The Swanton High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 class will be inducted this weekend. The newest inductees are Thomas Krupitzer, Abby LaVigne, Mark McQuillen and the 1981-82 wrestling team.
This year’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Swanton High School. There will be a social hour immediately following the ceremony at Valleywood Golf Club.
The guest speaker will be Brock Mealer, who was paralyzed in a car crash that killed his father, David Mealer, and his brother’s girlfriend, Hollis Richer. He was given a 1 percent chance of walking.
After a grueling rehabilitation, Mealer was able to walk again with the help of two canes. He led the University of Michigan football team onto the field in 2010 and in December 2012 walked with his bride, Haley, without canes, on his wedding day.
Profiles of the 2018 inductees follow:
Abby LaVigne, a 2007 graduate of Swanton High School, earned many outstanding honors in her four-year career. She was a 4-year varsity letter winner in both volleyball and basketball, and a 3-year letter winner in track.
During her volleyball career she was named first team all-league three times and first team all-district three teams while earning district player of the year honors twice. In 2006, LaVigne was also second team All-Ohio.
She was the first player in Ohio history to record 1,000 kills before their senior season. She holds 11 school records and ranks second in the state in career blocks and 19th in career kills.
In basketball, LaVigne was a 3-time all-league, 3-time all-district, and 2-time third team all state selection. She accumulated over 870 rebounds while scoring a career total of 1,339 points.
In track, she holds school records in the 100 meter dash and long jump, and a league record in the long jump. In the league she won two 100m, two 200m, and three long jump championships and had a third place finish at state in the long jump.
After high school, LaVigne went on to further her volleyball career at Ball State University and Findlay University.
Thomas Krupitzer had a coaching career spanning two decades from 1994-2014. In that time frame he was able to accumulate 132 wins.
Some of his best seasons ended with championship trophies. Those trophies included three league championships, two sectional championships, and one district championship. He was coach of the year in 2003, district coach of the year in 2014, and also received the Albert Laux and Ron Pinsenschaum Award given out by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
In 2015, the soccer field was renamed in Krupitzer’s honor.
Mark McQuillin coached multiple sports while at Swanton. Most notably, he had a 10-year run (1967-1977) as the head baseball coach. Coach McQuillin amassed a career win total of 151.
In his 10 years he was able to secure five league championships and two sectional championships. He had three players receive all state honors, three players receive athletic scholarships, and one selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Coach McQuillin had one of the greatest 10-year runs in school history.
McQuillin also spent eight years as an assistant football coach and nine years as an assistant basketball coach.
1981-82 Wrestling Team
The 1981-82 wrestling team finished 10-0 in dual matches and 8-0 in the league capturing the NWOAL championship, as well as, sectional and district championships. The Bulldogs were state runners-up, but missed the state title by 8.5 points.
Jeff Reiner was state champion at heavyweight while Greg Goad was runner-up at 145 pounds. Darrin Mossing was runner-up at 105 pounds.
Throughout the season, the wrestlers were tournament champions for the Sylvania Invitational, Perrysburg Invitational, and the Swanton Invitational. The team also placed third at the Medina Invitational and was the only AA school in the Top 10.
Swanton 51 Springfield 18
Swanton 64 Montpelier 9
Swanton 69 Bryan 0
Swanton 66 Patrick Henry 6
Swanton 36 Wauseon 13
Swanton 47 St. Johns 24
Swanton 43 Evergreen 17
Swanton 54 Archbold 9
Swanton 59 Liberty Center 6
Swanton 60 Delta 0