Sports round-up 2011.09.28

Written by David Green.


Fayette’s girls squad scored a fourth-place finish Saturday at the big Van Wert County Hospital run. The Eagles boys took 11th of 17 teams, with Minster winning both the boys and girls races.

Three girls broke the 20-minute mark, led by Kalida’s Jessica Doepker at 19:27.

Fayette’s Melani Seiler was the 12th runner across the line, finishing at 20:49, with Jill Stuckey close behind in 15th place at 21:00.

Liz Maginn was next for Fayette (35th, 22:22), followed by Sarah Kovar (53rd,23:27) and Madelyn Maginn (74th, 24:22).

Four runners finished in the 16-minute range in the boys run, led by Francis Slonkosky of Minster at 16:24.

Skylar Lantz was first for the Eagles at 18:26 for 39th place, with Trevor Cox next in 47th at 18:35.

Other Eagle runners were Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (69th, 18:56); Dylan Stannard (74th, 19:01); Ian Schrock (85th, 19:21); Cole Burkholder (99th, 19:55); Tim Stoltzfus (119th, 20:22); Nathan Seiler (126th, 20:39); Jared Wagner (127th, 20:40) and Dylan Aschemeier (128th, 20:40.)

Fayette’s girls won the BBC Jamboree Sept. 20 at Edon with 35 points, followed by Pettisville with 64 and Stryker with 69.

Seiler edged Edon’s Sabrina Brown, with both runners timed at 20:03.

Stuckey was fourth at 20:42; Liz Maginn sixth at 21:28; Kovar 10th at 23:07; Madelyn Maginn 13th at 23:33; and Ashtyn Baker 22nd at 25:17.

Three boys broke the 17-minute mark, led by Hilltop’s Zach Smith at 16:46. Pettisville won the meet with 42 points and the Eagles were third with 74. Stryker took second place with 64.

Cox placed eighth to lead Fayette at 17:36, topping teammate Lantz who took 12th at 18:09.

Other Eagles were Stannard (16th, 18:47); Goeltzenleuchter (18th, 18:59); Schrock (20th, 19:21); Aschemeier (22nd, 19:30); Wagner (25th, 19:48); Burkholder (29th, 20:03); Stoltzfus (32nd, 20:23); and Seiler (33rd, 20:24).

JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette boys won the Van Wert run, topping the host team by eight points. The girls finished second to Minster.

Boys finishers were Austin Lopez (11th, 11:30); Casen Burkholder (17th, 11:55); Christian Suarez (27th, 12:13); Alex Jaramillo (32nd, 12:20); Joel Smith (78th, 13:13); Jared Seiler (80th, 13:15); Bryce Conklin (90th, 13:23); Mason Maginn (97th, 13:29); Cole Stuckey (125th, 14:02); Jason Stuckey (191st, 16:15).

The girls finishers were Kaela Seiler (6th, 13:00); Haley Perdue (8th, 13:02); Kelsey Fruchey (11th, 13:07); Alexis Fruchey (39th, 14:04); and Taylor Griffiths (43rd, 14:12).

Both Fayette teams claimed first place finishes at the league jamboree.

Burkholder was second overall at 11:41, followed by Lopez (3rd, 11:45); Suarez (5th, 12:11); Jaramillo (8th, 12:30); Seiler (10th, 13:03); Smith (11th, 13:03); Conklin (12th, 13:05); Maginn (13th, 13:07); Cole Stuckey (18th, 14:03); and Jason Stuckey (26th, 15:51.)

Seiler placed second for the girls at 12:37, followed by Perdue (3rd, 12:40) Kelsey Fruchey (5th, 13:04); Alexis Fruchey (7th, 13:31); and Griffiths (9th, 13:49).


Fayette’s golf team placed third at the BBC gathering Friday at Ironwood. Stryker finished on top with 314, followed by North Central with 332 and the Eagles with 369.

Stryker’s Jared DeGroff was medalist with a 76, edging out North Central’s Cole Peterson who scored 77. A pair of Stryker golfers scored 79s.

Riley Martin paced the Eagles with 88 strokes, followed by Zayne Colegrove with 90. Dusty Lantz was one stroke back and Matt Storrs finishe with 116.

ANTWERP—At home Thursday, Martin was medalist with a 39, leading the Eagles to a 168-185 non-league win against Antwerp. Lantz came through with a 40, followed by Jon Boesger (44), Colegrove (45), Alec Hylander (50) and Storrs (51).

STRYKER—Fayette visited Stryker’s course and fell 148-186. The Panthers’ Tanner Clingaman was medalist at 35.

Boesger and Hylander both scored 43s and Storrs had a 49. Lantz and Martin carded 51s and Colegrove had a 52.

NORTH CENTRAL—North Central claimed a 154-189 win against Fayette at DeMor Hills Sept. 13. North Central’s Clayton Vandervorde was medalist with 37.

Boesger was tops for Fayette with 43, followed by Lantz (47), Hylander (49), Martin (50), Storrs (53) and Colegrove (55).


Fayette’s volleyball squad notched a win Sept. 19 against Monclova Christian, winning the match in five games.

“We came out strong, then lost our concentration,” said coach Danni Keefer. “I think we were getting ahead of ourselves, but we came back for the win.”

The Eagles were on their way to a victory with 25-21 and 25-15 wins, then the momentum went the other way. Monclova took the next two, 25-16 and 25-18, but Fayette regrouped for a final 15-11 win to take the match.

State-ranked Edon took a three-game win Sept. 20, but Keefer still saw some good play.

On Thursday Fayette fell to Stryker in three games, 9-25, 8-25 and 7-25. The Panthers have some excellent hitters, Keefer said, and her squad had trouble moving to the ball.

A tri-match Saturday at Hicksville left the Eagles on the short end of a pair of matches. They opened with an exciting 29-27 win against Montpelier, but lost the next two, 15-25 and 16-25.

Against the host team, the Eagles fell in two games, 14-25 and 20-25.

“This Fayette squad has some good qualities and they’re very young,” Coach Keefer said. 

With only two seniors, the Eagles are still learning their teammates’ style of play.

“I do see some very good things and it will come together,” Keefer said. “They have good attitudes and the willingness to work and that is half the battle.”


Morenci and Summerfield together netted 46 yards on the ground and 77 yards in the air. That’s the combined total for both teams.

And with that paltry offense the two teams scored six touchdowns.

It was an odd night of football Friday at Summerfield (4-1), and a distressing one for Morenci (3-2). The Bulldogs made far too many mistakes and took their first TCC loss of the season, falling 29-13.

Summerfield was held to only 82 yards of offense (minus 35 yards lost). That should have been enough for Morenci to win the game, said coach Taz Wallace.

“Defensively we’re playing well, but we need to play well in all three phases of the game,” he said. “We just made too many mistakes.”

Morenci’s punchless offense seemed to be in the hole all night long. Seventy-two yards gained were erased by 72 yards lost. Forty-one yards were gained in the air by the Bulldogs, and more than half of the total came on one play.

So how can two teams score 42 points on just 123 yards of offense? The answer is turnovers.

Each team threw three interceptions. Each team fumbled five times, and Morenci lost three of theirs. Summerfield blocked a punt to get into scoring position and was successful on an on-side kick. A bad snap on a Morenci punt also led to a Summerfield score.

Where the offenses failed, the defenses came through.

“We’re not executing offensively at all,” Wallace said. The Bulldogs gained much more yardage against Hudson, the best team in the area.

It’s true the team lost running back Max Gautz, and there’s some adjustment needed there, but that’s no excuse for the fumbles and dropped balls, Wallace said.

A couple of early errors put the Bulldogs in the hole quickly.

On Morenci’s first possession, a bad snap on a punt gave Summerfield the ball on the Bulldogs’ three-yard line. On the second possession, the punt was blocked and Summerfield took over on the 17 and soon had a 15-0 lead.

Morenci had a costly fumble on its third possession, and it was the defense that got them on the scoreboard. Austin Sandusky grabbed an interception, made a good move and raced 57 yards for a touchdown. Kendrick Taylor’s kick made it 15-7.

Jay Howard intercepted later in the second quarter, but Bulldog quarterback Cody Powell tossed an interception.

Summerfield started the second half with a successful on-side kick, but ended up punting. Howard grabbed another interception on Summerfield’s next possession, but the Bulldogs lost the ball on another interception that was returned for a 37-yard score.

Morenci was intercepted again in the fourth quarter and made its final costly mistake on a Summerfield punt. A Morenci player touched the ball as it rolled past him and Summerfield took possession on the 10-yard line. A touchdown made the score 29-7.

The Bulldogs put together a 50-yard drive, capped by a touchdown pass to Gemonte Gibson who grabbed the ball between two defenders.

It’s frustrating to prepare for a contest all week, Wallace said, then go out Friday night and execute poorly.

Sand Creek

Coach Wallace sees errors as the key to a win Friday at league-leading Sand Creek.

“The team that makes the most mistakes will lose,” he said.

The Aggies are led by talented quarterback Sam Mehan. Look for a spread offense with option plays.

“You can’t beat a good team when you make as many mistakes as we did,” Wallace said. “We’re struggling offensively, but that’s not the whole game. You have to respond to adversity.”


Summerfield packed on the points  in the fourth quarter Thursday in Morenci to defeat the JV Bulldogs 44-16.

Morenci trailed 22-8 at halftime and held Summerfield scoreless for the third quarter as they tried to get back into the game.

The final quarter, Summerfield scored first with 11 minutes remaining, followed by a strong Morenci drive a minute later. The visitors struck twice more to wrap up the game.

Colin Smith scored on a 59-yard run, with Chris Hinkley running the conversion. Caleb Thomas scored on a six-yard run, followed by Smith’s conversion run.

Smith rushed for 138 yards on 16 carries. Thomas gained 61 yards on six carries

Nick Stutzman led the defense with 12 tackles, followed by Thomas with 11, Daiton Lemmon with 10, and Shawn Feltz  and Smith with eight each.

Feltz had a fumble recovery and Malachi Hoffman recovered on on-side kick.

Morenci’s varsity volleyball squad added a pair of league wins last week at Whitmore Lake, sweeping a double-header from the Trojans.

The Bulldogs needed five games in each match to claim the victory.

“We played really hard and just wouldn't give up,” said coach Dennis Owens. “We can play better, but to take a double-header after that long bus ride is something I will take anytime.”

Morenci took the opener 20-25, 25-19, 18-25, 26-26 and 15-11. They won the second match 20-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-9.

This was the Bulldogs first night with all 10 players able to play, with Breanna Gilson's first competition. Their record stands at 10-4-1 and 4-0 in the TCC. 

 Hitting: Brooke Bovee, 39 kills, 2 blocks; Chelsea Phillips, 15 kills, 6 blocks; Matea Garcia, 10 kills; Hannah Jeffers, 4 kills and 4 blocks.

 Setting: Gracia, 40 assists; Bovee 17 assists.

 Passing: Erin Vanderpool, 47 digs, 43/49 service reception; Carolyn Blaker, 31 digs, 22/31 service reception; Jeffers, 29 digs, 30/34 service reception.

 Serving: Garcia 50/51, 5 aces, 31 points; Jeffers, 41/45, 8 aces, 20 points; Bovee, 30/32, 1 ace, 14 points; Blaker, 21/21, 1 ace, 7 points; Phillips, 30/30, 3 aces, 16 points.


Morenci’s junior varsity volleyball squad dropped a pair of matches last week at Whitmore Lake, falling 17-25, 22-25 and 20 - 25, 10-25

The loss brings their record to 2-11.

“We hurt ourselves with several unforced mental and physical errors,” said coach Renae Schaffner. “Missed 18 of 78 serves for 77 percent and we are usually serving 10 points higher than that.”

Cheyenne Travoili scored 11 service points and and went 15/15 from the line.

Melissa Burk finished with five attack kills and three block kills. Rebecca Heinze had four attack kills. Emma Binegar gave nine assists.

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