FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Another invitational, another win for Darrell Randall.
The Fayette senior placed first Saturday in the smaller-school race at Fostoria, topping a Bluffton runner by one second. Randall crossed the line at 16:56.
The Eagles placed eighth among 18 teams, with two key runners absent. Dalton Goeltzenleuchter was injured and Chandler Sanford was out with illness.
Other Fayette competitors were Trevor Cox (12th, 17:43); Tim Stoltzfus (33rd, 18:28); Tyler Keefer (74th, 19:30); Dusty Lantz (88th, 19:54); Hunter Colegrove (92nd, 20:05); Clay Burkholder (97th, 20:11); Ian Schrock (100th, 20:16); Tyler Cox (102nd, 20:22); Dylan Ashemeier (103rd, 20:23); Nathan Seiler (117th, 21:01); Jonathan Boesger (156th, 24:56); and Alec Hylander (157, 24:58).
New Riegel claimed the team title.
Seneca East took the girls championship and also the individual title with a time of 19:42.
Melani Seiler paced the Eagles at 20:58 to place eighth overall. Madelyn Maginn was next with a 68th place finish at 24:01, followed by Sarah Kovar (92nd, 25:02); Ashtyn Baker (110th, 25:59); and Sydney Brown (115th, 26:23).
The Eagles placed 14th, but were missing two of the top runners. Jill Stuckey didn’t finish the race and Alexa Kessler was out with an injury.
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette’s boys took third at Fostoria, led by Skylar Lantz in 14th place at 12:17.
Other Eagle runners were Dylan Stannard (32nd, 13:00); Jared Wagner (43rd, 13:16); Casen Burkholder (51st, 13:31); Mark Maginn (52nd, 13:31); Jerad Seiler (119th, 15:30); and Joel Smith (140th, 16:18).
Liz Maginn placed 17th in the girls race at 14:17, followed by Alexis Fruchey (33rd, 14:55); Taylor Griffiths (65th, 15:22); Miranda Minzey (101st, 16:30); and Adriana Hylander (151st, 17:41).
Fayette placed 11th.
Three top-10 finishers gave Fayette’s girls a second-place finish Oct. 5 at the BBC Jamboree at Hilltop.
Seiler placed second at 20:48, Stuckey was sixth at 21:44 and Kessler took 10th at 22:33. Maginn placed 16th at 23:26, Kovar was 23rd at 24:24, Baker was 26th at 25:11 and Brown took 30th at 25:42.
Pettisville placed first with 40 points, followed by Fayette with 57 and Stryker close behind with 62.
Randall took first in the boys’ run, topping Hilltop’s Travis Burwell by four seconds, but Hilltop won the meet (32 points), followed by Stryker (55) and Fayette (67).
Randall crossed the line at 16:47, followed by Trevor Cox (6th, 17:27); Stoltzfus (18th, 18:35); Goeltzenleuchter (20th, 18:43); Keefer (22nd, 18:53); Lantz (34th, 19:37); Ashemeier (36th, 20:00); Tyler Cox (37th, 20:07); Burkholder (39th, 20:12); Colegrove (40th, 20:25); Seiler (45th, 20:59); Schrock (50th, 21:40); Boesger (59th, 24:01); and Hylander (60th, 25:44).
JUNIOR HIGH—Both of Fayette’s teams finished first, although Maginn was beaten in the girls run. She finished in second place at 13:23, followed by Fruchey (4th, 14:16); Griffiths (6th, 14:46); Minzey (15th, 15:39); and Hylander (19th, 16:56).
In the boys run, Lantz took first (11:34), Stannard was second (12:05) and Wagner was fourth (12:15). Other Eagle runners were Burkholder (6th, 12:45); Maginn (9th, 13:04); Smith (17th, 14:20); and Seiler (18th, 14:29).
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s volleyball girls claimed a non-league match against Monclova last month, but dropped a pair of BBC contests.
The Eagles needed only three games to topple Monclova, winning 25-16, 25-21 and 25-13.
Fayette played very well as a team, coach Danni Keefer said.
The Eagles had difficulty blocking North Central’s front line Sept. 28, but Fayette kept it close in two of the three games.
North Central posted wins of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-21.
Fayette lost both matches of the tri-meet in Morenci Oct. 2. Emmanuel Christian won 25-20, 25-16 and 25-23. Against Morenci, the Bulldogs finished on top 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17.
Despite the losses, Coach Keefer said her squad never gave up.
“We were still playing a few girls short and Sydney Coger was missing that day, also,” she said. “I brought some freshmen and a sophomore up and I was pleased with the work they did.”
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL JV: Fayette’s JV volleyball squad picked up a victory at home Saturday in a tri-match with Fairview and Holgate.
The Eagles defeated Holgate in three close games, 25-23, 23-25 and 27-25. Against Fairview, Fayette lost the opener 17-25 before coming back to win 25-22. Fairview took the deciding game, 25-16.
“The girls played very well during our tri-match,“ coach Alissa Stockburger said. “They worked as a team and were much more consistent with serves and passing.”
In other recent action, the Eagles dropped a pair of league matches, losing to Pettisville 18-25 and 6-25, and to Edon 8-25 and 14-25.
Liberty Center claimed a non-league contest 25-9 and 25-13.
MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Morenci’s cross country boys won a small invitational meet Oct. 4 at Madison and the girls placed third.
The event turned out to be more of a TCC match—minus Whitmore Lake—with Morenci joined by Madison, Sand Creek and Britton-Deerfield.
The boys claimed three of the top five places to take the title.
Tyler Guelde placed second at 18:27, followed by Luke Spaulding in third place at 18:40, Jake Spaulding in fifth at 19:22, Micah Gillen in eighth at 20:00, Logan Drummond in 12th at 21:07, Reagan Stowell in 13th at 21:15 and Corey Williams in 21st at 23:03.
Mariah Gillen led Morenci’s girls team with a fifth-place finish at 23:21. She was followed by Barbara Hollstein in 15th place at 27:19, Taylor Baugh in 17th at 28:54, Kortney Cousino in 20th at 29:49 and Mary Margaret Hollstein in 21st at 30:08.
HUDSON—The Bulldog boys placed fifth Saturday at the Hudson Invitational, just one point behind Clinton. Fourteen teams competed.
Dansville’s Nick Moon placed first at 16:58, while Guelde was tops for Morenci, with an 11th place finish at 17:53.
Other Morenci runners were Luke Spaulding (18th, 18:16), Drummond (43rd, 19:22), Jake Spaulding (47th, 19:28), Gillen (49th, 19:32) and Stowell (69th, 20:30).
Gillen placed 22nd in the girls race at 23:00, with Manchester’s Christy Weidmayer winning at 20:21.
Other Bulldog competitors were Cousino (68th, 26:32), Barbara Hollstein (72nd, 27:14), Baugh (83rd, 28:47) and Mary Margaret Hollstein (89th, 30:58).
Blissfield won the meet and Morenci placed ahead of two teams.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Britton-Deerfield provided a good challenge to Morenci’s volleyball squad at home Thursday, but the Bulldogs prevailed in the league double-header.
The win gave Morenci its fifth straight league win, heading into a tough pair of matches Tuesday (Oct. 12) against Class C top-10 ranked Madison.
The win Thursday raised Morenci’s record to 8-7-2 and 4-3 in the Tri-County Conference.
“We struggled in serve reception and digging their hits, but we really attacked the net,” said coach Dennis Owens. “We had 17 blocks and 62 kills on 180 attacks, with only 17 errors.”
The Bulldogs also came through with 34 ace serves during the nine games.
Morenci won the opening game 25-19, but the Patriots came back to win the second contest 25-22. Morenci took the next one, 25-15, but dropped another game 22-25. BD never got going in the deciding game, with the Bulldogs winning 15-1.
The Patriots took the first game of the second match, 25-16, but Morenci won the next three to claim the double-header, 25-21, 28-26 and 25-20.
Matea Garcia finished with eight aces on a 40/43 showing for 23 service points. Tia Tompkins scored seven aces and 21 points, going 37/39. Tess Ramsey scored 26 points with two aces and a 39/40 performance. Phoenix Duncan went 31/35 with seven aces and 24 points.
Tompkins scored 17 kills and made five blocks. Meghan Smith finished with 14 kills and two blocks. Others giving a strong showing at the net were Duncan, 12 kills and five blocks; Brooke Bovee, eight kills and three blocks; and Chelsea Phillips, eight kills and one block.
Ramsey gave 19 assists and Mercedez McCaskey gave 16. Duncan fielded 34 digs, Garcia had 27 and Naomi Hoffman finished with 23.
JV VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s JV volleyball squad split a double-header Thursday with Britton-Deerfield. Both matches lasted three games and finished with exciting final contests.
The visitors claimed the opener, winning 25-15, 16-25 and 16-14. The Bulldogs came back in the second match, winning 25-17, 19-25 and 17-15.
Emma Binegar scored four aces and 11 service points in a 19/20 effort. Erin Vanderpool went 16/18 with five aces and 11 points. Hannah Jeffers scored 15 points on six aces and a 21/25 serving mark.
Binegar gave nine assists and Vanderpool gave six. Chloe Molitierno finished with 11 digs, while Jeffers, Julie Terry and Jessica Storrs each had seven.
Ashley VanBrandt, Taylor Schisler and Jeffers each scored five kills. VanBrandt also recorded a pair of blocks.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: Five possessions and five touchdowns put Sand Creek (3-4, 3-2) on top 35-0, with 5:33 still to play in the first half.
And what did the Bulldogs do for their homecoming show? Two penalties damaged their opening drive, and the second possession was lost on a fumble.
They gained only five yards on their next try, and the one after that was lost on an interception. There were additional penalties on the next try, and Morenci (3-4, 3-2) ran out of time on the final possession before half-time.
That was the end of the Aggies’ scoring, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to turn things around in the second half.
Morenci has a capable offense, said coach Tom Saylor—they’ve proven that several times this season—but the turn-overs and penalties really hurt.
Overall, Saylor said, there just seemed to be a lack of focus on the part of the Bulldogs.
Sand Creek scored immediately, completing a 65-yard pass on its first possession. The Bulldogs picked up a pair of first downs before 15 yards of penalties got in the way.
The Aggies moved the ball well and scored on a 19-yard pass. Late in the opening quarter, Morenci gave the ball back to Sand Creek on the Bulldog 25. Three plays later they were in the end zone and leading 21-0.
Three minutes later they scored again, this time on a 45-yard run. And three minutes later, after Bulldog quarterback Brett Bovee was intercepted, Sand Creek made it 35-0.
The Bulldogs came out for the second half hoping to turn it all around, but that wasn’t in the cards. The kickoff return was bobbled, a pass was dropped and the Bulldogs were called for intentional grounding.
They stopped the Aggies’ next drive and took over at their own 21. On the first play, Jacob Bach broke loose for a 76-yard run and was finally tackled on the three. Bovee carried for the score.
Sand Creek was stopped again, but Morenci’s next drive stalled out on penalties. Bovee’s punt put the Aggies at their own three-yard line and their first play was fumbled. Jacob McVay made the tackle for a safety.
Bovee passed twice to Hayze Wolf and hit Jay Howard in the end zone for a touchdown. He passed to Cody Graham for the conversion and a 35-16 score with eight minutes remaining.
Morenci’s next drive was stopped short and the Aggies went home with a big win.
• The Bulldog defense has had some trouble defending against the pass and that could spell extra trouble Friday at Clinton (4-1, 4-3). The Redskins’ Hayden Craig leads the league in passing with 1,208 yards in seven games.
Coach Saylor expects Clinton’s front four defenders to put plenty of pressure on Bulldog quarterback Brett Bovee.
JV FOOTBALL: Sand Creek’s junior varsity football team got on the scoreboard first, then stopped Morenci’s first drive.
That was the end of the Aggies’ dominance, however. Morenci stopped Sand Creek’s next drive and went on to score four unanswered touchdowns. The Bulldogs finished with a 40-13 victory to remain unbeaten.
“It was fun to be part of it,” said coach Ryan Love—his first win ever against the Aggies as a coach and formerly as a player.
Once Morenci stopped the Sand Creek option, the game moved in the Bulldogs’ direction.
“We seem to eventually wear people down with our running game,” Love said, “and that’s a credit to our offensive line.”
The Aggies scored first on a 63-yard pass play, but Morenci came back with a long drive capped by KC Clegg on a six-yard run. Cody Powell ran for two and an 8-7 lead.
Brandon Myers caused a fumble on Sand Creek’s next possession and the Bulldogs needed just three plays to score. Powell carried from nine yards out and Clegg ran the conversion.
Two Aggies drives were halted in Morenci territory and the score remained 16-7 at half-time.
Powell ran an 83-yard touchdown play mid-way through the third quarter, followed by Clegg’s conversion.
“Cody had a great run,” Love said. “One dip inside and one dip outside and on down the Sand Creek sideline.”
Powell finished off a fourth quarter drive with a 12-yard run and Colin Smith carried for two points. The Aggies added a touchdown with six minutes to play, but the Bulldogs got one more when Clegg jumped on a fumble in the Sand Creek end zone. Morenci had driven to the one-yard line before stalling out.
Clegg ran the conversion for the 40-13 score.
Powell ran for 214 yards on 24 attempts. Clegg added 142 on 27 runs. Matt Heinze was in on six tackles while Powell, Myers and Clay Harvey each finished with five.