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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 4.21.10

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL: Fayette’s softball squad opened with a pair of first-inning runs Monday at Stryker, then added runs in every inning but the seventh to down the Panthers 11-9.

Rachel Seiler took the win on the mound with six strikeouts, but the it was the Eagles’ offense that carried them to the win.

After Megan Stannard singled in the first, Seiler drove her home with a triple. In the second inning, Brooke Croskey slammed an inside-the-park home run and Fayette ended the inning with a 5-0 lead.

Croskey added a double in the fourth inning and Stannard finished the game with three singles and two stolen bases. In addition to her triple, Seiler had a base hit and two steals.

Jessica White smacked a triple and finished with a pair of RBIs, and Leah Brinegar collected two doubles, a single and two stolen bases, including a steal home in the second inning.

Coach Sarah Skolmowski also saw plenty of good defensive work from her squad, citing White at shortstop and Allison Cuff in left field. Her other infielders—Stannard at third, Janaye Smith at second and Tiffany Bates at first—all played a sharp defensive game, she said.

PETTISVILLE—Fayette suffered a five-inning 15-2 loss Thursday at Pettisville.

The Blackbirds took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles added two runs in the second when White and Sydney Brown both stole home.

Croskey, Stannard, Seiler and Jeri Ann Lewellen each collected base hits.

FAYETTE TRACK: Jonathan Boesger won two events at a triangular meet April 6 at North Central.

Boesger placed first in the discus with a throw of 106-3 and first in the shot put with a toss of 36-0.

Only the first-place results were listed for the meet.

Pettisville won the boys meet with 73 points, ahead of North Central with 44 and Fayette with 40. The Blackbirds took the girls meet with 111 points, ahead of North Central with 43 and Fayette with 17.

HILLTOP—Amanda Gilmore claimed the discus event (66-1) April 13 at Hilltop and Elisha Hartman won the 800-meter run (2:39) in a close triangular match.

North Central won the meet with 59 points, ahead of Hilltop with 58 and Fayette with 41.

Other Fayette point winners were Noelle Goodson, second in the 200-meter dash at :30.5; Ashton Baker, second in the shot put at 25.7.5 and the discus at 62-7; Melani Seiler, second in the 400-meter run at 1:11; Olivia Molina, second in the 3200-meter run at 14:22; and Sarah Kovar, third in the 3200 at 16:09.

The Eagles also won the 1600 and 3200-meter relays.

Hilltop’s boys won easily with 98 points, ahead of Fayette with 35 and North Central with 34.

Dustin Lantz won the high jump (5-6), Boesger took the discus (118-0) and shot (36-5), and Darrell Randall placed first in the 3200-meter run (10:40).

Lantz scored thirds in the low hurdles (:51.7) and long jump (16-10); Randall was second in the 1600-meter run (4:56); and Jacob Markley placed third in the discus (78-3).

MORENCI BASEBALL: Cody Long collected 10 strikeouts Saturday against Bellevue as the Bulldogs dropped a 5-0 contest in the Maple Valley tournament.

“It was a really good game,” coach Don Williams said, “we just didn’t hit the ball.”

The contest was tied 0-0 going into the fourth inning when Bellevue added one run.

“Cody’s curve was shutting them down,” Williams said.

Desmond Alcock, Nick Wilson and Isaac Jeffers each collected a base hit in the contest.

In the opener against Cadillac, Daniel Stutzman took the loss on the mound, but it was errors that did the Bulldogs in.

“We seem to fall apart for one inning,” Williams said.

The game was tied at 1-1 after three innings, but Cadillac broke it open for an 11-1 final.

In the first inning, Alcock popped a base hit over the second baseman’s head and Wilson followed with a single up the middle. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice by Long and Alcock scored on Jeffers’ base hit.

The Bulldogs had scattered hits after that, but they threatened in the third inning with runners on first and second.

Wilson went two for two at the plate

Stutzman finished with four strikeouts in his first pitching performance of the season.

“Our pitching was very, very good,” Coach Williams said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Williams said his team is slowly improving every day.

“It’s coming together,” he said. “If we can put a whole game together, we’ll turn some heads.”

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Morenci picked up its first softball win of the young season Saturday at Adrian against Hillsdale, then played a close game with the host team.

The Bulldogs started the day against Hudson—only the second outing of the season after a game March 31—coach Kay Johnson expected some offensive weakness.

However, the defensive troubles surprised her, but she said the field conditions made fielding a challenge.

The Tigers scored five runs with Tia Tompkins in the mound and four against Michaela Merillat in the sixth inning. Tompkins struck out nine.

Against Hillsdale, Tompkins went all seven innings in the 14-9 win. The Hornets finished with five hits.

In the four-run second inning, Chelsea Tompkins smacked a two-RBI triple. Meghan Smith tripled in the third inning. In the fourth, Chanler McCaskey, Smith and Matea Garcia each had RBI singles.

McCaskey drove in two runs with a double in the fifth and Smith drove home another. Taylor Bryant came through with an RBI base hit in the sixth.

In the final game against Adrian, Tompkins gave up six hits and five walks and struck out six.

McCaskey knocked in a run in the fourth inning on her second triple of the day. In the fifth inning, Ashley Smith doubled and Chelsea Tompkins singled. Both scored on a base hit by McCaskey. Smith drove in a run to tighten the game to one run, 6-5, but Adrian added a pair in the sixth.

Tompkins is still throwing two many walks, Coach Johnson said, but her control is improving in each game and she finished with 21 strikes.

“She grew great strides during the day and she provided leadership and a positive demeanor on the mound,” Johnson said. “Saturday was a very big step in her becoming a pitcher.”

HUDSON—The Bulldogs dropped a 6-5 contest Monday at Hudson, despite a home run by McCaskey, and fell 14-8 in the night cap.

“Our hitting was improved, especially at the top of the line-up,” Johnson said, “but our inexperience surfaced on defense.”

Smith drove a run home in the third inning and McCaskey slammed her over-the-fence home run in the fifth.

Morenci tied the score in the top of the seventh on a double down the left field line by Tia Tompkins and a sacrifice by Smith. The Tigers came through with one run to win.

Tompkins pitched one inning of the second game and Merillat finished it off.

Smith and Garcia drove runs home in the third inning. Drove had an RBI single in the fourth and Smith’s double drove in two runs.

Chelsea Tompkins had an RBI single in the fifth and McCaskey came through with one in the seventh.

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