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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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