Inducted in 2014
Larry Simmermacher was a multi-sport athlete at Crestline High School. As a basketball player, Larry was recruited by Ohio State coach Fred Taylor to be a part of a freshman class that included Larry Siegfried, but an injury during his freshman year at Ohio State derailed his college career.
Larry scored 942 points in his Crestline career, as the 1956-57 Bulldogs finished 17-4, one of the best teams in school history. The big game of the 56-57 season came on January 29 when the Bulldogs traveled to unbeaten Shelby. The Bulldogs lost, but Larry scored 36 points. In his senior year, playing as a guard, Larry averaged 21.4 points per game. Simmermacher had a deadly accurate one-hand jump shot from outside the foul circle. Larry had a total 375 points his senior year and was an outstanding defensive player. The Bulldogs scored 100+ points in three back-to-back games beating Willard 100-77, Galion 100-72 and Cardington 107-51, and this was before the 3-point shot! Larry was picked by both the Associated and United Press as a first team selection for the All-Ohio Class A basketball teams. He was also Honorable Mention in the International News Service’s All-Ohio lineup.
Larry was also a terrific baseball player. Larry pitched a no-hitter in tournament play against Huron. Larry was a leader throughout high school and was class president four years, and a member of National Honor Society. Larry was inducted into the Crestline Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, along with his sons Brian and Bret. Larry was married to Connie and had four children-Brian, Bret, Valorie and Vicki.