Sports round-up 10.8

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette’s boys came through with an invitational win Saturday by finishing on top of a field of 16 teams at Fostoria.

Sandusky Central Catholic scored the top two runners in the race, but the Eagles placed three under 17 minutes and two more in the low 18s to win.

As a team, Fayette averaged 17:49 to clip Sandusky 80 to 99. BBC foe Pettisville placed fourth at 128.

Sophomore Darrell Randall led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish at 17:11. Sandusky’s Brian Ferber won the race with a 16:57.

Sophomore Dakota Brooks placed ninth at 17:31 and freshman Trevor Cox came in 17th at 17:51. Other scorers were senior Logan Keefer at 18:16 (24th) and sophomore Hunter Colegrove at 18:17 (25th).

Other Eagles finishers were Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (45th, 18:49), Ben Kovar (50th, 19:00), Jerry Minzey (76th, 19:49), Tim Stoltzfus (77th, 19:50) and Skylar Sommers (104th, 20:52).

In the girls race, Fayette leader Erica Goeltzenleuchter was off her usual pace and came in 15th at 21:05. Danni Wyse took 22nd at 21:41, followed by Hanna Schrock (32nd, 22:16), Alexa Kessler (49th, 23:01), Mara Raker (68th, 24:16) and Sarah Kovar (71st, 24:21).

Brittany Stockmaste of Seneca East won the race at 19:00. Six runners finished below 20 minutes. The Eagles placed seventh of 16 teams.

In the junior high race, Jill Stuckey posted the highest finish for Fayette, taking eighth at 13:38. Madelyn Maginn took 50th at 14:49 and Sadie Molina was 133rd at 16:27.

For the boys, Ben Grieser placed 42nd at 12:57, followed by Tyler Cox (46th, 13:00), Ian Schrock (82nd, 13:30), Chandler Sanford (105th, 13:54), Dylan Aschemeier (108th, 13:57) and Ben Kessler (132nd, 14:30).

BBC JAMBOREE—Fayette’s girls notched a BBC victory Sept. 30 at Stryker in a closely contested race.

The Eagles finished with 46 points, followed by Pettisville with 55 and Stryker with 56.

Goeltzenleuchter came through at 20:10 for second place, trailing Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler at 19:28. Fayette’s other scorers were Wyse (5th, 21:21), Schrock (9th, 22:24), Kessler (13th, 23:16) and Kovar (17th, 23:44).

Raker placed 21st at 24:38 and Molina was 23rd at 24:49.

Randall finished below 17 minutes in the boys run, but so did three others. His 16:57 was good for fourth place, behind Pettisville’s Borton at 16:36 and Hilltop’s Livensparger and Klinger at 16:45 and 16:56.

Hilltop and Fayette both finished with three runners in the top 10, but the Cadets also came through with the 11th spot to edge the Eagles 50-53. Stryker finished third with 68 points.

After Randall was Brooks (8th, 17:35), Cox (10th, 17:43), Keefer (15th, 18:02), Colegrove (16th, 18:10) Goeltzenleuchter (25th, 18:34), Kovar (34th, 19:16), Minzey (35th, 19:35), Stoltzfus (36th, 19:36) and Sommers (52nd, 21:32).

In the junior high run, Grieser placed 7th at 13:12, followed by Cox (9th, 13:20), Sanford (18th, 14:07), Schrock (21st, 14:12), Aschemeier (22nd, 14:35) and Kessler (23rd, 15:15).

Stuckey placed second among the girls at 14:08. Maginn was sixth at 15:45 and Molina was 8th at 16:36.

FAYETTE GOLF: Fayette’s Caleb Brinegar missed his shot at advancing past the Div. III golf district tournament.

“Caleb hit the ball really well,” said coach Ryan Colegrove, “but didn’t putt well at all. He shot an 84 that could have very easily been in the mid to upper 70s.”

The senior advanced to district competition every year of his high school career.

FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette’s varsity spikers added two wins and two losses to their season mark last week, leading up to the start of the sectional tournament Oct. 14.

The Eagles pulled out of a dive Sept. 30 at Hilltop to claim a BBC victory. Fayette took the opener, 25-21, then dropped two in a row—11-25 and 13-25.

They pulled together to even the score with a 25-23 win, then finished it off with a 15-11 final.

“Hilltop gave us a run for our money,” coach Jodi Ordway said. “With several hard-fought rallies, both teams played extremely well, giving it everything they had.”

Fayette was determined to go home with a victory, Ordway said, and they did it with teamwork and communication as the backbone.

Chelsea Mynhier was perfect at the serving line (15/15) with two aces. Jacy Lewellen never missed either (9/9), while Sierah Griffiths went 12 for 15, Katie Borer went 15 for 16 with four aces, Shenae Nuoffer went 12 for 13, Kalley Martin went six for seven and Andrea Canfield went four for five.

Canfield and Borer each finished the match with 27 digs, while Griffiths and Elisha Hartman each fielded 15. Lewellen notched 13 digs and Tara Lichtenwald finished with nine. Nuoffer gave 14 assists.

At the net, Lewellen scored four kills, Borer added three, and Hartman, Mynhier and Martin each scored a pair.

The Eagles split a tri-match Saturday, downing Fairview in three games and falling to Holgate in three in a close contest.

“I was really pleased with how we played against Holgate,” coach Danni Keefer said. “We were really clicking and looked great.”

Thursday at Pettisville, Fayette started out with a really strong opening game, but ended up dropping the match in four games.

No details from the match were available.

JV—Fayette’s JV team fell hard to Hilltop in the opener, 25-8, then closed the gap to lose by only two in the second match, 24-26.

SECTIONALS—Fayette opens the sectional tournament Tuesday at Pettisville by taking on Toledo Christian. The 6 p.m. contest will be the first meeting this season for the two squads. The winner will face Pettisville Oct. 18.

In the second contest Tuesday, Stryker and Ottawa Hills face off. The winner will play Northwood.

The Eagles wrap up the regular season at home Thursday with the Senior Night contest against Stryker.

MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY: Call it a grudge run.

Three runners who were beaten by Morenci’s Zach Phillips the previous weekend made sure it didn’t happen again Saturday.

Hudson’s Steve Tennis, Pittsford’s Brent Smith and Lenawee Christian School’s Will Brown all crossed the finish line ahead of Phillips Saturday morning at Hudson.

That put a damper on an otherwise good performance by the Morenci senior who turned in a 17:06.

“He was disappointed not to win after beating them earlier,” said coach Brad Brown, “but he was 17 seconds faster than last year and still ahead of pace.”

Micah Gillen was second for the Bulldogs (41st, 19:16), followed by Jeff Nofziger (48th, 19:40), David Brown (57th, 20:06) and Logan Drummond (93rd, 22:46). That was Brown’s top time of the season.

In the girls race, Jackie Paris led the way for Morenci with a personal best of 24:59 for 42nd place. After her was Kate Gallup (50th, 25:32), Candi Evers (52nd, 25:37), Rachel Sodergren (72nd, 27:37) and Ashley Clark (36:01).

MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s varsity spikers knocked off Deerfield in three games last week before having the tables turned when they traveled to Clinton.

The Redskins dropped Morenci in three games Thursday, not just once but twice in a double-header.

“We had trouble with Clinton’s serves and we were scrambling a lot in the match, which took away our offense,” said  coach Dennis Owens.

Clinton took the opener 25-13 and followed up with wins of 25-22 and 25-15. In the second match, Clinton won 25-15, 25-9 and 25-17.

Chanler McCaskey was kept busy passing, Owens said, as she converted 30 digs into plays. McCaskey also led at the net with eight kills on 24 attacks. Tia Tompkins finished with seven kills on 19 attacks and also scored five points on blocks.

Serving leaders were Mariah Bovee (15/17, one ace), McCaskey (14/15, one ace) and Amy Gillman (17/21, seven aces).

At home against Deerfield Sept. 30, the guests kept it close, but Morenci came through with a win 26-24, 25-14 and 25-22.

“We started sluggish in the first game, but came on and defeated them,” Coach Owens said.

Bovee finished with a dozen aces and served 23 points for the night on 27 attempts. McCaskey served 10 for 10 and Tompkins scored four aces.

The Bulldogs’ were error-free in sets. Gillman finished with 13 assists and Dana Joughin had seven.

Morenci ended with 70 attacks, eight errors and 27 kills. McCaskey scored nine kills, Tompkins scored eight and Bovee had seven.

Kathleen Barron led the way in passing with 10 digs on 12 attempts.

• The Bulldogs take their 5-9-1 record up against Sand Creek for two matches at home Thursday. The county tournament is scheduled Saturday and Summerfield visits Tuesday.

JV: Morenci’s JV volleyball team picked up a pair of wins from three league matches and a tournament.

At the Sand Creek Invitational on Saturday, the Bulldogs lost to the host team, split a match with Onsted and defeated Hillsdale Academy.

That was enough to get the squad out of pool play where they faced Onsted again. This time the Wildcats won the match in three close contests.

Matea Garcia scored seven aces and missed on four of 38 serving attempts. Chelsea Phillips went one better, finishing with eight aces. Meghan Smith missed only three of 32 serves.

Smith directed 34 good passes to the setter and Phoenix Duncan was good on 52 of 62 pass attempts. Garcia gave 25 passes.

Mercedez McCaskey finished the day with 37 assists on 81 playable sets. At the net, Smith made 18 kills on 37 hits. Duncan finished with 14 kills on 44 attacks. Phillips scored eight kills on 25 attacks. Duncan also scored five points on blocks.

At Clinton, the Bulldogs dropped a double-header, both matches in two games.

Phillips stepped up to fill in for an injured player and went 17 for 20 in passes. She was perfect in 21 serves—including an 11-point string—and scored three aces.

Smith scored five kills on 15 attacks and Duncan scored on six attacks. From the back row, Naomi Hoffman directed 17 passes to the setter.

Morenci fought for a win against Deerfield, 25-22, 21-25 and 16-14.

Duncan scored five aces and Garcia had three. Duncan and Smith each scored five kills. McCaskey furnished nine assists on 36 sets.

MORENCI FOOTBALL: Madison gave Morenci a pair of first-quarter touchdowns on turn-overs, then came back with a score of its own.

But that was pretty much the end of the line for the basement-dwelling Trojans. The Bulldogs (3-3) thoroughly dominated at Madison (1-5) Friday to come home with a 42-12 victory.

Bulldog coach Dan Hoffman continues to see improvements in his squad, but fumbles are still hurting Morenci’s offensive drives. The Bulldogs lost control of the ball five times at Madison and three of those were recovered by the Trojans.

Fortunately for Morenci, Madison lost all four of its fumbles.

The Bulldogs scored on their first possession of the contest when Chas Frey scored the first of three touchdowns. He capped a 67-yard drive with a 16-yard jaunt to the end zone.

The Trojans picked up one first down, but were soon forced to punt. The snap went over the punter’s head and on the next play, Reese Graham raced 16 yards for a score. Dustin Roller ran for the conversion and a 14-0 lead with five minutes yet to play in the quarter.

Madison fumbled a pitch on its first play of the next series to Morenci possession on the Trojan 30. Graham ran for 10 yards, then quarterback Jarrett Keller passed to Frey for a touchdown

Madison returned the kick to Morenci’s 33 and worked its way in for a score. The Bulldogs fumbled on their next possession. Just when it looked as though Madison might close the gap, Josh Hauser intercepted.

Morenci soon turned the ball over again, but Madison couldn’t produce any more points. Instead, the Bulldogs put together another drive, capped by Reese on a five-yard run. Morenci was on top 27-6 at half-time.

The Bulldogs turned the ball over again early in the third, but had possession again when Madison was forced to punt. Frey scored his third touchdown of the night on a five-yard run and a 35-6 lead.

After the Trojans dropped a handoff on the kickoff, Morenci had the ball on the 13. Clayton Wolf scored this time from one yard out to set the mercy clock in motion.

Madison added six points on the final play of the game.

Wolf, Lucas Johnson, Hauser and Anthony Tompkins each made fumble recoveries. Levi Hoffman led the defense with 15 tackles, including three for losses.

• Morenci and Summerfield will both bring 3-3 records to the homecoming game here Friday. Summerfield scored a 27-6 victory over Madison and played closely with Sand Creek for a half before losing by a large margin.

“They have a good passing game and they’ll run some spread offense,” Coach Hoffman said.

JV: Morenci’s junior varsity football team took the gifts given by Madison to forge a 48-6 TCC victory here Thursday.

The Trojans fumbled early in the contest, but the Bulldogs failed to turn it into points. But the Trojans turned it right back over and this time Max Gautz carried for the score.

Before long, Madison fumbled a punt and Jacob Baker carried for a 20-yard touchdown run. Brett Bovee passed to Simon Jeffers for the conversion and a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

After another Trojan punt, Jeffers and Andrew White made big ground gains before Baker scored from eight yards out. White kicked for a 21-0 lead before intermission.

In the third quarter, Morenci needed five plays to score, with White covering he final eight yards. The two teams traded fumbles before Jeffers carried on a 10-yard run and a 35-0 lead.

White scored on a short run in the fourth quarter and after a fumbled kickoff, the Bulldogs were in the end zone again. This time Jay Howard scored for the final 48-6 win.

The Trojans lost possession on all five of their fumbles.

White covered 193 yards on 15 carries as the Bulldogs amassed 383 yards of offense.

Mitch Schmucker led on defense with seven tackles, two for losses. Baker finished with six tackles. Lucas Holstein, Jordan Bach and Robert Schuch each had a tackle for a loss.

Bach made two fumble recoveries.

The Bulldogs travel Thursday to Summerfield, a team that lost to Madison.