Michael Fischer graduated from Crestline High School in 1995. Mike played football for one year, golf for three years and both basketball and baseball for four years. Mike was class president for two years, was a member of SADD, and was in the drama and German clubs. In football, Mike’s one year in 1993 saw the 9-3 Bulldogs become Coach DiPietro’s first play-off bound team and they became the Regional Semi-Finalist. Mike was a tight end and made First Team NCC, Second Team North West District AP and Second Team NCO District 6. In basketball, Mike played on a Bulldog team that became Sectional and District Champions for the 1994/95 season. Mike would set the record for most points in a game at 38 against Lucas in the sectional tournament (including 4 three-pointers) and the record for points in a season at 562. These records still stand at CHS.
In baseball, Mike pitched the Bulldogs all the way to the state championship game in 1994. He had twelve strikeouts in the close loss for the state title. Mike holds two individual records from that season: pitching wins at 10-land RBI’s in a season at 41. Team records from 1994 include a record of 26-3 and most runs scored in one inning in a state tournament game at 10. These records still stand at CHS. With these kinds of accomplishments, came local and district honors such as first team selections to the NCC, All-County Team and District 6. And honorable mention to the All-Northwest Ohio team.
After graduation, Mike went on to the University of South Alabama where he excelled in baseball. In 1997, he was named All-Conference First Team and was named to the Team USA National Team. In 1998, Mike recorded one of the better pitching seasons in South Alabama history. He went II-I with a 2.31 ERA and seven complete games. His three season record with USA was 19-5 with a 2.84 ERA. In 1998, he was named All-Conference First Team, USA Student Athlete of the Year, All-Conference Pitcher of the Year, All-American First Team, Baseball America First Team Pitcher, The Sporting News Second Team Pitcher and Smith Super Team Second Team Pitcher. In 1998, Mike was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He missed the 1999 season with a rotator cuff injury. Although injuries would cut his pro career short, Mike returned to the Dodger farm system and played with Class A Vero Beach and was promoted to the Class AA Jacksonville Suns in 2001.
Mike now lives in Florida with his wife, Sarah (Speck) also formerly of Crestline and their children.
Warner Haag graduated from CHS in 1956. Warner played four years of football and three years of both baseball and basketball. He played on the 1956 baseball team that went to the state regionals. Warner was one of four freshman to play for Coach Merle Hutson in his last year of coaching and he played football for Coach Richard Armstrong, who later became the Ohio High School Athletic Commissioner.
In 1969, Warner was elected president of the Crestline Junior Baseball Association, which also covered girl’s softball and pony league. There were 350 participants at the time. Warner also coached a pony league team for six years and had three championships.
In 1972, Warner became president of the Crestline Athletic Boosters Club. After a school levy failed that year, the club was able to raise over $30,000 to maintain football, basketball and baseball in.the Crestline system. He remains an active member of the Boosters. Warner served on the 1998 Field of Dreams committee to help build baseball and softball fields at the high school. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Warner has been a long time official for high school athletics. He has refereed basketball for 24 years, football for 36 years, baseball for 37 years and softball for 30 years. He has umpired in both girl’s and boy’s state regional finals. For his efforts, Warner was honored in 2000 with the 23rd annual Goeble Hall Memorial Award. This is given to a long-time athletic official in at least two different sports. In 2003, Warner was honored with the Mac Morrison Lifetime Service Award presented by the Ohio High School Northwest District. Warner has also been honored by the Ohio House of Representatives for his involvement in officiating. In January of 2006, Warner was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame.
Warner has served three four-year terms on the Crestline School Board in the past and recently was elected to serve another in 2005. Warner is also employed by the Cleveland Indians as a host greeter, by the Cleveland Browns as an usher and by the Ohio State Buckeyes as a Red Coat. Warner and his wife Elaine have always lived in the Crestline School District and have long been Bulldog fans.
Robert Kelley graduated from Crestline High School in 1963. He was an excellent student and was class vice-president his sophomore and junior years. He was class president his senior year. Bob began his volunteer work with the Crestline Junior Baseball Association prior to his junior year in high school as an umpire. He also umpired for Crestline’s semi-pro baseball team in those days. In 1964, Bob was elected vice-president of CJBA, but immediately took over the responsibilty of running the league due to the president being unable to serve. Bob would continue to serve the CJBA for the next 33 years of his life. He has served as president, vice-president of the senior division, manager, umpire, coach, tournament director and fund-raiser throughout the years. Bob also did many other tasks to ensure the stability of the program. He was involved in purchasing, maintaining and storing equipment for all the teams; painting and repairing buildings, dugouts and bleachers; mowing, dragging and lining the fields; announcing games; keeping scorebooks and being the media liason. He would also organize Little League trips to see Cleveland Indians games.
As part of his committment to the community, Bob served on the Crestline Parks Board for several years in the 1970s. Bob coached the 1981 Bellville American Legion team that had seven Crestline players on it. He has also contributed to many youth projects in the community, including the Fields of Dreams Project at CHS.
Bob retired in 2000 after 30 years with the Ohio Department of Youth Services working with delinquent youth at the Mohican Youth Center. He continues to reside in Crestline.
Jim Mahek graduated from CHS in 1958. He played football for two years with one varsity letter playing the fullback and linebacker positions. Jim played first base for the Bulldog baseball team and earned four varsity letters. A district championship was attained in 1956. Jim is proud to say he played with teammates like Jack Harbaugh, Joe Gottfried, Gates Brown and Larry Simmermacher.
Like other CHS athletes, Jim has given years of service to the Crestline community. He served as a coach in the Crestline Junior Baseball Association for 25 years and was president for four years. During that time, Jim worked with numerous youth who went on to become high school and college athletes.
Jim worked in the family business at Mahek’s Bowling Lanes and Trophy Shop from 1964 to 1995. He instructed high school students through high school bowling leagues at the lanes.
In the 1970s, Jim was a professional bowler and went on the senior tour in the 1990s. Jim and his wife Sandy have been married 44 years and live in Crestline. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Gary Mayer graduated from Crestline High School in 1970. He was a three year member of the National Honor Society. Gary played three years of varsity football and earned letters his junior and senior years. He received the Best Offensive Back award his senior year. In basketball, Gary earned varsity letters his junior and senior years. In baseball, Gary earned three varsity letters. He won the Highest Batting Average Award as a junior and Most Valuable Player in his senior year. Gary was named Athlete of the Year as a senior and received the Dow Nelson Scholarship from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. After graduation, Gary attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 1974 with a degree in civil engineering. Gary earned Dean’s List honors in four of his eight semesters while attending. Gary played four seasons of varsity baseball at Notre Dame. He earned membership in the University’s Ring of Athletes which made him a member of the school’s Monogram Club for varsity letter winners.
Gary also played two summers of baseball with the Farmers Bank team in Mansfield which played in an advanced baseball league for advanced players.
After Notre Dame, Gary earned two Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University in Columbus in Civil Engineering and Finance in 1977 and 1978.
Gary currently lives in Pasadena, Calif., where he is co-owner and partner in The Heilman Company, a real estate development firm
Thomas McKean graduated from Crestline High School in 1969. He wrestled for one year and played both football and ran track for three years earning varsity letters in each year.
In track, Tom broke the CHS shot put record twice his junior year and several times his senior year. His mark at 51′ 113/4′ held up until the 2005 season. He earned “most points” honors in 1968 and 1969. He was selected Most Valuable Player in 1969. At the conference track meet in 1969, Tom was first in the shot put and first in the 100 yard dash. He placed first in the shot put at the T.F. meet and fifth in the 100 yard dash at the Mehock relays.
In football, Tom played quarterback and linebacker and started in both positions in 1967 and 1968. In the 1968 season, Tom led the Bulldogs to a 7 -1-2 overall record and a 6-1 record in the Johnny Appleseed Conference. Crestline shared first place conference honors with Ontario that year. The ’68 season saw a CHS record win over Crestview at 83-0. Against Plymouth, Tom passed for three touchdowns and scored a TD on an interception for the 41-14 win. Tom was named most improved player for the Bulldogs in 1968 and was named to the First Team All-JAC in both positions; quarterback and defensive back.
Tom has remained in the Crestline area where he resides with wife Becky and is employed by the Crawford County Engineers office.
Edward Taylor graduated from Crestline High School in 1978. Ed was on the Bulldog track team for three years and played football for four years. Ed is known as one of the most prolific running backs in Bulldog history. In 1976, Ed was named the Best Offensive Back on the Bulldog squad. In a 6-0 win over Northmor, Ed scored the only touchdown of the game. He ran for 54 yards on seven straight carries. The last was a 20 yard gain for the score.
During the 1977 season, an undefeated Northmor team lost to the Bulldogs, 18-6. Ed rushed for all three touchdowns in the win. In a 12-8 loss to Highland that season, Ed ran for 76 yards, had an interception and made 10 tackles.
In the 1978 season, Ed’s senior year, the Bulldogs went 10-0-0 for the Mid-Ohio Conference Championship and they were ranked No.2 in the UPI coaches poll. In a victory over Mt. Gilead, 19-12, Ed ran for 187 yards on 31 carries and scored a touchdown. Ed ran for over lOO yards in four games, and over 80 in three others, for a season total of 1,016 yards. Coach John DiPietro named Ed Taylor the Bulldog’s Most Valuable Player that year. Ed received the District Player of the Week award and was named Special Mention All-Ohio.
Ed resides in North Carolina.
Jody (Yeager) Wagoner graduated from CHS in 1994. She earned nine varsity letters as a Lady Bulldog: two in volleyball; three in basketball; and four in softball. Jody was named Most Valuable Player in volleyball in 1993.
In basketball, Jody had the top free-throw percentage in the 1991/92 season. In 1992/93, she was named Most Improved, named to the NCC Second Team and AII-County Second Team. For the 1993/94 season, Jody was named Best Offensive Player for the Bulldogs, First Team All- NCC, First Team All-County and was named to the McDonalds North/South All-Star Game. Jody set CHS records for Most Consecutive Free Throws (15), and Season Free Throw Percentage (71% ).
In Softball, Jody had Best Batting Average honors in 1992, 1993 and 1994 for the Lady Bulldogs. She added Most RBI’s in 1992 and Best on Base Percentage for 1992, 1993 and 1994. She received All-NCC honors for each of those years. In 1993 and 1994, Jody was named to the Grove City AII-Star Tournament teams. In 1994, she received top pitchers honors and was named to the Second Team AII-State Division 3 team. After graduation, Jody attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio where she played volleyball and softball. She was a four-year letter winner in both and was on the Deans List in 1994 and 1998. In volleyball, Jody received several honors, including Most Improved (95), All-Conference (96-97) and Most Valuable Player (97). She led the team in several categories and the conference as well. She also set school records for blocks (340) and games played (378).
In Softball, Jody also received several honors at Heidelberg. In 1997, she received the Top Defensive Award and All-Conference Hitter of the Week. In 1998, Jody led the team in hitting (.423), Hits (47) Runs (31) and made All-Conference Second Team.
Returning to Crestline after graduating from Heidelberg, Jody became Crestline’s 7th grade basketball coach and the JV volleyball coach in 1999. In 2000, Jody became the CHS head volleyball coach, a position she continues in today. Jody is also involved in yearly volleyball camps for grades 4 through 8 and helps with the Crestline Jr. Softball Association.
Jody resides in Crestline with her husband and children.
Mike Zara graduated from CHS in 1989. Mike earned varsity letters in baseball (2), basketball (3) and football (4). In baseball, Mike played for Bulldog teams that went to the Final Four in 1987 and were Regional Runners-up in 1989. Mike was selected First Team All-league in 1989.
In basketball, Mike led the Bulldogs in scoring his senior year with 247 points. He scored 20 points in two separate games that season. Mike was named First Team All-league that season also.
In football, Mike was a four year starter taking over as quarterback in the 1986 season. He led the Bulldogs to two league titles in 1987 and 1988. In ’87 CHS went 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the MOC. In 1988, they were 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the MOC (shared title). In 1987, Mike set a CHS record for passing yards in a game at 319 against Tiffin Calvert. By the end of the 1988 season he set the CHS career passing yards record at 4,155 yards. Mike was named Best Offensive Back , for the Bulldogs in 1987 and was Honorable Mention All-MOC. In 1988, Mike was named a MVP for the Bulldogs and made First team All-MOC. He was named Honorable Mention to the All-Northwest District Team as well. Mike was also named the Mansfield News Journal Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.
After graduation, Mike attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Mike currently resides with his family in the Mansfield area.Last Updated on