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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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