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Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 14:57

In tourney, Lake, Genoa girls could meet for third time

Lake girls (15-0) got the No. 1 seed, Ottawa Hills (16-1) is No. 2, and Genoa (13-3) No. 3 in the Division III girls’ sectional tournament at Bowling Green and Bowsher high schools.

What does that mean? That means Lake and Genoa could face each other in the sectional final at 6:15 at Bowsher on Feb. 27. It would be the third meeting this year between the two teams this season. If Genoa can pull of a win this upcoming Thursday in key Suburban Lakes League match-up, the tournament game would be the rubber match.

Ottawa Hills plays the Rossford-Cardinal Stritch (Feb. 23, 8 p.m. at Bowsher) on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., also at Bowsher. Lake would not run into Ottawa Hills until the district final Mar. 6 at Anthony Wayne (7 p.m.). That doesn’t mean Lake coach Denny Meyer is not concerned about the Green Bears.

“They are a very good team. They have the one loss, and I think that’s why we got the No. 1 seed, but I think that could have gone either way as far as them getting the No. 1 seed because they are very good team,” Meyer said.

Lake has two SLL games remaining besides Genoa — Gibsonburg (rescheduled for Feb. 20) and Eastwood. Gibsonburg got its first league win over Eastwood two weeks ago, and both Meyer and Genoa coach Tom Kontak say the Golden Bears are improving and could be dangerous for either team.

Bob Utter left east side legacy in himself, children
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 14:29

Before he got sick, when the cancer started to eat away at his liver, Robert


Utter Sr. was still the social type.

In his mid-70s and still a strapping 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, he remained active and even had a part-time job in a warehouse.

Utter's son, Bob Jr., 54, and daughter, Vickie Honner, 51, remained very close with their father until he passed away at his home on Dec. 19.

"We found out in mid-October he had liver cancer," recalled Bob Jr., who has been Waite High School's athletic director for 17 years. "The preliminary report was it was just like a spot on the liver. We did a lot of research on it and they called it 'primary' at the time, meaning it was just there in the liver.

"We went to several doctors around here and then we went to the Cleveland Clinic, which has a couple of procedures that can't be done around here. Some of his blood work wasn't where it needed to be."

Two months after he was diagnosed, Bob Utter Sr., who lived less than two blocks from Vickie's house in Perrysburg, died at age 75.

Lord knows he lived a full life. Vickie and her brother are living proof.

"There is a plethora of things I remember about my dad," said Vickie, an office manager at an independent senior living facility in Perrysburg. "Most importantly for me was how he taught me to be an individual. My father allowed me to be and do what I wanted to do in life, to become a daughter that made him proud and to be the lady I am today.

Two local junior high wrestling teams win league titles
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 14:27

This past Saturday, Fassett Middle School not only hosted the GLL wrestling

           Genoa Wrestlers
          Fassett Wrestlers

league championships, the Oregon school won the league title at Clay High School. 


“The gymnasium was packed for what turned out to be a marathon of extremely tough competition,” said Fassett coach David Herrera.

Herrera, assistant coach Mike Screptock, and his staff led their team to a first place league title with a score of 208 points and 12 medalists accumulating six first place champions, two second places, three third places and one fourth place finish. Their neighboring school, Eisenhower, finished second with 195½ followed by Fremont taking third with 176½.

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