Sports Round-up 02.03.10

Written by David Green.


After watching its offense evaporate Friday at Stryker, Fayette’s varsity boys came back Saturday to dump non-league Montpelier, 50-39.

“We need to find some consistency,” coach Todd Mitchell said. “We’re Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Apparently the Eagles aren’t the only ones. Montpelier’s only win this season came on the night they beat Stryker.

“It’s the most bizarre season ever,” Mitchell said. “A lot of coaches are saying that.”

Fayette needed a league win at Stryker, but the squad didn’t seem quite ready for the challenge.

“Stryker ran a zone and we stood around,” Mitchell said.

The Eagles made too many turn-overs both nights, he said, including plenty of unforced ones, and that took away a lot of scoring opportunities.

Fayette finished with 17 turn-overs and not too many more points in the 46-26 loss.

Both teams started the game slowly as the Panthers led 8-4 after a quarter. Stryker opened it up in the next period with 16 points, but the Eagles made only three buckets in each of the final three quarters.

MONTPELIER—Free throws carried Fayette to their victory against the Locomotives, with nearly half of the points scored at the line.

Trevor Cox went 12 for 12 and Tyler Keefer seven for eight to lead the team’s 22 for 26 effort. All 12 of the second-quarter points came at the line.

Cox finished with 26 points and Keefer added 15.

Fayette was on top by only two points at intermission, but padded its lead a little in the third quarter—helped by Cox’s two three-pointers—and added a few more in the fourth.

Coach Mitchell was pleased with his team’s zone defense that was run the entire game.

Keefer finished with his fifth double-double of the season, adding 14 rebounds to his 15 points.

JVs: Fayette’s junior varsity boys picked up a pair of solid wins last weekend, taking a league victory from Stryker, 56-42, and toppling Montpelier, 45-26.

“Jessie [Rodriguez] couldn’t miss,” coach Matt Maginn said about the Stryker game.

Rodriguez finished with 26 points and scored six from three-point range. He also hit four of four from the line. Chase Hookstadt made his showing on offense, too, with a season-high 17 points that included five for eight from the line.

Rodriguez and Jerry Minzey each collected three steals. Kruce Miller finished with eight rebounds.

Everyone on the team got into the action against Montpelier. The Locos were shut out in the second quarter against the Eagle press and fell behind 22-7.

Minzey collected five steals.

FAYETTE VARSITY GIRLS: Fayette’s girls varsity made good use of the free throw line Saturday when Montpelier visited, but not quite good enough.

The Eagles came back from a six-point half-point deficit to stay close to the Locomotives, but couldn’t quite pull off the comeback. Montpelier took the non-league affair 38-37.

Fayette went to the line 21 times and converted 14 of its attempts. Montpelier made good of seven of its 17 free throws.

Both squads came through with the biggest nights in the fourth quarter, with the Eagles scoring 15.

Katelyn Downing scored seven of her 16 in the final period, including a three-point shot. Rachel Seiler also broke into double figures with 12 points.

STRYKER—At home Thursday, Stryker opened its lead to eight points in the third quarter and wrapped up the BBC contest with a 54-40 victory.

Fayette never scored from the field in the fourth quarter, but sunk seven of 10 free throws. Heather Cuff went four for six that quarter and finished the game with 12.

Elisha Hartman scored three first-quarter buckets to propel the Eagles to a 14-13 lead. The Panthers held a two-point lead at intermission, 24-22.

Stryker cleaned up at the line, shooting 15 for 21, while Fayette was good on 10 of its 18 chances.

Cuff finished the game with four blocked shots and eight rebounds. Hartman and Seiler each made two steals.


JVs: Fayette’s JV girls added a pair of victories to the win column last weekend, stopping Stryker on Thursday, 27-16, and following that with a 32-12 trouncing of Montpelier on Saturday.

“We played a much better game on both ends,” coach Matt Schaffner said. “Our defense was much improved from our last game. On the offensive end, we still struggled from the field, however, I felt that we were more aggressive at attacking the basket.”

Fayette led 15-9 at half-time, then opened the game up in the third quarter with a 10-3 advantage.

The Eagles shot four for five from the line and committed 14 turn-overs. Ashtyn Baker scored nine points and Alexa Kessler added six. Tara Lichtenwald and Cady Stockburger each added four.

Montpelier took a slim lead at Fayette Saturday, but the Eagles took control after a sluggish start. In the next two quarters, Fayette took a 17-2 advantage to shut down the Locomotives.

“This was our best all-around game this far,” Coach Schaffner said. “We did a good job attacking the basket.”

The Eagles met a lot of goals, he said, holding turn-overs to 10 and getting 55 shots off.

Sarah Kovar was the leading scorer with eight points. Ten players scored.


The varsity boys were right there in contention for both of their games last week, but they ended up with a pair of losses.

“We had the opportunity to win,” coach Tim Bovee said. “We can compete with these guys, but it’s not a 25-minute game.”

In each game he saw some lapses where a comeback effort was derailed or a lead let go.

“It’s a matter of maintaining,” he said. “The effort is good but we need some better decisions.”

Whiteford claimed a 79-74 win in Morenci Jan. 25. The Bulldogs fell short at Summerfield on Friday, 75-62.

The Bulldogs trailed by seven at half-time against Whiteford, but trimmed the Bobcats’ lead to four to start the final quarter.

Morenci went on top by four late in the game, but didn’t show the patience needed, Bovee said. One pass, one shot and a miss gave the ball back to Whiteford. They made a basket with a foul and ended with a three-point play.

The Bulldogs hit just eight of 19 free throws in the close loss. The Bobcats connected on 16 of 26.

A couple extra lay-ups and a better percentage at the line would have given Morenci the win, Bovee said.

Clayton Wolf finished with 29 points, while Brett Bovee added 16 and Isaac Jeffers 14. Bovee hit four Morenci’s eight three-point shots.

SUMMERFIELD—Morenci scored another eight three-point shots Friday at Summerfield, including four from Luke Craig.

Morenci cut Summerfield’s 13-point lead to just five late in the contest, then the TCC’s top scorer, Eric Cogan, took over to secure the win.

Summerfield shot 15 of 16 from the line.

Wolf finished with 20 points, followed by Bovee with 19 and Craig with 12.


JVs: Morenci’s junior varsity boys basketball team took a pounding twice last week.

“We’re a young team and we’re taking our licks,” said coach John Craig. “We’re having trouble with offense and we’re facing some very good teams.”

He saw his squad out-sized and out-manned against two of the top teams in the league. Both games were without starter Lucas Hollstein.

On Jan. 25, visiting Whiteford scored a 68-31 victory. Hayze Wolf scored 13 of the Bulldogs’ points.

The situation got even worse Friday at Summerfield when Morenci lost 78-28.

MORENCI GIRLS BASKETBALL: A pair of impressive league wins were pushed aside at home Monday night when Morenci’s varsity girls fell to Hudson 49-39.

The first time around in December, the Bulldogs finished on top. On Monday, Hudson led by as many as 20 points when Morenci just couldn’t get its shots to fall.

The Tigers led by 11 at intermission, 23-12, but finished the third on top by 14. Fast break buckets by Brooke Bovee and Chanler McCaskey cut the Hudson lead to nine, 29-20, but a turn-over and three misses ended the comeback.

The Tigers took advantage of Morenci missed and a technical foul to post a 44-24 lead, but that soon fell apart. A flurry of Morenci baskets cut the lead to 10 in the final three minutes, but Morenci could get no closer.

Megan Smith led scoring with 16, followed by 10 from McCaskey.

MADISON—A strong second quarter put the Bulldogs ahead of Madison 27-14 at the Trojans’ court Thursday, but the third quarter sealed Madison’s fate.

Morenci outscored their opponent 24-9 and finished with a 61-45 victory. The loss was Madison’s third of the season.

The Trojans hit five three-pointers and shot eight for 12 from the line, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Morenci’s scoring.

Smith had a season-high 27 points and Tia Tompkins added 21.

BD—Morenci took a 35-13 half-time lead at home against Britton-Deerfield last week and finished with a 76-39 advantage.

Smith scored 23, Tompkins had 18, Mercedez McCaskey scored 13 and Bovee added 10.

JVs: The varsity squad had Hudson on its schedule, but the Tigers have no junior varsity girls team this season. Instead, a game with Camden-Frontier was arranged and it turned out to be long ride home for the visitors.

The Redskins were shut out for the entire first half and Morenci claimed a 58-8 win.

Briana Gilson led the Bulldog offense with 21 points, followed by Matea Garcia with 18 and Chelsea Phillips with 15.

Four of Morenci’s five JV players hit double figures in a 61-23 victory Jan. 26 over Britton-Deerfield.

The Patriots scored only three points in the second half.

Phillips finished with 17, Gilson with 14, Amber Baker with 11 and Garcia with 10.

The Bulldogs had an uncharacteristically low scoring night Thursday at Madison and lost the TCC match-up 40-25.

The Trojans were up by five at intermission but the Bulldogs couldn’t come back.

Garcia and Phillips each scored eight.

MORENCI WRESTLING: Morenci’s wrestlers picked up a team win Saturday at the Jonesville Invitational and finished fifth among six teams.

The Bulldogs’ victory came against Bellevue, 36-30. Morenci picked up three wins by void along with three by pins.

Corey Williams scored a pin at 3:43 in the 152-pound class, Tyler Arnett pinned at 3:01 in the 189-pound class and Jordan Bach won with a quick 33-second pin at 215.

Several wrestlers were bumped up a class after Jay Howard was injured.

Howard entered the 125-pound match to take a void win. Loren Delmonico (140) and Packard Smith (145) also won by void.

John Michael Martinez came close to a victory, but fell short in a 15-14 decision loss.

The Bulldogs started the day with a 56-14 loss to Jonesville. Williams (152) took a 15-0 major decision and Brady Canfield (171) won 10-8. Bach (189) pinned his opponent at 1:08.

Pittsford topped Morenci 38-24. Brandt Kelley (112) and Martinez (125) won by void. Jay Howard (119) scored a pin at 1:54 and Bach won at 3:49.

Edwardsburg shut Morenci out but ended up losing to Portland. The Bulldogs managed to win a pair of matches when they went up against Portland in a 70-12 loss.

Mitch Schmucker (160) scored a pin at 2:38 and Bach (189) needed only 16 seconds to pin his opponent. Morenci gave up 24 points in voided matches.

Coach Scott Clark continues to see small steps of progress taken by his young squad. For example, he said, some wrestlers are losing by decision when in the past they’ve been pinned. They’re gaining new experience each week as they learn the sport.

One wrestler returned to the squad last week to compete for the first time this season. On Saturday, two more competed for the first time.

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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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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.
    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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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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