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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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