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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Two Bulldogs win state track titles 2012.06.06

Written by David Green.


It’s not over ‘til it’s over, and for Morenci’s two state champions, it certainly wasn’t over until the end.

brooke.boveeNeither Brooke Bovee nor Austin Sandusky had the lead heading down the final stretch of their races Saturday at the state track and field finals at Jenison High School.

Bovee, Morenci’s junior hurdler, had the race tied by her second to the last hurdle of the 300-meter race and was in control at the final hurdle to claim her victory.

For Sandusky, the freshman sprinter, it wasn’t until he lunged with his head at the finish line to win his 400-meter dash race, but even that wasn’t the end. He found out later that his time tied a runner from the first heat and the two shared the prize.

For Morenci coach Brad Brown, it was the first state title since 2003 when Ryan McDowell took the 300-meter hurdle championship. And with Bovee’s accomplishment, it marked the first time a female title was won since Brown started coaching here.

“Brooke was considerably behind the first-place girl going into the home stretch,” Brown said. He figures she was at least 10 meters behind with 100 yet to run.

She slowly pulled away from another competitor and with two hurdles yet to go, she pulled even with the leader. At that point, Brown was sure he had a winner.

“She had a look on her face that I hadn’t seen before,” he said. “I really thought she was going to get the job done.”

The win was a little unexpected because Brown thought Bovee had her best shot in the 100-meter hurdle race earlier in the day. Her 100 time was right there at her best for the season, but she still came in third.

She knew she ran a good race, Brown said, and that helped her prepare mentally for the next one.

“She went into the 300s with a better perspective,” he said. “I think that mindset helped her win it.”

Austin.SanduskyBovee recorded a time of :15.58 in the 100-meter race, behind the leader at :15.37 and second place at :15.58. In the 300s, she crossed the line at :47.55, with second place trailing at :48.42.

At the start of the season, Coach Brown was worried about Bovee’s chances in the 300-meter race because she lacked conditioning after choosing not to play basketball. Hard work brought her back into shape at the right time.

Coach Brown can’t recall ever hearing of a tie between two runners in different heats, with the time the same to three decimal points, but that’s what happened to Austin Sandusky.

Brown wasn’t even sure if the freshman won his own heat when he saw him cross the line. Less than a quarter of a second covered the first three runners.

His winning time through the fully automated system was :50.917.

Sandusky got a break when another runner scratched out of the race. This moved him from lane six to lane two where he could keep an eye on the competition.

“It’s definitely a benefit to watch the others,” Brown said, “but I think he ran it pretty much as he normally does.”

“Normal” might be an odd word to use since Sandusky is still fairly new to the 400-meter event and practice time was limited since he was a starter on the baseball team.

Sandusky began the day with 100-meter dash runs. He placed fourth in his first run to advance to the semifinals, then took a third to move on to the finals.

He placed fourth overall at :11.40, edging out familiar foes from Addison and Summerfield.

“That’s what it takes at the state meet,” Brown said about Sandusky’s preliminary races. “You need to run your best in each one.”

Nine year had passed since Morenci had a state champion.

“To get two on one day is something special,” Brown said.

PLESS—Sophomore Tatyana Pless got off to too fast of a start in the 1600-meter race.

“She got caught up in the adrenaline of the race and she paid for it by the third lap,” Coach Brown said. 

She finished the race at 5:46—not her best of the season—but got the experience of running in the state meet, Brown said, and now has the incentive to return and improve.

GLECKER—Morenci nearly had two medal-winners in the 300-meter hurdlers. Freshman Madi Glecker placed third in her heat, but the two ahead of her were top-eight medal-winners.

Her time of :50.1 was good for ninth place, just 0.3 second away from all-state status.

Two Div. IV records were set Saturday. Jacob Patrick of Litchfield threw the discus 190 feet and Adam Abbott of Detroit Cristo Rey long jumped 22-3.75.

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