Sports round-up 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

MORENCI BOYS BASKETBALL—Morenci varsity boys basketball coach Jim Bauer knew the break had to come sometime soon. He just wasn't so sure it would happen against Class A Coldwater.

The winless Bulldogs entered the Cardinal Holiday Hoops Tournament at Coldwater and came away from the first night of play with their first victory of the season.

Morenci broke out of a tie game at the end of the third quarter with long back-to-back three-point shots, first from Hunter Borton and then from Alex Thomas.

Those buckets put the Bulldogs (1-6) up by six points, and when Hayze Wolf went inside early in the fourth quarter, Morenci had its biggest lead of the night, 39-31.

The Cardinals (2-4) came back to pull within three points before Torin Merillat grabbed a rebound and scored. Thomas fed a pass to Daiton Lemmon who made it a six-point game with three minutes to play.

That was Morenci's last field goal. Now it was time to score from the line—something the team didn't excel at in the first three quarters. But in the final minute of play, Austin Sandusky went four for six from the line and Wolf hit five of six to keep the Bulldogs on top.

Morenci led most of the night, but never by much. The second half started with a 20-19 advantage.

"Ourt help-side defense was just flat-out good," Coach Bauer said. "Someone was always there to stop them and it took away a lot of what Coldwater was trying to do."

Lemmon took two charges underneath and attempted to draw a charge on three others drives.

Sandusky, a sophomore, led scoring with 13. Freshman Alex Thomas also broke into double figures with 10 points in his first start of the season.

"We've played with everyone this season," Bauer said, "along with playing some dismal stretches. We just have to sustain the good play."

FREMONT—In the tourney finals Friday, a big 23-point second quarter by Fremont (Ind.) gave the Eagles a lead that Morenci couldn't erase. The Bulldogs took a slight scoring advantage in the second half, but Fremont won 60-48.

It proved to be a big night for Wolf who finished with 22 points, including three buckets from outside the arc. Fremont's Tyler Jenkins scored 40 points in the Eagles' 78-65 win against Eaton Rapids on Thursday and scored 28 against Morenci.

In the consolation game Friday, Coldwater defeated Eaton Rapids 66-62.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • 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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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