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New Siena Heights football program reins in Nutter

Genoa’s standout running back Kyle Nutter has decided to play football at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

Nutter, who signed his letter of intent to play at the NAIA school, will not be missed by Genoa’s opponents, who found him almost impossible to stop.

The Genoa running back, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 214 pounds, finished his career as the Comets' most decorated football player. He holds a number of schools records, among them career rushing yards, single-season rushing yards, touchdowns, single-season touchdowns and highest yards-per carry average.

In his three years, his teams won two conference titles, advanced to the Division IV regional final once and the regional semifinals twice. Quite possibly his best team, the 2011 Comets, advanced to the regional semifinals before falling to eventual-state runner-up Kenton, 32-22. That squad, as well as the 2010 unit, is viewed by many as having been good enough to have won a state championship.

Nutter finished his career with 6,017 rushing yards, a school record, and ran for 2,058 yards on 230 carries (8.9 per-carry average) and 34 touchdowns his senior season,

His play on the defensive side of the ball earned him first-team honors at linebacker in each of the past two seasons. Last fall, he recovered five fumbles, intercepted three passes and finished with 80 tackles. Nutter's true position was actually something of a hybrid between linebacker and defensive back, a testament to his versatility.

In January 2010, Jim Lyall was hired by Siena Heights as part of a task force to evaluate the possibility of building a football team. The go-ahead was given and Lyall was named coach and began his work.

When Lyall started the program two years ago he said, “We need to have young men who understand the whole meaning of character and integrity. Because we don’t have any senior leadership right now, it’s going to be important for us to target captains. We’re going to target players from programs that have been successful. We’re going to ask their coaches point blank: tell us about the character of this young man does he have goals in mind?”

Lyall says he used these same principles in selecting Nutter.

“I watched film of Kyle from both his junior and senior years and I could see that he was fast with good balance and he had the ability to make sharp cuts but he was also a tough hard hitting back that could open holes when necessary,” Lyall said. “We run a fast-paced no-huddle offense sometimes with the spread. It’s upbeat and takes advantage of speed and ball control. Last year we led the league in time of possession. Kyle will be one of the backs that we need to constantly pound the other team’s defense.”

Siena Heights is a member of the Mid-States Football Association in football. 

“It’s a tough league, some call it the SEC of the NAIA” said Lyall. ( — written by Harold Hamilton and Yaneek Smith)

Hall adds Smokey the Clown cars
The Fremont Speedway Historic Club – thanks to the family of Phil Huss, aka Smokey the Clown – has added to its collection, the 1931 Model A Ford “Leapin’ Lenna and the 1947 Crosley. These cars will be used for special occasions at Fremont Speedway and local parades, etc. The family of Phil Huss has also donated many items of Smokey’s to be displayed in the hall of fame.

The 2013 Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held June 8 at 2:30 p.m. (rain or shine) under the covered grandstands. Induction class for the Fremont Speedway Hall of Fame for 2013 – drivers, Al, Steve and Dick Liskai, Paul Dewald, Bill Hahn, Gordon Holbrook and Randy Ford; mechanics Sonny Conger and Mervin Keegan; car owners Larry Keegan and Don Eckhardt; and special service Phil Huss (aka Smokey the Clown).

The 2013-14 Fremont Speedway Historic Club memberships will be on sale June 8. Currently there are 130 members and we would like to see that number grow. It is a minimum donation of $20 for a year membership and the members vote on who is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Fremont Speedway Historic Club’s gun ruffle to raise funds for a wheel chair lift to transport fans to the covered grandstands is under way. Tickets are $10 each for a chance to win a model #37 Ithea Shot Gun custom engraved with the Fremont Speedway logo and the Hall of Fame logo with gold inlay. The gun has a AAA fancy black walnut stock. The winning ticket will be pulled Saturday of the Jim Ford Weekend, Sept. 14.

Contact Fremont Speedway Historic Club members Randy Mapus at or Brian Liskai at

VFW 4906 Golf Outing
The 1st Annual VFW 4906 Men’s Auxiliary Golf Outing will be held May 18 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course.

The event, which will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, will include scrambles, closest-to-the-pins, a putting contest and other prizes.

Hunky turkey and refreshments will be available on the course. Lunch and presentation of prizes will be held after the outing.

The cost is $60 per player, which includes skins and $240 per team (includes $20 team skins). For more information, call Jack Juhasz at 419-902-4009, Ron Rothenbuhler at 419-461-0706, Joe Sinay at 419-349-6736 or the Post at 419-698-4411.

St. John Foursome Scramble
St. John Lutheran Church, Williston, will hold its 2nd Annual Benevolence Golf Outing Saturday, May 11 at the Chippewa Golf Club, 23550 SR 579, Curtice.

Registration for the foursome team scramble will start at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $50 per player, which includes 18 holes, cart and lunch. A variety of prizes will be awarded.

Proceeds will benefit St. John Good Samaritan Fund, which assists with emergency requests from individuals and families in the community.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, call 419-836-3124 or 419-836-5514.

Genoa senior Kyle Nutter running through traffic last fall. (Press file photo by Harold Hamilton/

Kyle Nutter’s mother Cheri Nutter, Siena Heights football coach Jim Lyall, Kyle, Kyle’s father John Nutter, and Genoa coach Tim Spiess. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/

The Fremont Speedway Historic Club – thanks to the family of Phil Huss, a.k.a., Smokey the Clown – has added to its collection the 1931 Model A Ford “Leapin’ Lenna and the 1947 Crosley.




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