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.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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
  • Funcolor
    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.
  • KayseInField
    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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