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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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