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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Sports Roundup 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS: Fayette’s top girls turned in fast times at the large Tiffin Invitational cross country event Saturday as the Eagles went up against some strong competition.

Melani Seiler turned in the best place for Fayette, finishing 67th in the varsity girls race with a time of 21:27. Jill Stuckey followed with another good time, taking 74th at 21:40.

Other teammates were Liz Maginn (131st, 22:51), Sarah Kovar (175th, 23:56), Maddie Maginn (209th, 24:43) and Ashtyn Baker (257th, 26:22).

In the boys race, Dalton Goeltzenleuchter placed 181st at 19:32, followed by Ian Schrock (192nd, 19:44), Cole Burkholder (245th, 21:49), Nathan Seiler (239th, 21:31), Jared Wagner (211th, 20:20), Dylan Aschemeier (231st, 20:51) and Dylan Stannard (261st, 23:06).

Fayette junior high boys placed third overall, led by Casen Burkholder (6th, 12:11) and Austin Lopez (11th, 12:26).

Other Eagles finishers were Alex Jaramillo (29th, 13:08), Christian Suarez (34th, 13:14), Bryce Conklin (49th, 13:33) and Jerad Seiler (63rd, 13:47).

Fayette’s girls placed fifth: Kaela Seiler (19th, 13:38), Haley Perdue (20th, 13:39), Kelsey Fruchey (28th, 14:05), Alexis Fruchey (54th, 14:44) and Taylor Griffiths (69th, 15:05).

FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s Riley Martin enjoyed the home course Sept. 30, blazing across DeMor Hills for medalist honors with a 37.

Dusty Lantz wasn’t far behind at 40 strokes to help lead the Eagles to a 178-197 BBC victory against Edon.

Jon Boesger was next at 50, followed by Zayne Colegrove and Matt Storrs who each carded 51s. Alec Hylander finished at 54.

Edon’s top scorer came through with 46.

MORENCI CROSS: Morenci’s Luke Spaulding turned in his best time ever at Hudson’s course Sept. 6 with an 18:20 to place fifth overall at the Hudson Invitational.

His brother Jake was next for the Bulldogs at 19:32 in 13th place, followed by Reagan Stowell (21st, 20:28) and Spencer Elliott (34th, 22:19).

Addison’s Stephan Biggs won the race with a time of 16:50.

Morenci’s Tatyana Pless placed second in the girls race at 22:15, far behind the winner, Shaley Albaugh from Hillsdale Academy who finished at 19:51.

Mariah Gillen took ninth at 24:20, Taylor Baugh was 26th at 27:19 and Mary Margaret Hollstein placed 43rd at 35:44.

With only four runners in each race, the Bulldogs didn’t post a team score.

MORENCI FOOTBALL: Of course it had to happen on the longest road trip of the season.

After making the 80-mile drive to Whitmore Lake (0-3), Morenci’s football team faced a long series of weather delays.

By the time the Bulldogs (2-1) walked off the field for the final time, with a 33-14 TCC victory, it was nearly 11:30 p.m.

There was never more than a drizzle when the players were on the field, said coach Taz Wallace, but every new flash of lightning took players off the field for 30 minutes.

“It was a sloppy game,” Wallace said, “but we went out there and got it done. We did some good things.”

The Bulldogs also made some mistakes and one of those led to a Whitmore Lake touchdown. One incident was a blown assignment and the other resulted from a wrong line-up.

“Those are the things you have to eliminate,” he said. “We still need to improve.”

Morenci scored on its first possession of the game when quarterback Cody Powell hit Austin Sandusky for a 56-yard pass play. Kendrick Taylor kicked to make it 7-0.

The Trojans matched that early in the second quarter with their own 56-yard pass play, but Morenci added two more touchdowns—both by Max Gautz—before halftime.

After a Whitmore Lake fumble, Gautz traveled 39 yards on the next play.

With time running out in the half, Gautz crossed the goal line from one yard out with just 15 seconds on the clock. Taylor kicked the PAT on both scores for a 21-6 lead.

The Trojans closed the gap to 21-14 on a touchdown run and conversion pass late in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth.

Morenci’s defense did the job for the next score when Gemonte Gibson moved in to grab a Trojan pass and race 55 yards to the end zone.

“We put pressure up front and the quarterback threw the ball up,” Wallace said.

With two minutes to play and the Trojans facing a fourth-and-43 situation, a bad snap gave Morenci the ball. Sandusky ran the next play for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 33-14.

Although Morenci was the clear leader on the scoreboard, Whitmore Lake nearly tallied as many yards rushing, finishing with only four yards less. The Bulldog defense socked the Trojans with a loss of 71 yards for a total of 77 yards on the ground. Whitmore Lake, with its 34-player roster, lost the ball once on a fumble and three times on interceptions. Jay Howard had one interception and Gibson grabbed a pair.

The Trojans attempted 30 passes and netted 152 yards on 13 completions. Their quarterback was caught behind the line several times and netted negative 23 yards rushing.

Powell completed five of 13 attempts for 89 yards—most of that on Sandusky’s touchdown play. Gautz led in rushing yards with 72 on 14 attempts.

“We haven’t established our running game yet,” Coach Wallace said.


After three games on the road, the Bulldogs finally have a show for their home fans Friday. Madison (1-2) visits for the second league contest of the season.

The Trojans have a quarterback capable of passing, Coach Wallace said, and some overall team speed.

If Madison goes with their same game plan, the Bulldogs will face a pass-oriented team this week.

“That will be a new challenge for the kids,” he said.

Wallace has had enough bus rides for a while.

“It’s going to be great to be home,” he said.

JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s junior varsity football team picked up a league win Thursday without ever stepping onto the field.

Whitmore Lake canceled its trip to Morenci claiming a shortage of players.

The Bulldogs will travel Thursday to Madison for a 6 p.m. contest.

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