FAYETTE CROSS: Fayette’s girls team captured third place Saturday at the Edgerton Invitational cross country run despite a slower finish than usual from team leader Melani Seiler.
Jill Stuckey crossed the line first for the Eagles, placing ninth overall at 21:35. Seiler took 15th at 22:17, followed by Liz Maginn (19th, 22:46), Madelyn Maginn (38th, 24:12), Sarah Kovar (40th, 24:16) and Ashtyn Baker (58th, 25:40).
Skylar Lantz led the boys with a 20th place finish at 18:39, followed by Trevor Cox in 25th place at 18:53. The Eagles placed sixth.
Other Fayette runners were Dylan Stannard (44th, 19:42), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (45th, 19:43), Ian Schrock (47th, 19:45), Tim Stoltzfus (60th, 20:09), Cole Burkholder (69th 20:29), Dylan Aschemeier (72nd, 20:32), Nathan Seiler (89th, 21:12) and Jared Wagner (90th, 21:15).
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette’s boys captured the team title, led by Austin Lopez (6th 12:14) and Casen Burkholder (9th, 12:22).
Others were Christian Suarez (14th, 12:58), Alex Jaramillo (14th, 12:58), Jerad Seiler (26th, 13:34), Bryce Conklin (27th, 13:35), Mason Maginn (38th, 14:07), Joel Smith (41st, 14:16), Cole Stuckey (46th, 14:29) and Jason Stuckey (66th, 16:17).
The girls team placed second. Kaela Seiler was first for the Eagles (6th, 13:38), followed by Haley Perdue (7th, 13:38), Kelsey Fruchey (8th, 13:47), Taylor Griffiths (21st, 14:34) and ALexis Fruchey (30th, 15:21).
FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette golfer Tiffany Bates doesn’t quite follow the script, but why should she?
After all, the junior is the Eagles’ first female golfer and now she’s the first female to advance out of the sectional tournament.
“She’s the first girl we had play and the first girl we’ve had advance,” said coach Ryan Colegrove. “I’m very proud of her and very happy for her.”
Bates veered from the expected in two ways last week at the Div. III event in Swanton. She had her better game on the back nine than on the front, and she didn’t get bothered by a few rather bad holes.
Bates carded a 49 on the front, then turned around and scored 46 on the back nine that’s supposed to be more challenging.
“I don’t think people figured she would come through with that good of a score on the back,” Colegrove said.
She ended up with a nine on her first hole and had a total of four holes with a high score.
“After each one of those holes she bounced back and had a good hole,” Colegrove said. “She didn’t get rattled.”
Wet conditions made it challenging for all competitors. When Bates hit into a waste bunker, for example, her ball landed in water. She had to move it within the bunker and there was nowhere to go but mud.
“Tiffany hit the ball well all day,” said the coach. “It was probably as well as I’ve ever seen her drive, and that set up everything else.”
Bates competed Tuesday at the district event at Sycamore Springs near Arlington.
Other team and individual qualifiers were Mikayla Baer, Woodmore, 71; Alexandria Niehaus, Cardinal Stritch, 82; Emily Turski, Cardinal Stritch, 87; McKinley Asmus, Otsego, 90; Karly Haughawout, Elmwood, 96; Morgan Booth, Otsego, 96; and Reba Wicker, Edon, 96.
BOYS—Fayette’s boys placed sixth at the sectional Friday at Ironwood, with Stryker topping North Central by one stroke.
“We played where we’ve been playing,” Colegrove said.
The Eagles carded a 364 which was five strokes better than the BBC score.
Fayette’s Riley Martin placed 24th with an 88, followed by Dustin Lantz, 91; Jonathan Boesger, 92; Zayne Colegrove, 93; and Alec Hylander, 114.
Boesger is the Eagles’ only senior.
MORENCI CROSS: A week of hard work paid off Sept. 24 for Morenci’s cross country runners with several team members running their best or nearly best times.
Luke Spaulding placed fifth in the junior boys race at the Pittsford Invitational, crossing the line at 18:10. Coach Brad Brown thinks that was Spaulding’s second best time. His brother, Jake, took 12th place at 19:22.
Reagan Stowell finished 18th in the sophomore race at 19:55 and Spencer Elliott improved on his time with an 18th place finish in the freshman run at 20:36.
Morenci’s girls were paced by Tatyana Pless who took ninth in the sophomore run at 22:31. Mariah Gillen finished 15th at 23:30.
Kourtney Cousino was 22nd in the senior race at 27:01. In the junior race, Taylor Baugh set a personal best at 25:23 and Mary Margaret Hollstein followed at 31:16.
Nathan Smith ran a 14:50 for 42nd place in the middle school run.
“I was quite happy with our results,” said coach Brad Brown. “They worked hard and their efforts showed on a tough course.”
HASLETT—Saturday at Haslett, Luke Spaulding led Morenci’s boys with a 22nd place finish at 18:11, followed by Reagan Stowell (44th, 20:04); Jake Spaulding (52nd, 20:43); and Spencer Elliott (57th, 21:03).
Mariah Gillen was tops for the girls, taking 22nd at 22:26. She was followed by Kortney Cousino (42nd, 24:54); Taylor Baugh (53rd, 26:28); and Mary Margaret Hollstein (64th, 32:09).
MORENCI FOOTBALL: The first quarter belonged to the Bulldogs Friday at Sand Creek, but they just couldn’t get the ball across the goal line. Inside Sand Creek’s 20-yard line twice, Morenci needed to put points on the scoreboard, but fell short both times.
The Bulldogs finally ran out of time and the Aggies remained unbeaten in league play with a 14-7 victory.
“We just came up short,” said Bulldog coach Taz Wallace. “It was a tough loss.”
When you face adversity, he said, you have to respond, and he got that from his squad.
“We did a great job of responding,” Wallace said. “We executed well. They played together and they stuck together. I can’t explain how proud I am of the kids.”
Freshman Austin Sandusky picked up plenty of yardage on the Bulldogs’ opening drive, including runs of 14 yards and 22 yards, but the Bulldogs stalled out after reaching Sand Creek’s 14.
On their next possession—coming off an interception by Simon Jeffers—Sandusky was at it again, along with a 17-yard gain by quarterback Cody Powell. This time the Bulldogs made it inside the 10 before giving the ball up on downs.
Instead it was the Aggies who made it onto the scoreboard first on a four-yard pass in the second quarter.
Sand Creek added one more score on its first possession of the second half, but Morenci scored 90 seconds later to make it 14-7. Sandusky handled most of the chore on a 44-yard sprint and Powell carried on a one-yard plunge for the touchdown.
The Bulldogs had only one possession in the fourth quarter and had to punt after advancing to mid-field. The Aggies were able to control the ball and let time run out for the homecoming win.
Morenci was never able to get a passing game going. Sandusky led the offensive effort with 157 yards.
• Standing at 3-3 with three games remaining, the Bulldogs have to win against Clinton, Whiteford and Britton-Deerfield to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Clinton brings its 4-2, 4-0 record to Morenci on Friday. The Redskins have yet to play Sand Creek and Summerfield, the two teams responsible for the Bulldogs’ two losses.
JV FOOTBALL: Forget the squandered opportunities. They don’t matter anymore.
Despite failing to score on four occasions in the red zone, said Morenci JV football coach Dan Hoffman, the Bulldogs claimed a 20-12 win against Sand Creek.
“Special teams were the key to Morenci’s victory,” Hoffman said.
Bobby Black blocked a punt in the first half and the ball was recovered by Nick Stutzman. The play led to Morenci's first touchdown—a two-yard run by Colin Smith
Smith scored early in the fourth quarter, on a 21-yard run and he carried on the two-point conversion.
Daiton Lemmon scored the final touchdown late in the fourth quarter by blocking a punt and recovering it in the end zone.
Smith finished the night with 127 yards rushing and CalebThomas added 88.
Hunter Borton's kicking put Sand Creek in poor field position several times, Hoffman said.
Derrick Tule led the defense with 14 tackles, including several for a loss. Thomas and Stutzman each finished with 10. The Aggies racked up a lot of yards, but were kept out of the end zone with the exception of two plays.
Shawn Feltz and Dalton McCowan each made a fumble recovery.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s volleyball team remained unbeaten in league play by taking a pair of matches last week.
The Bulldogs will have to be at their best Thursday at Madison when the top-10 ranked Trojans aim to mar Morenci’s record.
At Summerfield Sept. 27, Carolyn Blaker had an outstanding night passing in the back row, said coach Dennis Owens
“We took care of business that night and came away with a good win,” he said.
Morenci came out on top 25-16, 25-13, 25-13.
Serving: Brooke Bovee, 14/14, 1 ace, 10 points; Hannah Jeffers, 15/18, 5 aces, 13 points; Matea Garcia, 12/14, 2 aces, 9 points.
Hitting: Bovee, 15 kills; Chelsea Phillips, 6 kills, 3 blocks.
Setting: Garcia, 20 assists; Bovee, 6 assists.
Passing: Blaker, 13 digs, 10/10 serve receive; Jeffers, 7 digs; Erin Vanderpool, 6 digs, 11/12 serve receive.
Thursday at Britton-Deerfield, the Bulldogs had a sluggish start, but recovered to win in four games, 27-25, 25-7, 21-25, 25-18.
“We started a little slow and had a bad stretch in game three, and even in game four we were behind by 10-16,” Owens said, “and came back to finish the match. Our serving was outstanding that night, at nearly 97 percent and we did well in serve receive, as well.”
Serving: Jeffers, 20/20, 4 aces, 16 points; Phillips, 16/17, 6 aces, 10 points; Garcia, 26/27, 2 aces, 21 points; Bovee, 15-15, 1 ace, 9 points.
Hitting: Bovee, 23 kills, 1 block; Phillips, 10 kills, 6 blocks; Blaker, 4 kills, 1 block; Garcia, 4 kills; Jeffers, 3 kills, 1 block.
Setting: Garcia, 27 assists; Bovee, 12 assists.
Passing: Vanderpool, 26 digs, 23/27 serve receive; Hannah 18 digs, 9/9 serve receive; Blaker, 12 digs, 12/12 serve receive.
JV VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s JV volleyball squad split a pair of league matches last week and finished the Sand Creek tournament with a 1-1-2 record.
The Bulldogs defeated Summerfield in two games, 25-20 and 25-17. Hilary Falor gave a strong performance and finished with 15 service points.
Britton-Deerfield scored a win in three games, 18-25, 25-20 and 15-13. Morenci led 11-10 in the final game before BD went ahead 14-11 and finished it off with the 15-13 score.
Ali Piercy and Melissa Burk scored four kills each.
Saturday at Sand Creek, the Bulldogs opened pool play against B-D and split the two games, losing the first 17-21 and winning the second game 21-8. Morenci opened the second game by scoring the first seven points behind Falor’s serving and the strong back row play of Julie Terry.
Morenci spilt against Hillsdale Academy, 21-13 and 16-21. Emily Schmidt scored five aces in the match.
“Our offense fell apart and was out of sync,” coach Renae Schaffner said about the Sand Creek match. The Aggies won 21-17 and 21-13.
In the Bulldogs’ final match of the tournament, Hudson fell in three games, 26-24, 23-25 and 15-9. Morenci trailed 8-9 in the last game, but Emma Binegar provided good serving and setting to help the Bulldogs score the final seven points for the win.
Burk and Piercy each finished the day with 10 kills. Binegar gave 24 setting assists and Terry had 104 successful defensive passes from her libero position.