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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Morenci girls basketball team wins quarterfinals 03.23.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

It was anything but a calm, restful atmosphere in Morenci’s locker room March 15 in Jackson.

The Bulldogs were playing their first quarterfinal game in nearly 40 years and trailing Athens by six points—eight points until Tia Tompkins hit a bucket at the buzzer.

“It was pretty loud at the half-time break,” said Bulldog coach Tim Yatzek. “We were playing poorly but trailing by only six points.”

Yatzek remembers asking his squad if this is where they wanted it to end, in the Jackson High School field house instead of at MSU’s Breslin Center.

“They responded well,” Yatzek said about the third quarter play. “We started to do the things we needed to do, the things we worked on specifically for Athens.”

Take rebounds, for example. There were times when the Indians notched three and four rebounds on a single possession.

“That’s one of the things we worked on,” Yatzek said, “but we were standing around and trying to out-jump them instead of boxing out.”

It was a more confident Morenci team that took the floor for the second half. Tompkins got an early steal and Matea Garcia scored. Later, Tompkins turned and shot followed by another Athens turnover.

The Bulldogs were slow in their recovery on the scoreboard, but they finally took the lead at 4:15 on a three-pointer from Mercedez McCaskey, and they never gave it up.

A nine-point lead slipped to three, 38-35, at 5:13 in the fourth with Tompkins on the bench after her fourth foul. Athens eventually pulled to within one, 39-38.

McCaskey hit another three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a little breathing space, but it didn’t last long.

With a two-point lead and 2:28 yet to play, the Bulldogs missed two free throws but the Indians still couldn’t come back. Tompkins hit a pair from the line with 1:25 remaining to lead 44-40.

Athens hit a bucket with 39 seconds left and it was up to Brooke Bovee to seal it off with two chances at the line and 10 seconds to play.

She missed her first shot, then missed the second and it was suddenly up to Tompkins to assure a trip to the semifinals. She grabbed the rebound and put it through the hoop for a 46-42 victory.

Bovee, a sophomore, carried the team with her ball handling against the tough Athens defense.

“She played her heart out,” Coach Yatzek said. “She really wanted it.”

Bovee also hit 10 of 14 from the line to finish with 14 points, just behind Tompkins’s 16.

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