FAYETTE CROSS: Fayette’s varsity cross country team came through with one top-10 finish Saturday at the 12-team Liberty Center invitational run.
Skylar Lantz lowered his time into the 16-minute range for a ninth-place finish at 16:52. He was only four seconds in back of the fifth-place finisher in an exciting finish.
Columbian’s Brandon Gibson won the race at 16:30.
Dylan Stannard placed 32nd at 17:59, followed by Casen Burkholder (43rd, 18:16); Jared Wagner (61st, 19:02); Ian Schrock (66th, 19:31); Dylan Aschemeier (73rd, 20:35) and Cole Burkholder (74th, 20:58).
The Eagles finished ninth of 12 teams. Perrysburg won the race with 43 points.
Fayette’s girls squad placed seventh of nine teams as Liberty Center won with 22 points. Toledo Christian’s Delainey Phelps was first at 18:15.
Fayette junior Jill Stuckey finished first for the Eagles at 22:04 for 23rd place, followed by Melani Seiler (38th, 22:53); Emilie Keiser (45th, 23:29); Noelle Goodson (47th, 23:37); Madelyn Maginn (54th, 24:03); Liz Maginn (58th, 24:25); and Ellen Baker (69th, 26:25).
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette’s boys picked up another win, finishing ahead of Hopewell-Loudon, 42-53.
Austin Lopez took second at 11:59, six seconds out of first, followed by Alex Jaramillo (4th, 12:19); Christian Suarez (8th, 12:43); Skyler Jones (11th, 12:45); Mason Maginn (17th, 13:14); Bryce Conklin (19th, 13:17); Cole Stuckey (34th, 13:53); Jason Stuckey (38th, 14:12); Christian Renner (59th, 16:12); Max Baker (64th, 16:52); and Grant Reinking (68th, 17:58).
Haley Perdue was first for the girls, placing fifth at 13:16, followed by Kelsey Fruchey (6th, 13:41); Jennaya Hibbard (19th, 14:36); Alexus Ball (44th, 17:21); and Caitlin McIntosh (49th, 18:40).
The Eagles placed fourth among six teams.
FAYETTE GOLF: Two Fayette golfers were named to the second All-BBC honor team following the league match Friday at Ironwood.
The Eagles placed third with 378 strokes, behind North Central with 316 and Stryker with 357. Other finishers were Pettisville (386), Edon (391) and Hilltop (418). North Central’s Branden Turner was medalist with a 76.
Fayette’s Dustin Lantz posted a strong score of 40 on the front nine, but slipped to a 46 on the back for an 86 total. Zayne Colegrove carded a 43 on the front and a 48 on the back to finish with a 91. Those scores gave them a spot on the second team.
Other golfers were Riley Martin (44-49–93), Michael Brubaker (53-55–108), Alec Hylander (59-51–110) and Matt Storrs (54-62–116).
STRYKER—Stryker’s Hunter Clingaman finished five strokes ahead of the nearest competitor to lead the Panthers to a 165-192 BBC win against Fayette.
Lantz carded the best score for the Eagles with 43, followed by Colegrove (48), Storrs (50), Tiffany Bates (50), Martin (51), Hylander (52) and Brubaker (55).
SECTIONAL—Wauseon’s Ironwood golf course is the site of the Div. III boys sectional tournament starting at 9 a.m. Thursday. Fayette will compete with a dozen other teams.
Qualifiers to the Bowling Green Stone Ridge District, on Oct. 4, include the top three teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team.
Stryker won the team title a year ago, with North Central taking second place. Six of the top 10 individuals return this year along with several golfers from qualifying teams.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s volleyball team has a busy schedule ahead and coach Danni Keefer needs a healthy squad to compete.
Upper respiratory problems and the flu have left the Eagles fighting not just their opponents lately.
“I only had four girls at practice all week,” she said. “I’ve never had that many kids sick at once.”
The Eagles dropped a pair of league contests last week, falling to Edon Sept. 18 and to Stryker on Thursday.
“Our main goal was to stop Sydney Stoll in the front line,” Coach Keefer said about the Edon game. “We had some good defense, but we were slow to cover on the back line.”
The Bombers took the opener 25-9 and finished the match off 25-18, 25-14.
Fayette came out stronger against Stryker, dropping the opener 21-25, but fatigue took over and the Panthers won 25-16, 25-19.
“We played as well as we could due to the lack of girls being healthy,” Keefer said.
She saw some improvement Saturday in a tri-match against Hicksville and Montpelier. The Eagles had a weak start against Hicksville, losing 10-25, but came back to challenge the Aces in a 22-25 game.
Against Montpelier, the Locos won 25-19 and 26-24.
Allison Cuff and Paige Keefer gave a good showing at the net, Keefer said, and Makayla Smith gave a good serving performance.
“We had better movement and communication as the day went on,” she said.
JV: Fayette’s JV volleyball girls picked up their first win of the season Saturday with a two-game win against Montpelier.
The Eagles took the opener 25-18 and followed up with a 25-20 victory.
“The girls worked well together and covered the ten foot line,” said coach Alissa Stockburger. “They let very few balls hit the ground and had excellent service reception.”
Michaela Bates served 14 in a row for 13 points. Brittney Croskey and Bates were strong hitters, Bates with seven and Croskey with six.
Fayette fell to Hicksville during the tri-match Saturday, 20-25 and 14-25.
Adrianna Hibbard was the high server with nine good serves, followed by Chyenne James and Alejandra Gonzalez, both with six.
Service reception was improved during the match, but the Eagles were still unable to consistently receive Hicksville serves, Coach Stockburger said, and that cost the Eagles the match.
Stryker needed three games to topple Fayette on Thursday, winning 25-21, 20-25 and 25-19.
“We gained momentum in the second game, which helped us win,” said Stockburger, “but we weren’t able to hold on as our reception weakened.”
Fayette fell to Edon on Sept. 18 in two games, 16-25 and 18-25.
MORENCI CROSS: Saturday was a record-setting day for Morenci’s girls cross country team and an especially good one for Mariah Gillen.
The junior finally bettered her previous best by 11 seconds—a time she set as a freshman—and she finally topped teammate Tatyana Pless, who came through with her top time of the season.
“Weather was not exactly ideal,” said Morenci coach Brad Brown, “but the kids ran incredibly well.”
The girls came through with five personal records and a season best at the Pittsford Invitational to tie for third overall with Quincy among 27 teams.
Runners from each class compete against each other at the event, and Morenci’s juniors won the second-place trophy behind Potterville. Homer, ranked fourth in the state, finished first as a team with Pittsford in second place.
Gillen finished at 21:23, third in the junior race, with Pless behind her at 21:29. Madi Gleckler placed fifth in the sophomore race at 21:58 for her best ever by 19 seconds. Sammy Mikuski took 11th at 23:15, an improvement of a minute and 43 seconds.
In the senior race, Taylor Baugh turned in her best time ever at 23:59, trimming off a minute from her previous record, and freshman Andy Mikuski took 34th at 27:47, an improvement of three and a half minutes.
“Five PRs and a season best was impressive to say the least,” Brown said. “There’s still a lot of season left and a lot of improving to do to get where we want to be, which is qualifying for the state finals as a team, but the girls were excited with their performances, as they should be.”
BOYS—“The boys also ran well with some season bests and a PR,” Brown said.
Luke Spaulding took fifth in the senior race at 17:41 for a season best, and his brother Jake also ran his fastest time of the season at 18:45 for ninth place. Brandt Kelley placed 37th at 22:24.
In the junior’s race, Reagan Stowell turned in a season-best run at 19:07 for 15th place. Freshman Adam Roseman set a personal record of 22:34 for 40th place.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: Every possession resulted in a touchdown here Friday for Morenci and Summerfield, right up until the final three minutes of the first half. Morenci never crossed the goal line again and the visitors went home with a 36-24 TCC victory.
It was a tale of two halves, said Bulldog coach Mike McDowell. For Morenci, the offense picked up 187 yards in the first half, then only 17 in the second. Summerfield’s production was slowed some, but the visitors made it into the end zone twice to wipe away Morenci’s half-time lead.
A big part of the Bulldogs’ second half difference came through the loss of senior starter Cody Powell who suffered a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.
"Cody anchors our offense and defense," McDowell said. "Our offense becomes really limited without him. It complicates things."
Morenci was forced to make changes in the lineup—not an easy task with only 15 players dressed. The squad was already at a disadvantage with defensive starter Brandon Myers still recovering from a concussion.
If Powell had been able to play the second half, McDowell figures his squad would have been able to keep up.
"We did things that they weren’t able to stop in the first half," he said.
Summerfield took the opening kickoff and scored on the first play of the game with a 65-yard pass, capitalizing on a missed Morenci defensive assignment. A minute later Morenci had the lead.
Austin Sandusky raced 41 yards on the Bulldogs’ first play, then gained another 16 yards on the following carry to Summerfield’s 10-yard line. Powell scored on the next play and Colin Smith carried for the conversion.
Summerfield drove 53 yards on 12 plays to score, and Morenci did the same on a four-play, 59-yard drive.
Smith covered 17 yards on one run, then threaded his way through defenders for a 27-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Torin Merillat carried for the conversion and a 16-14 lead.
And on it went.
Summerfield drove 69 yards for a 22-16 lead, but the Bulldogs came right back with a 66-yard scoring drive. Runs by Sandusky and a pass to Powell set up a six-yard scoring run by Hayze Wolf. Powell ran the conversion and the Bulldogs were back on top, 24-22.
Summerfield was finally stopped on its next possession, giving Morenci a little more than three minutes to turn the scoring pattern around. They advanced over the midfield line before running out of time at intermission.
Following an on-side kick to start off the second half, Morenci drove to Summerfield’s 36 before losing possession on a fumble as rain continued to fall. Summerfield made a steady drive to the end zone at 3:28 in the third quarter. The conversion attempt was stopped and the visitors led 28-24.
Morenci ended up punting and Summerfield came through with one slow, final drive to add another touchdown with two minutes to play.
"Defensively we couldn’t stop them like we hoped we could," Coach McDowell said. "I wasn’t disappointed with our effort. We played well, but we were up against their good line."
In many cases it was sophomore against senior for the young Bulldog team.
Wolf finished the night with an impressive 17 tackles, many of them solos. Daiton Lemmon collected eight and Kendrick Taylor finished with six as he filled in for Powell in the second half.
Sandusky tallied 105 yards on 12 carries and Smith finished with 67 yards on seven carries.
Summerfield’s win keeps them tied with Clinton for the TCC lead. Whiteford is alone in second place, with everyone else but Madison tied with 1-2 records.
JV: Morenci’s JV football team broke away from Summerfield in the second half last week, scoring 28 unanswered points to win 44-12.
The Bulldogs held a slim 16-12 edge at halftime, but shut Summerfield down in the final two quarters.
Michael Heinze opened scoring with an eight-yard run in the first quarter and caught a conversion pass for an 8-0 lead. Summerfield came back with a touchdown, then took the lead on another scoring pass.
Alex Thomas completed a 14-yard pass to Chris Hinkley to put the Bulldogs back on top, and he passed to Austin Gilson for the conversion.
Thomas scored from two yards out in the third quarter, followed by a 22-yard touchdown run by Heinze. Before the quarter ended, Thomas scored on a 42-yard interception, followed by the two-point run by Heinze.
Morenci added eight more points in the fourth quarter on a 130-yard run by Heinze and conversion run by Gilson.
“They are starting to understand what it takes to win football games,” said coach Tim Roberts.
The Bulldogs tallied 305 yards on the ground and added 43 yards in the air, completing four of six passing attempts.
Heinze gained 136 yards on 21 carries and he collected two passes for 13 yards. Thomas covered 75 yards on seven carries. He completed three of four passes for 38 yards. Gilson gained 57 yards on nine carries.
Brandon DiCenso carried five times for 24 yards and Hinkley carried five times for 13 yards. He made two receptions for 30 yards.
Bobby Black had an interception and played well at corner all night, Coach Roberts said. Danny Hunt put pressure on the Summerfield quarterback the whole game.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Following two more league matches, Morenci's volleyball team remains tied with Madison for the Tri-County Conference lead. The Trojans visit Thursday for a double-header when at least one team will end the day with a TCC loss.
The Bulldogs started off last week by winning a three-game match at Clinton, a team they lost to badly earlier in the season at an invitational.
"They are doing well this year," said Morenci coach Dennis Owens. "Until last night their only loss in the TCC was to Madison. I am sure we surprised them last night."
Morenci trailed in all three games‚Äîby as much as seven points in the first game and eight points in the third. In the middle contest, the Bulldogs led by seven at one point, then fell behind by two before engineering a comeback win.
"I loved our mental toughness to come back in each game on the road," Owens said. "We played very well on defense and hustled all night long."
The scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23. Morenci's serving finished at 97 percent and their service reception was 94 percent.
Brooke Bovee, 21 kills, 14/14 serving with 1 ace, 8 service points.
Hannah Jeffers, 10 kills, 17/17 serving with 2 aces, 11 service points.
Emma Binegar, 15 assists, 13/13 serving with 1 ace, 8 service points.
Breanna Gilson, 14 assists, 12/12 serving with 3 aces, 5 service points.
Erin Vanderpool, 11 digs, 5/6 serving.
Jessica Storrs, 7 digs, 10/11 serving.
SUMMERFIELD‚ÄîMorenci followed up that win with a four-game victory at home against Summerfield. The Bulldogs lost the opener, 24-26, then came back to win 25-17, 25-18 and 27-25.
In the final game, Morenci trailed 9-15 when Erin Vanderpool stepped up and served eight straight points to close the gap to a single point.
"At the end of the set with the score tied at 25, Ashley VanBrandt made a great hustle play on a ball that was way out of the court to keep it alive and we eventually won the point and the match on the next serve," Coach Owens said.
The Bulldogs had the challenge of filling in for starter Hannah Jeffers who was not in school. That resulted in some shifting of the lineup with people playing in different positions, but they came through with a key victory to stay undefeated in the TCC at 6-0 and an overall record of 12-4-2.
Brooke Bovee, 27 kills, 24 digs, 1 assist, 14/14 in service reception.
Breanna Gilson, 19 assists, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 5 aces.
Emma Binegar, 13 assists, 15/16 serving, 3 aces, 10 points.
Erin Vanderpool, 16 digs, 20/20 serving, 6 aces, 14 points.
Jessica Storrs, 6 aces, 14 points.
Julie Terry, 9/9 serving.
Allison Piercy, 2 kills, 1 block.
Taylor Schisler, 2 kills, 1 block.
Ashley VanBrandt - 2 kills.
Chloe Molitierno, 5/5 serving, 1 assist.
Hilary Falor, 1 assist, 4/4 in service reception.
JV: Morenci's JV volleyball team rebounded from a weak performance in Tuesday's 14-15, 10-25 loss at Clinton to defeat Summerfield at home on Thursday.
"The Summerfield victory was possibly the JV's strongest showing of the year," said coach Renae Schaffner.
The two teams matched point for point in game one until Sydney Weeks served an ace to push Morenci ahead 11-10.
"After that," Coach Schaffner said, "Brooke Baumgarter, Megan Spencer and Justis McCowan started the offense with some fine passes, allowing Morenci to push ahead 17-11 and finally to a 25-20 first game win."
The second game was almost identical. Morenci led 12-11, only to allow Summerfield to tie it at 13-13. Emily Schmidt and Ali VanBrandt provided sets to Rebecca Heinze and Weeks for late game kills leading to another 25-20 win.