Sports round-up 2011.09.21

Written by David Green.

MORENCI FOOTBALL: Madison turned the ball over; Morenci took advantage of the gift.

Four fumbles lost, three passes given away—the Bulldogs (3-1) used those to claim a 39-6 TCC victory over the Trojans (1-3) for their second league win of the season.

It was only a win for Morenci Friday night. The team also experienced a loss. Senior Max Gautz, a leader on both sides of the ball, suffered what his doctor believes is a torn ACL in his knee. If that’s the case, his season ended on the fourth-quarter punt return when he was injured.

Someone had to step up and fill the gap after his injury, said Bulldog coach Taz Wallace, and that’s what needs to be done Friday when Morenci travels to Summerfield.

Wallace was pleased with his squad’s performance Friday.

“I think we played well,” he said. “We gave a good, physical game. We made some mistakes and we still need to eliminate penalties. We’ve doing a better job of it.”

After Austin Sandusky intercepted a Madison pass in the first quarter, the Bulldogs needed only four plays to reach the end zone. Gautz scored on a five-yard run.

Cody Powell intercepted next and led Morenci on a 10-play scoring drive. Sandusky carried the final two yards.

In the second quarter, Morenci got possession on a fumble and drove 47 yards to the goal line. Hayze Wolf brought in a pass from Powell for a 27-yard scoring play.

Sandusky scored from four yards out in the third quarter and the Bulldogs took a 27-0 lead. After the injury to Gautz, Morenci moved the ball 74 yards to score, with Sandusky sprinting the final 28 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Jay Howard intercepted and raced 53 yards for a touchdown.

Lucas Hollstein led the defensive effort with 10 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries. Wolf and Howard were each in on seven tackles. Simon Jeffers notched four solo tackles.

Coach Wallace was pleased with his team’s pass defense, pressuring the quarterback who completed just three of 22 attempts.

Sandusky was the leading ball carrier with 77 yards, followed by Gautz with 60 and KC Clegg with 53.

MORENCI JV FOOTBALL: Morenci’s JV football team racked up the points last week at Madison, but they weren’t the only ones. Madison followed suit in the 56-42 win for the Bulldogs.

After leading by only 22-18 late in the second quarter, Morenci scored 14 points in the final 26 seconds of the half to take a 36-18 lead.

The Bulldogs scored again early in the third quarter, but Madison scored the next two touchdowns to keep the game interesting. 

Both teams added more points in the fourth.

Colin Smith scored on runs of 52 yards, 70 yards, five yards and 12 yards. He ran two conversions.

Smith passed to Derrick Tule for a 12-yard touchdown and to Daiton Lemmon for a 28-yard touchdown.

Chris Hinkley scored on a 75-yard kickoff return and Torin Merillat scored on a three-yard run. Merillat also had a conversion run.

Smith completed three of three passing attempts for 45 yards. Morenci tallied 401 yards of rushing behind the offensive line of Shawn Feltz, Malachi Hoffman, Nicholas Pless, Hunter Borton, Jacob Morin, Tule and Lemmon.

Smith rushed for 276 yards on 18 attempts. Michael Heinze added 74 yards on 10 attempts.

On defense, Nick Stutzman led with nine tackles. Hinkley made three interceptions and Dalton McCowan made two fumble recoveries.

“We blocked well and ran the ball well,” said coach Dan Hoffman, “but we certainly need to improve tackling.”

MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci swept a pair of matches from Sand Creek Sept. 13 to open the league season.

The victories move the Bulldogs’ overall record to 8-4-1.

“We had almost two weeks off and I was worried we might be stale,” said coach Dennis Owens, “but I was really pleased with our effort.”

He said he Bulldogs were a little slow with their blocking and serve reception was not what it should have been, but there was plenty to like.

“Everyone served well and our back row movement was the best of the season,” he said.

Brooke Bovee had a fantastic night at the net, Owens said, with 41 kills and a block, and the whole team served well.

Morenci took the opener 25-12, 23-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-4, then followed with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 win.

Passing: Hannah Jeffers, 27 digs, 29/36 service reception; Erin Vanderpool, 25 digs, 30/31 service reception.

Serving: Matea Garcia, 49/50, 7 aces, 39 service points; Jeffers, 33/36, 5 aces, 23 points; Carolyn Blaker, 26/26, 4 aces, 15 points; Bovee, 25-25, 4 aces, 12 points

Setting: Garcia, 28 assists; Bovee, 11 assists

Hitting: Bovee, 41 kills, 1 block; Garcia, 9 kills; Chelsea Phillips, 7 kills, 3 blocks.

MORENCI JV VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s JV volleyball team members continue to improve their game as they spilt their pool play matches Saturday at Hudson tournament.

In pool play, the Bulldogs lost a close match to Jackson Northwest, 24-25, 25-22, 18-25, then came back to defeat Lenawee Christian School, 25-24, 25-18, 19-25.

Hudson knocked them out of the tournament in the semifinals of the Silver Division, 16-25, 21-25.

Ali Piercy scored 13 kills and went 17/18 from the serving line. Melissa Burk scored 14 kills and Rebecca Heinze added 11, including four block kills.

Hilary Falor missed only one of 31 serves and Emma Binegar had 12 setting assists.

In a loss Sept. 13 to Sand Creek,  libero Julie Terry led the defensive effort with her leadership and a strong game.

In a double-header loss to Whiteford on Thursday, Falor was perfect from the serving line at 18/18 and Piercy went 10/10. Binegar scored nine kills and was good on 56 of 57 setting attempts.

The JVs’ record stands at 2-10.

MIDDLE SCHOOL—Morenci’s middle school volleyball teams both scored victories Monday against Sand Creek to open the 2011 season. 

The girls are coached by Ashley Joughin and Kay Johnson.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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