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.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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