Sports round-up 10.21.09

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette’s cross country team will be off to Ottawa on Saturday for the district competition—the first step in a quest for a trip to the state meet.

Team leader Darrell Randall will face stiff competition from runners in his own conference, not to mention from other schools participating.

Randall placed fourth Thursday at the final BBC Jamboree run at Hilltop. Hilltop’s Cody Livensparger was first at 16:48, followed by Stryker’s Kenny Graber (17:01), Pettisville’s Lincoln Frey (17:05) and Randall (17:16).

Other Fayette finishers were Trevor Cox (16th, 18:20), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (18th, 18:24), Chase Hookstadt (21st, 18:58), Tyler Keefer (22nd, 18:59), Hunter Colegrove (23rd, 19:05), Tim Stoltzfus (25th, 19:12), Clay Burkholder (36th, 20:16), Skylar Sommers (37th, 20:16) and Dusty Lantz (38th, 20:17).

Stryker finished on top of the team standings with 34 points, eclipsing Hilltop with 37. Fayette followed with 81.

In the girls run, Erica Goeltzenleuchter placed third (20:51), behind Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler at 20:07 and Edon’s Levi Cvikel at 20:43.

Alexa Kessler took 12th at 22:47, Olivia Molina was 17th at 23:16, Sarah Kovar was 20th at 24:00 and Rachel Seiler placed 27th at 26:31.

Pettisville finished on top with 45 points, followed by Stryker with 65 and Fayette with 79.

JUNIOR HIGH—Ben Grieser placed second in the BBC junior high run at 11:43, five seconds out of first.

Tyler Cox was sixth at 12:05, followed by Chandler Sanford (7th, 12:06), Skylar Lantz (9th, 12:16), Ian Schrock (12th, 12:23), Dylan Ashemeier (13th, 12:38), Jared Wagner (15th, 13:22), Ben Kessler (N/A, 13:24) and Thomas Ehman (N/A, 14:25)

Fayette won the meet.

In the girls race, Jill Stuckey placed first overall at 13:04, followed by Liz Maginn (3rd, 13:42) and Miranda Minzey (16th, 19:54).


FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s varsity spikers weren’t overwhelmed in a league loss last week at Stryker, and they aimed to turn the outcome around last night as the tournament season opened at Pettisville.

The teams were selected to meet again last night to open sectional tournament play. The winner will advance to the finals Saturday in Pettisville.

The Eagles kept it close in the opener at Stryker, falling 25-22, then lost 25-21 and 25-20.

Fayette got off to a slow start Oct. 13 at the home season finale as Edon went on top 25-15. After that, the teams stayed close. Edon won the match with scores of 25-21 and 25-20.


JV VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s junior varsity volleyball team ended the 2009 season with a league win against Stryker.

“This was a great way to end the season,” coach Alissa Stockburger said.

Although the overall record doesn’t show it, Stockburger saw a lot of growth over the season.

“The girls learned to work well with one another, and they began developing a deep love of the sport,” she said. “These things are far greater than a list full of wins—even though those would be nice too.”

It was a good season overall, she said, and she was pleased with how they faced challenges with excitement.

“I look forward to working with these girls next year and can’t wait to see the things we will accomplish.”

Against Stryker, the Eagles dropped their opener 18-25, but came back to win 25-23 and 25-17.

Fayette dropped the first game 25-6 Oct. 13 against Edon, but came back for a close 22-25 game.

Fayette split two matches at Holgate Oct. 10. The host team fell 25-20 and 25-23. Against Fairview, the Eagles lost 26-28 and 18-25.

“The girls played really well on Saturday,” Coach Stockburger said. “They kept a good pace going the entire time. I have never seen them have so much fun and play so well.”

In other matches this month, Pettisville won 25-5, 28-26 on Oct. 8; Hilltop won 28-26, 25-19 on Oct. 6; and Liberty Center won 25-17, 25-14 on Oct. 5.


MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Whitmore Lake made it look easy at the Tri-County Conference league meet Oct. 13 at Britton-Deerfield, placing runners in five of the top seven positions.

The Trojans won the event with 21 points, ahead of Sand Creek with 68 and Madison with 83. Morenci placed sixth, with only four runners competing.

Luke Spaulding was first for the Bulldogs at 18:29 for 16th place. The freshman turned in his top time of the season.

His brother, Jake, also produced his top time of the year with a 20th place finish at 18:47. Micah Gillen was close behind, taking 22nd at 19:01. Logan Drummond placed 27th at 19:21.

Whitmore Lake’s Zach Carpenter covered the course in 15:56 and two other runners finished below 17 minutes.

At the county meet Saturday near Blissfield, Luke Spaulding placed 37th at 18:47, followed by Jake (42nd, 18:55), Gillen (47th, 19:09) and Drummond (48th, 19:10). That time was Drummond’s best.

MIDDLE SCHOOL—Reagan Stowell was first overall in the TCC run at 11:53, just tenths of a second ahead of Spencer Elliott.

Mariah Gillen placed seventh overall and second among the girls at 12:29.

At the county meet, Elliott took seventh. Gillen was beaten by an Onsted runner in the final 100 meters.


MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s varsity volleyball squad played some very good games at Saturday’s county tournament and they also played some very bad games, said coach Dennis Owens.

“We just couldn’t finish the good games off,” he said. “Our passing really hurt us on Saturday and we missed some serves at critical moments.”

In pool play, the Bulldogs faced the third, fourth and seventh seed teams.

Against Tecumseh, Morenci lost 18-25 and 12-25. Against Blissfield, Morenci lost 24-26 and 6-25. Madison took a 25-11 and 25-18 win. In bracket play the Bulldogs fell to Addison, 19-25 and 19-25.

The top servers were Mariah Bovee 27/30, with one ace and 16 points; Tess Ramsey, 17/18, with one ace; Chanler McCaskey, 17/19, with two aces; and Tia Tompkins, 16/19 with one ace.

Ramsey gave 25 assists and Mercedez McCaskey added 14.

In passing, Bovee went 36/50 on digs and 42/45 in serve reception. Chanler McCaskey was 34/43 on digs and 29/30 in serve reception.

On offense, Tompkins finished with 16 kills and only four hitting errors. She also had one block. Phoenix Duncan scored 13 kills and made two blocks. Chanler McCaskey tallied 12 kills and one block.

MADISON—Morenci dropped a TCC doubleheader Oct. 13 at Madison, 14-25, 20-25 and 17-25, and 25-21, 8-25, 20-25, 9-25.

Serving leaders were Chanler McCaskey (19/22, four aces and 13 points), Tompkins (18/22, three aces and 11 points), Ramsey (17/21, six aces and 12 points).

Ramsey gave 16 assists and Mecedez McCaskey gave 14. Bovee had 21 digs and was 38/39 in serve reception. Tompkins, Chanler McCaskey and Naomi Hoffman each finished with 17 digs. Tompkins, Duncan and Chanler McCaskey each had nine kills and Duncan notched four blocks.

LCS—Lenawee Christian School posted a non-conference win Monday night, 25-15, 28-26 and 25-23.

 Bovee scored 10 service points, Ramsey went eight for eight at the line, and Chanler McCaskey scored three aces on an eight for 10 showing.

Ramsey gave 12 assists and Mercedez McCaskey added eight.

Hitting leaders were Tompkins with six kills, one block; Duncan six kills and Meghan Smith five kills.

In passing, Bovee finished with 25 digs and went 14/14 on serve reception. Chanler McCaskey had 10 digs and went 14/16 on serve reception. Duncan was 11/11 on serve reception.


JV VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s junior varsity volleyball team kept on the winning track right up until the semifinals when they fell to Onsted.

“The girls were determined and they played hard,” coach Shana Love said. “We came out of pool play very strong and the highlight was probably Tecumseh.”

Love said it was disappointing for the team to finish in the fourth-place spot by points after they had defeated each of the three leaders earlier in the day.

The Bulldogs emerged from pool play with wins against Hudson and Lenawee Christian School and a split against Tecumseh.

After drawing a bye in the next round, the Bulldogs defeated Clinton in two games, 27-25 and 25-17, then moved on to the semifinals.

Onsted took the opener, 25-18, but the Bulldogs came back to win 25-20. The Wildcats ended it with a 15-5 win.

Statistics leaders were:

Brooke Bovee, 20/21 serves, 26 digs, 26 assists, 28 kills;

Carolyn Blaker, 44/51 serves with 11 aces, 19 digs, 9 kills;

Breanna Gilson, 33/42 serves with 11 aces, 18 assists, 16 digs, 4 kills;

Chelsea Phillips, 22/28 serves, 17 digs, 13 kills;

Matea Garcia, 48/50 serves, 43 digs, 6 kills;

Hannah Jeffers, 18/25 serves, 14 digs.

 MADISON—At Madison Oct. 13,  Morenci took a double-header with scores of 25-18 and 26-24, and 25-13 and 25-15.

“The girls played very consistently and tired out the Madison team,” Coach Love said. “Madison was able to stick with us the first match, but they ran out of steam in the second match and we went away with the pair of wins.”

Statistics leaders were:

Bovee, 16 digs, 6 assists, 7 kills, 13/13 serving;

Blaker, 15 digs, 18/19 serves;

Gilson, 9 assists, 3 kills, 21/23 serves;

Phillips, 4 kills, 15/17 serves with 7 aces, 1 block;

Garcia, 9 digs, 15/17 serves;

Jeffers, 8 digs, 10/10 serves.

 LCS—Morenci took a non-league win Monday at Lenawee Christian School, 25-18 and 25-20.

“We played awesome tonight,” Love said. “It was a total team effort. Everyone came in the game and did their job, and everyone got stats tonight.”

Statistics leaders were:

Bovee, 14/14 serves with 3 aces, 10 digs, 10 assists, 2 kills;

Blaker, 7/8 serves with 2 aces, 4 digs, 3 kills;

Gilson, 10/10 serves with 2 aces, 9 digs, 6 assists, 3 kills;

Phillips, 8/10 serves with 2 aces, 3 kills;

Garcia: 11/13 serves with 3 aces, 13 digs, 3 kills;

Jeffers, 9 digs.

Ashley VanBrandt, Taylor Schisler and Alexis Baker each scored a kill. Erin Vanderpool, Aisha Mossing and Jessica Storrs each came in to contribute some valuable digs to help seal the win, Love said.


MORENCI FOOTBALL: By DAVID GREEN

In a game of breaks and mistakes, Clinton took better advantage of the miscues and posted a 29-14 TCC win.

The Redskins (7-1) remain unbeaten in league play and face Summerfield (8-0) on Friday to determine the league champion.

The contest against No. 11 ranked Clinton came down to a matter of “what-if” situations.

If Jarrett Keller had been able to clearly pull in Brett Bovee’s pass near the goal line.

If the punt return hadn’t been fumbled.

If Clinton’s line drive kickoff hadn’t ricocheted off a Morenci player’s shoulder pad back to the Redskins.

If the Bulldogs hadn’t lost control of the ball on a long gain.

“We just kept mucking it up,” coach Tom Saylor said. “We had them on the ropes and we let them get away.”

And add to the “ifs” the injury of Clayton Wolf. The senior left the game early in the fourth quarter with Clinton leading 16-14 and a couple of breaks later, the contest was nearly out of reach.

“I don’t know if I’ve had so much adversity in one season,” Saylor said. “I think this is the best three-and-five team I’ve ever coached in my 41 years.”

Saylor was impressed with Clinton’s effort—especially in light of the loss of their top runner two games earlier—but he thinks the Bulldogs had their opportunity for an upset.

“I think that game was a lot closer than the score shows,” he said.

Clinton put together a good drive to score mid-way through the first quarter, but Morenci answered with a drive capped by Keller’s 47-yard sprint to the goal line.

Clinton added one more touchdown in the second quarter, but Morenci went on top 14-13 when Brett Bovee passed to Isaac Jeffers in the end zone with 40 seconds before intermission. Keller ran for two points and the lead.

Morenci fumbled a punt in the third quarter which soon led to a Clinton field goal. Clinton got the ball back after the kickoff bounced off a Bulldog, but lost possession when Jordan Bach jumped on a fumble.

Three more fumbles followed before Clinton’s quarterback scrambled for a 54-yard touchdown run for a 23-14 lead with 5:54 to play.

The Redskins intercepted late in the game for a 60-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play.


JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s reserve football team might be playing for the league title here Thursday after defeating Clinton 18-6 last week.

Coach Ryan Love thinks there are at least two teams with two losses each, but the Bulldogs have one loss and a tie. Whiteford visits for a 6:30 p.m. game to wrap up the season.

A great defensive showing held Clinton to a single touchdown—a 70-yard pass play late in the third quarter.

Morenci scored at 4:46 in the second quarter when Simon Jeffers capped a drive highlighted by Cody Graham’s 75-yard sprint. Jeffers also made the conversion.

Jeffers scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter and carried on the conversion for a 16-0 lead that held at half-time. Jeffers had a 46-yard run on the second drive.

Clinton had a 43-yard run shortly before intermission, but John Michael Martinez stripped the ball on the tackle and Brad Funchion fell on it to end the threat.

Hayze Wolf intercepted on Clinton’s conversion to keep the Bulldogs 10 points ahead.

Late in the game, Lucas Hollstein sent a punt to the Clinton four-yard line. On the Redskins’ first play, the snap went over the quarterback’s head and out of bounds for a Morenci safety and the final 18-6 score.

Hollstein finished the game with seven tackles, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. Jacob McVay was in on 10 tackles.

Jeffers tallied 126 yards on 11 carries. Graham covered 190 yards on 23 carries as the Bulldogs ground out 343 total yards rushing.

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