FAYETTE CROSS: Three top-10 finishers helped push Fayette’s varsity girls to a league win last week at North Central.
The Eagles claimed the BBC jamboree with 48 points, followed by Hilltop with 53 and Stryker with 75.
Jill Stuckey ran a time of 21:48 for first place, followed by Melanie Seiler in seventh (22:04) and Emilie Keiser in ninth (22:22).
Noelle Goodson followed (12th, 22:34), with Madelyn Maginn (15th, 23:17), Liz Maginn (18th, 23:40) and Ellen Baker (29th, 25:20) next across the line.
Edon’s Sabrina Brown won the race at 20:21.
Fayette sophomore Skylar Lantz was the easy winner last week at North Central, but a strong pack of six Pettisville runners kept the Eagle boys out of first place.
Fayette had a pack of three runners next in line—not enough to counter the Blackbirds who won 32-58. Stryker was next with 70 points.
Lantz came through with a 16:36, well ahead of Pettisville’s Dominic Frey in second place at 17:01.
Fayette’s other runners were Casen Burkholder (12th, 18:04), Dylan Stannard (13th, 18:18), Jared Wagner (14th, 18:26), Ian Schrock (20th, 19:08), Dylan Aschemeier (24th, 19:33) and Cole Burkholder (29th, 20:10).
FOSTORIA—Lantz finished only two seconds behind the leader Saturday at the tough Fostoria Invitational.
Old Fort's Marcus Meyers won the race at 17:01, with Lantz trailing him at 17:032.
Stannard was next for the Eagles (22nd, 18:15), followed by Casen Burkholder (34th, 18:48), Wagner (44th, 19:03), Schrock (59th, 19:59), Aschemier (62nd, 20:05) and Cole Burkholder (80th, 20:38).
Stuckey gave the Eagle girls a top-20 finish by placing 16th at 21:54. Other Fayette runners were Seiler (40th, 23:04), Goodson (45th, 23:18), Madelyn Maginn (53rd, 23:45), Keiser (58th, 24:10), Liz Maginn (85th, 25:46) and Baker (88th, 25:51).
Toledo Christian's Dalainey Phelps placed first at 18:55 to lead her team to the title with 78 points. Hope-Loudon scored 103 and Gibsonburg finished with 139. Fayette took seventh with 192.
JR. HIGH—Fayette’s boys team placed first at the BBC meet, led by Christian Suarez (2nd, 11:29) and Alex Jaramillo (3rd, 11:50).
Other Eagle runners were Bryce Conklin (6th, 12:27), Mason Maginn (7th, 12:28), Jason Stuckey (12th, 13:04), Cole Stuckey (15th, 13:33), Christian Renner (25th, 15:10), Max Baker (30th, 16:26) and Grant Reinking (31th, 17:18).
Fayette’s girls placed second, led by Haley Perdue (3rd, 12:21). Others were Jennaya Hibbard (11th, 14:24), Alexus Ball (17th, 17:15) and Caitlyn McIntosh (19th, 18:43).
Saturday at Fostoria, Fayette's boys placed fourth among 28 teams, paced by Suarez (10th, 12:11) and Jaramillo (14th, 12:25). Others were Conklin (52nd, 13:26), Maginn (53rd, 13:27), Skylar Jones (65th, 13:34), Cole Stuckey (87th, 13:53), Jason Stuckey (96th, 14:00), Renner (196th, 16:05), Baker (200th, 16:22) and Reinking (211th, 16:48).
Perdue placed eighth at 13:22, followed by Kelsey Fruchey (16th, 13:43), Hibbard (66th, 15:12), Ball (128th, 16:51) and McIntosh (149th, 17:53).
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci downed Fayette in three games Monday during a cross-border volleyball match on the Bulldogs’ court.
Morenci took commanding leads in both of the first two games, but the Eagles worked their way back into contention. In the end, Morenci finished on top 25-17, 25-17 and 25-18.
The Bulldogs took an 8-0 lead in the opening set, but Fayette soon closed the gap to three points, 9-6. After Morenci moved ahead by nine, 19-10, the Eagles cut the lead down to size once more.
Morenci went ahead 10-1 start off the second game, but Fayette trimmed it 14-10 at one point.
Morenci’s Hannah Jeffers served seven straight points in the opening game and had a stretch of six in a row to start the second game.
In the deciding set, it was the Eagles’ turn to take the lead, going ahead 5-0 and still hanging close at 9-9 before the Bulldogs built up a lead to win.
“After a slow start in game three, we came back and took the lead at 10-9 while Jessica Storrs was serving and we led the rest of the way,” said Morenci coach Dennis Owens.
The win gives Morenci a 14-6-2 record while Fayette stands with one win.
Brooke Bovee, 28 kills, 1 block, 8 digs, 9/10 serving and 7 service points.
Hannah Jeffers, 5 kills, 7 digs, 25/27 serving, 10 aces and 22 service points.
Breanna Gilson, 23 assists, 2 kills, 7 digs.
Ashley VanBrandt, 4 kills, 1 block,
Emma Binegar, 11 assists,
Jessica Storrs, 13/14 serving, 1 ace, 10 service points, 6 digs.
Erin Vanderpool, 6 digs, 6/7 serving, 1 ace, 1 kill.
Hilary Falor, 1 block.
JVs: Morenci's junior varsity volleyball team defeated Fayette in two games Monday night, 25-21 and 25-17.
The match produced the Bulldogs' best serving night of the season with a 96 percent average (46/48.) Ali VanBrandt and Courtney Fletcher both came through with perfect 12/12 serving.
VanBrandt gave nine setting assists to her main target, Rebecca Heinze, who finished the night with 23 attacks and eight kills.
Sydney Weeks and Brooke Baumgartner gave a solid back-row performance, said coach Renae Schaffner.
Morenci finished the Sand Creek game with four dressed players on the sidelines, then started the Clinton contest with only three extra bodies. By the end of the game Friday, the number was down to two.
No. 5 ranked Clinton (7-0, 5-0) turned a 13-6 first-quarter lead into a 42-12 rout of the Bulldogs who lost sophomore quarterback Torin Merillat to a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.
Despite the diminishing number of players available, coach Mike McDowell is proud of what the young team is accomplishing. The Bulldogs finished with nearly 300 yards of offense, plus a pair of interceptions.
"The kids played hard and gave a maximum effort for the most part," McDowell said. "I'm not going to fault their effort."
He knew at the start of the season that injuries could change the Bulldogs' success quickly. That came first through the loss of senior Cody Powell—last year's quarterback—and then with this year's signal-caller, Merillat. Ballcarrier Austin Sandusky took over behind center for the second half, limiting Morenci's offensive options just as it did when Powell went out.
Clinton took the opening kickoff and moved steadily downfield for a touchdown. They repeated the show after a Bulldog punt to go ahead 13-0. After another punt, Morenci got a break. A pass by Clinton's quarterback was tipped by a defender and ended up in Merillat's arm at the Redskins' 35. Merillat found freshman Ryan Amos alone at the five-yard line for a touchdown pass to close the gap to 13-6.
Clinton scored twice more in the second quarter and the situation often turned into a footrace. There were times when Morenci defenders put pressure on quarterback TJ Baker, McDowell said, and there was coverage on the receivers. But this caused Baker to scramble and the speedy runner escaped over and over again. Baker gained more than 100 yards for the night and ran for a pair of touchdowns.
The Bulldogs started off the second half with a fumble behind the line of scrimmage, then fumbled the kickoff after a Clinton touchdown. Sandusky intercepted in the end zone to stop that threat, and after a Clinton punt, Sandusky engineered a 48-yard touchdown drive.
Sandusky, Austin Thomas and Hayze Wolf each picked up a first down before Sandusky ran it in from 11 yards out to make it a 34-12 game.
Morenci threatened once more, but after Amos caught a pass near the goal line, the ball was stripped on the tackle and Clinton took over on the 20.
Wolf led all rushers with 141 yards. Sandusky gained 66, but netted only 44. Merillat passed for 65 yards before the injury that he suffered on defense.
Wolf added to his all-around strong game with 10 tackles. Taylor also notched 10 and Nick Stutzman led all Bulldog defenders with 11, including one for a loss.
• Coach McDowell doesn't expect the Bulldogs' season to get any easier. The final home game is scheduled Friday when Whiteford, the team that nearly beat Clinton, visits.
The Bobcats (6-1, 4-1) generally pound out the yards through a tight formation up front, but their quarterback occasionally rolls out for a surprise pass.
Morenci will put its patchwork offense on the field and McDowell knows he will get another strong effort against a better team.
JVs: Mike Heinze rushed for three touchdowns Thursday to lead Morenci's JV football team to a 30-8 TCC win at home against Clinton.
The Bulldogs were on top by just a touchdown at half-time, but scored twice in the third quarter to break the contest open and eventually taking a 30-0 lead.
"We held them three times in the red zone before finally giving up a touchdown with 4:51 left in the game," coach Tim Roberts said. "They attempted an on-side kick that went five yards and died, giving us the ball on their side of the 50."
Heinze gave Morenci a 6-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter on a five-yard run. In the third quarter, Alex Thomas took a turn, capping a drive with a seven-yard run. Heinze ran the conversion.
Heinze struck again later in the third on a 54-yard run and Brandon DiCenso carried for the conversion. Early in the fourth quarter, Heinze scored on a 10-yard run, followed by a conversion run from quarterback Chris Hinkley for the 30-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tallied 315 yards on the ground and just four passing yards. Heinze finished with 186 yards on 18 carries, DiCenso added 88 yards on 18 carries and Thomas gained 53 yards on 10 carries. Thomas and Hunter Borton each intercepted a Clinton pass.
MORENCI CROSS: Morenci's girls team placed third Saturday in the Div. 3-4 race at the Hudson Booster Invitational, led by Tatyana Pless in second place and Mariah Gillen in third. Pittsford won the team title and had the overall winner, Ruth Letherer, who finished at 20:14.
Both Morenci runners turned in career best times with Pless crossing the line at 20:29 and Gillen at 20:38.
Morenci's other placers were Samantha Mikuski (30th, 22:19), Taylor Baugh (64th, 24:29) and Maelle Delhaise (70th, 25:00). Mukuski and Delhaise both ran their best ever in their first year of competition. The Bulldogs' number three runner, Madi Gleckler, did not finish due top illness.
Quincy won the team competition with 80 points, followed by Britton-Deerfield with 119 and Morenci with 128.
Luke Spaulding took 12th place in the boys Div. 3-4 run with a time of 17:55, followed by Jake Spaulding (30th, 18:40), Reagan Stowell (45th, 19:13), Adam Roseman (86th, 20:27) and Brandt Kelley (123rd, 23:07). Roseman, a freshman, continues to work his way toward the 19-minute range. Kelley is slowed by shin splints.
Erie Mason's Nick Raymond claimed a big win with a time of 15:25.
MADISON—Morenci's girls won the six-team Madison Invitational Oct. 1 with 24 points, followed by Clinton with 48. The Bulldog boys placed third behind Clinton and Madison. Clinton's Dominic Muessig won the race at 17:16.
Gillen was the first runner across the line in the girls race at 21:08. Pless followed at 21:27 for second place.
Other Bulldog runners were Gleckler (4th, 22:23), Mikuski (8th, 23:24), Baugh (9th, 24:32), Delhaise (14th, 26:09) and Andy Mikuski (18th, 29:03).
For the boys, Luke Spaulding placed third at 18:23, followed by Jake Spaulding (4th, 19:02), Stowell (10th, 20:45) and Roseman (18th, 22:22). Kelley did not compete.