FAYETTE CROSS: Fayette’s cross country team managed to get only one runner in the top 20 Saturday at the Edgerton Invitational and the Eagle boys placed fifth overall.
Darrell Randall paced Fayette with a fourth-place finish at 17:19, trailing Stryker’s Kenny Graber who won at 16:52. Hilltop’s Livensparger and Pettisville’s Frey took second and third.
Dalton Goeltzenleuchter placed 23rd at 18:21, followed by Hunter Colegrove (38th, 19:01), Trevor Cox (39th, 19:01), Chase Hookstadt (41st, 19:05), Tim Stoltzfus (54th, 19:30), Tyler Keefer (59th, 19:39), Clay Burkholder (72nd, 20:02), Skylar Sommers (100th, 21:05), Nathan Seiler (132nd, 22:14) and Andy Karathanasis (151st, 23:44).
Stryker won the meet with 54 points, followed by Hilltop with 65, Liberty Center with 104, Pettisville with 129 and Fayette with 145. Seventeen teams competed in the event.
In the girls run, Olivia Molina was the first Fayette runner across the line, taking 28th at 23:07. Sarah Kovar placed 38th at 24:00 and Rachel Seiler took 76th at 27:05. Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler won the race at 19:53 and Liberty Center took team honors.
Fayette’s boys claimed an easy win Monday at the Swanton Invitational. The Eagles scored 34, ahead of Defiance with 78.
Eagle finishers were Ben Grieser (5th, 12:37), Chandler Sanford (6th, 12:39), Tyler Cox (7th, 12:40), Skylar Lantz (8th, 12:44), Ian Schrock (18th, 13:11), Dylan Aschemeier (24th, 13:33), Ben Kessler (39th 14:26), Jared Wagner (49th, 14:54) and Thomas Ehman (57th, 15:09).
In the girls run, Jill Stuckey was fifth at 13:39, Liz Maginn was 23rd at 15:01 and Miranda Minzey was 60th at 17:07.
Fayette’s boys narrowly clipped Ayersville, 48-51, at the Edgerton run.
Grieser placed seventh at 11:51, followed by Cox (9th, 11:57), Sanford (10th, 12:09), Lantz (13th, 12:17), Schrock (14th, 12:17), Wagner (40th, 13:56) and Ehman (48th, 14:24).
Stuckey was first in the girls race at 12:56. Maginn placed ninth at 14:15 and Minzey was 31st at 16:11.
FAYETTE GOLF: Zayne Colegrove led Fayette in the Div. III sectional golf tournament Thursday at Ironwood in Wauseon, but three teammates were close behind.
Colegrove carded a 95 for 41st place, edging out Nelson Barnheiser at 96 who tied for 42nd. Chase Hookstadt and Kevin Ferguson tied for 50th with 98 strokes. Jonathan Boesger tied for 60th with 119.
Stryker’s Josh DeGroff was medalist with a 74, topping Tyler Davis of Liberty Center at 77.
Stryker won the tournament at 316. Liberty Center (324) and Edgerton (335) also move on in the tournament.
Qualifying individuals are Tim Gerken (Patrick Henry), 79, Brent Cocke (Patrick Henry), 80, Marcello Trevino (North Baltimore) 80, Cody Gibson (Toledo Christian), 81, and Derick Wyrick (North Central), 81.
At the BBC meet Sept. 25, Ferguson led the way for Fayette with an 87, followed by Hookstadt at 90, Barnhiser at 100, Boesger at 104, Colegrove at 109 and Quintin Keefer at 113.
The Eagles placed third with 381 stokes, behind Stryker (320) and North Central (336).
Ferguson was named to the second all-BBC team. Stryker’s Hayden Doehrmann was the medalist at 78.
MORENCI CROSS: Whitmore Lake had no trouble winning the Tri-County Conference cross country jamboree Thursday at Whiteford. The Trojans claimed six of the top 11 spots to top second-place Sand Creek 23-70.
Morenci had only four runners competing that day, but still finished ahead of Britton-Deerfield.
Jake Spaulding made it across the line first for the Bulldogs, placing 18th at 19:11. He was followed by Micah Gillen (22nd, 19:34), Logan Drummond (24th, 19:48) and Luke Spaulding (25th, 19:55).
Whitmore Lake’s Zach Carpenter won the race at 16:06, ahead of Clinton’s Kenny Cooper at 16:39.
Saturday at the Haslett Invitational, Gillen was first for Morenci with a 39th place finish at 19:33. Jake Spaulding took 43rd at 19:51, Luke Spaulding took 45th at 19:52 and Drummond placed 53rd at 20:30.
Waldron’s Blake Fix took a top-10 finish, placing seventh at 17:18. Concord’s Kyle Stacks won the race with a 16:03.
Morenci’s Reagan Stowell and Spencer Elliott were the first boys across the finish line at Whiteford, but Whiteford’s Rachel Fisher edged them out. Fisher ran the course in 11:56, Stowell in 12:01 and Elliott in 12:23.
Mariah Gillen of Morenci placed 8th with a time of 12:55.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Fans couldn’t have asked for
In a border clash Saturday in Fayette, Morenci and the Eagles battled it out through a closely-fought match that left the Bulldogs on top, but not by much.
Fayette claimed the opening game 25-23, then fell 19-25 to set up the deciding game. Morenci pulled out a 25-22 victory to claim the tri-match title. Both team defeated Emmanuel Christian earlier in the day.
“We really played like a team,” said Fayette coach Danni Keefer. “We have good movement back again. Both teams got in their groove and played an excellent match.”
Fayette took an early 6-1 lead in the opener, then the scored tightened up and stayed that way. With Andrea Canfield at the serving line, the Eagles tied the game at 20-20 with an ace and led 22-20 with another ace serve.
Morenci tied it again on a spike by Tess Ramsey, but Sierah Griffith finished it off with a kill
In game two, Fayette led 8-3 but Morenci chipped away at the lead and finally tied the contest at 10-10. They never gave up the lead after that.
Game three was tied at 3-3, 5-5 and 14-14. A kill by Chanler McCaskey gave the Bulldogs a four-point lead, 23-19, but Fayette made it 24-22 before Mariah Bovee finished it off with a kill.
Griffiths scored on four attacks and Leah Brinegar served five aces. For the day, McCaskey served seven aces (23/25) and Tia Tompkins scored six (20/24).
Against Emmanuel, Fayette broke free of an 8-8 tie with three consecutive aces by Griffith and then five serving points by Elisha Hartman. Fayette won 25-17, then wrapped it up 25-13. Brinegar served a nine-point series in the second game.
Morenci trailed 4-10 against Emmanuel and never caught up until 17-17. They won 25-19 before dropping the second match 18-25.
The third game didn’t start off much better as Emmanuel took a 15-8 lead. Morenci slowly gained and finished off a 25-20 win on a pair of aces by Tompkins.
Miscellaneous statistics include:
Ramsey, 27/29 serving with two two aces and 19 points, 12 assists and one block; McCaskey, 23/25 serving with seven aces and 14 points, eight kills and one block, 38 digs; Bovee, 23/25 serving and 13 points, eight kills and a block, 28 digs; Phoenix Duncan, 1o kills and three blocks; Tompkins, 20/24 serving with six aces and 12 points, 14 kills and one block, 17 digs; Mercedez McCaskey, 15 assists.
JV: It was one good week of volleyball for Morenci’s junior varsity team last week.
First came a double-header victory over Clinton in league play, then a championship in the Sand Creek Invitational.
“The girls played really well, I was so proud that they stayed focused and determined all day,” said coach Shana Love. “Everyone stepped up and when they came in, they each did their job.”
The Bulldogs split with Onsted and Grass Lake in pool play and beat Hudson twice. In the quarterfinals, Morenci won two of three against Britton-Deerfield (25-13, 20-25 and 15-5).
The Bulldogs took Sand Creek in three games in the semifinals (25-21, 19-25 and 25-8) and faced Onsted again in the finals.
The first game went in Morenci’s favor, 25-21, then they slipped a little in the second game in a 19-25 loss. It was all Morenci in the deciding game, 25-8.
Jessica Storrs entered the game at crucial times and gave some good passes, Coach Love said, and she and Hannah Binegar each delivered good serves.
“Chelsea Phillips was like a brick wall on Saturday,” Love said. “Nothing got by her.”
Brooke Bovee and Brianna Gilson set up the front row with some great sets, Love said, and made 52 assists between them. Carolyn Blaker led from the serving line—very important in the close games, Love said—while Matea Garcia and Hannah Jeffers were all over the floor picking up digs.
“Overall, everyone played so hard, it was a great day for the whole team,” Love said.
Bovee—27/29 serves, 58 digs, 24 assists, and 30 kills;
Blaker—60/62 serves, nine aces, 58 digs, and 15 kills;
Gilson—38/45 serves, nine aces, 32 assists, 44 digs, five kills;
Phillips—19 digs, 23 kills, four blocks;
Garcia—42/49 serves, six aces, 68 digs, five kills;
Storrs—7/7 serves, 14 digs;
Baker—15 digs, one kill;
Binegar—11/14 serves, 24 digs;
Jeffers—44/46 serves, four aces, 40 digs.
When Clinton visited Thursday, Morenci played solidly and won 25-13, 25-12. Clinton came back to win the first game of the second match, 25-19, but the Bulldogs put an end to that by taking the match 25-8 and 25-12.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: Morenci’s only points came from the defense Friday at Summerfield, and not many of them were produced.
After suffering through six turnovers, the Bulldogs were dealt an 18-8 TCC loss.
Summerfield remains unbeaten after six games while Morenci drops to 2-4.
The Bulldogs nearly matched Summerfield in offensive statistics, with the important exception: points.
It was a game of “almosts” for Morenci.
“We didn’t get in from the red zone twice in the first half,” coach Tom Saylor said.
The Bulldogs made a sustained drive from their own 18 down the Summerfield eight-yard line before losing possession on an interception in the second quarter.
Summerfield took over on the one, but defensive coach Lance Thompson sent Isaac Jeffers in on a blitz and nailed the fullback for a safety.
Morenci took the kickoff and worked the ball to Summerfield’s three-yard line when they lost possession on a fumble. Summerfield needed just five plays to score and went into intermission with a 12-2 lead.
A break finally went in the Bulldogs’ favor in the third quarter. Morenci lost the ball on another fumble, but got it back on an interception.
As middle linebacker, Jeffers was crossing the field against the flow of the play and picked off a Summerfield pass. He scurried down the sideline for a 62-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 12-8 late in the third.
One more fumble sealed the win for Summerfield. They were bottled up at the Morenci 39 and punted the ball. The Bulldogs fumbled and Summerfield had possession again at the Morenci 15. On third and 11, they scored on a pass with 5:43 to play.
“I’m not saying we should have won, but we could have won,” Coach Saylor said. “They were very beatable.”
He was quick to add that Summerfield is a hard-hitting team—and they’re undefeated—but his squad doesn’t seem to believe that it can win.
“We’ve got to rally and fight hard,” he said. “If that’s not enough, then we need to try harder. At times we showed some signs of improvement on defense, but we still missed a lot of tackles,” Saylor said.
One exception to that was safety Brian Burton.
“He did not get beat deep and he didn’t miss one tackle,” Saylor said.
He knows the Bulldogs are in for another tough challenge this Friday at league rival Sand Creek. Both teams have identical records (2-4, 1-3), but the Aggies came on strong last week for their first league win, a 21-0 victory against Whitmore Lake.
So far this season, Sand Creek has favored running the option, but they present a lot of formations to spread out the defense.
“We’ll have to play tough,” Saylor said. “We can’t get careless.”
JV: Morenci’s reserve football team has had trouble all season converting on extra point attempts.
The Bulldogs put an extra two points on the scoreboard at home Thursday and that made the difference in the game. Morenci raised its record to 4-1-1 and sent Summerfield home with an 8-6 loss.
“It was absolutely a great win, because those Summerfield kids were great athletes” Bulldog coach Ryan Love said. “Our defense’s heart and determination won it for us.”
Neither team could make much headway in the opening quarter, but Morenci finally put a drive together early in the second quarter and scored at 10:15 on a one yard run by Cody Graham. Jay Howard carried for the conversion.
“We were able to get our two-point conversion through which ultimately won the game for us,” Love said. “We’ve been having trouble with that.”
Summerfield tried out a different shotgun formation in the middle of the third quarter and made it work for a touchdown, but the Bulldog defense held strong and stopped the conversion.
Morenci threatened twice in the fourth quarter, and Summerfield nearly scored with time running low.
A pass went to the visitors’ best receiver who broke one tackle but was held up by Justin Hauser.
“Then Jay came through to plant him on the ground, two yards short of the goal line,” Love said.
Hauser was in on seven tackles and caused one fumble. Howard had eight tackles and made an interception. Jacob McVay led the defense with 11 tackles and he caused one fumble.
Howard gained 154 yards on 30 carries for a strong showing on both sides of the ball.
Sand Creek visits Thursday.