FAYETTE GOLF—Fayette senior Caleb Brinegar will make his fourth and final trip to the Div. III golf tournament Thursday in Bowling Green after tying for seventh place Friday at Ironwood.
The top three teams and the top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance out of sectional play.
It took a good comeback effort to make the cut last week.
“Caleb didn’t play great,” coach Ryan Colegrove said, “but he did make a great comeback.
”We started on the back and after 14 holes he was 11 over and on pace for an 83.”
That wouldn’t make the cut.
The senior birdied holes six, seven and eight to get back to eight over and finished with an 80.
Other qualifiers were Zach Erb of Stryker (73), Conor Trotzke of Liberty Center (77), Hayden Doehrmann of Stryker (78), Josh Whitlow of Toledo Christian (78), Trent Feltz of Edgerton (78), Brent Cocke of Patrick Henry (79) and Derick Wyrick of North Central (80).
Team qualifiers were Stryker (317), Liberty Center (324) and Toledo Christian (334).
The next step is the district tournament Thursday at Bowling Green’s Stone Ridge course.
Fayette’s other scorers were Austin Hylander (87), Eliott Richardson (88), Chase Hookstadt and Kevin Ferguson (96).
GIRLS—Fayette’s Amanda Gilmore competed Sept. 23 at the Div. III girls sectional tournament at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton.
Gilmore carded a 69-71 for a 140 total.
ANTWERP—Brinegar blazed across Antwerp’s course Sept. 18 for a season-low 34, leading the Eagles to a 159-168 victory.
Other Fayette scores came from Richardson (39), Hookstadt (42), Hylander (44), Ferguson (48), Jonathan Boesger (48) and Nelson Barnhiser (57).
FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY—A pair of top five individual finishes helped Fayette’s cross country teams to second and third place standings Saturday at the Edgerton Invitational.
The boys division looked like a BBC event with Hilltop taking a narrow win. The Cadets finished on top with 61 points, followed by Stryker with 76, Fayette with 85 and Pettisville with 116.
The girls tied with Liberty Center for second place at 87 as Lincolnview squeezed out a win with 80 points.
Erica Goeltzenleuchter placed second overall at 20:36, falling to Pettisville’s young standout Tanner Hostetler who crossed the line at 19:23.
Other Fayette runners were Danni Wyse (12th, 21:43), Hannah Schrock (16th, 22:11), Alexa Kessler (19th, 22:17), Sarah Kovar (44th, 23:41), Mara Raker (73rd, 25:38), and Olivia Molina (74th, 25:39).
Darrell Randall placed fifth overall at 17:08 while Hilltop’s Cody Livensparger took first at 16:40.
Behind Randall were Dakota Brooks (14th, 17:49), Trevor Cox (16th, 17:54), Hunter Colegrove (22nd, 18:17), Logan Keefer (28th, 18:31), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (40th, 18:58), Ben Kovar (47th, 19:06), Jerry Minzey (68th, 20:03), Tim Stoltzfus (70th, 20:14) and Skylar Sommers (98th, 21:36).
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette’s junior high team competed Saturday at the Wayne Trace Invitational.
Ben Grieser was first for the Eagles, placing 11th at 12:20. He was followed by Tyler Cox (12th, 12:21), Chandler Sanford (27th, 13:06), Ian Schrock (31st, 13:19), Dylan Aschemeier (43rd, 13:52) and Ben Kessler (49th, 14:18).
In the girls run, Jill Stuckey was 6th at 13:22, followed by Madelyn Maginn (14th, 14:06) and Sadie Molina (35th, 15:59).
• Following yesterday’s BBC jamboree at Stryker, the Eagles travel Saturday to the Fostoria Invitational.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL—Fayette’s varsity spikers won a pair of victories in the past week, including a BBS win against North Central.
The Eagles needed a competitive fifth game at home Thursday to top North Central. Fayette’s first two wins came easily—25-12 and 25-16—while North Central took every other contest. In the deciding game, Fayette ended on top, 15-12.
“The Lady Eagles have overcome one of the biggest hurdles by playing hard together as a team and becoming victorious,” coach Jodi Ordway said about the team’s first league win of the season.
The Eagles turned in some excellent serving numbers, including a perfect 19 for 19 by Chelsea Mynhier, 14 of 15 by Katie Borer with four aces, 12 of 14 by Shenae Nuoffer, nine of 10 by Sierrah Griffiths and Jacy Lewellen and six of seven by Kalley Martin.
At the net, Lewellen led with nine kills, followed by six from Martin and five each from Griffiths and Borer. Nuoffer gave 16 assists, followed by Tori Lichtenwald with seven.
On defense, Borer made 31 digs and Griffiths had 28. Elisha Hartman and Lewellen finished with 14 each, and Martin added 11.
EDGERTON—At Edgerton Sept. 22, Fayette took the opener 25-19, then dropped the next three, 7-25, 11-25 and 19-25.
“The first game was absolutely fabulous,” Ordway said. “We came out playing like the team we have been hoping to see all season.”
Now, she added, the squad needs to work on maintaining the early intensity.
Griffiths and Mynhier each scored five kills and Borer and Lewellen had four each. Nuoffer gave 17 assists and Borer notched three blocks. Borer also scored a pair of aces.
Leading in digs were Griffiths (23), Borer (20), Hartman (17) and Martin (16).
STRYKER—Fayette had a similar contest at Stryker Sept. 23, winning the opener 25-20, then losing badly 12-25. The Eagles played close for the rest of the night, but Stryker won it, 25-21 and 25-23.
“Communication was the key to an awesome start,” Ordway said. “Our girls’ focus is something to be reckoned with when all our effort is put into the game.”
Griffiths scored four aces and four kills. Lewellen finished with five kills. Dig leaders were Borer (21), Griffiths (20) and Andrea Canfield (18). Nuoffer led in sets with 15 assists.
Fayette scored a non-league victory Saturday against Toledo Christian, but details were not provided.
• The Eagles travel to Pettisville Oct. 2 and play a tri-match Saturday against Holgate and Fairview.
JV VOLLEYBALL—Fayette’s JV volleyball squad fell in two games to Stryker and Edgerton, but stretched it to three in a close contest against North Central.
North Central won the opener Thursday, 25-17, and the Eagles came back to win 27-25. North Central wrapped it up 25-22.
Tori Lichtenwald had a perfect night at the serving line, 23 for 23, and Leah Brinegar missed only one of 10 tries and scored two aces.
At the net, Reba Rash scored seven kills and made a black. Brinegar and Tara Lichtenwald each scored a pair of kills.
Tori Lichtenwald gave 14 assists. Tara finished with 13 digs, followed by Kayla Wagner (14) and Brooke Croskey (17).
Edgerton won in two games, 25-15 and 25-9. Rash scored two aces and two kills. On defense, Croskey made 11 digs, followed by Tara Lichtenwald with eight and five each from Tori Lichtenwald, Wagner and Rash.
Against Stryker, Fayette lost 20-25 and 15-25.
Hannah Shaffer scored three aces and two kills. Wagner added two aces. Tara Lichtenwald collected 18 digs, Croskey had 10 and Brinegar and Abby Zuver each finished with eight. Tori Lichtenwald gave seven assists.
MORENCI FOOTBALL—It was Morenci that ended on top of the offensive statistics Friday night at Whitmore Lake—well, except that offensive stat known as the score.
The Trojans remain unbeaten this season while the Bulldogs slip to 2-3 with a 31-14 loss.
“Offensively, we came up with more yards,” coach Dan Hoffman said, “but on a couple long drives we ended up empty handed. We’re having some trouble crossing the goal line.”
Whitmore Lake took a 17-0 lead before halt-time, scoring on drives in each of the first two quarters before adding a field goal.
The Bulldogs drove to the Trojans’ 36 on one possession, then made it inside the five as they ran out of time before intermission.
Morenci put seven points on the board in the third quarter on an exciting pass play. Quarterback Jarrett Keller passed to Dustin Roller who lost the ball to a taller Whitmore Lake defender. But Roller grabbed the ball out of his opponent’s hands and raced down field for a 70-yard touchdown play.
The Bulldogs forced the Trojans to punt on their next possession, but gave the hosts the break they needed to stay in control. Morenci dropped the punt on its own 13-yard-line and Whitmore Lake was soon in the end zone with a 24-7 lead.
Morenci drove in for a score on its next possession to make 24-14 following Roller’s kickoff return to midfield. The Trojans answered with a final touchdown.
“They’re a good team and they have some good athletes,” Hoffman said. “They passed the ball well and their quarterback poised and drops deep.”
The Bulldogs will see the transfer from Milan calling signals again next season in his senior year.
Anthony Tompkins led Morenci’s defensive efforts with 15 tackles, including three for losses. Levi Hoffman finished with 14.
Reese Graham led the offense with 114 yards, but they came on 24 carries.
• After Madison’s opening victory against North Adams, the Trojans have fallen on tough times. They fell to Whitmore Lake 51-0.
“They have some good personnel,” Coach Hoffman said, “but they have trouble winning.”
He said to look for the pass out of the shotgun when the Bulldogs travel to Madison Friday night.
JV FOOTBALL—With a 28-0 first quarter, it became obvious early that Morenci would finish on top. In the end, the Bulldogs JV football team posted a 57-6 win here Thursday against Whitmore Lake.
“We wanted to play with high intensity from the start and take control early,” coach Mike McDowell said.
He got his wish with four first-quarter touchdowns.
Following a Whitmore Lake punt, Jacob Baker carried for a score and Andrew White kicked the PAT for an early lead. Simon Jeffers recovered a fumble on the Trojans’ 29 and Baker soon scored again.
Brett Bovee intercepted a pass and Jeffers scored on a long run for a 21-0 lead. Before the quarter ended, Bovee completed a 50-yard pass play to Jeffers.
Tyler Benjamin intercepted in the second quarter and White scored on the next play. The Trojans found a hole and scored on a long run.
White ran the kickoff back and with a bad PAT snap, Bovee grabbed the ball and passed to Luke Craig for two points and a 43-6 lead at half-time.
On Morenci’s first play of the second half, White scored a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Benjamin carried for the final score.
Mitch Schmucker was the leading tackler with 11. White, Jeffers, Bovee and Lucas Holstein each collected five. Jeffers also caused a fumble.
Jeffers covered 117 yards on eight carries and White tallied 110 on six.
Morenci will have to contend with Madison’s speed at home Thursday. The Trojans defeated Whitmore Lake 41-0.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL—Morenci’s spikers went 1-1 last week in league play, toppling Britton in three games before dropping a double-header to Whitmore Lake.
Coach Dennis Owens describes Whitmore Lake as a powerful team, but he found a powerful aspect to Morenci’s double loss.
“The strongest part of our night was blocking,” he said. “We had our hands on many of their hits and Tia Tompkins had three blocks for kills.”
The Trojans won the opener 25-15, 25-12 and 26-24. In the second match, they posted 25-9, 25-10 and 25-18 wins.
Mariah Bovee continued a good serving season by missing only two of 22 attempts. She scored four aces. Chanler McCaskey went 12 for 14 with two aces.
“We had trouble digging their attacks all night, but Kathleen Barron and Chanler McCaskey had an excellent night in serve receive,” Owens said.
At the net, Bovee scored 10 kills on 23 attacks. Tompkins scored nine kills on 38 attacks.
Amy Gillman and Dana Joughin each gave 10 assists.
BRITTON—The Bulldogs missed only one serve in three games against Britton and won the match 25-13, 27-25 and 25-15.
Bovee served 17 for 17 with five aces. McCaskey went 11 for 11 with three aces. Tompkins finished nine for nine with four aces. Gillman scored seven aces on 20 attempts.
McCaskey converted 17 of 18 digs to passes. She also led at the net with 10 kills. Bovee added seven.
Joughin was perfect in sets and delivered 15 assists. Gillman went 26 for 28 with seven assists.
• The Bulldogs travel Thursday to Clinton for a double-header.
JV VOLLEYBALL—After downing Britton in two games Sept. 23, Morenci JV volleyball team split a pair of games Thursday.
Britton fell 25-17 and 25-16.
“The team is definitely doing better at the net and I’m encouraged to see the improvement they’re making,” coach Kindra Baron said. “It’s starting to show in our games.”
Hannah Binegar and Naomi Hoffman played solid passing games and Matea Garcia led in sets. Chelsea Phillips and Phoenix Duncan each finished with three kills and Meghan Smith finished with six attacks.
Garcia, Mercedez McCaskey and Carolyn Blaker each scored three aces.
Against Whitmore Lake, Morenci won the opener 25-14 and 25-14. The Trojans took the next match 25-16 and 25-15.
Blaker was strong at the serving line with six aces. Duncan, McCaskey and Garcia each finished with five. Tequoia Jarrell and Hoffman helped the effort with solid back row play.
At the net, Phillips collected two blocks and three kills. Duncan finished with nine hits and Smith had five.
MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY—By DAVID GREEN
A few PRs and then some.
Several Morenci cross country runners established personal best times at the Haslett Invitational last Saturday. For team leader Zach Phillips, it was more than just a PR. The race also marked the first time the Bulldog senior defeated Whitmore Lake’s Zach Carpenter.
“It was a fast course,” coach Brad Brown said about the invitational, “and I can’t really compare times because we haven’t run there before.
“But Zach’s time must have been good considering the other runners he beat.”
Phillips placed third in the race with a 16:15, behind state runner-up Kyle Stacks of Concord at 15:42.5 and Paul Lewis of Div. III Albion at 15:42.9.
Carpenter came across the line at 16:20 and Hudson’s Steve Tennis followed at 16:23.
As another measure of Phillips’s status, Brown noted that Stacks beat Phillips by 40 seconds at last year’s state meet, but by 33 seconds Saturday. Tennis also finished ahead of Phillips at the state run.
Jeff Nofziger was out of action so the Bulldogs couldn’t compete as a team. Micah Gillen placed 41st at 18:49, followed by David Brown (62nd, 20:30) and Logan Drummond (66th, 23:12).
Jackson Lumen Christi edged Whitmore Lake for the team title.
Morenci’s Candi Evers set at personal best in the girls run by placing 39th at 24:20. She was followed by Kate Gallup (47th, 25:10, PR), Jackie Paris (48th, 25:16), Rachel Sodergren (56th, 29:02) and Ashley Clark (61st, 35:17).
Bekah Stanton of Lumen Christi won the race with a 19:46. The team took five of the top seven places to easily win the team title.
Waldron placed fourth, led by 12th-place Allison Grimm with a 21:09. Morenci finished ahead of Hudson in team points.
TCC—Carpenter finished 12 seconds ahead of Phillips at the Sept. 23 league jamboree at Whitmore Lake. Phillips placed second at 16:58.
Nofziger placed 12th at 18:57, Gillen was 14th at 19:00, Brown set a PR at 20:20 for 20th place and Drummond set a PR at 22:00 for 27th.
Whitmore Lake won the team title for the boys and girls both. Morenci’s boys finished second, edging out Sand Creek.
Evers placed 20th for Morenci in the girls run with a time of 24:51, followed by Gallup (24th, 26:05), Paris (25th, 26:16), Sodergren (27th, 26:53) and Clark (29th, 34:34).
Britton-Deerfield’s Rachel Smith was first at 21:01. Morenci placed sixth out of seven teams.
• The Bulldogs compete Saturday in the Hudson Invitational.