FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette has no golfers advancing out of sectional play this year, but two BBC teams qualified for the Div. III district tournament.
The Eagles placed tenth of 13 teams at the event Thursday at Wauseon's Ironwood course.
Dustin Lantz was first for Fayette (45–46—91), followed by Zayne Colegrove (52–43—95), Riley Martin (47–50—97), Michael Brubaker (54–47—101) and Alec Hylander (53–55—108). The Eagles' team score was 384.
North Central won the sectional event with 335, followed by Stryker (344) and Patrick Henry (355).
Qualifying individuals advancing are Corey Bean of North Baltimore (83), Tyler Grandsko of Toledo Christian (83) and Landon Grim of Holgate (84), who beat out Edon's Taylor Schwartz in a playoff.
North Central junior Branden Turner was medalist with a 39–39—78, topping Stryker sophomore Tanner Clingaman by a stroke.
SECTIONAL: Fayette's Tiffany Bates tied for 11th place in this year's girls sectional tournament Sept. 25 at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton.
The Eagle senior carded a 52–51—103, 10 strokes behind the third individual qualifier. Woodmore senior Likayla Baer swept the field with a 34–34—68 to take medalist honors‚ 20 strokes in front of the second place finisher.
In addition to Baer, individual qualifiers were Wauseon freshman Anna Marshall with 88 and Montpelier sophomore Leslie Clark with 93.
Otsego won the team title with 383, followed by Cardinal Stritch with 406 and Elmwood with 422.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: It was a long time coming, but Fayette’s varsity volleyball squad notched a victory Saturday when Emmanuel Christian visited.
“Lots of good things happened in that match,” said coach Danni Keefer.
The visitors won the opening game, 25-16, but the Eagles turned it around to claim the next three, 25-20, 25-17 and 27-25.
Coach Keefer also saw some good play at North Central last week when Fayette started the match with a win, 25-21.
“We were on fire,” Keefer said. “It looked like nothing could stop them.”
It was a good serving night for Fayette and there was also some good work at the net.
Ashtyn Baker, Allison Cuff and Paige Keefer did a good job of blocking against North Central hitter Bralyn Wyrick. Eventually North Central started finding holes in Fayette’s defense and momentum shifted.
North Central won the second game in closely contested play, 25-22, then had an easier time in the final games, 25-15 and 25-17.
Hilltop visited Thursday and went home with a three-set win, 27-25, 25-22 and 25-14.
FAYETTE CROSS: Even in the absence of one runner, Fayette’s boys managed a fifth-place tie Saturday at the Liberty Center Invitational cross country run.
Coach Bryan Stambaugh figures the Eagles might have been able to end up a place higher in the 15-team event had Ian Schrock not missed the run due to illness.
Skylar Lantz was part of the leading pack in which seven runners finished within about 20 seconds of one another. The sophomore took sixth place at 16:59.
Fayette’s other competitors were Casen Burkholder (21st, 18:06); Dylan Stannard (32nd, 18:24); Jared Wagner (44th, 18:55); Dylan Aschemeier (77th, 19:58); and Cole Burkholder (86th, 20:32).
Jill Stuckey was tops for Fayette’s girls with a 19th-place finish at 21:55. Stuckey ran an excellent first two miles, Stambaugh said, but couldn’t keep up the pace in the final section.
Teammate Melani Seiler took 30th at 22:39, followed by Noelle Goodson (34th, 22:47); Madelyn Maginn (62nd, 24:36); Liz Maginn (65th, 24:43) and Ellen Baker (76th, 25:33).
JUNIOR HIGH–Fayette’s boys claimed another team championship Saturday led by Christian Suarez (2nd, 11:34) and Austin Lopez (3rd, 11:45).
Other Eagle finishers were Alex Jaramillo (10th, 12:21); Skylar Jones (13th, 12:31); Bryce Conklin (18th, 12:44); Mason Maginn (24th, 13:02); Cole Stuckey (33rd, 13:26); Jason Stuckey (35th, 13:29); Christian Renner (58th, 15:43); and Max Baker (65th, 16:41).
Haley Perdue finished seventh at 12:45 to lead the girls, followed by Kelsey Fruchey (9th, 12:56); Jennaya Hibbard (23rd, 14:30); Alexus Ball (39th, 16:17); and Caitlin McIntosh (47th, 17:15).
MORENCI CROSS: Morenci runners set four personal records Saturday at the Haslett Invitational.
Mariah Gillen ran her best ever at 20:46 for seventh place, just two seconds ahead of Tatyana Pless who placed eighth for her best run.
Other Morenci runners were Madi Gleckler (26th, 22:10), Sammy Mikuski (34th, 23:16), Taylor Baugh (42nd, 24:59), Maëlle Delhaise (46th, 26:01) and Andy Mikuski (57th, 28:42).
Luke Spaulding was the first of the boys to finish for the Bulldogs, taking 17th place at 17:48.
Other Bulldog finishers were Jake Spaulding (26th, 18:38), Reagan Stowell (34th, 19:23, PR), Adam Roseman (54th, 20:56, PR) and Brandt Kelley (64th, 22:24).
TCC—Morenci's five boys team members came through with three personal records and a season best last week on their own course, while the girls notched three PRs plus the team title.
"A couple of the girls didn't run as well as they did last week at Pittsford," said Coach Brown, "but they still beat Britton-Deerfield."
BD won the first league jamboree. The next and final run Oct. 9 will determine the TCC champions.
Gillen recorded her first win ever along with a PR of 20:49, an improvement of 34 seconds. Pless placed third with her season best at 21:09, and Gleckler ran her best ever for fourth place at 21:35.
Sammy Mikuski took 20th at 24:12 and Baugh was 24th at 24:34. Delhaise finished 27th at 25:01, cutting 2:15 from her previous best. Andy Mikuski finished at 28:36.
Morenci placed first with 52 points, followed by BD at 62, Whiteford at 73 and Clinton at 94.
For the boys, Luke Spaulding was just a second off a PR with his third-place finish at 17:36. Clinton's Dominic Muessig won the race with a 17:17.
Jake Spaulding ran his fastest ever at 18:18 for fifth place, followed by Stowell (13th, 19:21), Kelley (30th, 21:45 PR) and Roseman (32nd, 21:57). It was Roseman's first time in the 21-minute range.
"The boys ran well and they're showing some improvement," Brown said. "If we could get Brandt and Adam down into the teens, we might be able to sneak into third place at regionals."
Clinton won the meet with 48 points, followed by Sand Creek with 62, Madison with 70 and Morenci with 83.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: Two yards short of a victory.
That's where Morenci ended up as time ran out after four quarters of play Friday.
A few minutes later in overtime, the Bulldogs were two points short of a win as Sand Creek claimed a 27-26 victory at Morenci's homecoming game.
There’s so many good things shown by the Bulldogs, said coach Mike McDowell, but a lack of consistency is hurting their effort.
“It’s there, and then there will be a missed assignment,” he said. “We know what to do, but then it doesn’t get executed right. There are good things going on; we just need to finish it.”
“Overall,” he said, “the boys made a tremendous effort. I can’t fault them for that.”
Bulldog Austin Sandusky put on a show early in the contest with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. The sophomore reversed course and slanted across the field, finally ending up along the home-crowd sidelines. It was a patient run as he waited for blocks and eluded a couple of defenders on his own before finally sprinting across the goal line.
After that it looked as though 6-0 could be the final score as neither offense could sustain a drive. The Aggies picked up one first down before punting, then made two firsts on their next possession before missing a field goal.
The Bulldogs didn't even do that well on their next two attempts and were forced to punt soon after Hayze Wolf made an interception. With time running out in the half, quarterback Torin Merillat passed to Kendrick Taylor for a 20-yard gain, but the drive ended on an incompletion in the end zone.
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession of the second half—an end-around sprint by Sandusky who dodged a defender on a 28-yard touchdown run—but Sand Creek came back with a touchdown pass and then another to take a short-lived 13-12 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Merillat tossed to Sandusky for a 58-yard touchdown pass and Wolf ran the conversion for a 20-13 lead a minute and a half into the fourth quarter.
It seemed as though Sand Creek needed only a single play for much of the second half—quarterback Kolton Alcock up the middle, over and over again. The Bulldogs couldn't stop it and Morenci's senior linebacker Cody Powell could only watch from the sidelines with an injured shoulder.
After an interception, Alcock covered most of the 52 yards to the goal line all by himself, finally tying the game at 20-20. The Bulldogs were left with less than 90 seconds to win the game, and they almost got the job done despite some obstacles.
Merillat fielded the line-drive kickoff at the Bulldogs' 46 with 1:15 on the clock. The first play resulted in a five-yard penalty, but the next attempt worked. Sandusky took the snap and raced 17 yards to the Sand Creek 37.
Sandusky only picked up two yards on the next carry and the Bulldogs fumbled on the following snap, making it second and 20 with 34 seconds to play. Then the Aggies were called for defensive holding and Sandusky ran for a first down at the 27 with 19 seconds showing.
Following an incompletion, Merillat hit Wolf for a pass; Wolf made it to the two-yard line with two seconds to play. The next play fell short and overtime began.
Alcock scored for the Aggies and a kick made it 27-20. It was just as easy for Morenci, with Merillat finding Wolf all alone for a touchdown pass.
With the game on the line, Merillat tried to pass to Sandusky but the incompletion gave the Aggies (2-2, 2-4) the win.
McDowell thinks Sand Creek is a better team than its record shows. The Aggies lost their opener in overtime and came close to downing Summerfield.
Taylor gave his best defensive showing of the season, McDowell said, finishing with an interception and 15 tackles, including seven solos. Wolf tallied 17 tackles. Nick Stutzman also played an excellent defensive game, the coach said, finishing with nine tackles.
JVs: A pair of big runs aided Morenci’s junior varsity football team on its way to a 28-0 shutout at Sand Creek on Thursday.
Midway through the second quarter, the Bulldog defense finally stopped an Aggie drive just three yards short of a touchdown. Morenci lost a yard on its first play, then lost another on a penalty.
Mike Heinze rushed up the middle, then cut to the left for a 99-yard touchdown run.
Two minutes later Alex Thomas fielded a Sand Creek punt and raced 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead at half-time.
Early in the fourth quarter, Morenci capped a 15-play, 63-yard drive when Brandon DiCenso scored from one yard out. Heinze ran the conversion to go on top 20-0.
Austin Gilson scored on an 11-yard run, followed by a Heinze conversion, for the final score. Morenci took possession after Gilson caught an interception.
The Bulldogs rushed for 280 yards and threw for 62 yards. Heinze tallied 148 yards on 11 carries and DiCenso added 82 on 21 carries. Thomas and Chris Hinkley each gained 49 yards on pass receptions.
Alex Pless finished with nine tackles and Malachi Hoffman was in on seven.
Morenci’s volleyball squad was as close to a victory as possible without actually winning when Madison visited Thursday.
Both teams entered the double-header without a league loss, but the Trojans still have a zero in the loss column.
The Bulldogs took Madison as far as possible before losing in the opener, then dropped the second match for a 13-6-2 overall record and a 7-2 league mark.
“After the first match that lasted over two hours and was back and forth in all five games, we came out flat in the second match,” said coach Dennis Owens.
“I am very proud of our effort in the first match. We were a couple of plays from winning. When you consider that Madison has won 40 straight TCC matches it was a big deal.”
The Trojans took the first two games 25-21, 26-24, but the Bulldogs came back to win the next two, 25-21, 28-26. Madison finally ended the long match with a 17-15 win.
In the second match, Morenci lost 23-25, 15-25 and 18-25.
Brooke Bovee, 56 kills, 2 blocks, 42 digs, 4 assists, 25/25 serving, 2 aces and 11 points.
Hannah Jeffers, 16 kills, 1 block, 24 digs, 37/40 serving, 4 aces, 22 points.
Breanna Gilson, 12 kills, 1 block, 33 assists, 11 digs, 30/34 serving, 4 aces, 16 points.
Emma Binegar, 37 assists, 14 digs, 20/22 serving, 3 aces, 11 points.
Erin Vanderpool, 35 digs, 4 kills, 21/23 serving, 3 aces, 12 points.
Jessica Storrs, 21/23 serving, 1 ace, 7 points, 18 digs.
Taylor Schisler, 4 kills
Ashley VanBrandt, 3 kills, 1 block.
Allison Piercy, 2 assists, 1 kill
Hilary Falor, 2/2 serving, 1 point, 1 assist.
BD—Britton-Deerfield fell in three games in Morenci Sept. 25, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-20.
“We didn't play our best, but the team really rallied around each other and hustled for the win,” Coach Owens said. “We served well at 71 for 74 with 10 aces, we also only had four service reception errors on the night.
Bovee, 24 kills, 1 block, 18/18 serving with 6 aces and 12 service points and 6 digs.
Gilson, 28 assists, 5 kills, 12/13 serving with 1 aces and 7 points.
Jeffers, 6 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs, 12/13 serving 1 ace and 6 points.
Binegar, 13 assists, 7/7 serving, 1 ace and 3 points.
Vanderpool,- 9 digs, 7/7 serving, 1 ace and 3 points and 1 kill.
Storrs, 15/16 serving with 10 points.
VanBrandt and Schisler, each had 3 kills.
JVs: Ali VanBrandt's serving led the way in a 25-15 and 25-23 win over Britton-Deerfield Sept. 25. Van Brandt had a run of 11 straight points in the first game, then she served five points in a tight second game allowing Morenci to squeeze out the second game victory.
Morenci handled Madison in the first match of Thursday's double-header, winning in two games, 25-21 and 25-15. The second match went to Madison in three games. After splitting the first two sets of the second match, Madison jumped out to a 5 -0 lead and the Bulldogs never recovered, losing 7-15.
Coach Renae Schaffner described Saturday's play at the Sand Creek Invitational as a "roller coaster" day as the Bulldogs forged a 3-3 record in pool play. Morenci split its two-game matches with all three opponents.
Sydney Weeks served a perfect 10/10 in the split with BD. Morenci played its best match of the day against Hillsdale Academy, handing them their only pool play loss. The two-game split highlighted great team play for the Bulldogs both offensively and defensively, resulting in several competitive long volleys. Pool play finished by splitting with host Sand Creek, 15-21, 21-10.
In the championship bracket, Morenci faced a strong Blissfield team. Coach Schaffner said poor serve reception allowed the Royals to control the match from the opening serve. The Bulldogs were never able to organize any offense in the 9-25, 16-25 loss.