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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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Sports round-up 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BOYS BASKETBALL: A close game changed suddenly in the second quarter last week at Fayette, leading to a big 67-40 victory over Morenci for the Eagle boys.

After a missed three-point attempt by the Bulldogs, Fayette (5-3) took a 19-16 lead with less than three minutes to play in the first half.

The Bulldogs (1-6) missed another three, but Fayette’s Jessie Rodriguez connected from outside the arc. Morenci missed a shot, Rodriguez hit another three. 

Morenci turned the ball over and Trevor Cox scored for a 27-16 lead. Kevin Ferguson connected on a lay-up underneath the basket.

The Bulldogs added one point on a free throw, but Cox topped that with a last-second three-pointer and a 15-point lead, 32-17. The Bulldogs were outscored 22-8 in the second quarter.

Morenci started to recover in the third quarter with buckets by Austin Sandusky, Daiton Lemmon and a three-pointer by Luke Craig to cut Fayette’s lead to 10, but that soon went awry.

Rodriguez hit a three and soon hit three shots from the line after he was fouled. When Cox scored with 1:20 to play in the quarter, the Eagles’ lead broke 20 points and it only got worse from there.

After so many close contests this season, Fayette coach Todd Mitchell said it was nice to just sit down and watch the game in the final quarter.

Fayette turned the ball over only seven times while Morenci lost possession 18 times.

“That’s what we really emphasized in practice,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got to start scoring off our defense.”

Rodriguez and Ferguson each finished with three steals. Cox and Zayne Colegrove each collected five rebounds. Simon Jeffers led Morenci with six rebounds and Craig finished with five.

FAYETTE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fayette’s varsity girls couldn’t shake North Central until the final quarter at home Friday, finally posting a 41-35 league win.

The visitors closed a seven-point deficit at the end of the first quarter and the game was locked in a tie going into the final period.

Six-for-nine shooting from the line made the difference down the stretch.

Ashtyn Baker was the leading scorer with 16 points, followed by Paige Keefer with 10. Reba Rash shot five for eight from the line.

Swanton took an early lead and held on to it Monday to post a 47-34 non-league win over Fayette.

Baker scored four three-pointers and led scoring with 15. Makayla Smith added two from outside the arc and finished with 10 points.

MORENCI BOYS: Morenci had its outside game in order Friday at Lenawee Christian School, but the Bulldogs needed more than that.

Morenci 10 three-point shots weren’t enough to stop the Cougars who claimed a 79-64 non-conference win.

LCS was on top 17-10 after a quarter, and even though Morenci kept pace in the second period, they couldn’t overtake the Cougars’ lead.

Luke Craig hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points. Alex Tompkins hit three long shots and finished with 13 points. Jalen Porter scored 25.

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