FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Darrell Randall added another invitational title to his tally Saturday by winning the Edgerton run.
Fayette’s varsity teams both earned fourth-place finishes.
Randall crossed the line at 16:51 to place first, followed by Trevor Cox (12th, 17:47); Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (39th, 18:38); Tim Stoltzfus (43rd, 18:56); Chandler Sanford (53rd, 19:21); Tyler Keefer (60th, 19:40); Hunter Colegrove (72nd, 19:51); Ian Schrock (77th, 20:02); Dusty Lantz (83rd, 20:15); Clay Burkholder (86th, 20:19); Dylan Aschemeier (91st, 20:35); Tyler Cox (93rd, 20:38); Nathan Seiler (102nd, 21:00); Jonathan Boesger (134th, 23:31); and Alec Hylander (138th, 25:40).
Melani Seiler placed eighth to lead the Eagles’ girls team with a time of 21:09. She was followed by Jill Stuckey (12th, 21:52); Madelyn Maginn (33rd, 23:20); Ashtyn Baker (52nd, 24:06); Sarah Kovar (61st, 24:35); and Sydney Brown (70th, 25:18).
JUNIOR HIGH—In the junior high race, Skylar Lantz took third at 11:40, followed by Dylan Stannard (7th, 12:05); Jared Wagner (13th, 12:42); Casen Burkholder (16th, 12:50); Mark Maginn (19th, 12:52); Joel Smith (42nd, 13:59); and Jerad Seiler (49th, 14:23). The boys placed second.
Liz Maginn finished in eighth place at 13:38, followed by Alexis Fruchey (24th, 14:24); Taylor Griffiths (25th, 14:25); Miranda Minzey (37th, 15:43); and Adriana Hylander (58th, 17:31). Fayette finished fifth.
FAYETTE JV VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s JV spikers played close for one game against North Central, then fell apart in the deciding contest.
North Central won the opener 25-17 before cruising to a 25-9 victory.
Taylor Hartman had eight good serves, followed by Brittney Croskey with four and Allison Cuff with three.
Cuff made two good hits, coach Alissa Stockburger said, and Jessica White also had a good offensive game.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: OK, now we know: Summerfield is the team that belongs on top of the Tri-County Conference.
The visitors remained unbeaten this season after turning a 21-14 third-quarter lead into a 35-14 victory Friday in Morenci.
The win places Summerfield (6-0) in the playoffs for the third consecutive year, while Morenci (3-3) needs to win its final three contests to be assured post-season play.
That quest starts at home Friday when arch-rival Sand Creek visits for the Bulldogs’ homecoming.
The Aggies (2-4) started their season with a pair of losses before posting a come-from-behind win against Clinton in the league opener. Sand Creek lost to Whiteford and Summerfield before trampling Whitmore Lake last week.
The Aggies couldn’t score against Summerfield, but their defense held the Trojans to 20 points.
“They’re a very solid team,” said Morenci coach Tom Saylor. “I expect we’re in for a tough game.”
The Aggies will visit Morenci with one thing on their minds, Saylor said: Getting a win to help salvage a disappointing season.
Saylor is sure the Aggies will have more depth, while he’s left with 10 players seeing action on both sides of the ball.
Sand Creek is running a shallow shotgun offense, Saylor said, with lots of plays off the option. The Bulldogs will need to avoid the turn-overs that helped Summerfield to their win.
“Turn-overs were our enemy,” Coach Saylor said.
The Bulldogs lost possession on two interceptions and a fumble on a big run.
But it was more than turn-overs that set Morenci back.
“I told the kids in a meeting Sunday night there were four key things that happened: They out-hit us. They out-hustled us. They out-hearted us and then they out-smarted us.”
Summerfield was the better team, he said, and his squad just didn’t hit as hard.
Morenci stopped the visitors after the opening kickoff, but the Bulldogs fumbled on their own 41 and Summerfield soon scored.
Morenci couldn’t get its hands on an on-side kick and Summerfield took possession on the Bulldogs’ 40. Two plays later a touchdown pass put them on top 15-0.
A 38-yard pass from Brett Bovee to Lucas Hollstein propelled Morenci down field before Bovee passed to Jay Howard for a touchdown.
After Jacob McVay jumped on a Summerfield fumble, Morenci drove inside the visitor’s 30-yard line before losing the ball on an interception. The visitors scored again just before intermission for a 21-6 lead.
A long third-quarter drive closed the gap to 21-14 when Bovee connected again with Howard, but Summerfield quickly came back for another score.
The Bulldogs made it back inside Summerfield’s 30-yard line when another interception ended their hopes.
“We had 300 yards of offense,” Saylor said. “That’s enough to beat most teams.”
MORENCI JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s JV football team needed a good challenge, said coach Ryan Love, and they got it last week when they visited Summerfield.
Morenci returned home undefeated with a 40-28 victory and gave Summerfield its first loss of the season.
“It was an outstanding game,” Love said. “Coach Bostick and I wondered how the kids would respond in a tight game. They didn’t quit on themselves or on each other. This is where the heart and determination of the kids came through.”
Summerfield cut Morenci’s lead to four points early in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs came back for another touchdown and kept the host team out of the end zone.
Summerfield took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter on two passing touchdowns. The Bulldogs got their points when Colin Smith capped a long drive with a seven-yard run. KC Clegg added two points.
Cody Powell ended a long drive in the second quarter with a five-yard run. Smith passed to John Michael Martinez for the conversion and a 16-14 lead.
Powell jumped on a Summerfield fumble and he later scored from a yard out. Clegg added two points. After a Summerfield punt, Clegg scored on a 23-yard run with 38 seconds before half-time. Powell’s conversion run made it 32-14.
In the third quarter, Morenci fumbled on Summerfield’s 11. An 89-yard pass play closed the gap to 32-22. Summerfield added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 32-28.
Then came the drive of the season, Coach Love said. The Bulldogs reached Summerfield’s 27-yard line, but soon faced a fourth-and-eight situation. The ball was given to Clegg on a sweep. He followed blocking, then cut back across the middle and made it to the end zone. He also ran the conversion for the final 40-28 score.
Summerfield drove to Morenci’s 12, but a fumble went into Powell’s hands and he dropped to the ground. The Bulldogs were able to run out the clock.
Morenci amassed 409 yards on the ground. Clegg covered 242 on 30 carries. Powell finished with 152 on 33 tries.
Powell made four solo tackles and Clay Harvey was also in on four.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s volleyball squad captured a tri-match Saturday, downing Emmanuel Christian in the opener before turning back Fayette.
“We played pretty well and had a lot of people give good contributions,” coach Dennis Owens said. “It was a good, balanced performance by the girls.”
Emmanuel fell 25-8, 25-16 and 25-20. Against Fayette, the Bulldogs prevailed 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17.
Tess Ramsey gave a perfect serving performance on 26 attempts. She scored one ace and 15 service points. Meghan Smith went 31/33 with four aces and 22 points. Other servers included Tia Tompkins, 26/28 with one ace and 19 points; Phoenix Duncan, 19/20 with one ace, 13 points; Chelsea Phillips 22/26 with four aces and 18 points; Mercedez McCaskey 11/13 with one ace and seven points.
At the net, Tompkins made 17 kills and two blocks; Smith had 13 kills and one block; Duncan had 12 kills and two blocks; Phillips made eight kills and one block.
Ramsey and McCaskey both gave 19 assists and Brooke Bovee added nine.
Duncan finished with 27 digs and 11 serve receptions; Tompkins, 18 digs and 16 serve receptions; Naomi Hoffman, 19 digs and 18 serve receptions.
SUMMERFIELD—Visiting Summerfield won the opening game, but after that it was all Morenci. The Bulldogs won the TCC match in four games, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19.
“We played very well as a team in this match,” Coach Owens said. “After losing the first game, we came back strong in this TCC win. We were very aggressive at the net in hitting and blocking. Phoenix Duncan had a huge night in hitting with 24 kills.”
Summerfield did a lot of tipping, Owens said, and that gave Morenci some problems in the first game.
“We made a couple of adjustments and turned the match around,” he said.
Ramsey (17/17, 11 points) and Smith (16/16, one ace and eight points) were both perfect at the serving line. Tompkins finished at 19/21 with one ace and 13 points.
Ramsey gave 24 assists, McCaskey added 12, Bovee gave 10.
In addition to her 24 kills Duncan also made one block. Tompkins scored 13 kills and made three blocks, Smith scored seven kills and made one block, and Bovee added three blocks.
Duncan made nine digs and fielded 15 serve receptions. Tompkins made nine digs and 21 serve receptions.
MORENCI JV VOLLEYBALL: Saturday proved to be an on-again, off-again day for Morenci’s JV volleyball team at the Sand Creek Invitational.
“We split with every team we played in pool play,” coach Shana Love said. “One game we looked great, and the next we looked off.”
The Bulldogs still managed to finish in the middle of eight teams.
“Ashley VanBrandt played very aggressively at the net and Jessica Storrs served very well, digging us out of a few slumps,” Love said.
In pool play, Morenci split with Britton-Deerfield 21-18, 16-21; with Hillsdale Academy 16-21, 21-9; and with Sand Creek 21-19, 16-21. In the semifinals, the Bulldogs dropped a pair to Summerfield, 19-25, 17-25.
Hannah Jeffers finished with 12 kills and VanBrandt had nine. Leading servers were Erin Vanderpool, 12/17; Emma Binegar, 24/30; Jeffers, 33/36; Chloe Molitierno, 19/22; VanBrandt, 18/22; and Storrs, 37/41.
The leading diggers were Jeffers and Storrs with 21 each, Julie Terry with 15 and Molitierno with 12.
Vanderpool gave six assists and Binegar furnished seven.
SUMMERFIELD—Morenci dropped two close games to visiting Summerfield, 21-25 and 20-25.
“We played well,” Coach Love said. “We just couldn't finish.”
The leading diggers were Jeffers with 12, and Molitierno and VanBrandt with nine each. Binegar and Vanderpool each gave six assists.
VanBrandt had the only strong serving match, making 12 of 13 attempts.
At the net, Jeffers made seven kills while Cheyenne Travioli, Melissa Burk and Taylor Schisler each made three.
MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Morenci’s Tyler Guelde turned in a career-best 17:41 at a Tri-County Conference jamboree last week at Sand Creek to lead the Bulldog squad.
Whitmore Lake’s boys easily posted another first-place finish in the second jamboree of the season. Morenci was third behind Madison.
Guelde finished in fifth place, leading teammates Luke Spaulding (8th, 18:00); Jake Spaulding (15th, 19:07); Micah Gillen (22nd, 20:08); Reagan Stowell (23rd, 20:17); Logan Drummond (26th, 20:49); and new-comer Corey Williams (39th, 23:05). Luke Spaulding and Stowell each gave their fastest runs of the season.
Madison’s girls placed first, ahead of Clinton and Whiteford, while the Bulldogs took fifth of six teams.
Mariah Gillen was Morenci’s best runner with a 13th-place 23:58, followed by Barbara Hollstein (34th, 27:25); Taylor Baugh (38th, 28:32); Kourtney Cousino (41st, 29:04); and Mary Margaret Hollstein (48th, 30:48). Barbara Hollstein and Baugh ran their best races of the season.
HASLETT—Morenci’s runners faced some larger schools Saturday at the Haslett Invitational, along with a few familiar faces.
The Bulldog boys squad finished eighth of 12 teams, just behind Hudson and ahead of Pittsford. Jackson Lumen Christi was the winner.
Guelde placed 16th at 18:09, followed by Luke Spaulding (26th, 18:37); Jake Spaulding (46th, 19:34); Gillen (50th, 19:42); Drummond, (57th, 20:21); Stowell (64th, 20:58); and Williams (79th, 22:54).
Southfield Christian’s Victor Allen won the race at 16:22, one of four runners who finished below 17 minutes.
Allen’s time also beat the best from the Div. I and II schools, but that wasn’t the case in the girls run. A Walled Lake Western girl crossed the finish line at 18:00 in the large school race.
Mickey Ludlow of Jackson Lumen Christi won the Div. III and IV race at 19:55, and Lumen Christi also took the team title.
Gillen led the Bulldogs with a 28th-place finish at 23:06, followed by Cousino (59th, 27:24); Barbara Hollstein (62nd, 27:43); Baugh (68th, 28:47); and Mary Margaret Hollstein (73rd, 30:26).