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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Jeff Shadbolt sets bowling record 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

As Jeff Shadbolt’s magical night continued, more and more bowlers at Adrian Lenawee Recreation Bowling Center gathered around his alley.

When his play ended, Shadbolt had established a new record at the bowling alley and placed himself in the number three spot in Lenawee County history.

Shadbolt was competing Nov. 30 in the Adrian Commercial League when his extraordinary night occurred.

He rolled a 278 for his first game, a 300 in the second, and a 279 in the third for an 857 series. The middle game marked the sixth 300 game of his career.

His series score broke the previous record set by Darrin Greiwahn in 2007. Records have been kept at the alley since it was built in the 1940s.

Ken Richard of Tecumseh holds the county bowling record at 879.

“It was an amazing night,” Shadbolt said. “I only left four pins standing all night on first balls and I struck 32 out of a possible 36 times.”

One of those four pins standing almost went down.

“I had a wobbly 7 pin in game one that could have fallen,” he said, “and the first two balls in the third game coming off the 300 were very good, just a little faster than the others.”

The pressure built as the night went on and more and more people were keeping an eye on Shadbolt’s game.

“I just kept reminding myself: one shot at a time.”

Shadbolt wants to remain at the high end of his game and experience that kind of bowling again and again.

“I always tell younger guys that good bowlers bowl 300 and great bowlers follow it with something,” he said. “Who knows if you ever get back into those kind of numbers. Wednesday was surely a night I will never forget.”

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