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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Sports round-up 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BOYS: Fayette’s varsity boys matched up with Edon in the second quarter at home Friday, but that was it.

In each of the other three the Bombers came out on top and closed out the regular season with a 69-53 victory.

“Edon is playing really well right now,” Fayette coach Todd Mitchell said, “and we couldn’t do enough right things to counteract them.”

The Eagles (8-12, 3-7) had difficulties stopping Edon (10-10, 6-4) all night.

“We started out in a zone but started hitting threes so we switched to man-to-man,” Mitchell said. “Then they were attacking the basket.”

Edon finished the night with six baskets outside the arc while Fayette came through with only one. The Eagles scored 12 from the line, just three more than Edon.

Tyler Keefer shot a perfect seven for seven in free throws and finished the night with a team-high 15 points. He pumped in 11 of his points in the third quarter. Jason Rodriguez also broke into double figures with 12 points.


Fayette (8-12) has downed North Central (8-12) twice this season and the Eagles aim to make that three in a row tonight (Wednesday) in Bryan.

The two teams tangle in the opening game of the Div. IV sectional tournament at 6:15 p.m. The winner takes on Hilltop (12-8) at 6:15 Friday in Bryan.

Pettisville and Montpelier play the second game tonight at 8 p.m. and the winner faces Stryker at 8 p.m. Friday.

JVs: Two strong quarters propelled Fayette’s junior varsity boys to a 46-35 BBC victory Friday against Edon. The win closed out the 2009-10 season for the Eagles.

The Bombers took the lead after a quarter, but a second-quarter slump put Fayette on top 25-17 at intermission. Quinton Keefer, Jessie Rodriguez and Jerry Minzey each hit a three-pointer that quarter.

Edon shaved a few points off in the third, but Chase Hookstadt hit three buckets in the fourth quarter to ensure the win for Fayette.

Hookstadt finished the game with 13 points and Rodriguez scored 11.

FAYETTE GIRLS: Sixteen points.

That was the margin of victory for Hilltop’s girls last week in the District IV semifinal basketball tournament. Sixteen was also the difference scored at the free thrown: 26 points for the Cadets and 10 for Fayette.

Hilltop’s showing at the line started well before half-time and an 11 for 12 showing in the second quarter pushed the Cadets to a 24-14 lead at intermission.

Fayette (5-16) came through with its best offensive showing in the third quarter, but Hilltop (9-12) wasn’t to be outdone. Cadet seniors Kylee Burkholder and Ashley Ames combined for 11 points and a 19-point quarter to pad the lead even more.

The Eagles tried to sink long shots against the Hilltop zone defense, but couldn’t get them to fall. Fayette scored only seven points in each of the first two quarters.

Rachel Seiler finished the night with 12 points and Katelyn Downing added 11—nine of those in the second half. Burkholder led all scorers with 18 and Ames added 17.

Fayette shot 10 for 23 from the line while the Cadets connected on 26 of 33.

MORENCI BOYS: With 36 seconds showing on the clock, Morenci trailed Whitmore Lake by only three points Wednesday.

But that was where their surprising effort came to an end against second-place Whitmore Lake.

After a few final trips to the free throw line, the Trojans escaped with an 81-73 victory to set up their showdown with Clinton this week for the league title.

Fans who came to watch Whitmore Lake’s three-point attack might have left disappointed, but they saw an interesting came nonetheless.

“We had the opportunity to the ball game,” coach Tim Bovee said. “There were some inopportune stretches where it got away.”

Bovee knew what his team needed to do to avoid a repeat of the disaster in the Trojans’ gymnasium when they set a state record for three-point shots in a single game.

“I knew we were going to go man-to-man and get a hand in the face,” he said. “Probably half of the 14 three’s they made were good, open looks, but we were there most of the time.”

The Bulldogs were on top at half-time and stayed on top until a string of turnovers put the visitors up by six points with two and a half minutes in the third quarter.

“We were patient and came back and tied it,” Bovee said.

Nathan Schaffner hit a bucket to know the game at 55-55, then it happened again in the fourth. Some turnovers and a couple of misses put the Trojans ahead by seven, but not for long.

Brett Bovee tied it at 67-67 and he scored again for the lead.

Morenci was finally forced to foul in the final half minute and the Trojan put their shots through.

“I was really proud of the kids,” Bovee said. “The kids played hard. They showed a lot of heart.”

Bovee knows some people are calling it a moral victory, but he just sees a narrow miss.

“We were in the game right from the get-go,” he said, “and we were there at the end.”

WHITEFORD—Morenci held a 35-32 lead Friday at Whiteford, but the Bobcats eased ahead in the third quarter to go on top by three.

Whiteford took a 19-15 advantge in the final quarter to win 72-65.

The difference in the game? The Bulldogs went to the line just twice; the Bobcats had 23 attempts and converted on 13.

Clayton Wolf led the Bulldogs’ scoring with 20 points and Bovee was just behind at 19. Lucas Craig added 13.

MORENCI GIRLS: Morenci and Lenawee Christian School battled to the very end here Thursday, with the game finally at the free throw line with fewer than two seconds showing on the clock.

A Cougar shooter put both attempts through to wrap up a 60-58 non-league win.

The foul-filled contest proved frustrating for fans, coaches and players alike. Morenci went to the free throw line for 30 tries and sank 20 of them. The Cougars made good on 15 of 22 attempts. Two players from each team fouled out and both coaches collected a technical call.

Morenci led 15-8 late in the first quarter, but watched it slip away via a series of turnovers. The Cougars finally went on top with 1:09 to play before intermission, but the Bulldogs came back after the break.

Mercedez McCaskey started the third quarter with a three-pointer and soon hit another and Morenci led by as much as eight.

LCS fought back, took a brief lead, then trailed for three minutes before tying the contest with 1:51 to play.

McCaskey scored on a fast break to make it 57-55 with 42 seconds remaining, but the Cougars came back to win.

SUMMERFIELD—Morenci completed the league season Feb. 23 with a 71-50 win against Summerfield.

After posting a 22-12 first-quarter lead, the Bulldogs went on top 38-19 at intermission.

Tia Tompkins scored 28 points and Meghan Smith added 24.

JVs: Morenci’s JV girls ended the season with a pair of wins.

A big third quarter at home Thursday pushed a 25-16 half-time lead to a 40-18 advantage against Lenawee Christian School. The Bulldogs ended on top 46-28.

Matea Garcia scored 17 points. The Bulldogs were aided by Tequoia Jarrell who came down from varsity to serve as the fifth player after the Briana Gilson’s injury March 2 against Summerfield.

After Gilson left the game late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs played the final quarter with four players. They held on for a 48-39 win.

Garcia scored 16. Gilson and Alexis Baker each added 11 points.

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