Donald E. Beck graduated from CHS in 1943. While attending CHS, Don earned three varsity letters in Basketball and two in Football. The 1941-1942 Basketball team went 17 -4 and beat rivals Galion and Bucyrus in tournament play. Having lost to Bucyrus during the regular season, CHS faced the challenge by defeating Bucyrus in a nail biter, 30-29, to advance to the final against Celina. In the victory over Bucyrus, Don scored three of Crestline’s last five points in the final minute of play. In Football, Don was named Honorable Mention on the 1942 Associated Press All-Ohio High School Football Team for his performance as an end at CHS. Don has also helped support the Crestline sports community for many years. He has served as treasurer on the Hutson Scholarship Committee for many years. Don has helped purchase nets for the Crestline tennis courts and lights at the Little League facilities. He has been a member of the Crestline Boosters and a loyal fan for a long time.
Dean Bogner was the meanest toughest football player it’s been my privilege to coach. That encompasses over 35 years of coaching. (Coach John DiPietro) Dean M. Bogner graduated from Crestline High School in 1969. He earned two varsity letters in football and one in basketball. During his football years, Dean was named MVP, First Team All-League Offence, Honorable Mention All-State (Class AA) and was Captain of the 1968 CHS football team. In Basketball, Dean had the most rebounds on the team his Junior year. Dean received a Football Scholarship to Murray State University where he played football and graduated in 1973.
James R. Glauer graduated from CHS in 1969. While attending CHS, Jim ran Cross Country, and played Basketball and Baseball for four years. The 1967 Baseball team were Sectional Champs. Jim went on to Urbana College where he graduated in 1973 with a BS in Elementary Education. He returned to Crestline to begin a teaching, coaching, and Athletic Director career that has lasted to this day.
Jim became the CHS Head Varsity Baseball Coach in 1974 and remained there until 1994. During this time, his teams were the State Semi-Finalists in 1981 and 1987. They were the State Runner-Up in 1994. For his efforts, Jim was inducted into the OHSAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996. Jim has also served as the CMS 7th/8th grade Basketball Coach for three years, the CHS Freshman Basketball Coach for three years, and the CHS Head Varsity Basketball Coach for two years.
Jim served as Assistant Athletic Director at CHS from 1978 through 1980 and then became the CHS Athletic Director in 1986. Remaining in that capacity, Jim has overseen several athletic projects over the years: The 1988 Hutson Stadium renovation, five new tennis courts at CHS in 1998, new baseball and softball fields at CHS in 2000. Jim is a founding member of the Crestline Sports Hall of Fame and continues to chair the committee.
Mike Gottfried graduated from CHS in 1962. Mike was a three sport athlete, playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball at CHS. He then attended Morehead State where he graduated in 1966 with a degree in Education and received his Masters Degree in Education in 1973. Mike began his coaching career in 1966 at Roseville High School as head football coach. His 12 years as a successful college football coach started at Murray State and took him to Cincinnati, Kansas, and Pittsburgh, he compiled a 26-17-2 record that included wins over Notre Dame, Penn State, and West Virginia. His total record as a head college football coach is 77-54-6. Mike has hosted local sports shows and written about sports in different venues.
Mike began reporting for ESPN in 1990 doing football game analysis and has continued in that capacity for CFA games, college games, and for the NFL draft. Mike, who is now considered one of televisions most respected game analysts, also is a sought after motivational speaker, and has spearheaded fund-raisers for charitable organizations in Ohio and Alabama. Mike is the founder of Team Focus, which provides support and camps for young men without a father figure in their life.
Mike has been an adviser, contributor, and organizer for several local sports activities. He spearheaded the drive to obtain contributions for the construction of the Crestline St. Joseph Convocation Center. Mike was one of the original organizers of the Crestline Sports Hall of Fame and continues to support it yearly.
Rebecca Nedelkoff Holland graduated from CHS in 1982. By that time, she had earned four varsity letters in each of these three sports: Tennis, Basketball, and Softball. In Tennis, she was MVP for three years and had Most Wins in 1980. In 1978, Becky was the Class A-AA Sectional Champion and District Semi-Finalist in Girls Doubles. In 1981, she was the Class A-AA Sectional Champ, District Semi-Finalist, and State Qualifier in Girls Singles.
In Basketball, Becky was MVP in 1980,Leading Scorer in 1980/81/82, and had the Top Field Goal Percentage in 1980. She made First Team All Conference (MOC) in 1980/81/82 and was Honorable Mention All Ohio in 1982. She also made the North-South All-Star Classic Team in 1982.
Her Softball honors included Best Defensive Player in 1979 and 1982. Best Hitter in 1980 and Best On Base Percentage in 1981. Becky was named the Top Senior Athlete for 1982 and she was selected to the First Team All Conference (MOC) Team in 1980, 1981, and 1982. Becky was a member of Crestline’s MOC Champion Team, Sectional Champion Team, District Champion Team and Regional Runner-Up Team in 1981, and 1982
John A. McDonough, also known as Mac or Jack, graduated from CHS in 1953. John served in the US Army from 1957 until 1959 when he became employed at General Motors as an election. John has been actively involved in school and community athletics since 1975. John has contributed time, money, and labor as a volunteer to ensure that local athletics would have proper, safe facilities to compete in. He has been involved in getting athletic facilities at CHS since 1985. John has been a member of the Crestline Athletic Boosters for over 25 years. He has been involved in various fund raisers, the Junior Olympics, maintaining the Hutson Stadium facility, and building and maintaining the weight/locker room. John has been involved in the design and construction of facility score boards, tennis courts, and the new baseball and softball fields at CHS. John has worked on projects at the CHS gymnasium, including the Media Perch, bleachers, and general athletic maintenance.
John has also assisted at the Crestline Little League fields for 25 years and was involved in lighting projects at Little League and the tennis courts. John was the Director of the Harvest Festival 5K run for 10 years and Director of the Crestline Cross Country Invitational for 12 years. John has served as A Track & Field Official for 25 years. John was involved in road and cross country running from 1974 until 1990 when he began bicycling, which he still enjoys today.
John is a member of the Crestline Exempted Village Schools Endowment Fund. One goal he continues to work on is building a Track and Field Facility at Crestline High School.
Bruno Moleno lettered in football for four years at Crestline High School. From 1937 through 1940, Bruno built quite an impressive record with CHS. In 1938, they were NOL Champs. In 1939, they were State Champs. In the final game of the 1939 season against Shelby, Bruno had 6 interceptions and scored one of their only two touchdowns on a pass reception. In 1940, Bruno was team captain and in the first game of the season, led them to an impressive win over Mt. Gilead, 12-0. Bruno ran the ball, passed it, and the ADVOCATE said, “Without a doubt it was Moleno’s night.” He showed new talents in running and passing.
After High School, Bruno stayed active in sports by playing in City League Softball, amateur boxing, City Tennis League, and helping Couch Merle Hutson coach local children in baseball. Bruno also served the community by helping to establish and coaching Little League for over seventeen years, was President of Pony League, and was active in the Crestline Boosters Club. Bruno also helped build the first fields for Little League, Pony League, and the Crestline Swimming Pool in 1959. Bruno has been an active member of the Crestline Golden Age Club and the VFW.
Donald Sonny Moyer played Football for four years at Crestline High School before graduating in 1951. Sonny earned three varsity letters and received Honorable Mention-NOL in 1949. He received two varsity letters for basketball and one for baseball, playing as a catcher. But Sonny’s biggest contributions to the local sports community would come after his high school years. He has given unselfishly for many years in the areas of financial, material, and labor assistance on many projects. Sonny started the Little League/Scout Cabin facilities in 1953 before being drafted into military service. He was involved in the building and supplying of materials for the Crestline Swimming Pool and Pony League Field beginning in 1960. He has provided lighting and maintenance for these same facilities over the years and also recently at Hutson Stadium. Because of Sonny’s generous contributions, many athletes have been able to complete in facilities that have made the Crestline community Proud.
Susan Plesac (Sipes) was a multi-sport letter winner in her four years at CHS. Before graduating in 1992, Suzie had earned three letters in Volleyball, four in Basketball, and four in softball. In Volleyball, she received League honors three years, made District team two years, the Country team one year, and was team captain for two years. Suzie also received the Hustle Award three years and had Most Aces in one season. In Softball, Suzie received League honors two years, made District team two years, Country team two years, and was team captain for two years. She had a career record fifteen sacrifices.
In Basketball, Suzie garnered League honors all four years, made district team three years, Country team three years, and was team captain for three years. She led the team in points, steals, and assists for three years. Suzie holds records for points in a season, consecutive free throws in a game, best free throw percentage in a season, and most points in a career (1,222).
Suzie went on to The College of Wooster where she earned four letters in basketball once again. She was named Conference Defensive Player of the Year for two years, made All-League for two years, and was team captain for three years. Suzie was named MVP her senior year.
Suzie has also coached at Crestline. She came back to coach Junior Varsity Basketball during the 96/97 and 99/00 seasons. Suzie served as an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach during the 97/98 season when the Lady Dogs went undefeated, 20-0.
C. Nicholas (Nik) Pry attended CHS from 1955 through 1959 when he graduated. During those years, Nik earned three varsity letters in both Basketball and Baseball. In his Junior year, the CHS Basketball team set a record by winning 21 straight games, going 21-2 on the season. The team was also the District Runner-up. In his Senior year, Nik was team captain, set a single game scoring record, and was named MVP. He was named to the All-Mansfield Area Basketball First Team and was the area’s leading scorer. In Baseball, Nik was team Captain his Senior year and the team was Sectional champs. Nik also served as Class and Student Body President, and was named to the National Honor Society.
After graduation, Nik attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he lettered in varsity basketball four years. His Junior year, the team won the Ohio Conference Championship, was nationally ranked and played in the NCAA post-season tournament. Nik graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1963 and went on to earn a Masters Degree in business and a Law Degree.
Bob Runyon graduated from CHS in 1958. Bob played Football for four years and earned the nickname “Tank”. Bob then attended Ashland University where he graduated in 1967 with a degree in Education. Bob has been teaching and coaching ever since. He started in Galion in 1967 where he taught physical education and coached Junior High football. He then moved to Norwalk St. Paul where he was the Head Wrestling and Track coach. In football, he was the offensive and defensive line coach for the 1968 and 1969 teams that went 10-0 and were Firelands Conference Champs. The ’68 team was ranked Second in Ohio Class A Football and the ’69 team was Class A State Champs.
In 1970, Bob returned to teach and coach for the rest of his career. Bob coached the boys and girls Junior High track teams for ten years. He was the Offensive Line Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the CHS football team for twenty seven years (’70-’96). Bob helped Coach John DiPietro’s teams to some impressive records. In 1970, they were J.A.C. Champions. They went undefeated (10-0) in both the 1978 and 1996 seasons and the 1978 team was ranked Second in Ohio Class A Football. They were M.O.C. Champs in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, and 1988. The Bulldogs were NCC Champs and played in the State Playoffs in 1993 and 1996.Last Updated on