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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.

Sports wrap-up 06.02.10

Written by David Green.

BBC: Fayette finished sixth in the 2009-10 all-sports award.

Points based on final league standings in each Buckeye Border Conference sports are totaled to determine the all-sports winner.

Pettisville edged Stryker to take the title, 45.5 to 43.5. Edon took third with 39.5 points, followed by Hilltop (31), North Central (29.5) and Fayette (21).

FAYETTE TRACK: Fayette’s Darrell Randall came through with a personal best in the 3200-meter race Friday at the Tiffin regional meet, but he still finished about four seconds away from earning a trip to the state meet.

The junior clipped another seven seconds off his previous best to come in fifth at 10:10.46.

“I think Darrell was happy with his time, but not with finishing fifth, one spot out of going to state,” coach Ryan Colegrove said.

An Old Fort runner crossed the line at 10:06 for fourth place and will move on to Columbus. Filling the top three spots were Colin Fisher of Delta (9:48.9), Kenny Graber of Stryker (9:56.9) and Elliott Oberneder of Delta (9:57.8).

It was a disappointing day for Fayette senior Erica Goltzenleuchter. After turning in her top time a week ago at 12:29, she  finished eighth Friday at 12:41. The winning time was run by Chelsea Knapp of Liberty Center (11:55.9) and the fourth place time was 12:03.

Colegrove said that running in hot weather is always a challenge for the senior, and it was plenty hot at Tiffin.

The top eight high jumpers cleared six feet in the boys event, but Fayette freshman Dustin Lantz didn’t continue his upward trend to six feet. He went out at 5-8 along with three other jumpers and tied for 10th place.

Three competitors cleared 6-5, but this year’s winner—Brant Reardon of St. Joseph Catholic Central—was given first place based on the number of attempts.

Coach Colegrove looks forward to improvements next year for the freshman.

“Dusty has a lot of talent and a lot of room for improvement,” he said.


Morenci’s softball team sent Lenawee Christian School home Thursday with two losses after an exciting come-from-behind victory in the nightcap of a double header.

LCS pitcher Kirstyn Gordon was just one out from earning a split for the day, but she was in uncomfortable circumstances.

Morenci had two outs in the bottom of the seventh and trailed the Cougars 6-4, but the bases were loaded after Chanler McCaskey drew an intentional walk. Meghan Smith came to bat and on a full count, Gordon delivered a pitch the Bulldog junior belted down the left field line with the team’s quickest runners on base.

Three runs scored on her triple and the game was over, a 7-6 win for the Bulldogs. Morenci’s record improved to 12-17 and the Cougars fell to 18-10.

LCS scored one in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead, but a running catch by Jessica Storrs with two runners on ended the Cougars’ chances for more.

The first game of the doubleheader started off as a pitcher’s duel until Morenci scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chelsea Tompkins started it off with a bunt single, followed by a base hit by Mariah Bovee and a double by McCaskey.

“Chelsea [at catcher] slowed down the LCS running game when she caught their lead-off hitter stealing in the first inning,” coach Kay Johnson said.

Tia Tompkins gave up only one hit while striking out 12 batters in Morenci’s 4-0 win.

WHITEFORD—Morenci and Whiteford each finished their TCC contest Wednesday with 10 hits, but the Bulldogs won 8-6.

Two runs scored on Smith’s first-inning double. Two more scored in the third on a double by Tia Tompkins and single by Hannah Jeffers. In the seventh, Matea Garcia doubled in two runs and Smith brought one home with a single.

Tompkins struck out four and walked five.

Morenci took the non-league second game 13-7. The Bobcats scored seven in the first, but after that, Tompkins walked only two and gave up two hits.

Garcia and Jeffers had RBIs in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Smith doubled in a run and Tompkins drove one home with a single.

Smith belted a two-RBI double in the fifth and Tompkins had an RBI-single.

Earlier in the season, Morenci lost to Whiteford 10-1 and 10-0.

ADDISON—The Bulldogs claimed a non-league doubleheader at home Tuesday, stopping Addison 9-2 and 15-0.

Tompkins struck out 15 Panthers in the opener while giving up one hit and six walks. Smith went four for four at the plate with a single, double and triple for three RBIs. Garcia and Jeffers each finished with two hits.

The Panthers got only one hit off Tompkins in the nightcap, as well. McCaskey notched her seventh home run of the season with a blast deep to center.

Morenci took control with eight runs in the third inning. The final run scored in the bottom of the fourth when Ashley VanBrandt drew a bases-loaded walk.

DISTRICTS—Morenci’s softball team opens district tournament play at 10 a.m. Saturday against Waldron. The winner faces either Whiteford or the host team, Sand Creek, in the finals.

The Bulldog baseball team faces Waldron in the second game of the day, around noon. Whiteford and Sand Creek play at 10 a.m.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci athletes were responsible for two of the four new girls meet records at the Tri-County Conference meet Wednesday at Madison and three girls won league titles.

The boys team didn’t produce any champions, but the Bulldogs earned enough points to finish fourth behind Whitmore Lake, Sand Creek and Madison. After Morenci came Clinton, Whiteford, Summerfield and Britton-Deerfield.

Morenci’s girls team placed sixth, ahead of Britton-Deerfield and Summerfield, and behind Madison, Sand Creek, Clinton and Whitmore Lake.

Phoenix Duncan leaped 5-4 to win the high jump and break her own league record by a quarter inch.

Brooke Bovee also beat a Morenci record with her career best in the 100-meter hurdles. Angie Sneider set the league mark in 1991 at :15.8, but Bovee turned in a :15.5 to win the event by nearly two seconds.

The freshman also won the 300-meter hurdles at :48.0—not her best run, but four seconds better than the closest competitor.

Other Morenci athletes earning points were Kate Gallup in the 100-meter hurdles (6th, :18.1) and Duncan in the long jump (2nd, 15-9.25).

Girls meet records were also set in the 400-meter relay (Madison, :51.8) and the long jump (Hannah Payne, Clinton, 16-9).

Point-winners for the boys were Chas Frey in the 100-meter dash (3rd, :11.4) and the 200-meter dash (5th, :23.9); Max Gautz, 110-meter hurdles (6th, :17.8), 300-meter hurdles (7th, :45.2) and long jump (3rd, 19-11.75); Tyler Guelde in the 1600-meter run (3rd, 4:56); Luke Spaulding in the 1600-meter run (4th, 5:04) and 3200-meter run (8th, 11:05);

Jake Spaulding in the 3200-meter run (7th, 11:04); Garrett Mohr in the discus (5th, 123-8); Dustin Roller in the high jump (2nd, 5-10); Simon Jeffers in the 400-meter dash (5th, :54.6); 400-meter relay (4th, :46.8); 800-meter relay (7th tie, 1:46); and the 3200-meter relay (3rd, 3:34).

Boys records were set in the 400-meter relay (Madison, :44.4); 800-meter relay (Madison, 1:31.8); and the 800-meter run (Anthony Madrid, Madison, 1:59.3)

MORENCI TRACK AT STATE: Judging by the numbers, Morenci should return Saturday from Grand Rapids with at least a pair of all-state athletes.

Junior high jumper Phoenix Duncan is likely to make another top-eight showing at the state meet and freshman hurdler Brooke Bovee is in line to finish among the best in the Div. IV competition.

Duncan placed third in the state a year ago  with a leap of 5-4 in the high jump. Although she’s listed at 5-1 among the qualifiers, she made it back to the 5-4 level last week at the TCC meet.

Nine jumpers cleared five feet at the various regional meets, led by a senior from Kinde-North Huron at 5-4.

Duncan also qualified for the long jump at 15-5 and her season best also came at the league meet with a leap of 15-9. Seven competitors reached the 16-foot mark in the regional meets—something Duncan accomplished last year.

Bovee stands at number three from regional times in the 100-meter hurdles (:16.4) in a field of young competitors. The top six are all freshmen and sophomores.

She shattered her own personal best last week at the TCC meet with a :15.5—a time that tops all the regional qualifying marks.

Youth isn’t leading the way in the 300-meter low hurdles. Bovee is the only freshman among the top 10 and there’s only one sophomore.

The girl leading the high jump competitor is also the leader in the 300-meter hurdle event. Bovee is listed as number five at :47.7.

Morenci’s boys 800-meter relay team is listed in 15th place (1:35.4), about four seconds behind the leaders, but still within shot of a top-eight showing with a good performance.

Team members are Dustin Roller, Simon Jeffers, Brett Bovee and Chas Frey.

Sophomore Max Gautz stands at number 15 among long jumpers at 19-10.25, but he proved that jump was no fluke when he traveled 19-11.75 at the league meet. A few inches farther could give him a top-eight finish.

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