Sports round-up 2012.11.07

Written by David Green.

MORENCI CROSS:

Morenci has its second all-state cross country girl in school history following the state finals Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Bulldog junior Tatyana Pless finished among the top 30 runners in the Div. IV race to claim all-state honors, Morenci’s first girl to achieve the feat since Leonie VanderHoff in 2000.

Pless slipped into the top group with a 29th-place finish and her season best run at 20:10.5. Classmate Mariah Gillen just missed the cut by taking 34th place with her career best time of 20:17.8.

“I thought one of them might make it in for all-state and one wouldn’t,” said Morenci coach Brad Brown. “They were on the bubble and they’ve gone back and forth on who finishes first.”

Gillen was disappointed with her finish, he said, but Pless was the first one to console her with a hug when the results were announced.

Gillen qualified for the state meet as a freshman and Brown said it was a great accomplishment for her to return and produce a much better time.

Pless was also a qualifier in Div. III as a freshman and she made strong gains throughout the season.

“She really made tremendous strides,” said Coach Brown, “not just athletically but also in the team aspect.”

Those two could face even more of a challenge in their senior year, Brown noted, since only three of this season’s all-staters are seniors.

Sophomore Madi Gleckler placed 139th at 22:06, followed by sophomore Sammy Mikuski, 171st at 22:48; senior Taylor Baugh, 210th at 24:11; senior Maëlle Delhaise, 219th at 24:58; and freshman Andy Mikuski, 237th at 27:12.

Brown was pleased that Baugh was able to close out her career at the state finals.

Morenci finished 17th as a team, about where they were expected to end up based on rankings.

Morenci’s top male runner, Luke Spaulding, gave his career best time with a 63rd-place finish at 17:19. 

“He saved his best for last,” Brown said about the senior, “and I can’t ask for more than that.”

Junior Reagan Stowell lowered his time to 18:16 for 135th place and senior Jake Spaulding was near his best at 18:49 for 176th.

“Both teams were incredibly enjoyable to work with,” Brown said. “I was happy with the season we had and I’m looking forward to next year.”

 

MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s volleyball team was ousted from the Class D district tournament at home last week by Lenawee Christian School.

The Cougars won the match in three sets and went on to win the district title Friday night against Camden-Frontier.

LCS toppled the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19.

In the opening game, an ace serve by Emma Binegar kept the score close at 6-8, and when a serve from Hannah Jeffers wasn’t returned, the Bulldogs trailed 9-14. After that the Cougars opened up the scoring to claim a big win.

Morenci trailed by seven points early in the second set, but the Bulldogs fought back. Two kills from Breanna Gilson, a pair of aces from Erin Vanderpool, a tip from Binegar and a kill from Jeffers tightened the score to 13-18. Brooke Bovee scored a kill to make it 15-20 before LCS finished it off.

The Bulldogs trailed by 11 in the final game, 7-16, but rallied to pull within four points. Taylor Schisler added points with a block and a kill, and Ashley VanBrandt scored a kill. Bovee served an ace to make it 16-23 and Julie Terry added a point when she placed an attack into a hole.

Bovee scored one final kill for a 19-23 margin before the Cougars ended it.

Statistics: Bovee, 9 kills, 12/12 serving, 3 aces, 7 points; Gilson, 8 assists, 2 kills, 8/8 serving; Vanderpool, 6 digs, 7/8 serving, 2 aces, 5 points; Binegar, 3 assists, 4/4 serving, 1 ace;

Jessica Storrs, 8/10 serving, 1 ace; Jeffers, 1 kill, 1 block, 9/11 serving and 5 points; Schisler and VanBrandt each had 1 kill and 1 block; Allison Piercy, 1 kill; Terry, 3 digs and 1 kill.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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