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.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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