Sports round-up 9.10

Fayette cross country: Fayette’s cross country boys came through with five runners under 19 minutes again this week, but the competition was a lot tougher at the big Tiffin Carnival meet.

The Eagles placed 18th among 45 entries, with the lead runner taking 23rd place.

Fayette’s girls squad once again didn’t have enough competitors to place as a team.

Sophomore Darrell Randall was tops for the Eagles with a 17:02 23rd place finish. The first 20 runners all finished under 17 minutes, led by Seth Butler of Liberty-Benton who crossed the line at 16:03.

Other Fayette runners were Dakota Brooks (105th, 18:17); Hunter Colegrove (106th, 18:17); Trevor Cox (129th, 18:28); Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (158th, 18:54); Logan Keefer (182nd, 19:23) and Jerry Minzey (217th, 19:52).

Bellaire St. John Central was the top team.

In the girls race, Fayette’s Erica Goeltzenleuchter placed 43rd at 20:42. Minster, the winning team, placed the top two runners who both finished at 18:58.

Other Fayette runners were Alexa Kessler (156th, 22:59); Olivia Molina (233rd, 24:15) and Sarah Kovar (297th, 25:46).

Fayette’s junior high boys placed 21st, led by Tyler Cox at 13:13 for 52nd place. Behind him was Ian Schrock (82nd, 13:53), Dylan Aschemeier (95th, 14:00), Chandler Sanford (108th, 14:46), and Ben Kessler (110th, 14:53).

Jill Stuckey placed ninth in the girls run at 13:59, followed by Madelyn Maginn (49th, 15:26) and Sadie Molina (140th, 16:42).

• North Central visits Fayette Thursday. The Eagles compete Saturday at the Delta Invitational.

Fayette golf: It was good day for part of Fayette’s golf squad Saturday at the Stryker Invitational, but there have been better days for a couple of others.

Stryker finished on top of their own invitational, followed by Archbold. The Eagles came in 10th in a field of 15 teams.

“We were six shots from seventh place,” noted coach Ryan Colegrove, so it wouldn’t have taken too much to move upward a few notches.

Caleb Brinegar finished on top for the Eagles, but putting trouble gave him an uncharacteristically high 80 strokes. Eliott Richardson, on the other hand, played the course well and came out just a stroke behind at 81.

Austin Hylander struggled on the greens, Colegrove said, and carded a 99. Nelson Barnhiser played well and finished third for Fayette with 93.

Jonathan Boesger was the fifth man with a 101.

Stryker’s Troy Saunders earned medalist honors with a score of 70.

• Fayette travels Thursday to Emmanuel Christian and entertains Stryker next Tuesday.

Volleyball: Morenci won the volleyball match-up Friday when Fayette visited, but the Eagles showed they were no push-overs.

Two games went easily in the Bulldogs’ favor, but the other two were tight, with each team claiming one.

Fayette co-coach Danni Keefer thought her squad did well, but couldn’t quite put it all together to stay close for the entire match.

“It’s like that one little piece of the puzzle is missing,” she said.

Find that, she said, and success will follow.

Bulldog coach Dennis Owens had some strong performances at several positions.

“Our setters did an outstanding job,” he said. “Amy Gillman had 14 assists with only one error and Dana Joughin had 11 assists with only two errors.”

Kathleen Barron made only two passing errors in the four-game match.

Mariah Bovee was perfect on 27 serves and scored seven aces. Chanler McCaskey added four aces while going 15 for 15 from the serving line.

McCaskey finished the night with 25 attacks and eight kills. Tia Tompkins also scored on eight attacks and Bovee on seven.

Bovee went 15 for 17 in serve reception and was good on 20 of 22 digs.

No statistics were available for Fayette players.

In the opening game, Morenci capitalized on a series of Fayette mistakes to go on top 7-0 and 12-2, but the Eagles came back to pull within a point. Sierrah Griffiths scored on a spike, then made it 24-23 on an ace serve, but that was Fayette’s last point.

In game two, Morenci led 11-9 before the Bulldogs took their biggest win of the night, 25-12.

Fayette kept its hopes alive with a 25-20 win in game three after breaking loose from a 13-11 score early on. Game four turned out to be all Morenci needed. The contest stayed close right through the 17-16 mark, but that’s where the Eagles sputtered out and Morenci won 25-16, ending on an ace by McCaskey.

Fayette lost a five-game match Monday at Montpelier, but Coach Keefer continues to see improvement as the season progresses.

• The Eagles entertain Hilltop on Thursday and play a triangular match Saturday at home with Hicksville and Monclova.

Morenci’s volleyball girls finished up a busy week at the Blissfield Invitational on Saturday, with two players out of action and exhaustion moving in.

“This was our third straight day of competition and by the end of the day, fatigue really showed up,” coach Dennis Owens said.

Senior setter Amy Gillman was unable to compete and Kelsi Stover was still sidelined with an ankle injury. Megan Smith moved up from the JV squad to help out in the front row.

The Bulldogs split with Dundee, then lost to Sand Creek and the eventual runner-up, Lenawee Christian School.

At the serving line, Chanler McCaskey was good on 20 of 21 tries, with two aces. Mariah Bovee went 22 for 25, Tess Ramsey went 18 for 21 and Tia Tompkins went 14 for 17, with a pair of aces.

Ramsey moved into the setting spot for Gillman and finished 59 of 62, with nine assists. Dana Joughin finished 68 of 76 with eight assists.

“We struggled to get our attacks going much of the day,” Owens said, “but our hitting leaders were Bovee with 40 attacks and eight kills, Tompkins with 39 attacks and nine kills, McCaskey with 34 attacks and eight kills, and Smith with 28 attacks and five kills.

Tompkins made three blocks for points. Passing leaders were Kathleen Barron and McCaskey, Kate Joughin and Jessica Feltz.

At Madison last week, the Bulldogs won the opening game of a double header, 25-16, but then lost 11-25, 15-25 and 24-26. In the second match, the Trojans won 28-26, 25-17 and 25-10.

• The Bulldogs will take their 3-4-1 record Thursday to Summerfield.

JV volleyball: Morenci’s JV spikers dropped their first league match of the season at Madison, but came back Friday to down Fayette.

The Eagles gave Morenci about all they could handle.

The Bulldogs took a narrow win in the opener, 26-24, then fell apart in the second game as Fayette came out on top 25-13.

The Eagles appeared to be heading for another win, but their 10-3 lead disappeared in Morenci’s impressive comeback and the Bulldogs won 15-12.

“I was so proud of the girls and how they came together to get a win in the third game,” coach Kindra Baron said.

Freshman Carolyn Baker served five aces and Phoenix Duncan maintained a nine-point serving streak.

Naomi Hoffman dominated in the back row, Baron said, while Mercedez McCaskey and Matae Garcia both had good setting nights, helping Megan Smith to five kills.

Thursday at Madison, Morenci took the opening game, 25-23, but couldn’t get going in the second round and lost 7-25. Madison took a 15-11 edge to win the match.

In the second match, the Trojans won 25-16 and 25-19.

McCaskey gave a good serving performance, Baron said, and scored four aces. Garcia also had a consistent serving night.

Smith scored six kills and made three blocks. Hoffman and Duncan led the way in passing and digs.

Morenci football: The Bulldogs weren’t getting anywhere with their ground game here Friday against Hudson, but with only a few seconds left until intermission and the Tigers on top 7-0, perhaps Morenci could find a way to stay in the game.

But Hudson scored before the half-time horn sounded, then added another touchdown in the third quarter.

Before it was over, the Tigers won the 11th in a row (one Hudson victory was canceled due to an illegal player) against their old rival Morenci with a 33-6 outcome.

“We just couldn’t get our running game going,” coach Dan Hoffman said. “We couldn’t sustain anything up front.

”We pass blocked really well, but we couldn’t block for the run.”

Junior quarterback Jarrett Keller completed 10 of 20 pass attempts for 148 yards. His favorite target, Trey Tompkins, hauled in six tosses for 104 yards.

Keller was sacked only once and wasn’t pressured often by the Tiger defense.

He went to the air first mid-way through the opening quarter and connected with Tompkins for a 32-yard gain. Morenci advanced to the Hudson 26-yard line, but soon lost the ball on an interception.

Hudson turned that turn-over into a touchdown early in the second quarter after the Bulldog defense stopped its first two possessions.

Morenci made it to the Tiger 28 with time running out in the second quarter. Hurt by a holding call, the Bulldogs lost the ball on downs. Hudson quickly scored and took a 14-0 lead into intermission.

After a fake punt in the third quarter, a long Morenci gain was canceled by a penalty. Hudson took over and scored, then added two more touchdowns before the Bulldogs made it onto the scoreboard.

A pass to Clayton Wolf, a first down run by Chas Frey, a pass to Tompkins and another run by Frey set up the score. Wolf tried to score on a run up the middle, but the ball was knocked loose and it was Travis Janish who fought for control and was credited with the touchdown.

Coach Hoffman knew his best athletes could match up with the top Hudson players, but he also knew the Tigers had more skilled personnel overall. That and the substitutions from the big Hudson squad took its toll.

“They’re a good team and a very physical team,” Hoffman said. “I think some of our kids were a little overwhelmed.”

• Coach Hoffman is ready to put a stop to Whiteford’s three-year win streak against the Bulldogs. They’ll have to control the Bobcats’ outstanding junior quarterback who can both throw and run the ball and also execute the option.

Whiteford played close with Blissfield into the fourth quarter before losing 31-8.

JV football: Morenci’s young JV football team did some good things at Hudson last week, but they couldn’t match up with the Tiger squad. In a precursor to the varsity game the next night, Hudson claimed a 34-6 victory.

“They’re a good team and they’re quicker than us,” coach Mike McDowell said. “We couldn’t match their tempo.”

The Bulldogs kept it close until a pair of costly fumbles gave the Tigers an edge.

Hudson drove 80 yards for a score on their opening possession. However, the Bulldogs responded with a long kickoff return by Jacob Baker to the Tiger 20-yard line, but stalled out at the 15.

They got the ball back on Hudson’s 31. Brett Bovee passed to Lucas Hollstein at the 16 and Baker scored on a run for a 6-6 game.

Hudson scored on another long drive and Morenci lost possession on a fumble. Hudson ended up punting and the Bulldogs fumbled again, this time on their own 18-yard line.

The Tigers scored and the Bulldogs nearly came through with a touchdown before intermission, but the drive was halted at Hudson’s three.

The Tigers added touchdowns in each of the final two quarters. Bovee completed a 63-yard pass play to Luke Craig in the fourth quarter to Hudson’s 17, but couldn’t score.

Andrew White and Baker each finished with a dozen tackles. Austin VanBrandt was in on eight and Hollstein was in on seven.

• The Bulldogs will go back to fundamentals this week and pick up the tempo of the game as they prepare for a trip Thursday to Whiteford. The starting time was changed to 6:30 p.m.