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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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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.
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Sports round-up 09.01.2010

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette’s cross county girls finished fifth Saturday at the Defiance Early Bird Invitational and the boys squad took seventh.

Eagle senior Darrell Randall finished the highest among Fayette’s runners with a fifth-place finish at 17:12, just ahead of his time a year earlier. Five other Eagles finished below the 20-minute mark.

Napoleon’s boys won the event, led by the overall champion, Steven Weaver, who crossed the finish line at 15:48. Thirteen teams competed.

After Randall, Fayette’s scorers were Trevor Cox (27th, 18:37), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (42nd, 19:21), Tim Stoltzfus (56th, 19:40), Chandler Sanford (60th, 19:52) and Tyler Keefer (61st, 19:55).

Other Eagles were Hunter Colegrove (65th, 20:03), Dusty Lantz (91st, 20:55), Clay Burkholder (93rd, 20:56), Nathan Seiler (110th, 21:33), Tyler Cox (115th, 21:45), Dylan Aschemeier (116th, 21:46), Ian Schrock (119th, 22:12), Jonathan Boesger (146th, 24:54) and Alec Hylander (155th, 27:35).

Fayette’s girls squad had a pair of top-20 finishers for their fifth-place standing. Napoleon easily won the team title with all seven scorers among the top 20.

Melani Seiler was tops for the Eagles at 22:01 for 15th place, followed closely by Jill Stuckey, 17th at 22:14.

Alexa Kessler took 35th (24:00), followed by Madelyn Maginn (46th, 24:39), Sarah Kovar (58th, 25:39) and Sydney Brown (86th, 30:16).

Napoleon’s Erica Monnin won the race at 19:46.

Junior high

Fayette lost four members of last year’s talented junior high boys team who now run on the varsity squad, but the Eagles still managed to take a first-place finish at Defiance.

Five runners took top-20 finishes to help Fayette top Ayersville by five points, 55-59.

Skylar Lantz placed fourth overall at 11:59 to lead the Eagles. He was followed by Casen Burkholder (11th, 13:00), Jared Wagner (14th, 13:10), Mark Maginn (22nd, 13:58), Dylan Stannard (26th, 14:13), Joel Smith (35th, 14:40) and Jerad Seiler (38th, 14:44).

The winning time was 11:09.

Liz Maginn placed 13th in the girls run at 14:41, followed by Alexis Fruchey (26th, 15:31), Taylor Griffiths (30th, 15:47), Miranda Minzey (41st, 16:40) and Adrianna Hylander (50th, 18:30).

The winning time was 12:13.

FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Some little mistakes turned out to be costly for the varsity Eagles volleyball squad Monday in a season-opening loss to Swanton.

“We had some really good rallies and I’m pleased with how we played,” said coach Danni Keefer. “The little mistakes we made ended up costing points, but that was due to it being the first game and the nerves.”

The Bulldogs won the match in three games, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21.

“I think the outlook for the team looks good once they start playing more,” Coach Keefer said. “I feel we could do well.”

Fayette’s JVs lost 14-25 in both games, with Jena Myers gave five good serves. Brittney Croskey and Taylor Hartman each gave four good serves.


Leading 30-29 with less than six minutes to play, Morenci put the visitors from Jonesville right where the Bulldogs wanted them.

Brett Bovee’s punt bounced and stopped at the Comets’ seven-yard line. Ninety-three yards from the goal line and time running down.

Jonesville ran for a first down to the 27, but was bottled up with a fourth-and-four situation on their own 33. They went for it and got a first at their own 40.

That’s how it went all the way down the field. The Comets were stopped short once again at the five-yard line with half a minute to play, but a face mask call on the Bulldogs gave Jonesville the ball inside the one.

On the next play they were in the end zone to go ahead and Morenci couldn’t come back in the final seconds of the game.

“Our lack of depth really hurt,” said Bulldog coach Tom Saylor, “especially on that last drive. We should have won that ball game. Our biggest enemy right now is depth.”

Jonesville took advantage of Morenci’s shortcomings all night, starting with the Bulldogs’ shortage of players. Only four substitutes were on the sidelines and four players remain out of action.

Saylor thinks the offense was well prepared for the contest, although most of the burden fell onto quarterback Brett Bovee. The senior completed 10 passes for 189 yards and ran for another 140 yards, averaging more than 10 yards a carry.

“He had a sensational evening,” Saylor said. “That’s the finest output from a quarterback in all my years of coaching.”

Bovee ran for two touchdowns and passed for two others.

On defense, the shortage of players led to some shifting of positions, Saylor said, and not everyone was able to make the adjustment.

“The lack of depth on defense is the reason we lost,” he said.

Saylor saw some impressive defensive work, such as Jacob McVay’s 21 tackles and 19 by Lucas Hollstein.

The visitors scored on their third play of the game when halfback Jacobs traveled 68 yards for a touchdown.

Morenci soon came back to tie the game as Bovee passed to Simon Jeffers and to Nick Wilson. Bovee made a large gain on the ground and he ran the final three yards for a score.

Wilson left the game with a cut on his hand and the Comets pushed their way down field for a 13-6 lead in the second quarter.

Jeffers reeled in another pass before half-time and the Bulldogs went on top 14-13. Jeffers got his hands on a Jonesville pitch and Bovee soon traveled 17 yards to put Morenci ahead 22-13 with 47 seconds before intermission.

The Comets regained momentum by running back the kickoff and trailing by one, 22-21, at half-time.

Jonesville took the lead in the third quarter, but three minutes later Wilson caught a pass and scored. Bovee added two points to put Morenci on top 30-29.

That’s how it stayed until the final half minute.

Saylor said Wilson and Peter Bach opened some good seams for Bovee to carry the ball, and he praised sophomores Zach Signor and Matt Andrews for shuttling in and out to fill a variety of roles to give weary starters a break.

“Mason Sanders surprised me the most,” Saylor said. “He never came off the field except for kickoffs. He played beyond my expectations.”

MORENCI JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s JV football squad could hardly help but score when they traveled to Jonesville last week.

The Bulldogs scored on most every possession to open the season with a 52-15 victory.

Five different runners crossed the goal line for Morenci as the Bulldogs went on top 38-0 at half-time to play with a running clock in the second half.

Cody Graham scored Morenci’s opening touchdown on a 57-yard play in the first series. Cody Powell added two points. The Comets soon punted and Graham soon had another score on a 35-yard run. Colin Smith added two points.

Next it was K.C. Clegg who scored on a 19-yard run and a 22-0 lead. Clegg scored again early in the second quarter on a 42-yard run and Graham added the conversion.

Austin Thomas was next with a 36-yard touchdown run, and Powell made the conversion for a 38-0 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs needed a more sustained drive on their next possession and finally crossed the goal line with a three-yard run by Powell.

Jonesville put a drive together early in the fourth quarter, but Morenci soon came back with its final scoring drive, finishing with a three-yard run by Kendrick Taylor. Taylor added two points for a 52-8 lead, but the Comets ran back the kickoff for the final score of the game.

“Our running game was obviously clicking and we have three kids who run the ball well,” coach Ryan Love said. “We played outstanding defense and that allowed our offense to be on the field a lot to go to work.”

Love was pleased with the work of his offensive line, as well.

Graham finished with 208 yards on eight carries. Clegg covered 139 yards on 10 carries. Matt Heinze notched seven solo tackles. Eli Decker and Clay Harvey each finished with five.

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