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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Sports round-up 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci volleyball coach Dennis Owens was happy with his squad’s showing Saturday in the season opener at Addison, but there’s still a lot of work to do to prepare for league play.

There’s also some players to get into action.

Coach Owens went to Addison with only seven players dressed for a four-match day.

“With only seven players available on the conditions on the day, I am pleased with the total picture from Saturday,” he said, “but we have a lot to work on for sure.”

Owens is expecting Chelsea Phillips to play next week after her recovery from illness. Jessica Storrs is likely to miss at least two weeks yet and Breanna Gilson should join the squad by the end of September when she expects to get clearance for participation following a knee injury.

The Bulldogs started the day with a big winner over Litchfield, 25-4, 25-6. Brooke Bovee served 17 straight points to finish off the opener and Matea Garcia served 14 in a row to start game two.

Jonesville fell 25-22, 25-15, although Morenci never had the lead in the first game until 22-21 off a serve by Erin Vanderpool.

League foe Madison downed Morenci 25-18, 25-13, then went on to win the tournament by defeating Clinton in the finals. Morenci stayed close in the first game, trailing 16-19 and 17-21.

In bracket play, Morenci trailed Addison 17-18 before falling 17-25. In the second game—what Owens calls the Bulldogs’ only bad game of the day—Addison took a 25-10 win to leave Morenci with a 2-2 record in its first outing of the season.

Serving—Bovee, 37/37, 9 aces, 26 points; Garcia, 38/41, 7 aces, 28 points; Vanderpool, 22/26, 4 aces, 14 points; Carolyn Blaker, 17/18, 2 aces, 8 points and Hannah Jeffers, 18/21, 3 aces and 8 points.

Attacks: Bovee, 24 kills and 4 blocks; Garcia, 17 kills and 2 blocks; Jeffers, 8 kills and 1 block; Taylor Schisler, 2 blocks

Passing: Vanderpool, 42 digs; Bovee, 23 digs; Blaker, 20 digs; Jeffers, 19 digs

Setting: Garcia, 23 assists; Bovee, 16 assists.

FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s golfers earned a dual win and  second-place in a quad match in early-season action.

Riley Martin and Jon Boesger tied for medalist honors in a dual match against Evergreen Aug. 16, with the Eagles taking a 176-190 victory.

Zayne Colegrove carded a 45 and Dusty Lantz followed with a 47.

Fayette also nipped the Vikings with the second team, 214-215, led by Matt Storrs with 47. Alec Hylander finished with a 52, followed by Tiffany Bates at 57 and Michael Brubaker at 58.

Friday at Ironwood, Archbold took a big win with 164 strokes, followed by Fayette with 184, Ayersville with 214 and Pettisville with 224.

An Archbold golfer was medalist with 39. For the Eagles, Boesger was tops at 43, followed by Lantz, 46; Martin, 47; Colegrove, 48; Storrs, 58; and Skylar Lantz, 64.

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