Sports wrap-up 1.6.2019

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BOYS: Delta varsity boys made their statement early in the game Dec. 29 in Fayette.

Five players combined for a 21-point first quarter while the Eagles struggled to get just three buckets.

Fayette got its offense in gear in the second quarter, but the Panthers weren’t letting up. A half-time lead of 43-24 turned into a big 72-50 non-league win for Delta.

The Panthers eased off in the final quarter and Fayette claimed a 12-11 advantage.

Both teams came through with a good showing at the line. Tyler Keefer hit six for six and Darrell Randall hit four for four to lead Fayette to a 16 for 24 showing. Delta connected on 10 of 17.

The Panthers scored six buckets from outside the arc and Fayette had four.

Evan Stoltzfus led the Eagles with 14 points and Jason Rodriguez added 12.


JVS: Jerry Minzey scored all six of Fayette’s overtime points to lead the junior varsity Eagles to a 39-36 win Dec. 29 at home against Delta.

The game was tied 15-15 at half-time and Fayette had a six-point lead after three quarters, but the Panthers had their biggest quarter of the night in the fourth to tie it up, 33-33.

Minzey hit two buckets and went two for three from the line in overtime to win. He finished the game with 10, the same as Jessie Rodriguez. Chase Hookstadt added eight.


FAYETTE GIRLS: Fayette’s varsity girls came from behind to pull ahead of Ayersville in the consolation round of the Pilots’ holiday tournament, but they couldn’t hold on for a victory.

Ayersville finished on top 43-40 on the second day of the tournament Dec. 29.

Elisha Hartman pumped in three buckets on the third quarter to put the Eagles to a 27-24 lead at the end of three quarters, but the Pilots were strong at the free throw line to move back into the lead.

Fayette made a good showing at the line in the fourth period, hitting five of eight tries, but Ayersville connected on nine of 18. That, plus a pair of three pointers from Kalyssa Bauman made the difference.

Hartman finished on top of Fayette’s scoring numbers with 13 points. Rachel Seiler added 10 as she shot six of 10 from the line.

The Eagles were overpowered by Continental the previous night, losing 53-23.

The Pirates were on top 22-11 at intermission and put the game out of reach in the third quarter with an 18-5 advantage. The Eagles stayed in single-digit territory in each quarter on a weak offensive night.

JeriAnn Lewellen was the top scorer with only six points.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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