Sports round-up 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

ALL-BBC SOFTBALL: Two Fayette juniors were given honorable mention status on the all-league softball squad. A junior and a senior received honorable mention on the baseball all-league team.

Brooke Croskey and Rachel Seiler were among 15 athletes earning honorable mention on the All-BBC softball honor team.

Pettisville’s Erica King was named Player of the Year.

Other first team picks were Edon seniors Alicia Sumner and Madison Muehlfeld; Edon juniors Jennifer Van Vleet and Calli Imm; Hilltop sophomore Sarah Mocherman; North Central senior Morgan Bunting; North Central freshman Shaylee Oyer; Pettisville senior Lauren Roth and Pettisville junior Kayla King.

Fayette senior Travis Kline and junior Nelson Barnhiser were named to the all-league baseball with honorable mention status.

Derick Wyrick, a senior at North Central, was named Player of the Year.

Other first team members are Edon senior Cody Shaffer, Edon junior Tyler Wells, Edon sophomore Keegan Long, Hilltop senior Josiah Poletta, North Central senior Nick Fee, Pettisville senior Zane Miller, Pettisville junior Philip Roth, Stryker junior Chase Grieser and Stryker sophomore Taylor Brown.


Two Fayette runners and a jumper will advance to Friday’s regional track and field competition at Tiffin.

Senior Erica Goeltzenleuchter kept her string of district successes going by qualifying for a fourth consecutive trip to the regional meet.

Last year she placed second at the district run; this year she was third, but with a much faster time.

Goeltzenleuchter clipped 15 seconds off her time from last year, but with stiffer competition this time from a pair of Liberty Center girls, the faster time still dropped her one notch. Her 12:29.7 led a pack of runners following the two leaders.

Liberty Center’s Chelsea Knapp won the race at 9:50.

“Erica didn’t run well early and slipped to fifth place for a while,” said coach Ryan Colegrove. “She picked it up and pulled away.”

The senior said she wasn’t feeling well,  Colegrove said, but she fought through it and finished well.

Goeltzenleuchter also ran a leg of the 3200-meter relay with Alexa Kessler, Melani Seiler and Elisha Hartman. The girls finished sixth overall, but they clipped another second off their school record with a time of 10:38.3. Liberty Center set a meet record at 9:53.

Junior Darrell Randall made the cut again this year with a fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter run, tying his best from a year ago at 10:17. Delta’s Elliott Oberneder won the race at 9:57.

Randall suffered from cramping, Coach Colegrove said, and was hurting after the race.

Fayette’s other qualifier is freshman Dustin Lantz who cleared 5-10 in the high jump. He tied an Edgerton jumper, but took third due to the number of attempts. The winner was Ayersville’s Dallas Smith at 6-4.

“Dusty’s best before the BBC meet was 5-6, then he went 5-8 at BBC and 5-10 at districts,” Colegrove said.

He’s hoping for more of the same from the freshman with a 6-0 leap Friday.

Hartman, a senior, bettered her 800-meter career best by a fraction of a second with a fifth-place finish at 2:29.5. Seiler, a freshman, took ninth at 2:35, her best of the season. Archbold’s Trisha King won the race at 2:22.

Olivia Molina placed 10th in the 1600-meter run at 6:12 and Kessler took 11th in the 400-meter run at 1:09.

Other Fayette athletes competing were Amanda Gilmore, Abby Jaramillo,  Ashtyn Baker, Jonathan Boesger and Jacob Marley in throwing events; Lantz and Logan Franks in the long jump; Franks and Andy Karathanasis in the 100-meter dash; Hunter Colegrove in the 800-meter run; Sarah Kovar, Nathan Seiler, and Tim Stoltzfus in the 1600-meter run; Karathanasis and Lantz in the 200-meter dash; and Stoltzfus in the 3200-meter run.

Liberty Center won the team title for the girls Saturday at Ayersville, followed by Pettisville. Archbold was tops in the boys competition.

In addition to the girls 3200 relay, meet records were set in the boys 800-meter relay (Archbold, 1:30.7); the boys 400-meter relay (Tinora, :43.5); and the boys 300-meter hurdles (Tinora, :39.26).

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Morenci’s softball squad won a pair of games from Whitmore Lake last Wednesday, then fell 9-0 to Summerfield Monday in an error-filled contest.

Tia Tompkins fired a no-hitter in the Bulldogs’ five-inning 11-0 win against at home Wednesday against Whitmore Lake. She walked two batters and struck out four.

In the first inning, Chanler McCaskey reached base on an error, followed by a couple of big hits.

Matea Garcia sent the ball to center field, then Meghan Smith came up to blast her first home run of the season—a three-RBI over-the-fence smash.

With the bases loaded in the second inning, Tompkins belted a two-RBI double, followed by Hannah Jeffers’ RBI-single.

Tompkins scored in the fourth inning on Michaela Merillat’s base hit. Merillat later scored on a wild pitch.

Tompkins threw a one-hitter in the 17-3 nightcap as the Bulldogs put eight runs on the scoreboard in the opening inning.

“We benefitted from several Whitmore Lake errors,” coach Kay Johnson said, “but also continued to hit the ball solidly.”

Tompkins fanned six batters and walked six.

Chelsea and Tia Tompkins finished with two hits each. Smith had a double and a triple and finished the day with six RBIs.

SUMMERFIELD—It was Morenci’s turns to commit errors when Summerfield visited Monday. The Bulldogs provided little resistance to a solid Summerfield team, Coach Johnson said.

Tia Tompkins had the only hit for Morenci, a double down the left line in the fourth inning.

Tompkins pitched the first three innings and Merillat handled the final four.

Johnson described the game as Morenci’s weakest defensive showing of the season with eight errors. Three in the first inning led to two Summerfield runs. The visitors added two more runs in the second aided by another Morenci error.

In the third inning, three walks and two fielding errors led to five runs.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci will send three individuals and a relay team to compete in six events at Michigan’s Div. IV track and field meet June 5 in Grand Rapids.

Junior Phoenix Duncan won the high jump at 5-1 to become what coach Brad Brown described as the unhappiest regional champion.

Duncan cleared 5-5 at last year’s regional meet and knows she has to do better to place high in the state competition.

With an early-season injury, Duncan has competed in only six meets this season.

Duncan also returns to the state meet in the long jump with a fourth-place finish. Her 15-5.5 met the state qualifying mark, although it falls a short of her effort a year ago. The winning jump was made by Pittsford’s Elainee Poling at 16-05.

Freshman Brooke Bovee is also a double qualifier, placing second in both hurdle events.

A new rivalry was established in the 100-meter low hurdles. Chantel Davenport of Athens is also a freshman. Bovee came in at :16.4, right beside Davenport.

“It was a photo finish,” Brown said. “Brooke’s foot hit first after the last hurdle, but she stumbled slightly and that was enough to make the difference.”

At the recent Litchfield meet, Davenport won by a much larger margin.

Bovee led for most of the 300-meter event, but was passed by Reading senior Shawna Smith after the final hurdle. Bovee ran a :47.7, her best of the season.

“Brooke went over the last hurdle a little high,” Brown said, but came through with a time that was only 0.4 seconds off the school record.

Junior Max Gautz turned in a career-best long jump at 19-10.25. He placed fourth, but made the state qualifying distance. The top jump of 20-9.75 was made by Ricky Richardson of Homer.

Morenci’s boys 800-meter relay team placed fourth overall at 1:35.4—their best of the season—and met the qualifying standard. Team members are Dustin Roller, Simon Jeffers, Brett Bovee and Chas Frey. The winners from Sand Creek ran a 1:34.3.

Other Bulldogs earning points were Garret Mohr in the discus (3rd, 125-6); Roller in the high jump (7th, 5-7); the 3200-meter relay team (7th, 9:11, with Tyler Guelde, Jake Spaulding, Luke Spaulding and Micah Gillen); Gautz in the 110-meter hurdles (6th, :17.7); Guelde in the 1600-meter run (7th, 4:50); the 400-meter relay team (5th, :47.3, with Gautz, Cody Graham, Roller and Bovee); Luke Spaulding in the 3200-meter run (6th, 10:49); and the 1600-meter relay team (fifth, 3:40, with Jeffers, Roller, Bovee and Frey).

The 1600 team was an easy winner in a slow heat with no close competition, Brown said.

Other Morenci competitors were Tequoia Jarrell in the long jump, 100-meter and 200-meter; Mercedez McCaskey and Taylor Baugh in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter; McCaskey in the 800-meter; and the girls 1600-mete relay;

Nick Erbskorn in the discus; Jordan Bach in the shot put; Jeffers in the high jump; Graham in the long jump; Frey in the 100-meter and 200-meter; Luke Spaulding in the 1600-meter; Logan Drummond in the 400-meter; Guelde and Gillen in the 800-meter; and Jake Spaulding in the 3200-meter.


Waldron will send three individuals and one relay team to the state.

Qualifying are the 3200-meter relay team (3rd, 8:27.5, Blake Fix, Camren Anderson, Luke Miller, Fletcher Masters); Masters in the 400-meter dash (2nd, :51.3); Katie Baker in the 100-meter hurdles (3rd, :16.9) and the 300-meter hurdles (4th, :49.3); and Taylor Price in the 400-meter dash (3rd, 1:03.1).

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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