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Howard Koons

Inducted in 2014

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Howard was a 6 foot 5 inch forward when he played high school basketball at Holmes-Liberty High School (which later became Wynford High School). Howard set the Holmes-Liberty scoring record on January 27, 1956 when he scored 46 points in a 103-25 win over Whetstone. That record was shattered seven days later when Howard’s brother, Delbert, a 6-foot 5 junior post, erased the mark, firing in 53 in a 127-32 win over North Robinson. It’s a record that still stands. A member of the North Robinson team, the Robins, was Willard basketball coaching legend Bob Haas. Delbert was inducted into the CCSHOF in the Class of 2012.

Howard’s effort against Whetsone was a highlight of a senior season in which he scored 22.174 points per game. In a Bucyrus Telegraph Forum article written in 2004, Howard describes the brothers as being “garbage men”. “When the ball came off the backboard, we went after it. We got a lot of points that way”. The Holmes-Liberty Pirates were a run and gun team in those days. Basketball was always an important part of the lives of the brothers. Delbert said in the same article that he remembered playing every Saturday night. There wasn’t much to do back then, so the brothers played a whole lot of basketball.

The Holmes-Liberty basketball team ended up 1he 1956-57 season 17-3.

Howard was named to the Toledo Blade All-Star Selection Team in 1955-56 and to the Crawford County All-Star First Team, along with Daryl Stucky of Lykens, Delbert Koons of Holmes-Liberty, Paul Fike of New Washington and Terry Miller, Sulphur Springs.

Howard worked 37 years at the Timken Company and has served on the Colonel Crawford, Crawford County, Mid-Ohio and Pioneer School boards. He also serves on the Ohio Central Region School Board Executive Committee.

Howard married Bonnie Alheim in 1958 and they have three children, Steve, Gary and Karen.