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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 05.05.2010

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BASEBALL: Fayette’s baseball team was shorthanded Friday when Edon visited, but that didn’t stop the Eagles from giving a strong showing.

Fayette kept it tight until the Bombers blew the contest open in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 14-0 victory.

“This was of Fayette's best played game of the year so far,” coach Bruce Miller said.

Edon led 5-0 until late in the game.

Eagle batters put the ball in play, Miller said, but the Bombers’ defense was sharp—the toughest he’s seen this season. Fayette also gave a good defensive effort, he said.

Kruce Miller pitched the entire game for the Eagles.

Eight team members were in Columbus at an FFA event.

Last Thursday, a tough North Central squad posted a 25-2 win. Miller, Travis Kline and Daniel McNamara took turns on the mound trying to stop the Cadets’ batters.

FAYETTE TRACK: At the Hicksville Invitational April 24, Fayette gave its strongest showing in the girls 800-meter run.

Elisha Hartman won the race in the eight-team field with a time of 2:39 and Melanie Seiler was close behind in third place at 2:42. North Central’s Tiana Wheeler was clocked at the same time, but edged Seiler at the line.

Erica Goeltzenleuchter placed second in the 3200-meter run at 13:08 and Olivia Molina was fifth at 14:08.

Goeltzenleuchter placed fifth in the 1600-meter run at 6:13

In the boys competition, Johnathan Boesger placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 101-6 and Dusty Lantz tied for fourth in the high jump at 5-4.

In the 1600-meter run, Tim Stoltzfus placed sixth with a time of 5:13

No other track results were given for Fayette from the past two weeks.

MORENCI BASEBALL: That one bad happened again Friday at Whitmore Lake and resulted in a league loss for the Bulldog baseball team.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, Morenci fell behind after the Trojans move on top for a 5-2 lead.

The Bulldogs came back with five runs on one hit to tie the game 7-7 in fourth inning. Nick Wilson scored Isaac Jeffers with a base hit. Other runs came through walks, errors and a sacrifice fly by Cody Long.

The Trojans came back to score five runs in the fifth to win 12-7.

“We hit very well as a team,” coach Don Williams said, “but we just gave up too many runs.”

The Bulldogs had runners on base and threatened, but couldn’t bring them home.

Wilson batted two for three.

Desmond Alcock was injured in a fielding mishap, but should return to the lineup next week.

WHITEFORD—Morenci jumped to an early lead at home Wednesday, but couldn’t hold on to it. Whiteford went home with a 14-4 victory.

With two outs in the first inning, Long was safe on an error. Two runs came home on walks, two scored on a base hit by Eddie Cousino and another came home from Alcock’s base hit.

The Bulldogs scattered a few hits through the remained of the contest, but couldn’t score.

The Bobcats had a big six-run fourth inning to go on top 6-4 and added to that in the final innings.

“We made some crucial errors to let them back in,” Coach Williams said. “The mental mistakes and easy errors are killing us.”

Wilson started the game and struck out six batters in four innings. He was tagged with the loss.

CLINTON—Morenci trailed league-leading Clinton 9-2 in the top of the fourth inning when a thunderstorm halted play. The game will be finished at Clinton when Morenci travels there May 21.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Lightning played a part in deciding the outcome of Morenci’s game against Clinton, one of the state’s top-rated softball teams.

With the Redskins leading 7-0 after six innings Monday, the game was called and Clinton took the win.

The visitors scattered their runs with two in each of the first three innings. They took advantage of two-out infield errors to scored four unearned runs in three of the innings.

Tia Tompkins gave up seven hits and five walks while striking out four.

Chanler McCaskey smacked a first-inning double over the left fielder’s head and Matea Garcia singled in the second. Thirteen batters struck out.

WHITMORE LAKE—After two scoreless innings, the runs came fast and furious Friday at Whitmore Lake as Morenci suffered a 14-13 loss.

Shaden Olmstead walked and scored on McCaskey’s single in the third inning. The Trojans came back with four runs.

The Bulldogs bunted their way to three runs to tie it up in the top of the fourth. Whitmore Lake unloaded with seven in the bottom of the inning.

Meghan Smith singled and Michaela Merillat tripled in the fifth.

Trailing 13-7 in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs came back to tie the contest. A three-run, over-the-fence homer by McCaskey pulled Morenci to within one run, and Tompkins scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

The Trojans scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to win.

Morenci won the non-conference second game, 13-5, with Merillat as the winning pitcher.

Mariah Bovee finishes with three hits, McCaskey belted a double and triple, and Smith has a single and a double. Garcia and Hannah Jeffers each collected a pair of base hits.

WHITEFORD—At home Wednesday, Whiteford broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning and went on to win 10-1. On the mound, Tompkins gave up eight hits and five walks while fanning six.

The Bobcats took a 10-0 win in the second game. Tompkins and Merillat shared pitching duties.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci’s boys track team defeated Britton-Deerfield 88-39 April 27 while the out-numbered girls squad lost 79-47.

Morenci freshman Brooke Bovee competed for the first time this season against the Patriots and she left her mark in four events.

Bovee posted easy wins in the 100-meter hurdles (:16.6) and the 300-meter hurdles (:50.2) and added a win in the 100-meter run (:13.5) in between. She was six seconds ahead of the nearest competitor in the low hurdles. She was also a member of the 1600-meter relay team.

On the boys side, sophomore Max Gautz claimed three wins (110-meter hurdles, :17.3; 300-meter hurdles, :45.2; and long jump, 18-01) and sophomore Simon Jeffers took a pair of events (high jump, 5-6 and 200-meter dash, :24.4).

Bulldog coach Brad Brown said Jeffers is turning in some impressive times for a sophomore who wasn’t on the team last season. His classmate, Gautz, is showing improvement in all of his events from this time a year ago.

Dustin Roller returns to competition for meets this week and Brett Bovee, a rookie to the team, will compete this week.

Morenci’s Phoenix Duncan sat out while an injury heals.

• The Bulldogs travel Thursday to Sand Creek and Saturday to the Hudson Invitational.


Morenci 88, Britton-Deerfield 39 (B)

SHOT PUT: Bach (M) 38-2; 3rd, Mohr (M) 34-09.5. DISCUS: Mohr (M) 118-6; 2nd, Erbskorn (M) 107-6. HIGH JUMP: Jeffers (M) 5-6. LONG JUMP: Gautz (M) 18-1; 2nd, Graham (M) 16-6.5. 3200 METER RELAY: Morenci (Drummond, J. Spaulding, L. Spaulding, Gillen) 9:33. 110 METER HIGH HURDLES: Gautz (M) :17.3. 100 METER DASH: Frey (M) :11.8; 2nd, Graham (M) :12.10. 800 METER RELAY: Morenci (White, Graham, Guelde, Bach) 1:47. 1600 METER RUN: J. Spaulding (M) 5:16; 2nd, Gillen (M) 5:39. 400 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield :51.5. 400 METER DASH: Frey (M); 3rd, Jeffers (M). 300 METER HURDLES: Gautz (M) :45.2. 800 METER RUN: J. Spaulding (M) 2:24; 3rd, Gillen (M) 2:31. 200 METER DASH: Jeffers (M) :24.4. 3200 METER RUN: L. Spaulding (M) 11:29; 2nd, Drummond (M) 12:54. 1600 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 4:36.

Morenci 47, Britton-Deerfield 79 (G)

SHOT PUT: Burnor (BD) 24-1.5; 3rd, Lockwood (M) 21-7. DISCUS: Wright (BD) 61-09; 3rd, Lockwood (M) 57-5. HIGH JUMP: Wielfaert (BD) 4-10. LONG JUMP: Jarrell (M) 13-0.5. 3200 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 13:13. 110 METER HURDLES: Bovee (M) :16.6; 2nd, Gallup :18.10. 100 METER DASH: Bovee (M) :13.50. 800 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 2:07. 1600 METER RUN: Goll (BD) 6:50; 2nd, McCaskey (M) 6:58. 400 METER RELAY: Britton-Deerfield 1:01. 400 METER DASH: McMullen (BD) 1:08; 2nd, Jarrell (M) 1:17. 300 METER HURDLES: Bovee (M) :50.2; 3rd, Gallup (M) :57.9. 800 METER RUN: Burnor (BD) 2:54; 2nd, McCaskey (M) 3:12; 3rd, Baugh (M) 3:33. 200 METER DASH: Wielfaert (BD) :28.7; 2nd, Jarrell (M) :31.2. 3200 METER RUN: Goll (BD) 15:15; 2nd, Sodergren (M) 17:45. 1600 METER RELAY: Morenci 5:20.

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