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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 05.19.10

Written by David Green.

BBC ACADEMIC: Nine Fayette spring athletes earned scholar athlete status with the Buckeye Border Conference.

To be eligible, athletes must be either a junior or senior and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Junior Rachel Seiler earned the honor from the softball team. Baseball scholar athletes are juniors Nelson Barnhiser and Clay Burkholder.

Track scholars are seniors Erica Goeltzenleuchter, Elisha Hartman and Olivia Molina and juniors Alexa Kessler, Hunter Colegrove and Darrell Randall (4.08 GPA).

FAYETTE BASEBALL: Fayette’s baseball and softball teams will both wrap up the 2010 season Thursday with a trip to Edon. The games are rescheduled from last week.

The baseball team will sport its orange armbands to show support for team member Kellen Keiser during his illness.

The baseball squad was knocked out of tournament play by Edgerton, 14-0.

In BBC play, Stryker claimed a 12-1 victory. The Eagles run came on double by Travis Kline that drove Nelson Barnhiser home. Barnhiser reached base on a triple.

Barnhiser had a good night at the plate against Hilltop last week, going three for three with two doubles and single.

The Cadets finished on top 21-1.

Fayette was scheduled to travel Tuesday to Ottawa Hills.

FAYETTE TRACK: Two Fayette school records fell Saturday at the Buckeye Border Conference track meet and Erica Goeltzenleuchter was involved in each.

The senior distance ace eclipsed her own school record by a fraction of a second in the 3200-meter run, turning in a 12:26.1 to place first in the league.

She finished four seconds ahead of Edon’s Cvikel.

“She’s finally starting to look good,” coach Ryan Colegrove said.

Goeltzenleuchter has fought through a long-standing injury and had a late start to this season.

She teamed with Alexa Kessler, Melanie Seiler and Elisha Hartman to place second in the 3200-meter relay. Their effort fell 13 seconds short of Pettisville’s new league record, but the Eagles’ 10:39.6 broke the team’s own school record by 22 seconds.

Hartman and Seiler went two-three in the 800-meter run, and four Eagles earned sixth-place finishes: Ashtyn Baker in the shot put; Amanda Gilmore in the discus, Noelle Goodson in the 100-meter dash and Goeltzenleuchter in the 1600-meter run.

For the boys, second place was good as it got, with two notched in field events and one in a distance race.

Jonathon Boesger finished second in the shot put at 37-8.5, Dustin Lantz took second in the high jump at 5-8 and Darrell Randall was second best in the 3200-meter run at 10:21.

Lantz also scored a third in the long jump (17-3.75), Boesger in the discus (112-4) and Randall in the 1600-meter run (4:42). The 3200-meter relay team also placed third with a time of 9:31.3.

Hunter Colegrove took fourth in the 800-meter run and Lantz was sixth in the 200-meter dash.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci’s track and field athletes got a taste of what lies ahead Saturday at the regional meet when they traveled last weekend to Litchfield.

What awaits the Bulldogs at Hillsdale College is more tough competition. Nearly all of the top teams from Litchfield are in Morenci’s regional meet and improved efforts will be needed in order to advance to the state meet.

Phoenix Duncan was Morenci’s only champion at Litchfield’s Purdy Invitational with a 5-0 leap in the high jump. She also placed fourth in the long jump at 14-6.

Freshman Brooke Bovee got her challenge in the hurdle events, falling to an Athens athlete in the 100-meter race and to one from Reading in the 300-meter run.

Bovee ran :17.0 in the 100, behind the leader at :16.2 for second place. She was second in the 300s, also, at :48.7, her best of the season. The winner turned in a :47.9.

Overall, the small Bulldog team placed ninth among 16 entries.

Chas Frey’s fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash was the best showing among the boys. He covered the distance in :11.8, behind the winner at :11.5. Frey placed fifth in the 200-meter run at :24.1.

Tyler Guelde turned in his career-best time in the 1600-meter run at 4:46 for seventh place. Luke Spaulding’s 3200-meter run (10:49) was his personal best.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Morenci’s softball girls started off the week by falling to Madison by a run in an eight-inning affair, then came back Friday to topple Sand Creek, 7-6.

At Madison last Wednesday, the Bulldogs took an early lead when Matea Garcia doubled and scored on an error.  In the third inning, Chanler McCaskey sent the ball over the fence for her sixth home run of the season.

The Bulldogs came close to breaking up a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning when the bases were loaded with no outs. Chelsea Tompkins and Mariah Bovee singled and McCaskey drew an intentional walk. The strategy worked for the Trojans. Morenci’s next two batters struck out and the third one popped out.

The Bulldogs had runners on second and third in the top of the seventh but couldn’t score. Madison brought a runner home in the bottom of the eighth to win.

SAND CREEK—Tia Tompkins struck out 10 Sand Creek batters and walked only one as the mound rookie continues to improve.

When the Bulldogs came to bat in the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies were on top 6-1.

Base hits by Michaela Merillat, Bovee, McCaskey and Garcia, plus a two-RBI triple by Meghan Smith down the left field line brought Morenci to within one run. Tompkins singled to score Smith and the game was tied going into the seventh.

The Aggies advanced runners to second and third, but Tompkins ended the inning with a strikeout.

In the seventh, Garcia took her first pitch and got a base hit. McCaskey doubled to left field to drive home the winning run.

LAINGSBURG—The Bulldogs took the first game of the Lainsburg tournament, dropping Bellvue 7-4.

Tompkins fanned nine batters and walked five. At the plate, she had two base hits and a double.

Taylor Schisler led off the third inning with a base hit, and with outs, McCaskey doubled, Garcia singled, Smith drew a walk and Tia Tompkins singled.

Four runs scored in the sixth on a double by Tia Tompkins, a single by Merillat, a triple by Chelsea Tompkins and a sacrifice bunt by Bovee.

In the finals, St. Charles claimed an 8-2 win.

Morenci scored one run on an error and one on a double by McCaskey after Schisler singled.

Tompkins struck out eight, pushing her season tally to 110.

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