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Pit Bulls sign International Talent

By Mark Ancheta, 03/13/17, 4:30PM PDT


The Washington County Pit Bulls continue to pick up key signings.

(Hillsboro, OR)  The Washington County Pit Bulls continue to pick up key signings ahead of the 2017 season opener.  In particular is the signing of rookie WR Fin Kerckhoff, an international player from Nuremberg, Germany. Kerckhoff is a recent high school graduate of Melanchthon Gymnasium, Germany. 

Kerckhoff is a decorated athlete in the sport of hockey and is looking to venture his athleticism with his strong fascination of American Football. After graduating, Kerckhoff is taking a year off and traveled to Oregon to explore the American lifestyle.  Kerckhoff currently resides in Gresham, OR with very good friends. 

" As a big football fan, playing here was on top of my to-do list. Back in Germany I played hockey for a long time, but the first time I got in touch with football was here.

Coach Mark invited me to one of the Saturday practices to find out, if I would be a fitting member for the team. On Saturday the 02/25 I took part in my first football training and I met the team for the first time. They were kind and welcoming off the field and helped me to catch up on the field. After I had had a great experience on my first Saturday, I decided to join the team." Kerckhoff is quoted.

A 15 year veteran of the sport of hockey, Kerckhoff holds the achievements of competing on numerous national teams at the U16 and U18 divisions; competed in the Bundesliga adult league earning 6 state championships and twice getting 4th place in the national championships. 

"Fin is a natural competitor.  He is a 15 year athlete in the sport of hockey. He has competed nationally and has won at the highest levels of that sport.  He has a strong passion to learn and play American Football. You can see it in the effort he puts into learning the basics and picking up the fine details of techniques.  His athleticism is evident- excellent hands, fast, and in shape. He is new to the game so he is less affected of a season veteran and is a raw, productive talent.  In semi-pro football, we have had a number of rookie talent that has come through and try their hand at this level of competition. Fin really shatters the stereotype and has been a breath of fresh air. In a 7 on 7 drills he runs crisp routes and caught some critical passes including a 33 yarder on 3 down" Head Coach Mark Ancheta said.

Kerckhoff will be enrolling to TU Munich (Technical University) in October after the completion of the 2017 Pacific Football League season.  "I'm looking forward to become a important part of the team and help them to achieve as much as possible with me, I want to improve myself and have a great time with my new team. Go Pit Bulls!"

The Washington County Pit Bulls open up their 2017 season with the Cowlitz County Cobras on April 22, 2017 at Hare Field-1151 NE Grant Street Hillsboro, OR 97124. General admission to the game is $10.  Military and Veterans $8. Kids 12 and under are free.