FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette’s girls and boys team both earned fourth-place finishes Saturday at the Van Wert County Hospital Invitational run.
The boys placed two top-20 finishers, including meet champion Darrell Randall, while the girls came through with a pair of top-10 runners.
Randall posted a 16:41 to top two other runners who came in below 17 minutes. Antwerp’s Josh Hilton was close behind at 16:45.
The gives Randall a 2-2 standing against his foe from Antwerp this season, said coach Bryan Stambaugh.
Randall tried to get Hilton to lead the way in the windy run, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Randall took the brunt of the wind which was especially rough in the second mile.
Trevor Cox placed 13th at 17:37 and Tim Stoltzfus cut more than a minute from his time a year ago to place 24th at 18:10. Other Fayette placers were Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (29th, 18:21); Chandler Sanford (34th, with a personal best at 18:21); Tyler Keefer (70th, 19:41); and Clay Burkholder (74th, 19:47).
“Overall,” Stambaugh said, “it was the best the varsity team has run this season. It seems like we’re coming together.”
Other Fayette runners were Ian Schrock (77th, 19:51); Hunter Colegrove (82nd, 19:57); Dusty Lantz (90th, 20:12); Tyler Cox (92nd, 20:18); Nathan Seiler (112th, 21:09); Jonathan Boesger (143rd, 23:59); and Alec Hylander (151st, 26:02).
Minster won the meet with 39 points, easily topping Crestview in second with 95. Stryker was third at 97 and Fayette fourth at 100, among 13 teams. The Eagles placed eighth a year ago.
Stambaugh was pleased with the girls’ performance, also, noting season best times from Melanie Seiler and Jill Stuckey.
Seiler took sixth at 20:45 to lead Fayette’s fourth-place effort. Ottoville stand-out Shayla Siefker won the meet at 19:30, the only runner to break the 20-minute mark.
Stuckey placed 11th overall but 10th in team scoring at 21:34, followed by Alexa Kessler at 22nd at 21:54, a minute better than a year go.
Madelyn Maginn took 43rd at 23:03, followed by Sarah Kovar, 57th at 23:56, and Sydney Brown, 83rd at 26:21.
Kalida was tops with 71 points, ahead of Pettisville and Fairview, and the Eagles with 127 points.
In the junior high race, Skylar Lantz placed 11th at 12:02, followed by Dylan Stannard (16th, 12:13), Jared Wagner (46th, 12:56), Mark Maginn (66th, 13:29), Joel Smith (125th, 14:41), Jerad Seiler (137th, 15:07) and Casen Burkholder (171st, 16:11).
Minister’s Andrew Fausey was first at 11:12. Fayette scored seventh among 21 teams.
The Eagles girls placed ninth of 12 teams, led by Liz Maginn with finished 27th overall at 14:06). Other Fayette runners were Alexis Fruchey (52nd, 14:51), Taylor Griffiths (61st, 15:01), Miranda Minzey (95th, 16:01) and Adrianna Hylander (136th, 18:12).
Sarah Kanney of Coldwater took first at 12:47.
• Darrell Randall placed first and Melani Seiler took a second place in the first BBC Jamboree cross country run of the season. Both of Fayette’s varsity teams placed second.
At home Sept. 21, Randall finally shook Hilltop’s Travis Burwell in the final stretch to take a 14-second victory at 17:35. Trevor Cox was the only other top-10 finisher for the Eagles at 18:10.
Other runners were Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (12th, 19:04); Tim Stoltzfus (14th, 19:15); Tyler Keefer (22nd, 20:13); Chandler Sanford (23rd, 20:37); Clay Burkholder (28th, 21:05); Hunter Colegrove (33rd, 21:17); Dylan Ashemeier (42nd, 22:13); Tyler Cox (44th, 22:19); Nathan Seiler (45th, 22:45); Ian Schrock (51st, 23:21); and Alec Hylander (57th, 26:10).
After Seiler, Alexa Kessler placed 10th for the girls at 24:18, followed by Jill Stuckey (12th, 24:57); Madelyn Maginn (13th, 25:07); Ashtyn Baker (20th, 26:29); Sydney Brown (25th, 27:50); and Sarah Kovar (27th, 28:01).
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette boys took four of the top five places to finish first. Skylar Lantz won the race at 12:01, followed by Dylan Stannard (2nd, 12:15); Jared Wagner (4th, 13:03); Mark Maginn (5th, 13:14); Casen Burkholder (7th, 13:17); Joel Smith (19th, 14:48); and Jerad Seiler (27th, 16:11).
Liz Maginn won the girls race at 13:55, followed by Alexis Fruchey (3rd, 14:56); Taylor Griffiths (5th, 15:20); Miranda Minzey (6th, 15:54); and Adrianna Hylander (18th, 19:13). The girls team also took first.
FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s Jonathan Boesger and Zayne Colegrove were named to the second team of the BBC golf honor squad Friday following the league match at Ironwood.
Boesger carded a 46–48—94 to lead the Eagles to a third place finish, behind Stryker at 341 and North Central at 347. Fayette finished with 390. Colegrove finished at 47–50—97.
Edon scored 432, Hilltop scored 449 and Pettisville came in at 491. Troy Saunders of Stryker (39–42—81) tied with North Central’s Brandon Turner (37-44—81) and Kole Peterson (41–40—81) for medalist honors.
Others named to the first team were Hunter Clingaman (Stryker, 85), Taylor Brown (Stryker, 92) and Dylan Hutchison (North Central, 92).
Other Eagle scorers were Chase Hookstadt (50–48—98), Kevin Ferguson (51–50—101), Riley Martin (52–49—101) and Dusty Lantz (52–51—103).
ANTWERP—Antwerp posted a 171-189 win against Fayette Sept. 23, with their Zac Coleman medalist at 38.
For Fayette, scorers were Boesger, 43; Ferguson, 47; Hookstadt, 47; Lantz, 52; Colegrove, 53; and Martin, 54.
STRYKER—Stryker downed the Eagles at De-Mor Hills Sept. 21 by a 157-178 margin. The Panthers’ Saunders was tops at 37.
Lantz led Fayette at 41, followed by Boesger, 42; Martin, 46; Hookstadt, 49; Ferguson, 50; and Colegrove, 50.
Fayette will compete Friday in the Div. III boys sectional at Wauseon’s Ironwood course. Fourteen teams are among the competitors.
Tee times are posted on the BaumsPage.com website.
Qualifiers to the Bowling Green Stone Ridge District on Oct. 7 include the top three teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team.
In 2009, qualifying teams were champion Stryker (316) with two seniors, Liberty Center (324) and no seniors and Edgerton (335) with two seniors.
The top individuals returning include district qualifiers Tyler Davis (Liberty Center), 77; Cody Knapp (Liberty Center), 78; Tim Gerken (Patrick Henry), 79; Troy Saunders (Stryker), 79; Cody Gibson (Toledo Christian), 81; and Jared DeGrof (Stryker), 81.
The Div. II girls sectional was Sept. 28 at Swanton’s White Pines course. Thirteen teams competed.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: SERVING—Fayette sophomore Cady Stockburger prepares to serve in a match played earlier this season.
Fayette’s volleyball team continues to struggle, challenged by illness, injuries and ineligibilities.
“The Eagles have struggled this season,” said coach Danni Keefer. “We have some girls out right now so we are adjusting to that.”
The girls responded well to position changes in a loss to Stryker last week, Keefer said, as some girls needed to fill in positions they weren’t accustomed to playing.
Stryker won the match in three games, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-22.
Reba Rash is leading the team in blocking with an 83 percent average. Sydney Coger is at 78 percent in spiking, and Brooke Croskey is the leading server at 93 percent.
JV VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s JV volleyball squad has played some close contests this season, but the Eagles are still looking for their first victory.
Results so far are:
• Swanton, 25-14, 24-14;
• Edgerton, 25-6, 26-24;
• North Central, 25-21, 25-22;
• Montpelier, 25-18, 25-18.
• Hilltop, 25-14, 25-22;
• Hicksville, 25-21, 25-22;
• Edon, 25-9, 25-8;
• Stryker, 25-21, 25-15.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: With another big victory last week, Friday’s visit from Summerfield brings the Tri-County Conference’s two first-place teams together in a battle for supremacy.
The Bulldogs’ big 51-0 win Friday at Madison—Coach Tom Saylor’s 100th career victory—marked the end of the “easier” section of the Bulldogs’ schedule.
League foes Madison and Whitmore Lake are both winless this season and Britton-Deerfield stands at 3-2 overall.
But take away Morenci’s loss to undefeated Hudson and the seasons of Morenci and Summerfield aren’t all that different.
Summerfield, ranked number nine in the Detroit Free Press list, has faced opponents with a combined record of 4-21.
That’s little relief to Saylor because he knows Summerfield has some very talented players, including Hewitt, their quarterback who passes and runs well. He has some good receivers to aim for and he has the option of handing the ball off to a very good running back.
After the Bulldogs’ initial loss to Jonesville and the pounding from Hudson, Saylor has appreciated the past three weeks as Morenci has had all of its players return to action.
“We’ve been to the deep end of the pool and we sunk, then we started over again in the shallow end,” he said. “Now we need to be ready for the deep end again.”
That happens at 7 p.m. Friday on Henry Geisler Field.
Morenci started off Friday with sophomore backup quarterback Hayze Wolf as Brett Bovee sat out a quarter due to disciplinary action.
“I was impressed with my sophomore,” Saylor said. “He listened and took the team down the field twice to put points on the board.”
The Bulldogs took over on downs and drove 65 yards for a touchdown, with Wolf running the final yard. Following a Madison punt, Morenci covered 62 yards for another score, with fullback Jordan Bach covering the final 11 yards.
Bach looked better in his second start in the backfield, Saylor said, and he expects the former lineman to continue to improve.
In the second quarter, Jacob McVay jumped on a fumble at the 50-yard line and Bovee led the team for touchdown, running the final 17 yards for the score.
Max Gautz scored from four yards out for a 30-0 lead with 55 second before half-time, but Jeffers soon intercepted a pass and covered 47 yards for touchdown as time ran out.
Gautz added another touchdown in the third quarter and Bovee scored on a 36-yard run in the final quarter.
Bovee passed for two conversions, hitting Wolf once and Gautz once.
Coach Saylor intends to keep the Bulldogs’ winning streak going against Summerfield—if the Bulldogs can improve their pass coverage this week in practice.
“It’s our chance to stand alone in first place,” he said.
JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s JV football team is growing fond of the number 52. Last week’s victory marked the fourth time this season the Bulldogs have finished with that score.
The latest victims were the Madison Trojans who lost to Morenci 52-20.
Madison opened the game with a good offensive drive, but on third and 20, KC Clegg stepped in front of a slant pass and ran 44 yards for a touchdown. Cody Powell added the conversion for an early lead.
On the Trojans’ next possession, Kendrick Taylor caused a fumble and Powell jumped on the ball. Powell completed a halfback pass to John Michael Martinez for a touchdown and Colin Smith ran the conversion.
In the second quarter, Clegg capped a drive with a short run for a touchdown. Smith passed to Martinez for two points and a 24-0 lead.
Madison scored on a 66-yard pass play, then the Bulldogs scored twice more. Clegg scored from a yard out and Smith ran for two to go ahead 32-6.
Smith intercepted for a touchdown, but a clipping call canceled the score. Three plays later, Clegg covered 25 yards for the score. Powell ran the conversion to go on top 40-6.
With 31 seconds remaining in the half, Madison scored again on a long drive.
Madison fumbled in the third quarter and Eli Decker got the ball. Five plays later, Powell scored from one yard out.
A long Morenci drive ended with a one-yard plunge across the goal line by Austin Thomas for a 52-14 lead.
Madison scored once more on a pass play and their final possession ended with an interception by Smith.
Clegg ran for 229 yards on 21 carries. Powell finished with 58 yards on 18 carries and Thomas covered 24 yards on six attempts.
Powell was the leading tackler with eight.
Morenci coach Ryan Love soon discovered last week that he was wrong about expecting a close contest with Madison, but he’s certain this week will be different.
The undefeated Bulldogs will travel to Summerfield to face the undefeated Bulldogs from Monroe County.
Coach Love expects to see a lot of passing out of Summerfield’s shotgun offense.
“We’ll have to play a sound game,” he said.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s varsity spikers are still seeking a second conference victory after dropping a doubleheader at home Thursday to Whitmore Lake.
It was a disappointing evening in coach Dennis Owens’s eyes.
“This was our worst day of volleyball this season,” he said. “We could never really get anything going.”
The Bulldogs were in contention for three of the six games, and not very close in the others.
The Trojans took the opener 25-17, 25-15 and 25-21. In the nightcap, they won 25-22, 25-20 and 25-15. The loss drops Morenci to 3-7-2 overall and 1-3 in the Tri-County Conference.
The top servers were Tess Ramsey 19/20, with seven points; Matea Garcia, 17/19, with three aces and nine points; and Tia Tompkins, 21/24, with three aces and 12 points.
Ramsey gave 15 good assists and Mercedez McCaskey added 12. At the net, Meghan Smith finished with 12 kills and three blocks. Tompkins scored 11 kills and had one block. Phoenix Duncan scored eight kills and made five blocks.
Garcia made 21 digs and fielded 25 serve receptions. Naomi Hoffman made 14 digs and had 30 serve receptions. Duncan had 18 digs and 16 serve receptions. Carolyn Blaker finished with 15 digs and 16 serve receptions.
JV VOLLEYBALL: After a loss to Whiteford Sept. 21, Morenci’s JV volleyball squad came back Thursday to earn a split with Whitmore Lake.
The first match Thursday remained close all the way. The Bulldogs took the opener 25-22, then dropped the second game 23-25. The Trojans ended it with a 15-9 win.
Morenci missed nine serves in the match, said coach Shana Love, and with more concentration at the serving line, the Bulldogs probably could have pulled off a victory.
Morenci won the second match, but it was a battle once again, winning 27-25 and 25-21.
“We played with a much higher energy level and focus this match,” Love said. “I was proud of the way they came back and won the second match after losing the first.”
Jessica Storrs scored six aces on a 15/18 serving night. Ashley VanBrandt went 21/22 with two aces and Emma Binegar finished 15/17 with three aces.
Binegar gave six assists and Erin Vanderpool added three. Hannah Jeffers made 12 digs and Julie Terry had 11. Jeffers also scored five kills.
The Bulldogs just didn’t look like themselves when Whiteford visited last week, Coach Love said.
“We had a hard time getting going each game and dug a hole that was hard to climb out of,” she said.
There were some impressive individual performances, however. Melissa Burk played exceptionally well, Love said, aggressive at the net and even coming up with a few digs. Chloe Molitierno was the Bulldog with a perfect showing at the serving line. Vanderpool gave a good setting performance with only two errors.
Jeffers finished with nine kills. VanBrandt and Vanderpool each made four.
Jeffers made 22 digs, followed by Molitierno with 14 and Storrs with 12.
Vanderpool and Binegar each gave eight assists. Jeffers went 22/24 in serving with seven aces. Storrs was also 22/24, with four aces, and Molitierno went 9/9.
MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Plenty of season-best times were recorded Saturday by Morenci’s cross country runners as they tackled the hilly Pittsford course. Twenty-two teams participated in the annual invitational run.
“I was really impressed with the number of personal records that came a week after Fayette’s relatively flat course,” said coach Brad Brown.
In the freshman boys race, Reagan Stowell placed 14th with his top time of 20:22. Luke Spaulding turned in his best time of the season in the sophomore race at 18:41 for a fifth-place finish. His brother Jake was behind in 11th place at 20:37.
Logan Drummond covered the course in 20:37 in the junior division and Tyler Guelde came through with his best in the senior run at 17:58 for ninth place. The was the rookie runner’s first time under 18 minutes.
Micah Gillen took 28th place at 19:51.
“As a team, we’re getting there,” Brown said.
He sees Morenci battling with Pittsford, Hudson and Litchfield for the third team spot at the state meet. Concord and Hillsdale Academy are expected to take the first two qualifying positions.
The Bulldogs finished sixth at Pittsford. Potterville won easily, led by Andrew Dilernia who posted a 16:44. The course record is 16:18.
Mariah Gillen placed ninth in the freshman girls race, turning in her best of the season at 23:02. In the sophomore run, Taylor Baugh was 28th at 28:29 and Mary Margaret Hollstein was 33rd at 29:40, her best time.
Kourtney Cousino placed 33rd in the girls run at 26:29 and Barbara Hollstein improved to 28:10 to place 33rd in the senior race.
Leslie’s Audrey Tremaine won the race at 19:30.
In the middle school run, Spencer Elliott ran a 13:03 to place 21st and Aubreigh Stowell finished at 20:32.