. Bovee went nine for 10 in serve reception, with five passes to the setter.

 

MORENCI FOOTBALL: Let’s hope there isn’t a trend building.

Week One: Blowout win.

Week Two: Blowout loss.

Week Three: Blowout win.

Morenci football coach Tom Saylor wants to break up that pattern when the Bulldogs make the long trip to Whitmore Lake Friday. Instead, he would like to see more of what his squad showed at home last week against Britton-Deerfield.

The Patriots were held to a single touchdown while Morenci tallied 483 yards of offense to open TCC play with a 53-7 victory.

“I thought the kids responded well,” Saylor said following the loss at Hudson. “They pretty much played to their ability. I saw hitting that I haven’t seen yet this year. The level of contact was raised.”

That statement especially refers to the offensive line that worked hard in the past week with coaches Nate Parker and Lance Thompson, Saylor said.

“The offensive line was the real catalyst,” he said. “That was the hardest they hit all season.”

Their efforts allowed quarterback Brett Bovee to show his skills, Saylor added, something he never had the chance to do at Hudson.

The Patriots nearly got the game off to a different start, but a dropped pass prevented what might have been a touchdown. The visitors then bobbled the punt and Morenci took over at midfield.

The Bulldogs didn’t get anywhere on that series, but on their next try, Bovee capped a drive with a 19-yard completion to Isaac Jeffers in the corner of the end zone. Morenci’s scoring barrage was underway.

Dustin Roller intercepted and Jarrett Keller made a 20-yard gain before scoring from 15 yards out. Before long, Chas Frey grabbed a Patriot pass and covered 28 yards to the end zone to put Morenci on top 18-0 in the first quarter.

Fumbles and penalties hurt the Bulldogs’ next two drives, but after the Patriots’ next punt, Bovee carried for a 38-yard gain and Keller ran the ball in from 12 yards out.

The Patriots drove to Morenci’s 11-yard line—aided by two 15-yard penalties—but the drive stalled there. On Morenci’s first play, Keller ran the ball 89 yards for a touchdown and a 34-0 lead.

Britton-Deerfield threatened again on a long pass, but a sack by Travis Janish ended the drive as time ran out in the first half.

In the third quarter, Morenci was aided by two B-D penalties, along with a 12-yard gain by Frey. Bovee passed to Roller for a 16-yard touchdown pass that put the mercy clock into action. On the first play after a Patriot punt, Michael Snyder raced 55 yards for a 46-0 lead.

In the final quarter, Max Gautz broke free for a 31-yard touchdown play and Morenci’s final score. The Patriots passed to get into position before running in for a score.

Coach Saylor said he felt more pressure in the closing minutes of the game than he did at the start, when he was trying to substitute players to prevent injuries. He’s accustomed to teams much larger than the 21 he had to work with Friday.

He described his squad’s efforts as “beautifully balanced,” but he did single out Nick Wilson.

“He was the real heart of the defense,” Saylor said. “He bottled up the middle most of the night.”

The Patriots finished the game with 191 passing yards on 13 completions, leaving only 20 yards gained on the ground.

“We need some work there,” Saylor said, “but I was pretty pleased.”

WHITMORE LAKE—The Trojans scored two wins against two teams that are still winless this season, then dropped their TCC opener to Summerfield when they went for two points to win after a late touchdown.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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