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It’s been 21 Comet football seasons since that “Voice of the Genoa Comets,” John “Jack” Werner, remained at his post high above Bergman Field.

At Comet Stadium during Genoa’s win over Lakota, he stepped back to don his maroon cape in the form of a fading, well-worn Comets T-shirt one more time.

“It was at the first game against Mohawk this season that I was first approached by Superintendent Dennis Mock about possibly calling this game,” reflected the 85-year-old.


Few Genoa sports fans will anytime soon forget recently-graduated Comets’ softball player Lydia Eckel.

An unstoppable offensive juggernaut in the coveted number three spot in the batting order, the First Team All-Suburban Lakes League, All-District, Second Team All-Ohio performer, the Lady Comets’ all-time batting champion (tied with Delaney Talmage for most career home runs), just signed on to play softball for Owens College.

“I’m very honored,” offers the former Comet

She’ll take to Owens her team-leading .408 batting average and three home runs from her senior season at Genoa, for Coach Duane Lanham at the next level.



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Coach: Mike May, first year, 0-0.
Last Year: 8-3 (6-1 Sandusky Bay Conference).

Forecast: May has the task of keeping the Rockets rolling after coach Gary Quisno, who is now at Sandusky Perkins, led the program to a 224-83 record in 29 years. Oak Harbor, which lost in the first round of the playoffs to Marion Pleasant last fall, made eight playoff appearances under Quisno.

"There's an old saying in football that you never want to follow a legend, but I saw it as an advantage," May said. "He left the program in such great shape. Everything was intact coming in. He and his staff did such a great job over the years. The kids already knew how to work hard and they are used to discipline and have been fundamentally sound over the years. There are a lot of advantages to following coach Quisno."


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