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.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    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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