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Teachers rule by yards in good cause

| October 23, 2014

DSC_0153WARSAW – The fourth annual powder puff game was held at Don Rushing Stadium on the River View campus with a bright fall sun gleaming in the blue sky on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23. And while the teachers won the game 18-14, it was really not about that. Melanie Kunze said, “This is the fourth time that we’ve done this – we started back in 2011. This is for the American Cancer Society – to raise money for the Relay for Life. The students all donate a dollar to come in – everybody pitches in – whether it’s the female staff that’s playing, the male staff that supervises the students, or acted as cheerleaders (yes, male teachers did that too) helps with crowd control, just making sure that everything runs smoothly. We do this for community service and the greater good, to help out and give back to our community.”

The teachers play with a lot of enthusiasm – Melanie said, “We’re very competitive, we have flashbacks to our high school days and don’t want to give up. I don’t even have to beg people to play, I say, ‘It’s October, it’s powder puff time, do we want to do it again, you organize it and we’ll play.’ They show up – when are we going to play, they want to be out here and they know it’s for the greater good. Everyone is willing to help out and do whatever I ask them to do. That makes it fun.”

Ken Stocker coached the student team and said, “Our first strategy in the beginning was, run right and run left around the ends. We’re thinking – we’ve got youth on our side. However, when we ran right and ran left we forgot to turn up and run north and south. We were going east and west quite a bit. We got the idea of going north and south – we were trying to get them tired. We thought the first half we could get them tired. But it looked like the time kind of shut us back in the second half. We kind of got shafted in the second half with time. That kind of happens. You know what – you have to take your hats off to the teachers, they’re pretty good, they had a nice passing game today. I do have to say, the girls were awesome. They came off the field and said, ‘We’re having so much fun,’ it’s all about having fun but I still hate to lose. But the number one thing is we had a great time. I will say there are three guys that are going to get it.” The Beacon is not sure what that comment was about but a hint would be water and an orange thing that you see sometimes on football sidelines.

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Mark Fortune, along with his wife Nancy, is the former owner and founder of The Coshocton County Beacon, the highest circulated newspaper in Coshocton County. He has over 40 years in the publishing business with sales, marketing, and journalism experience. After selling The Beacon to the AloNovus Corp., in January 2020, Mark has been a Business Development Strategist with the company. They publish a network of weekly news publications with almost a half million distribution weekly, a quarterly tourism magazine and a digital division. Mark enjoys history, and has a passion for genealogy, currently researching and discovering his Fortune ancestry. He and his wife Nancy live on a small farm outside of Coshocton.

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