FAYETTE CROSS: Fayette’s girls took top honors at the final BBC cross country run last week at North Central, and the Eagles finished first in the final conference standings.
Fayette placed first in each of the three conference meets this season, leaving Stryker, Pettisville and Edon to fight for second. Stryker finished second by a point over Pettisville.
Edon’s Sabrina Brown (19:44) and Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler (19:55) were the first across the finish line, followed by Fayette’s pack of three runners. Melani Siler placed third at 20:20, just four seconds ahead of teammate Jill Stuckey. Liz Maginn was close behind in the number five spot at 20:47.
Sarah Kovar finished 11th at 22:18, Madelyn Maginn was 13th at 22:42 and Ashtyn Baker placed 18th at 23:46.
Fayette was first with 36 points, followed by Stryker with 61 and Pettisville with 74.
Fayette’s boys placed third at North Central and third in the overall standings. Pettisville won the league title with first-place finishes in each of the three meets. Stryker finished second.
Hilltop’s Zach Smith crossed the line first at 16:37, and Fayette’s Trevor Cox was one of five runners to finished under 17 minutes. Cox just barely made that grade, placing fifth overall at 16:59.
Skylar Lantz finished 10th at 17:32, followed by Dylan Stannard (15th, 17:58), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (16th, 18:02), Ian Schrock (20th, 18:44), Tim Stoltzfus (23rd, 18:49), Dylan Aschemeier (25th, 18:56), Jared Wagner (29th, 19:24), Cole Burkholder (30th,19:26) and Nathan Seiler (35th, 20:07).
Pettisville won the meet with 38 points, followed by Stryker with 59 and Fayette with 66.
JUNIOR HIGH—Fayette junior high teams both won each of the three conference meets.
Kyle Lantz won the race at 10:54, followed by Austin Lopez (3rd, 11:36), Christian Suarez (5th, 11:50), Casen Burkholder (6th, 12:03), Alex Jaramillo (8th, 12:27), Bryce Conklin (9th, 12:42), Mason Maginn (12th, 12:50), Jared Seiler (13th, 13:03), Joel Smith (14th, 13:04), Cole Stuckey (17th,13:38), and Jason Stuckey (22nd, 14:45).
Fayette’s team score was 31, ahead of Pettisville with 43.
Pettisville’s Alexa Leppelmeier was first in the girls race at 12:17, but all of Fayette’s runners finished in the top 10.
Haley Perdue was third at 12:27, Kelsey Fruchey was fourth at 12:31, Kaela Seiler was fifth at 13:03, Taylor Griffiths was ninth at 13:52 and Alexis Fruchey placed 10th at 13:53.
Fayette finished with 31 points, ahead of second-place Hilltop with 48.
FAYETTE VOLLEYBALL: Fayette volleyball coach Dani Keefer is seeing some glimmers of good play from her squad, but they aren’t adding up to wins.
The Eagles lost in four games Oct. 10 at Monclova Christian. The squad is still working hard, Keefer said, and working through some injuries.
State-ranked Edon handled Fayette in three games in the Volley for a Cure match, winning 25-7, 25-13 and 25-16.
The Eagles challenged Holgate at a double-dual match Oct. 8 at Fairview. After falling to Holgate in the opener, 18-25, the Eagles came back to build a lead in the second game but couldn’t finish it off. The Tigers came back to win 25-20.
Poor team movement led to a 25-6 win for Fairview, but Fayette came back to take the lead in the second game before losing 25-19.
Allison Cuff made three blocks and one kill, Reba Rash had two blocks and two kills, and Mikayla Smith made one block and three kills. Paige Keefer also finished with two blocks and two kills.
Kayla Wagner went 83 percent in passing and scored an ace at the service line. Jenna Myers scored a pair of aces and Jessica White made one.
Taylor Hartman was good on 81 percent of her sets.
STRYKER—Fayette played some good games Thursday at Stryker, but fell 16-25, 21-25 and 19-25.
“They showed me they’re still making an effort,” Keefer said. “They didn’t give up.”
Smith finished with three aces, Rash with two and White with one. Cuff made three kills, Hartman had a pair, and Smith and Keefer both scored one.
“It’s more than just wins and losses,” said Coach Keefer. “I’m seeing improvement and we’re building for next year.”
Keefer has several sophomores on the team.
FAYETTE SCHOLAR ATHLETES: Fifteen Fayette High School students were honored through the Buckeye Border Conference Scholar Athlete program.
The award is designed to recognize athletes who also excel in the classroom. To obtain Scholar Athlete status, a student must be a junior or senior with a GPA of at least 3.25. A recommendation by a coach is also needed.
The following students were honored:
• Volleyball—seniors Reba Rash (4.064) and Kayla Wagner; juniors Allison Cuff, Cady Stockburger and Jessica White.
• Cross country—seniors Trevor Cox, Tim Stoltzfus (4.00) and Sarah Kovar; juniors Cole Burkholder, Melanie Seiler ( 4.00) and Ashtyn Baker.
• Golf—senior Jonathon Boesger; juniors Matt Storrs, Alec Hylander and Tiffany Bates.
MORENCI CROSS: Morenci’s cross country boys finished fourth at the Tri-County Conference championship at Woodlawn Golf Club Oct. 12, placing ahead of Sand Creek, Whiteford and Britton-Deerfield.
Clinton won the meet with 44 points, ahead of Whitmore Lake with 58 and Madison with 61. Morenci’s score was 101, a point ahead of Sand Creek.
In the final league standings, Morenci and Sand Creek tied for fourth place, behind Clinton, Madison and Whitmore Lake.
Luke Spaulding finished sixth overall at 18:23, followed by Jake Spaulding in 12th with 19:18. Reagan Stowell came in 18th with a time of 20:00, Spencer Elliott was 24th at 20:28 and Tyler Sterling finished 54th at 27:51.
Whitmore Lake’s Ronnie Milbocker won the race at 17:15.
Mariah Gillen was tops for the Bulldogs girls, placing 10th at 23:33. Taylor Baugh took 29th at 26:16, Kourtney Cousino was 41st at 29:13 and Mary Margaret Hollstein placed 53rd at 31:36.
Tatyana Pless didn’t compete and the Bulldogs placed sixth, ahead of Whitmore Lake. Clinton won the team title.
Britton-Deerfield’s Larissa Buckingham won the girls race with a time of 21:28.
The final league standings left the girls in sixth place between Britton-Deerfield and Whitmore Lake.
COUNTY—Four Bulldogs earned top-30 medals at the annual all-county meet Saturday near Blissfield.
For the boys, Luke Spaulding placed eighth at 18:05, Jack Spaulding placed 27th at 19:03 and Reagan Stowell took 28th at 19:04.
Mariah Gillen placed 19th in the girls race at 22:29.
MORENCI FOOTBALL: It was a matter of extra points Friday night at Whiteford—and the lack of extra points—that gave Morenci a 21-20 victory and kept alive the Bulldogs’ hope for post-season play.
When Kendrick Taylor missed his first point-after kick attempt, quarterback Cody Powell made up for the shortfall after Morenci’s second touchdown.
Powell ran with the ball on a conversion attempt, and when he faced a defender at the goal line, he took to the air and dove over the top for two points.
After Morenci scored its final touchdown in the third quarter, Taylor hit the uprights to give the Bulldogs 21 points.
The Bobcats came right back with a touchdown, but on the conversion pass attempt, Simon Jeffers brought the receiver down short of the goal line and Morenci hung on for the victory.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 4-2) finish the regular season at home Friday in a homecoming contest against Britton-Deerfield (5-3, 3-3). Both teams need the win for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
Morenci wasted no time getting on the scoreboard Friday. After a Whiteford punt, the Bulldogs moved the ball 76 yards in nine plays, with KC Clegg and Austin Sandusky carrying, followed by a 15-yard pass to Hayze Wolf.
Sandusky scored from eight yards out for a 6-0 lead.
Whiteford didn’t need its punter on the next possession. Speedster Aaron Kellerbauer raced through the Bulldog line repeatedly and soon tied the game, but the conversion run failed.
Morenci’s next drive stalled at the Whiteford 39 and the Bobcats were on the move again until they fumbled at Morenci’s 21. Austin Thomas made the recovery.
Sandusky raced 70 yards for a touchdown that was called back due to an illegal block, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs. Sandusky carried and Powell threw passes to Wolf and Jay Howard before Sandusky ran for the touchdown. Powell made his diving conversion for a 14-6 lead.
Whiteford came right back for a touchdown and conversion to tie the game 14-14 just before intermission.
Following a Whiteford punt, Sandusky and Howard carried for gains and Wolf caught a pass en route to Morenci’s final touchdown, a one-yard run by Powell.
Taylor’s PAT was just what the Bulldogs needed for the final margin of victory.
The Bobcats scored just inside the fourth quarter and had two more opportunities to win the game. The first possession stalled at midfield, the second ended when Sandusky went out on defense and intercepted a pass with 46 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs ran out the clock for the win.
Whiteford’s Kellerbaurer picked up 122 yards, but that was mostly in the first half. Adjustments were made at intermission, coach Taz Wallace said, and the second half looked different.
“It’s nice to see the kids respond to adversity,” he said. “In a situation like that, things can happen. The kids can crumble or they can come together.”
It wasn’t a perfect game, Wallace said. There were some defensive weaknesses in the first half.
“But in the second half, we made the plays when we needed to,” he said.
• Britton-Deerfield’s first four wins came against teams with a combined record of 6-25, but then they toppled 4-2 Summerfield, a team that defeated Morenci.
The Patriots have more playoff points than Morenci due to their season opener win against Class B Allen Park Cabrini. Just like the Bulldogs, they need a victory here Friday to advance into post-season play.
MORENCI VOLLEYBALL: Morenci’s volleyball squad found out Thursday that Madison isn’t the only strong squad in the Tri-County Conference.
The Bulldogs traveled to Whiteford and came home with a double-header loss. The loss dropped Morenci’s league mark to 6-4 while the Bobcats still have just two losses.
Whiteford won both matches in three games, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-13; 25-19, 25-17 and 25-14.
Serving: Matea Garcia, 24/24, 2 aces, 24 points; Brooke Bovee, 17/17, 6 points; Hannah Jeffers, 15/17, 3 aces, 5 points; Carolyn Blaker, 12/13, 1 ace.
Setting: Garcia, 19 assists; Bovee, 14 assists.
Passing: Blaker, 38 digs; Erin Vanderpool, 24 digs; Jeffers and Bovee 17 digs each.
Hitting: Bovee, 14 kills; Chelsea Phillips, 10 kills, 2 blocks; Garcia, 10 kills; Jeffers, 6 kills, 1 block; Ashley VanBrandt, 2 blocks.
COUNTY—The Bulldogs went up against top-10 ranked Madison twice Saturday at the all-county tournament, and the Trojans accounted for two of Morenci’s three losses.
The Bulldogs fell to Clinton 25-27, 16-25; lost to Madison 16-25, 16-25; defeated Hudson 27-26, 25-10; defeated Addison 25-17, 25-5; and lost to Madison again, 9-25, 11-25.
Morenci’s overall record is now 15-11-1.
Hitting: Bovee, 41 kills, 1 block; Phillips, 16 kills, 8 blocks; Garcia, 16 kills; Jeffers, 7 kills.
Passing: Vanderpool, 68 digs; Jeffers, 33 digs; Garcia, 19 digs.
Setting: Garcia, 41 assists; Bovee, 26 assists.
Serving: Bovee, 43/44, 2 aces, 29 points; Garcia, 40/41, 9 aces, 23 points; Jeffers, 36/40, 4 aces, 21 points; Vanderpool, 21/24, 2 aces, 13 points; Jessica Storrs, 18/19, 3 aces, 11 points.
VOLLEYBALL, MORENCI VS. FAYETTE: By DAVID GREEN
One game belonged to Fayette last week when Morenci’s volleyball squad visited, but the match went to the Bulldogs. Morenci took the cross-border skirmish Oct. 11 in four games.
Morenci controlled the first game of the night, winning 25-12, but the Eagles came back to take the next one, winning 25-23.
“In the second game we played like I know they can,” said Fayette coach Dani Keefer. “You could see it in their eyes how they wanted that game.”
Several good volleys and strong blocking kept Fayette on top, holding off a late Morenci comeback.
“We lost focus for a long stretch in that game,” said Bulldog coach Dennis Owens, “then made a big comeback that fell short. The other three games we controlled from start to finish.”
Morenci finished off the match with 25-14, 25-5 wins.
“Morenci plays a very strong game with nice hitters and they move quickly,” Keefer said. “I’m still very proud of the way the Fayette girls showed themselves they can do it and play awesome.”
In the first game, Morenci’s Hannah Jeffers served 11 straight points. In game four, Matea Garcia started things off by serving nine straight, and six of those were aces. Later in that game, Carolyn Blaker had a string of six serving points.
Coach Owens was also pleased with Morenci’s fan support.
“We had a great crowd of students who were loud in their support of the team and it was much appreciated,” he said.
The contest served as a Senior Night farewell to Fayette’s Kayla Wagner and Reba Rash.
The Eagles finished with an 82 percent passing rate—an improvement over recent showings.
Serving—Taylor Hartman, 3 aces; Mikayla Smith, 2 aces; Kayla Wagner, 1 ace; Jessica White, 1 ace.
Hitting—Smith, 4 kills; Paige Keefer, 3 kills; Allison Cuff, 1 kill; Reba Rash, 1 kill.
Blocks—Rash, 3; Keefer, 2; Cuff, 2.
Serving—Matea Garcia, 18 points, 6 aces; Hannah Jeffers, 17 points, 4 aces; Erin Vanderpool, 9/9; Chelsea Phillips, 8/8; Carolyn Blaker, 9 points.
Hitting: Brooke Bovee, 27 kills; Garcia, 10 kills; Phillips, 6 kills.
Blocks—Phillips and Blaker, 3.
Setting—Garcia, 22 assists; Bovee, 10.
Reception—Vanderpool, 18 digs; Jeffers, 17 digs; Jessica Storrs, 14 digs; Garcia, 10 digs.