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.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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