Ric Biglin, known as “Biggie” to his teammates and classmates, is a 1978 graduate of Crestline High School. Ric earned twelve varsity letters at CHS; four in football, four in baseball, two in track and two in basketball. Ric was a member of Student Council, attended Buckeye Boys’ State and was listed in the Who’s Who Among American High School Students in 1978. A four-year starter on the baseball team., Ric was a leading hitter his sophomore year when the Bulldogs were AA District Champs. He was a First Team All-Johnny Appleseed Conference catcher with a .350 batting average and he led the team in RBI and extra base hits. Ric also received All-League honors in the Mid-Ohio Conference his senior year as a pitcher and flirted with a .400 batting average that season.
Ric also excelled in football, where he was a two-way starter at fullback and linebacker. Ric received First Team honors his junior year on both offense and defense. Ric was a leading tackler on defense and rushed for over 650 yards in nine games, scoring eleven touchdowns and averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In his senior year, Ric was rushing for over 100 yards per game before suffering a knee injury early in the season. Although Ric signed a letter of intent to play football for Mike Gottfried at Murray State University, he re-injured his knee and could not play football again.
Ric also earned two varsity letters in basketball at CHS and two in track while playing baseball. He would often run track on a Saturday afternoon after playing baseball in the morning.
Ric is now a captain at the Galion Fire Department and is in his 27th year as a career firefighter. He resides in Crestline and is married to the former Kathi Weaver, with whom he runs a successful photography business. They have five sons, Brent, Wade, Bryce, Deke, and Dane. Ric is the son of Dale and June Biglin of Crestline.
Joe A. Cozad graduated from Crestline High School in 1959. He played football for four years, lettering in three of those years. In 1957, his junior year, he was named First Team, AII-Mohican League as a center on offense. In 1958, his senior year, Joe was named First Team, AII-Mohican League as a middle guard on defense. In 1958, Crestline would go 5-4-0 but was a good offense team, scoring 203 total points in nine games while allowing 175. Joe, at center on offense and middle guard on defense was praised by Coach Ray Kennedy for his blocking abilities and outstanding play on defense.
Joe attended Wittenberg College and was a member of the varsity football team as a freshman. Joe volunteered for 12 years as an assistant football coach at the junior high, freshman and junior varsity levels for Crestline schools. He thanks John DiPietro, Bob “Tank” Runyon and Jon Smith for sharing their expertise about the game of football.
Joe was also involved in the start of the first flag football league in Crestline for 4th through 6th graders and spent four years as a volunteer coach. Joe mentions other volunteers involved in the start-up of the league as Gary Strong, Wayne Stewart, Bill Homing, Tom Hoffman, Tom Clutter, Ed Parsons, Richard Vogt, Robert Vogt, Randy Scarbro and Terry Cozad.
Joe resides in Crestline with his wife, Nancy, the former Nancy Fisher. Joe is the father of Aaron “Scoby” and the late J. Eric Cozad, both members of the 1978 undefeated, 10-0-0, Crestline football team. Joe worked for 35 years at the Galion Iron Works and retired after five years from the Timken Company. Joe’s hobbies include spending time with his family, watching CHS athletics, cooking, working in the garden and yard, and hunting with Brittany Spaniel “Buddy”.
John F. Croft graduated from Crestline High School in 1959. John played football, baseball, basketball and ran track. He earned three letters in football, two letters in baseball, and one each in basketball and track. His senior year, John was honored to be chosen class president and most valuable player in football.
In 1957, John’s junior year, he was named Honorable Mention, ALL-Mohican League as a linebacker. In his senior year, 1958, John was named First Team, ALL-Mohican League as a running back. That season, John rushed for over lOO yards in each of five games and for 96 yards in another. In a win over Tiffin, John had 17 carries for 140 yards, three touchdowns and an 82 yard kick-off return for a touchdown. John also has the distinction of scoring the first-ever two-point conversion for CHS on a pass from quarterback Jerry Harbaugh in the season opener against Galion. In that loss to Galion, John rushed for 104 yards and added another 74 yards on kickoff and punt returns. Unfortunately, a knee injury during football season prevented John from participating in basketball and baseball his senior year.
John continues to enjoy sports to this day, being an avid bowler, golfer and competitive archer. He especially enjoys bow hunting and fishing.
John’s family includes his wife, Debbie, son, Mike and daughters, Lori, Andrea and April and grandchildren. John is enjoying retirement since 2003 after 42 years at PPG Industries.
Dean Fisher graduated from Crestline High School in 1941. Dean earned his first varsity football letter in 1938 as a sophomore playing tackle. That year’s team, coached by Merle Hutson, won its third straight League of Six Nations title, going 6-3-0. In his junior year, 1939, Dean earned his second varsity football letter playing on a team that went 8-0, won its fourth straight championship in the League of Six Nations and was named the Ohio Class B State Football Champions by the A.P. Dean had two interceptions that season, including one against Sandusky St. Marys that he ran back 36 yards for a touchdown. The Crestline Onondagas were so dominating that season that they rushed for 2,025 yards while allowing only 971 to their opponents.
His senior year, 1940, Dean played center on offense and kicked extra points, including two in a win over Galion. He earned his third varsity letter in football.
In basketball, Dean earned two varsity letters playing forward his junior and senior years. In his senior year, the team went 13-7 overall and 5-1 as champions of the League of Six Nations. Dean was the team’s high scorer in three games that season and was named Second Team, ALL-League for his efforts.
Dean was married to the late Pauline Nash Fisher and they had two sons, Tom and Jim. Dean was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy. Dean was employed at the Lockheed Corp. from 1959 to 1973 where he was a research metallurgist. His program pioneered the space capsule recovery program for NASA. Dean died in 1985 in California.
Joe Horning graduated from Crestline High School in 1981. He earned three varsity letters in three sports; football, baseball and basketball. As a sophomore, Joe started on an undefeated football team (lO-O) that would be MOC Champs and ranked #2 in the final UPI coaches poll. In basketball, Joe led his team in scoring in six games that season. In baseball, Joe was named Best Defensive Player.
As a Junior, Joe was named Best Offensive Back in football, Best Defensive Player in basketball and Best Defensive Player and ALL-Conference in baseball. The football team was MOC Co-Champs at 7-2-1 and Joe would lead the basketball team in scoring in eight games.
His senior year, Joe was named captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was MVP in football, named Best Offensive Back, rushed for 1,100 yards, was named AII-Conference First Team on offense and Honorable Mention on defense and was namedAII-District. The football team went 7-3-0 for another Co-Champ title in the MOC. Over three years as a varsity starter, the football team was 25-4-1. In basketball, Joe was named Best Defensive Player and ALL-Conference. He led the team in scoring in five games and was second in scoring in ten games. In baseball, Joe was named Best Defensive Player for the third year in a row and AII-Conference for the second. Joe set the CHS record for stolen bases in a season at 28. The baseball team went 25-3 and was the state semi-finalist.
After high school, Joe attended Middle Tennessee State University. Joe was a four-year letterman in football and in 1985 the team went undefeated at 11-0 and was the regular season National Champion.
Bill Klopfenstein graduated from Crestline High School in 1954. He earned three varsity letters in basketball, two varsity letters in football and one varsity letter in baseball, playing shortstop on the first baseball team at CHS. Bill enjoyed the privilege of playing for coaches Merle Hutson and Louis Cellini. Bill ‘s senior year was Crestline’s last year of competition in the Northern Ohio League.
Bill excelled in basketball. In both his junior and senior years he led the Bulldogs in scoring. Throughout his senior year, he remained on the list of Top Ten NOL Scorers and was listed by the Mansfield News Journal as a top scorer in the area, averaging 19 points, overall, for the season. Bill was named to the Second Team NOL, Second Team Class A District Tournament Team and Honorable Mention ALL-Northwest Ohio District Team.
Bill earned a Fine Arts degree at the Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University, with additional college work at Ohio University and Ashland College. Bill taught Industrial Arts and Art at Crestline High School from 1963-1993. He coached Junior High basketball for one year and his team was runner-up in the District Tournament. Bill then managed the Intramural program for one year. Bill and a colleague developed the first golf team at CHS and he coached golf from 1970-1977. He has remained a fan of the Crestline Bulldogs, Cleveland indians, Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns since childhood and most enjoys sharing his sports interests with his wife, three children and six grandchildren.
Bill presently continues to give time, support and effort to many special projects of the Crestline Athletic Department, as he has since his early teaching years.
Carmen Morton graduated from Crestline High School in 1988. She earned three varsity letters in basketball, four varsity letters in volleyball and four varsity letters in softball. Carmen was Junior Class President, was named Athlete of the Month in Nov. 1987 and was Captain of the volleyball team her senior year. Carmen earned numerous awards and broke several CHS records during her high school athletic career. She excelled in volleyball and softball.
In volleyball, Carmen was named to ALL- MOC teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was named best team Hitter, Best Spiker, Best Serve/Reception and she broke school records for Most Single Game Blocks (14) and Most Blocks in a Season (119).
In softball, Carmen was named to ALL-MOC teams her sophomore, junior and senior years. As a senior, Carmen was named to the ALL-PlayoffTeam, the ALL-North West District Team and was named First Team, ALL- State. Carmen was named Best Team Hitter, Best On-Base Percentage, Best Batting Average (.513), Most RBI, and she had a Fielding Average of .983.
After high school, Carmen attended Akron University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Finance. While at Akron, Carmen played two years of flag football and competed at the District Competition in New Orleans.
Carmen currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she works in the Loan Industry Business.
Travis T. Moyer graduated from Crestline High School in 1995. He earned four varsity letters in football, three in basketball and one each in baseball and track. Travis was named Outstanding Senior Athlete, was a National Honor Society Member and was the winner of the inaugural Merle & Peg Hutson scholarship. As a senior in football, Travis was named First Team ALL-NCC-defense, Second Team ALL-NCC-offense, First Team Northwest District, NCOFCA Defensive lineman of the Year, and Second Team ALL-Ohio. Travis was team captain and team MVP. He was ranked second in tackles in the NCC and tied for fifth in scoring in the NCC. Travis led the team in tackles all four years and became the leading tackler in school history. As a junior in football, Travis was named First Team All-NCC- defense, First Team Northwest District, and Special Mention All-Ohio. He was ranked third in the NCC in tackles and scoring. The 1993 football team was NCC Co-Champions, a Regional Semi-Finalist and was the first CHS team to make the play-offs and the first to win a play-off game.
As a senior in basketball, Travis was named Honorable Mention ALL-NCC and ALL-County. He was team captain and achieved the single season CHS assist record with 150. The 1995 basketball team was Sectional and District Champions and a Regional Semi-Finalist.
Travis went to Ashland University earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1999 and then a Masters in Education at Ashland University in 2005.
Travis began his coaching career at Crestline High School in 1995 as a volunteer varsity assistant basketball coach. The team that year was sectional Champ and District Runner-up. Travis was then the head basketball coach at Crestline Middle School in 1996/7. For five years Travis was a head baseball coach in the Crestline Pony League, where the Red Sox were League Champs in 1994 and 1996 and runners-up in 1995, 96 and 98. Travis was also a student assistant baseball coach at Ashland University from 1995-1997.
Travis began coaching at Wynford High School in 1997 as a varsity assistant football coach. He was also a varsity assistant baseball coach in 1998 and has been head fitness/weightlifting coordinator since 1999. Travis became the head varsity football coach at Wynford in 1999 and remains in that position today. He is also the head varsity baseball coach at Wynford since last year when his team was sectional champs. As head football coach at Wynford, Travis has many accomplishments. The Royals were NCC champs in 1999,2002,2005 and 2006. They were NCC runners-up in 2001,2003, and 2004. In 2002, the Royals were ranked #10 in the Final AP Poll-Div 5. In 2005, they were ranked #4 in the Final AP Poll-Div.5. In 2002, the Royals hosted the first playoff game in school history and finished as the #1 seed in Div 5, Region 8. In 2005, Wynford had their first undefeated regular season in school history and won their first playoff game in school history. They were the Div 5 Regional Runner-up, and finished as the #2 seed in Div 5, Region 18. In 2006, they finished as the #3 seed in Div 5, Region 18.
In 2002, Travis was named head coach of the North Central Ohio Football Coaches Association All-Stars. He was also named Coach of the Year by the NCOFCA and the Mansfield News Journal.
In 2005, Travis was named assistant coach to the Grange Insurance Ohio North/South All-Star Classic. He was named Coach of the Year by the Mansfield News Journal and OHSFCA, Region 2.
In 2006, Travis was named Coach of the Year by the North Central Ohio Football Coaches Association. Travis was recently named Athletic Director for Wynford schools.
Lenora Shumate graduated from Crestline High school in 1998. Lenora earned four varsity letters in each of three sports: volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was a member of the National honor Society from 1996 through 1998 and was named Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1998. In her senior year, Lenora excelled in all three sports. In basketball, Lenora was named First Team All-NCC, First Team All-County, Crawford County Player of the Year, First Team OHSBCA, Second Team Northwest District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. She was named to the North-South All-Star game and was second in career points at CHS at that time. Lenora broke four scoring CHS records that year. That year’s team went 21-1, a CHS record, and took its first NCC and Sectional titles. In softball, Lenora was named First Team All-NCC and Second Team Northwest District, She set a CHS record for best fielding % by a pitcher at .957 and was listed in seven pitching catagories as a career leader at CHS. In volleyball, Lenora was named First Team All-NCC, Second Team District 6, Crawford County All-Star and and District 6 All-Star. She broke four CHS records in kills and hits. She was MVP in both volleyball and softball.
In her junior year, Lenora was named Second Team All-NCC and the team’s MVP in volleyball. In softball, she was named First Team All-NCC and Second Team Northwest District. In basketball, Lenora was named First Team All-NCC, First Team All-County, Second Team-All District and broke four CHS shooting records.
In her sophomore year, Lenora was named Second Team All-NCC in volleyball, First Team All-NCC and Second Team Northwest District in softball and in basketball, she was named Second Team All-NCC, Second Team All-County and Honorable Mention District 6.
Lenora attended Baldwin Wallace College where she played volleyball for two years and she also attended Bluffton for one year.
Lenora currently lives in Lakewood, Ohio where she is involved in the baking industry.
Jana Smith-Immel graduated from Crestline High School in 1999. Jana earned four varsity letters in both softball and basketball. She received Honorable Mention All-NCC in softball her freshman and sophomore years. Her junior year, Jana was named First Team ALL-NCC in softball and broke a CHS record for most stolen bases in a season with 44. In basketball, she was named Second Team ALL-NCC and Second Team ALL-County Team. The team broke CHS records for most wins in a season at 21, best record in a season at 21-1 and they won the school’s first NCC and Sectional titles for girls basketball.
Jana’s senior year brought more honors with a First Team AII-NCC selection and Second Team Northwest District in softball. Jana achieved the CHS record for most stolen bases in a career with 126. In basketball, Jana was named First Team ALL-NCC, First Team AII-County, and Honorable Mention OHSBCA District 6. She had also achieved the following school records: Tied in assists in a game with 9; Tied for most three-point field goals made in a game with 5; most wins by a class with 55. Jana scored 545 points in her career and the team went 39-5 with Jana as the point guard the last two years ofher career.
From 1999-2003, Jana attended Walsh University on a basketball scholarship. She played 2.5 years before an injury forced her to leave the team. During that time, the teams had a .500 record and qualified for the conference tournament in 2001. Jana graduated in 2003 with a degree in Physical Education.
Jana began her coaching career in 2003 as a varsity assistant at Sandy Valley High School in the basketball program. In 2004, Jana became the head junior varsity and varsity assistant basketball coach at Garaway High School where she remains today. The N overall record since 2004 is 32-8 and the varsity overall record is 44- 7. In 2006, the varsity team was a State Semi-Finalist.
Jana is married to Nick Immel and they reside in Sugarcreek, Ohio.Last Updated on