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Skilliter, Miller head into sophomore seasons at Mt. Union
The University of Mount Union football team returns only nine starters and 31 letter winners, but Coach Larry Kehres probably is approaching his 25th season as head coach much like the last 24, which is good if you are a fan of the Purple Raiders.

Kehres has two players from Genoa to help him determine who will get a chance to win a letter in 2010. Fiive-foot-8, 180 pound Blair Skilliter is a sophomore running back, and 5-10, 220 pound Tyler Miller, who lives in Genoa but attended St. Francis de Sales, is a sophomore defensive lineman.

As a freshman, Skilliter played in six games, rushing for 101 yards on 20 carries and returning three kicks for 44 yards. He had five rushes for 41 yards against Albright (Pa) on Dec. 5. He was an All-Ohio selection for Coach Mike Vicars at Genoa. Miller was a three year letter winner in football, All-City selection and Academic First Team for coach Dick Cromwell at St. Francis

Replacing players at key positions and reloading a roster will be the charge of Kehres and his staff who look to continue a run of 18 consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference Championships (1992-2009) while contending for a record 11th NCAA Division III National Championship.

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At age five, Clay High School grad Jonathan Labuhn, 19, son of Mark and Kerri Labuhn, began going to the Lutheran

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Fast pitch softball pitcher
Jonathan Labuhn.

 

 Orphans' Home gymnasium to watch his grandfather, Jerry Labuhn, give fastpitch pitching lessons to area school girls.

Over the years Jonathan, too, learned the same pitching skills, having mastery over change-up, drop, rise, curve and fastball pitches. What he did not have was a men's fast pitch team to play or pitch for.

Men's fast pitch softball has been long absent from the northwest Ohio and southern Michigan areas.

Like other area youth Labuhn played in the Oregon Recreation leagues and travel teams and then on junior varsity and varsity teams at Clay High School, mostly as a catcher on the baseball team.

Highlights of those years were playing in a week-long tournament as a 12-year-old with an Oregon Junior Eagle baseball team at Cooperstown and being named Most Valuable Player in 2009 during the Toledo City League final four playoffs, which Clay eventually won and became CL champions.

Over the years, Labuhn still practiced his fast pitch softball pitching skills. This summer, having finished his first year as a pharmacy student at the University of Findlay, he became curious as to if or where men's fast pitch softball was still being played anywhere.

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Veteran football coaches Mike Donnelly, Jerry Rutherford, and Michael Vicars are

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         Jerry Rutherford

no strangers to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Rutherford’s Eastwood teams and Vicars’ Genoa teams may be bitter rivals on the field, but off the field they remain strong advocates of the faith-based organization.

When the two football teams square off on October 1 at Eastwood’s Freedom Field for what could become another Suburban Lakes League showdown, don’t be surprised if both teams huddle afterwards for a word of prayer again this year. That will likely happen no matter what happens on the field, Vicars says. 

“I’ll tell you what, the Eastwood-Genoa rivalry thing is definitely high spirited and it’s a big, big rivalry. No question about that, just because Eastwood has had such great success,” Vicars said.

“My point is not only is it a great rivalry, but it’s a tremendously respected rivalry. I think a big reason for that is some of the FCA involvement. It’s been very typical to play a great, tough game, even if the game is a blowout, for both teams to be very respectful of each other. Especially after the game, both teams will get together. Not only do we do it in football, but we do it in basketball and baseball as well.

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Giving money to people along road

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