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.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of 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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