CONVOY — After leading the Crestview boys varsity basketball team to a pair of state titles, coach Jeremy Best has announced his decision to resign.
During his 17 years in the position after arriving from Delta, Best amassed 291 of his 314 career victories. His state championship teams were this year and in 2014. The Knights also were state runners up in 2003 and won seven Northwest Conference, 10 sectional, four district, and three regional championships during Best’s tenure.
“First, thank you to my family for their sacrifice, support, and love that they have shown me,” Best said in a school news release. “Also, I would like to thank the administration and school board members, both past and present, that gave this opportunity to me and my family. Thank you for your continued support. I would also like to thank all of those who have coached with me. I have been fortunate to have loyal and dedicated coaches in our program. Also, the Crestview community deserves to be thanked for all their support and love. This is a basketball-crazy community, and I am very proud to have built strong relationships and created great memories with them. Lastly, to all of the players who have played for me, I love you all and will never forget the journey we went on together. I will miss you and the relationships that we have built. Having the awesome responsibility of representing this community and program for the past 17 years has been life-changing. We have hung numbers, banners and pictures on the walls. We even put two gold trophies in the case! But, what I will hold dearest in my heart are the lifelong relationships that my family and I have built with this special place.”
The release also stated that “the Crestview athletic department, administration, and board of education would like to thank coach Best for his constant dedication, passion, and love that he has shown to the boys who have played in his program. Coach Best took the great tradition of Crestview basketball to new heights. His success on the court is only surpassed by the lasting relationships he has built with his players. For that, our players and community will forever be grateful. Crestview would also like to thank coach Best’s wife, Jennifer, and his two children, Ethan and Lillie, for their support and sacrifice.”
Best also works for the Crestview Local School District as a special intervention specialist for the seventh grade.
Leipsic 22, Pandora-Gilboa 0
LEIPSIC — Jocelyn Hermiller and Ally Kirkendall comined to allow no hit and a walk while striking out seven in five innings. Hannah Mortimer had a triple, two singles and three RBI, Bailee Sickmiller had two hits and two RBI, Kacey Dulle had two hits and Maddie Walther had a hit and two RBI.
The Bluffton Pirates game against Allen East Thursday has been postponed and moved to May 8.
The New Bremen game against Marion Local Thursday has been postponed and moved to May 7.
Track & field
USV Ram Invitational
MCGUFFEY — The Riverdale girls and the McComb boys won the team titles.
Ridgemont’s Callie Cromer (100 and 300 hurdles) and Allen East’s Lauren Criblez (shot put and discus) each won two individual events.
Wayne Trace 12,
OTTOVILLE — Josh Thorbahn and Jaden Schnipke each had a double and a single and Dylan Kemper had a pair of singles for Ottoville.
The Bluffton Pirates game against Allen East for Thursday has been postponed and moved to May 8.
The Delphos St. Johns game against Parkway has been postponed and moved to May 8.
The New Knoxville game against Minster has been postponed and moved to May 1.
The Delphos Jefferson at Columbus Grove game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning with Grove leading 1-0 with a runner on first and nobody out. A makeup date has yet to be announced.
Lima Senior 12,
JOHNSTOWN — Allen Madlock and Ishmeal Curtis each had four goals and Deavan Scott and Andrew Zell had two tallies each for Lima Senior. Micah Rex and Allen Madlock each had two assists and Zell had one also for the Spartans.
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