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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.
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    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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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