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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 09.15.2010

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette had six varsity runners out of action Saturday for the Tiffin Carnival run, but those who participated got the experience of running in one of the premier races in Northwest Ohio.

Trevor Cox was the first Eagle across the line in the boys race, placing 64th at 17:45. He was followed by Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (116th, 18:30); Tim Stoltzfus (157th, 19:02); Chandler Sanford (209th, 19:53); and Clay Burkholder (231st, 20:33).

Melani Seiler was first for Fayette’s girls with a 105th place finish at 21:33. She was followed by Alexa Kessler (212th, 23:25); Madelyn Maginn (237th, 23:55); Ashtyn Baker (271st, 25:12); and Sydney Brown (315th, 27:21).

In the JV boys race, Dylan Aschemeier was first for Fayette in 40th place at 20:15. He was followed by Ian Schrock (48th, 20:20); Tyler Cox (76th, 20:56); Dusty Lantz (78th, 21:02); and Nathan Seiler (84th, 21:08). The JVs placed eighth overall.

JUNIOR HIGH—The junior high boys team notched a fourth place finish, led by Skylar Lantz who took 11th at 11:48. Other team members were Dylan Stannard (19th, 12:01); Casen Burkholder (44th, 12:46); Jared Wagner (47th, 12:52); Mark Maginn (55th, 13:07); Jerad Seiler (114th, 14:44); Joel Smith (115th, 14:44).

In the girls run, Liz Maginn finished 32nd at 13:52. She was followed by Alexis Fruchey (39th, 14:05); Taylor Griffiths (85th, 15:13); Miranda Minzey (101st, 15:35); and Adriana Hylander (156th, 18:18).

MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Morenci’s boys cross country team picked up a new member, Tyler Guelde, who’s turned out to be a good addition. Guelde, a senior, was the Bulldogs’ top finisher at an invitational Sept. 7 in Hudson.

Guelde claimed ninth place in the six-team field by finishing at 19:08. Luke Spaulding was next in 12th place at 19:31, followed by Jake Spaulding (17th, 19:52), Micah Gillen (28th, 20:39), Logan Drummond (32nd, 21:30), Reagan Stowell (38th, 22:47) and Jordan Proffitt (49th, 28:28).

The boys placed fourth among the six teams.

In the girls race, Mariah Gillen placed 19th at 25:44, followed by Taylor Baugh (37th, 29:57), Barbara Hollstein (40th, 31:59) and Mary Margaret Hollstein (44th, 35:50).


That’s overstating the case a little after only one week of league competition, but it’s true, the Bulldogs (1-2) are in a first-place tie in the Tri-County Conference along with Summerfield (3-0), Whiteford (2-1) and Sand Creek (1-2).

They might even stay there for another week with winless Whitmore Lake visiting this week, but the Bulldogs struggled in Friday’s 14-12 win against Britton-Deerfield. The pass defense was porous and the offense often looked punchless.

“BD played very well and it was an important win to get,” said head coach Tom Saylor. “I was very disappointed with our defense at times, but I think we’re making progress. We’re moving in the right direction.”

It was the defense that led to Morenci’s two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs scored first on an interception by Brett Bovee, then a second time after the Patriots fumbled on their own 15.

Beyond that, Morenci had difficulty sustaining a drive.

The Bulldogs nearly took advantage of a Patriot fumble early in the game. With four and four on the BD six, Bovee ran the ball across the goal line, but a holding penalty canceled the touchdown.

BD took over at their 18, was forced to punt, but Morenci’s next drive stalled out. On the next series early in the second quarter, Bovee intercepted and ran 32 yards for a score. Simon Jeffers’s two-point run became the eventual winning margin for the Bulldogs.

After trading punts, BD covered 61 yards for a touchdown with 1:54 left in the half. Jeffers made the stop on the conversion attempt.

The Bulldogs punted once more and with less than half a minute to play, Patriot quarterback Andrew Prielipp connected with Brady Southward for a 45-yard touchdown play, breaking three tackles en route to the end zone.

On the second play of the third quarter, Nick Wilson jumped on a loose ball and Morenci had possession on the BD 15. A first down came via a Patriot penalty and on third and 10, Bovee ran wide to the right for a nine-yard gain to the end zone and a 14-12 lead.

Jay Howard ended a BD possession with an interception and Bovee connected with Hayze Wolf, but Wolf was a step outside the end zone. Jeffers then carried the ball across the goal line, but a penalty nullified the score and the Bulldogs lost possession.

Kenny Maxwell ended a BD drive with a sack, but the Patriots soon had the ball back for one last try with five minutes to play.

BD advanced to Morenci’s four-yard line, but settled for a game-winning field goal attempt that went wide.

The Bulldogs were able to run the clock out for the win.

The Patriots finished with 298 yards—almost all through the air—to Morenci’s 114 yards. The Bulldogs never completed a pass in seven attempts.

Whitmore Lake

After picking up their win against Britton-Deerfield (2-1), the Bulldog take on two floundering members of the TCC.

Next up is Whitmore Lake (0-3) who’s been outscored 145-28, then Madison  (0-3) who’s fallen 141-22. Morenci’s 1-2 record comes in at a 107-44 tally.

Coach Saylor welcomes the return of two-way starters Max Gautz and Austin VanBrandt who had to sit out the first three games of the season.

That will offer some relief to the 10 players who have been playing on both sides of the ball all season.

MORENCI JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s JV football team was forced to punt once in the first half against Britton-Deerfield, but they were plenty busy putting points on the scoreboard the rest of the night.

The Bulldogs won their home opener 52-0 to raise their record to 3-0.

“We had two good game plans, one for each side of the ball, and the kids executed them well,” said coach Ryan Love.

Morenci led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter on touchdowns by Colin Smith, KC Clegg and Austin Thomas.

In the second quarter, Clegg scored again and John Michael Martinez scored on an interception.

“John Michael read his key and jumped into the route,” Love said.

To start the second half, Clegg ran back the kickoff for a 76-yard touchdown and a 46-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Clegg covered 25 yards for the final score.

Cody Powell ran four of the conversion attempts and Smith put another one across the line.

For the night, Clegg covered 157 yards on eight rushes. Smith gained 30 on six attempts and Thomas covered 26 on seven attempts.

Powell and Smith each finished with six tackles.

MORENCI JV VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s JV volleyball squad defeated two of three opponents at a quad match here Sept. 1.

“These girls just keep impressing me with their hard work,” coach Shana Love said. “We still have a lot of work to do, namely serving, but I continue to see improvements.”

Concord offered the strongest competition and the Bulldogs lost two close matches,  21-25 and 23-25.

Morenci dropped the first game against Addison, 22-25, but came back to win the match 25-21 and 15-12.

The Bulldogs opened with a strong showing against Manchester, 25-19, but collapsed in the second game and lost 13-25.

“The third game was a real thriller and I was so proud of the intensity with which we played to win 15-12,” Coach Love said.

In serving, Chloe Moletierno went 24/24 with two aces; Jessica Storrs was 33/35 with four aces; Hannah Jeffers went 24/26 with five aces and Emma Binegar went 26/29 with four aces.

Jeffers finished with 35 digs, ahead of Storrs with 22, Moletierno with 21 and Julie Terry with 20.

Erin Vanderpool gave 12 assists and Binegar finished with 10. At the net, Jeffers scored 11 kills, Melissa Burk scored five and Ashley VanBrandt scored four.

 Burk made two blocks. VanBrandt  and Allison Piercy each had one.

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