Athletic Director's Message

The Tradition Continues: #WeAreCrestview

Trent Kreischer The 2017-18 version of Crestview Athletics saw the continuation of a tradition of excellence.  In the fall the football team made history winning 10 games for the first time in school history before losing in the OHSAA playoffs 35-32 to Minster, the eventual state champion.  The football Knights reached the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year, another historical milestone.  Ashley Bowen and Ragen Harting qualified for the regional cross country meet, with Harting earning a trip to the state meet.  In the winter, “The Ray” was the place to be as both our girls’ and boys’ basketball squads had outstanding seasons and long tournament runs.  The Lady Knights were sectional champions and district runners-up, avenging two regular season defeats to Hicksville and Coldwater before being defeated in the district title game by Ottawa-Glandorf.  The boys’ basketball team ran the table in the Northwest Conference to earn an outright NWC title.  They then cut down the nets as sectional champions.  However, to earn a district title, the Knights would have to grind out two heart-pounding victories.  First a double OT win over Ottoville and a buzzer-beating triple to complete an incredible fourth quarter comeback against Hicksville.  These games will surely be etched in history beside the ”Purmort tip-in” and “Boroff from the corner” as part of Crestview lore at the Elida Fieldhouse.  The boys finished the season as regional runners-up, driving the Knight Train all the way to BGSU.  In the spring, Tyler White set the pace for the Knight tracksters  qualifying for regionals in the 110 meter hurdles.  On the diamond, Crestview baseball earned a share of the NWC title and a sectional championship.  In the district semifinals, the boys avenged a regular season loss to cross-county rival Lincolnview that saw a huge Knight crowd celebrate their late-inning heroics.  The Knights would eventually lose to defending state champion Minster in the district title game.  The 2017-18 season of Crestview Athletics is not one that we will soon forget, but already our 2018-19 versions have been working hard to top it!

So how do our athletes achieve success?  Through dedication, hard work, and excellent coaching, for certain!  But it’s more than that.  It’s bigger than any individual or team...#WeAreCrestview. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@CK_CoachK) may have seen me use this hashtag. However, the idea of “WE Are Crestview” is at the very core of our athletic program.  WE, together, create a supportive environment for our student athletes.  WE have countless numbers of parents, community members, and staff that volunteer to make Crestview athletics a success in the form of volunteering to be game workers, providing meals for students, taking care of the complex, working concession stands, and donating time and money via the Knight Pride Club.  WE create a culture of success by displaying sportsmanship and strong character that mirror the tradition of excellence here at Crestview. WE take pride in our students outside the realm of competition by supporting their academic and service ventures that benefit our community.  WE celebrate their W’s and help them learn from their L’s.  Together, WE ARE CRESTVIEW. Thank you to all of our community members, parents, and staff members that make Crestview Athletics possible for our students.  If you would like to volunteer at an even or get involved with our athletic boosters, the Knight Pride Club, please call the athletic office at 419-749-9100 option 3!  #WeAreCrestview
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