Educational Athletics Standout at Crestview
What do 3 + 4 + 1 + 1 equal? On the surface, it is easy to say 9 and that would be correct as it relates to the number of championships Crestview teams earned at the conference, sectional, district, and regional level, respectively in 12 -13. However, the experiences of our student-athletes clearly support the fact that the end is simply not the trophy.
In 12-13, Northwest Conference championships were won by the girls’ basketball team, along with our baseball and softball teams. Sectional titles were roped in by our student-athletes in volleyball, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and baseball, with the baseball team picking up district and regional titles and playing in the state final four for the first time since 1993. Participating at the state level as individuals in 2012-13 were student-athletes Mycah Grandstaff in cross country and track and Isaiah Kline in track.
The Northwest Conference recognized Greg Rickard (girls’ basketball) and Jim Wharton (baseball) as Coach of the Year recipients. This past spring season also saw Coach Owen Pugh completing his 24th year as varsity softball coach and his retiring as head coach at the conclusion of the season. Coach Pugh started the Crestview softball program in 1985 and completes his illustrious career with an overall record of 407 wins and 148 losses. He led the program to 12 Northwest Conference championships, 14 sectional, 10 district, and 5 regional championships, along with state runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2003. Coach Pugh capped off his career with a state championship in 2012 and was inducted into the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2012.
All of our student-athletes learn valuable lessons through educational athletics. While the numbers add up to successful ventures, it is the daily experience of working together for a common goal, challenging oneself, and developing and exhibiting leadership skills among a myriad of other qualities that make the athletic venue one where learning occurs and complements the academic setting of the school system. The new school year will provide a plethora of opportunities for our young people to again learn valuable lessons through success and failure and contribute to their becoming our leaders of tomorrow. GO KNIGHTS!