Sports round-up 01.13.10

Written by David Green.

Wins were few and far between for the Bulldog wrestlers last week—at a double dual league meet and at the Clinton tournament.

They’re looking pretty good, but making a lot of young mistakes, said coach Scott Clark. His youthful team needs more mat time, he said, noting that last Wednesday’s matches were the first weekday dual meets of the season.

At Clinton’s Dave Elliott Invitational, freshman John Michael Martinez was the only Bulldog to place. He picked up just one win in the 125-pound class and came in sixth.

Martinez lost to a Clinton wrestler in his opener, but came back to score a 9-0 decision against an East Jackson wrestler. He dropped his next match 2-5 against a Michigan Center.

Jordan Bach (215) scored a pair of pins, but that wasn’t enough to place. He downed a Lee wrestler in 18 seconds and Michigan Center wrestler in 34 seconds.

Mitchell Schmucker scored a 13-11 win against Lee at 150 pounds. Ryan Whitaker had a 7-2 lead before he made a wrong move and was pinned.

Three Bulldogs were out of action for disciplinary reasons.

TCC—At Sand Creek last Wednesday, the Bulldogs fell to Clinton 64-15 and to Sand Creek 66-12.

Dustin Roller (130) scored a pin at 1:51 against Clinton and at 2:45 against Sand Creek.

Kyle Clegg (145) scored a pin at 1:02 against Clinton and Brandt Kelly (112) won a close decision, 7-6.

Martinez was the only other winner for the night, stopping his Sand Creek foe at 1:04.

  • Front.poles
    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.

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