BUCYRUS – Six legendary Crawford County sports figures and one team will be inducted into the Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the VFW post 8999 during the yearly Induction Banquet.
Amber Rall-Groves, a 2003 Wynford Alum, became the first high school basketball player in Crawford County to score 2,000 points in a career; that feat puts her in the top 20 on the career scoring list in Ohio High School history.
The 2003 District 6 Player of the Year also earned All-Ohio honors in ’01 and ’02. She went on to Ashland University to become the university’s all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball with 2,087 points. She was first team All Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for three years and was Freshman of the Year in 2004.
Rall-Groves earned her degree in physical education and teaches adaptive physical education at Fairway in Bucyrus.
Cecil “Cy” Souders, the oldest inductee, is a 1939 Bucyrus High School alum. Souders was chosen to play with the Ohio High School All-Stars in the Kumquat Bowl against a Florida All-Star Team in 1938.
After high school, Souders played at Ohio State University. In the fall of 1939, Souders ran off to Kentucky to marry Jean Hoover. He returned to school in 1942 after a letter from then-Ohio State coach Paul Brown.
He was drafted in 1945 by the Washington Redskins and played for the Detroit Lions from 1947-1949. Souders was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Souders and his wife of 75 years, Jean, live in Florida.
Larry Simmermacher, a 1957 alum of Crestline High School, excelled in basketball and ranks seventh in school history in career scoring with 942 points. During his senior year, Simmermacher averaged 21.4 points per game, which earned him first team All-Ohio.
He also played baseball for the Bulldogs where he tossed a no-hitter in tournament play against Huron. Simmermacher was inducted into the Crestline Hall of Fame in 2010 alongside his sons, Brian and Bret.
James R. Glauer, a 1969 alum and fellow Bulldog, played basketball, baseball and ran cross country for the Bulldogs. However, his coaching career is what earned his induction.
His 20-year career saw him gather 334 wins and three state tournament berths, including a 1994 state-runner up trophy. He was inducted into the OHSAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996.
Glauer is married to Norma Neff and has three children, Steven, Sara and Susan, as well as five grandchildren.
Robert “Bob” Haas graduated in 1958 from North Robinson High School (currently Colonel Crawford).
Haas is most noted for his 22 year career as head basketball coach at Willard High School, where he compiled 522 career wins, 16 NOL Championships, 17 sectional titles, 11 district championships, four regional titles and three final four appearances. His teams also earned 69 straight regular season wins.
On Dec. 8, 2010 Willard High School formally dedicated its gym to Haas. Haas and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Howard Koons, 1957 alum of Holmes-Liberty High School, stared in basketball as a 6-foot-5 forward.
He set the single game scoring record with 46 points in 1956. That record was broken a week later by his brother, Delbert, who poured in 53 points, who already is in the CCSHOF.
Koons worked for 37 years at Timkin and served on the Colonel Crawford, Crawford County, Mid-Ohio and Pioneer School boards. Koons married Bonnie Alheim in 1958 and they have three children, Steve, Gary and Karen.
The lone team inducted is the 1990 state champion Bucyrus softball team, which defeated Tallmadge 2-1 to win the Division II state championship at Brookside Park in Ashland. The title was the first state championship in Bucyrus High School history.
Tickets are on sale for the banquet for $20 and can be picked up at the Crestline Advocate.