FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY:
Fayette’s Darrell Randall didn’t finish as high in the standings this year at the Delta Panther Invitational, but he clipped nearly half a minute off his time to finish sixth at 16:42.
Delta’s Colin Fisher swept the field Saturday with a 15:51. The Panther boys finished first in the meet with Fayette coming in at eighth place.
After Randall’s finish, the Eagles’ had a pack of four runners cross the line in the 18-minute range: Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (48th, 18:26), Hunter Colegrove (52nd, 18:32), Tyler Keefer (55th, 18:34) and Trevor Cox (58th, 18:37).
Other Eagles running were Chase Hookstadt (78th, 19:06), Tim Stoltzfus (80th, 19:09), Clay Burkholder (109th, 20:04), Skylar Sommers (129th, 20:46), Dusty Lantz (145th, 21:34), Nathan Seiler (157th, 22:06) and Andy Karathanasis (174th, 23:57).
In the girls run, Alexa Kessler crossed the line first for the Eagles, taking 48th at 22:43. Olivia Molina placed 60th at 23:27, Sarah Kovar was 71st at 24:08 and Rachel Seiler placed 123rd at 26:40.
Anthony Wayne senior Alyssa Miller took an easy victory at 18:49.
Another week, another invitational win for Fayette’s junior high boys. A victory at Delta makes it three meet championships in a row.
Five Eagles were among the top 16 runners to give them a big victory against second-place Anthony Wayne.
Fayette’s finishers were Chandler Sanford (6th, 12:02), Ben Grieser (7th, 12:03), Tyler Cox (12th, 12:11), Skylar Lantz (15th, 12:21), Ian Schrock (16th, 12:25), Dylan Aschemeier (27th, 13:03), Ben Kessler (43rd, 13:40), Jared Wagner (57th, 14:08) and Thomas Ehman (69th, 14:35).
In the girls run, Jill Stuckey placed ninth at 13:16, Liz Maginn was 34th at 14:36 and Miranda Minzey took 95th at 16:48.
FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s golfers dropped a pair of matches last week, including one in the conference.
North Central took a 165-197 win at De-Mor Hills Sept. 15. The visitor’s Derick Wysick was the medalist with a score of 40. North Central finished with five golfers scoring 42 and under.
For Fayette, Jonathan Boesger carded a 45, followed by Kevin Ferguson at 46. Sye White was next at 50, Zayne Colegrove at 56, Alex Hylander at 61 and Nelson Barnhiser with a 69.
At home Thursday against Emmanuel Christian, the Warriors posted a 174-191 win. Emmanuel’s Mike Henning was tops at 37.
Chase Hookstadt had the best game for the Eagles at 43. He was followed by Colegrove with a 47, Ferguson with a 48, Quinton Keefer with a 53, White with a 59 and Barnhiser at 65.
In a JV match, Emmanuel won 205-239. Fayette’s squad had only three competitors: Dusty Lantz at 53, Matt Storrs at 62 and Patrick Hookstadt at 67.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s varsity spikers kept the never-say-die attitude last week at Hilltop to claim a BBC victory.
“They girls work hard and never give up,” coach Danni Keefer said. “That is the most important thing with them—they never give up.”
The Eagles were on the brink of winning early after taking two games, 25-22 and 25-12, but the Cadets came back to tie it up, 25-23 and 25-21.
Fayette pulled through with a 15-11 win to wrap it up.
In a tri-match Saturday, the Eagles were outclassed by Hicksville, 25-10, in the opener and kept it close in the second game before losing 25-22.
They had another slow start against Monclova, winning 25-18, but ended strong with a 25-8 victory.
“We were off to a very slow start Saturday,” Coach Keefer said. “We should have beat Hicksville based on their games played earlier in the week.”
The Eagles might have been holding back too much, she said. Better communication and movement on the court could make the difference.
MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Morenci freshman Luke Spaulding was the first Bulldog runner to cross the finish line Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.
The freshman crossed the line at 18:57 and finally topped teammate Micah Gillen who wasn’t far behind in 81st place at 19:11. Gillen trimmed nearly a minute off from last year’s time.
Logan Drummond showed remarkable improvement from 2008, trimming off four and a half minutes to place 93rd at 19:39. Jake Spaulding took 107th at 19:59.
The Bulldogs didn’t place as a team with only four runners competing.
Delta won the meet and also placed the winning runner, with Colin Fisher finishing at 15:51.
TCC—Morenci didn’t fare well at its only home meet of the season last week, placing fifth in a league jamboree that was dominated by Whitmore Lake.
The Trojans placed five runners among the top eight to take first place with only 21 points. Sand Creek was second with 75, followed by Madison with 81, Clinton with 91, Morenci with 111 and Whiteford with 123. Britton-Deerfield had only two runners competing.
Whitmore Lake’s Zach Carpenter crossed the line first on a course that measured three miles instead of the standard 3.1. His time was 15:54, with Clinton’s Kenny Cooper taking second at 16:15.
Gillen was first for the Bulldogs in 13th place at 18:39. Other Morenci placers were Luke Spaulding (15th, 18:44), Jake Spaulding (20th, 19:13), Logan Drummond (22nd, 19:17) and Mitch Gallup (53rd, 23:06).
HUDSON—At Hudson Sept. 15, Morenci placed seventh of nine teams. Gillen came in at 20:00, Luke Spaulding at 20:08, Jake Spaulding at 21:35, Drummond at 21:39 and Billy White at 22:38.
In the middle school race at Delta, Spencer Elliott placed 46th at 13:51 and Reagan Stowell took 74th at 14:52.
Mariah Gillen finished 31st in the girls run at 14:34 and Maddi Gleckler was 38th at 14:49.
At the Morenci jamboree, Reagan Stowell topped all runners at 10:24 in the combined boys and girls run. Elliott took third at 10:32 and Gillen finished ninth at 11:11.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s varsity volleyball squad had only one outing in the last week and it wasn’t a satisfying trip.
Sand Creek added two marks in the Bulldogs’ loss column in a conference double-header Thursday.
“Sand Creek played very good defense and we got frustrated at times,” coach Dennis Owens said. “Missed serves and digging errors really hurt us.”
The Aggies took the first match in three close games, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-21. There were three hard-fought games that Morenci just couldn’t seem to finish, Coach Owens said.
Two kills by Phoenix Duncan helped the Bulldogs to a 13-6 lead in the opening game, but Sand Creek slowly came back to take the lead at 17-16 when a Morenci block went out of bounds. The Bulldogs could get no closer than a point.
The lead swung back and forth in game two, and Morenci couldn’t hold on to a six-point lead. Tia Tompkins scored on a tip and Meghan Smith made a block to put the Bulldogs on top 18-12. The Aggies scored 11 in a row to go on top, but Morenci closed the gap on Sand Creek errors.
Duncan scored a kill, followed by one from Mariah Bovee to make it a one-point game, 23-24, but that’s all the closer Morenci could get.
The Aggies led by as much as seven in the third game, but Morenci tightened it up to three points on a kill and an ace by Tompkins.
The Bulldogs kept it close to start off the second match, losing 20-25, then claimed a 25-17 win. They lost all focus after that, Owens said, and lost 25-12 and 25-16.
Serving leaders were Bovee (34/35, five aces, 21 points), Tess Ramsey (18/20, two aces), McCaskey (21/24, one ace) and Mercedez McCaskey (14/16, one ace).
Ramsey gave 10 assists and Mercedez McCaskey added nine. Chanler McCaskey scored nine kills, Tompkins had six kills and six blocks, Duncan had six kills and three blocks and Smith had six kills and two blocks.
Bovee finished with 46 digs, Tompkins with 37 digs and Chanler McCaskey with 33 digs.
JVS: Morenci’s JV volleyball squad didn’t accomplish what coach Shana Love was looking for, but they showed some good skills during the tournament at Hudson.
“We had a slow start and didn't finish as well as we wanted to,” she said,” but we did some good things.”
The Bulldogs finished sixth among a field of 12 teams.
At the serving line, Matea Garcia finished with 17 aces and a 45 for 51 serving average. Chelsea Phillips scored nine aces. Brooke Bovee was good on 22 of 24 serves and Carolyn Blaker scored seven aces, missing just three of 34 serves.
Breanna Gilson went 20 for 25 in serves and Hannah Jeffers went 26 for 30.
Bovee scored 25 kills and Phillips added 18. Bovee gave 18 assists.
On defense, Garcia made 50 digs, Blaker made 46, Bovee had 38, Jeffers had 32, Gilson had 31, Hannah Binegar had 28 and Phillips finished with 18.
“Erin Vanderpool came in and had strong play giving our setters a rest, as well,” Coach Love said.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: The one that got away.
That’s the only way to describe Morenci’s 26-20 football loss Friday at Whitmore Lake. The 20-6 half-time lead didn’t hold and the TCC win went to the Trojans.
“We had them and we let them off the hook,” said coach Tom Saylor. “We didn’t show much courage in the second half. We let it get away.”
Saylor thinks it’s a misconception to believe the Bulldogs played a strong game in the first half.
“We played smart and we played tricky,” he said, “but we didn’t play all that well.”
Morenci had no trouble stopping the Trojans’ running game—a net loss of six yards on 24 carries—but passing was something else.
The Trojans tallied 293 yards through the air, completing 22 of 33 attempts from their spread offense.
Whitmore Lake’s first-half touchdown came from an aerial attack and its second drive was stopped when Jarrett Keller intercepted.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first, on their second possession of the game. Keller made a pair of big running gains before Brett Bovee carried in from two yards out on a quarterback keeper.
The Trojans took a 7-6 lead in the second quarter, but Morenci came right back. Keller covered 38 yards on a run, but the Bulldogs almost got bogged down inside the 10. With fourth and five from the five-yard line, Chas Frey found a path to the end zone for a 12-7 lead.
Keller intercepted and covered eight yards to set up another Morenci score. Keller took a pitch from Bovee, then passed to Bovee for an 18-yard touchdown. Frey ran the conversion for a 20-7 half-time advantage.
That was the end of Morenci’s scoring and just the start for the Trojans.
“I told the kids at half-time, ‘This is not over,’” Saylor said. “‘They’re going to really come at you in the second half.’”
Whitmore Lake covered 86 yards in four plays in the third quarter and scored on a 68-yard pass.
The Trojans started a drive late in the third quarter and passed their way to the end zone to tie the game 20-20.
Then it came down to the final 10 minutes.
After a succession of punts, Whitmore Lake put together one final drive and scored with 29 seconds remaining in the game.
“We couldn’t keep up with their offense in the second half,” Saylor said. “And we couldn’t get to their quarterback. He was good.”
The Trojans took advantage of the return of one of their strong players, McIntyre, while the Bulldogs had four starters out and defensive leader Nick Wilson playing with illness.
• When Madison visits Friday for homecoming, Morenci will face another returning player who’s been out of action. The Trojans’ starting quarterback, Brewer, returns to action, but Coach Saylor has been impressed with the backup.
Madison has had big offensive nights this season until they fell to Summerfield last week.
Look for the Trojans to run out of a shotgun formation, mixing up the pass with the keeper.
JVS: A 98-yard kickoff return by Simon Jeffers sealed the deal for football reserves Thursday night.
Just when Whitmore Lake tightened the contest in the fourth quarter, Jeffers’ long sprint gave the Bulldogs a 20-6 lead, and that’s the way it stayed.
“I think that took the wind out of their sails,” coach Ryan Love said. “That was a momentum changer.”
The Whitmore Lake kick went over the heads of Morenci’s backs into the corner just outside the end zone. Jeffers followed some key blocks and ran it all the way.
The Bulldog defense stepped up again, Love said, to stop the visitors’ final drive.
“We’ve been playing great defense against the spread,” he said, “in back-to-back games.”
Morenci didn’t make it onto the scoreboard until 3:26 in the first quarter when Jay Howard capped a long drive with a nine-yard run.
Cody Graham ended a long drive in the second quarter with a two-yard run for a score. Howard ran the conversion for a 14-0 lead that held until 9:06 of the fourth quarter when the Trojans made it a 14-6 game.
Graham was the leading ball carrier with 120 yards on 20 attempts. Howard ran the ball 16 times for 69 yards.
On defense, Lucas Hollstein collected 13 tackles. Jacob McVay and Brandon Myers were each in on 11 tackles.