The fifth annual Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held Saturday at the VFW Post # 8999 in Bucyrus beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding at approximately 9:00.
Inductees this year are Galion High School graduate Dustin Fox, the 1999 and 2000 GHS state championship volleyball teams; Crestline High School graduate Joe Gottfried, the late Charles Armstrong of Leesville High School (now Colonel Crawford HS), Wynford’s Cheri Harrer, and the late Dick Edmond who was long-time sports editor of the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum and Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune and former sports information director at Heidelberg University.
The above mentioned represent the fifth class to be inducted into the HoF.
DUSTIN FOX was a two-time state wrestling champion while a student at GHS. He continued his education and wrestling career at Northwestern University where he posted a 10-929 record, including a 29-1 mark in 2008 when he won the NCAA Division I heavyweight national championship. In the title match against J.D. Bergman of Ohio State, Dustin sustained a broken and bloody nose, a cut to the head, and broken head gear. Undaunted, he scored a thrilling second sudden victory takedown of Bergman for the championship.
Also during his career at Northwestern, he was a Big Ten champion and was a four-time NCAA tournament qualifier, placing fourth as a junior, 13th as a sophomore and 14th as a freshman. He majored in Asian and Middle Eastern studies and radio-television film as a college student and currently is employed by Covert Manufacturing in Galion.
The 1999 and 2000 GHS Division II state championship volleyball teams were coached by Jill Wilt. The ‘99 squad sported a 27-2 record and was ranked seventh going into the state tournament. After losing the first set by a 15-10 score to Cincinnati Roger Bacon, the Lady Tigers rallied two win sets two and three by 15-12 and 15-8 scores to claim the state title.
A year later, the Lady Orange-and-Blue — who were 26-2 — bested Roger Bacon again in the championship match, this time by scores of 15-11 and 17-15.
Members of the 1999 team were seniors Karri Miller, Kelly Moneysmith, Olivia Roston and and Lindsey Wilt. Other team members were: Allison Barnes, Kristin Fox, Danielle Holt, Natalie Kochheiser, Kellie Murphy, Megan Murphy, Jacqueline Reed and Miranda Wittibslager. Melissa Fittante was the assistant coach.
With the exception of the 1999 seniors, the 2000 team was comprised of the previously mentioned players and coaches, in addition to players Natalie Reeve, Gretchen Ruhe, Lori Ruth and Natalie Weithman. Several members of the title squads went on to play volleyball collegiately.
JOE GOTTFRIED graduated from Crestline High School in 1958 and earned 12 varsity letters for the Bulldogs in addition to being named All-Ohio on basketball and football. Whe went on to serve on as successful high school basketball coach in Ohio, a college coach at Ashland College (now Ashland University) and Southern Illinois University, and was long-time athletic director at the University of Southern Alabama. He was instrumental in the latter building a $30 million basketball and athletic offices facility, a $3.5 million renovation of the school’s baseball facility, plus numerous other projects.
CHARLES ARMSTRONG graduated from the former Leesville High School in the early 1950s. He starred in baseball and basketball at Leesville and went on to play in the Cleveland Indians minor leagues system. He coached sports in the area for many years and was a former business owner. He was married to Esther, had two sons and several grandchildren.
CHERI HARRER graduated from Wynford in 1981. She earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, track and volleyball and is the first hoops player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. She went on to excel academically and athletically at Findlay College (now Findlay University) and has been the head women’s basketball coach at Baldwin-Wallace University for 24 years, having won nearly 500 games while compiling a winning percentage of over .730. Over the past 17 campaigns her squads have a winning mark of just under .800.
DICK EDMOND died in 1998 at the age of 59. He was a sports editor in Bucyrus and Tiffin for a combined 21 years and was Heidelberg’s sports information director for nine years. He was very active in the communities he lived in and the Midland Athletic League (MAL) gives the Dick Edmond Memorial Scholarship annually in his honor. He was married to Judy, had three sons and seven grandchildren.