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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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