Dave Bowen, Athletic Administrator
2015-16 provided yet another opportunity for our student-athletes to shine both in the classroom and in the field of competition. Sectional championships were accomplished by our girls’ and boys’ basketball teams, our baseball team, and our softball team. Our football team reeled in its fourth state playoff birth in school history, and our softball team again won the Northwest Conference. As noted elsewhere in this year’s calendar, the softball team brought home a district, regional, and the program’s third state championship in 2016. Our ladies represented our community with class and a competitive spirit that would not be denied as they defeated Strasburg-Franklin, 3-2, in a nail biter after defeating the three previous opponents at the regional and state semi-final level by a combined score of 31-1.
The name of Crestview has become synonymous with championships over the last several years throughout the state. I have been approached often by leaders of both friendly rivals as well as school leaders from afar complimenting our athletic program and its brand. I am very humbled and blessed to play but a small part in the success of our student-athletes and coaches. During the course of the last thirteen years as your athletic administrator, we have been to fourteen team state championships with several individuals qualifying for state-level competition led by Tom Williman’s state long jump championship in 2005. Again, fourteen team state final fours in thirteen years! Amazing! Many schools hope to have a, as in one, state-caliber team in that duration of time. This is a testament to our student-athletes, our families, our coaches, and our community. We are fortunate to have a culture where GRIT is understood and embraced. We support our teams and coaches and value the lessons that our student-athletes will take with them during their life’s journey. We support our athletic program through the good times and the challenging times as this is part of the process. How long will this success last? That is up for debate; however, I know that the culture that we embrace and promote will be exhibited for years to come. A culture of grit and toughness has made us who we are and the support of our community makes these qualities a true pleasure for our coaches to promote.
2016-17 will write another chapter in the book of Crestview athletics. Our community can be assured that our student-athletes will grow as young ladies and gentlemen and give their very best to take the name of Crestview around the state, learning many valuable lessons along the way!