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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Sports round-up 2013.03.20

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BOYS BASKETBALL: Undefeated in the league. The best overall record in a long time. An excellent season overall.

Fayette’s boys didn’t go as far as they had hoped in this year’s tournament play, but they had a great time getting there.

“I think the kids overachieved,” said coach Todd Mitchell, “and that’s good.”

Mitchell will have some rebuilding to do with the loss of six seniors, but he has some mighty weapons remaining.

Fayette’s leading scorer was junior Chandler Sanford with 212, but scoring was spread around for the Eagles and senior Cole Burkholder was only four points back. Zayne Colegrove, another senior, scored 199. Senior Logan Franks added 164 and junior Tyler Cox finished with 130.

Cox was the sharpest shooter at 50 percent, with Burkholder next at 45.9. 

Sanford was the leader in three-point shots with 31, averaging 30.7 percent. Franks added 21, shooting 36.8 percent.

From the line, Sanford shot 66.2 percent, Colegrove shot 65.5 percent, and Franks and Burkholder both cleared 60 percent. 

Colegrove averaged 2.5 assists per game, while Burkholder was tops with rebounds, averaging 5.8 per game. Cox finished with 4.7 per game.

Cox collected the most steals at 26, ahead of Franks with 24 and Colegrove with 23. Cox finished with 65 steals, averaging 2.6 per night.



Fayette girls coach Tim Nicely likes to think the best is yet to come for his young squad. He will surely miss the four seniors that will be lost through graduation, but don’t forget what remains.

The Eagles played with two freshmen starters this season and often turned to two others to come off the bench.

Add to that tally three juniors and three sophomores and you can bet there will be no sympathy for Fayette felt by other area coaches.

And that’s just from the varsity roster. There’s also some talent on the junior varsity team ready to move upward.

Freshman Kaela Seiler led scoring with 292 points, but classmate Taylor Griffiths was just behind at 290. Junior Mikayla Smith broke away from a slow first half of the season to tally 194 points.

Senior Ashtyn Baker had the best shooting percentage at 56, followed by Griffiths at 40, senior Allison Cuff at 39 and sophomore Paige Keefer at 39. 

Griffiths finished with the top three-point percentage of 38, while Smith hit 36 percent and Seiler hit 32. Seiler connected on 33 of her 102 attempts to score the most three-point shots.

Griffiths was sharp from the line, hitting 79 percent. Seiler was good on 66 percent and Smith made 62 percent.

Smith was by far the leader in assists, averaging 4.3 a game, but rebounding honors were much closer. Griffiths averaged six per game, Seiler five per game and Keefer 4.4 per game.

Seiler tallied 59 steals, averaging 2.4 per game.



Morenci’s boys basketball team will lose its leading scorer and two leading rebounders through graduation, but all is not lost.

Don’t forget there was a freshman starting throughout the season, along with four sophomores and a junior who put in plenty of time on the court.

The Bulldogs got off to a troubling 1-10 start, but finished strong by winning seven of the final 12 contests. They ended the season with an 8-15 record.

“It took a while for us to get our roles in place,” coach Jim Bauer said, “but we grew and came together as a team. All in all, I was happy with how the second half of the season went.”

Senior Hayze Wolf finished the season as the Bulldogs’ top scorer with 253 points, ahead of freshman Alex Thomas with 202. Sophomore Austin Sandusky was third with 167, just ahead of junior Daiton Lemmon with 165.

Sandusky had the best shooting percentage at 52.6 while Thomas came through at 46.7, Wolf at 44.8, Lemmon at 42.1 and senior Austin Thomas at 41.5.

From three-point range, Lemmon had the most accuracy at 37.5 from 16 attempts. Wolf and Alex Thomas both hit 28 percent of their three’s.

Sophomore Hunter Borton connected on 72.2 percent of his free throws (13/18). Alex Thomas went to the line the most (34/64 for 53 percent), followed by Lemmon (35/62 for 56.5).

Wolf led under the boards with 157 rebounds, 108 of them on defense. Austin Thomas collected 90 and sophomore Torin Merillat finished with 85.

Wolf made 39 steals and Sandusky made 32. Austin Thomas was the leader in blocked shots with 15, two more than his brother.

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