SOUTH DAKOTA ALL-STATE 11 MAN THE YANKTON BUCKS AND THE JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS 8-9 MAN JEFFERSON'S CREVIER'S AL WILLIAM LYNCH..
VOTED AS ONE OF THE 5 TOP GREATEST. ATHELTES,
IN THE HISTORY OF YANKTON HIGH SCHOOL 193Os-1960s
SERVED HIS COUNTRY WW II
LYNCHS' OF YANKTON LEAD ALL-STATE 11 MAN
DAN LYNCH ...1968/69.OG/DG.YANKTON BUCKS.MAX HAWK
BOB LYNCH.....1971..FB/LB/P..YANKTON BUCKS..MAX HAWK
PAT LYNCH.......1972...DT/OT...YANKTON BUCKS .MAX HAWK
TOM LYNCH......1975....DT/OT..YANKTON BUCKS..MAX HAWK
MIKE LYNCH.......1980.DT/OT...YANKTON BUCKS..MAX HAWK
RAYMOND CREVIER SR. RUNNING BACK/LINEBACKER ARMY AIRCORE
TEST PILOT, INSTRUCTOR PILOT WW II
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME 2012 THE CREVIERS OF THE JEFFERSON
BLACKHAWKS 8/9 MAN FOOTBALL TEAM COACH MATT MOTTICE
GREATEST 8 MAN FOOTBALL COACH,IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
JEFFERSONS' CREVIERS' ALL-STATE ON 8 AND 9 MAN
RAY CREVIER JR......1971.LB/QB/K/P...FB..HALL.OF..FAME.2012
BRUCE CREVIER .......1982..QB/P/K.....FB..HALL.OF..FAME..2012
BUDLONG: Football families leave quite the legacy
FIVE CREVIER BROTHERS
BROTHERS MAKE SOUTH DAKOTA FOOTBALL ALL-STATE, TEAMS,
1ST TIME IN NATIONS HISTORY
RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL H.S. FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
By TERRY HERSOM
Bert Crevier has no difficulty remembering the dates when his
mother and father passed away.
Everything else about the 40-year marriage of Ray Crevier
and the former Patricia Ricker was more than a little magical.
There simply had to be a little more poetry to the way it all came
to an end.
''They died on each other's birthdays, '' said Bert, one of six
sonsand six daughters in a family that thrived on the deep
religious faith and almost unparalleled work ethic instilled
by two exceptional parents. '' It was almost like they were a
gift to each other.''
Ray Crevier, a fighter pilot in World War II, didn't make it
back to Jefferson, S.D., until july of 1947, nearly two years
after World War II.
A few days later, he met Patricia, Briar Cliff College junior
from Marcus, Iowa, and took her for a plane ride.
Two weeds after that, they were married.
''He knew right away away that she was the one, ''said Bert, a test
pilot and Insructor pilot in Baltimore, Md., and one of four brothers who
followed in dad's footsteps,learning how to fly.
Marty Crevier, the eldest child, was already an athletic 6-1
200-pound youngster when he died tragically at the age of
Somehow, it was as if his 11 younger siblings, some of them
not yet born, make sure to treasure their lives in his honor.
Prime cast in point; The five sons who reached adulthood
all became South Dakota ALL-STATE high school football
players, emulating another of their father's passions.
Maurice and Marc, the two eldest after Marty, will be inducted
this weekend into the Ashland (Ohio)University Hall of Fame,
played running backs and Linebackers for the Jefferson
Blackhawk,s with Maurice averaging 18 tackles per game,
and a 6.9yard per carry ave and ending with,41 career TDs
and Marc,averaging 16 tackles per game and 7 yard per carry
average for the Jefferson Blackhawks ,with 40 career TDs
Marc was an excellent Halfback passer. He could pass the
full Length, of a 8 man football field while holding opponents
with one arm with his incredible strength and passing to the
QB for a TD. Marc was 100% for pass completions and a career
total of 28 total TD completed passes.
168 total points, for TD passes, and and ave 54.3 passing yds
Maurice kicking 30 extra-points ( The Jefferson Blackhawks
in 1967 ave. 75 points per game and the opponents ave 3
points per game and they never punted in3 years.Both
Maurice and Marc will go into the Hallof Fame were
ALL-American football lplayers for Ashland University, honoring
their football careers for a tradition-rich NCAADivision II program.
Younger brothers Ray jr. (Class of 1972),Bert (Class 1978)
and Bruce (Class of 1983) also garnered ALL-STATE Laurels
and continued on to college football--Ray jr.Roving Linebacker
at Navy; was in on every play on defense for Jefferson's
Blackhawks was a kicker and punter his Soph,,Jr. Sr.
Year for the Jefferson Blackhawks; also Scholastically No #1
and a 1977 Graduate of the United States Naval Academy,
and was a Naval Aviator flying Jets off Aircraft Carriers, and
is now a pilot for Delta Airlines. Bert, a Linebacker, at Dakota
State; Lead the State in tackles his Sr. year for the Blackhawks
at 172 in eight games, 138 Jr. year was a kicker and punter for
Jefferson's Blackhawks ;Bruce, was a Quarterback, kicker and
punter for the Jefferson Blackhawks setting a State record field
goal 45 yard to defeat the No #1 team in the state,and a 40.2
yard punting ave. for Jefferson's BlackHawks.
Bruce,though has become more famous for the many
world records he's established spinning basketballs and
traveling the globe with with his wife, Diane and their 12
children, performing a memorable act that has them on the
road upwards of 250 days a year.
And, he was simply following in the footsteps of an older
sister, Tanya, who was first to build a barnstorming act
around spinning and dribbling basketballs by the dozens.
''That was our claim to fame, Maurice and I , we brought
that home from Ashland, '' said Marc Crevier, one of seven
Creviers, Bruce and Tanya influded, who make their home
in Elkton S.D., 20 miles south of Brookings.
Bill Musselman, the young Ashland balketball coach when
Maurice and Marc, were enjoying their ALL-AMERICAN football
careers at the school, spiced up a few of his halftime shows
with basketball showman '' Crazy George Schauer . '' And
before long, two-sport standout Jay Hoover had picked up
enough to teach his roommate, Maurice Crevier, how to
spin a basketball
''Marc came the next year and we wound up teaching Tanya
how to do that '' said Maurice.
Show business aside, Ashland's Crevier brothers, Maurice , at
Linebacker and Marc in the offensive line, inspired their
younger brothers to fulfill the family tradition as football
ALL-STATERS, the Nations 1st to achieve such a feat.
According to a 1994 story in the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader,
Bruce felt the burden of his older brothers success pushing
himself to maintain the tradition.
'' I read a book by Bill Glass entitled, ''Expect To Win'' ''said
Bruce '' It said if you have a goal, write it down and stick it on
a mirror so every morning it's staring you in the face.In
the seventh grade, I put up a note that read ALL-STATE
And , the youngest brother's drive to excel was only just
getting started when his ALL-STATE football accolades kept
the family's football legacy perfect.
For a family with so many collective accomplishments,
maybe the parents could only appreciate it all from a celestial vantage
Patricia Crevier. was only 62 when she died of cancer on
April 28, 1988, her husband's 66 birthday.
Ray was 72 when cancer also ended his life, passing away on
Dec. 19, 1994, the day the love of his life would have turned
1ST TIME IN THE NATION, A FAMILY PLACED 5 BROTHERS 1ST TEAM
ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS. NOW THE CREVEIRS HAVE REACHED A NATIONAL RECORD. THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.
September 1, 2012
Crevier family one of nation’s greatest
By John Gillis
From the tiny farming community of Jefferson, South Dakota – population of just 547 and located in the extreme southeastern corner of the state comes a unique and very athletically talented family.
That family is the Creviers (pronounced “Crev ee ays”) – which includes five hardnosed football-playing brothers (Maurice, Marc, Ray Jr., Bert and Bruce) and sister Tanya – who have made their indelible mark in sports both within and beyond the Mount Rushmore State.
Incredibly, all five of the brothers were named to the eight-player football first-team all-state team in high school, and they all subsequently played college football.
Although the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online multimedia National High School Sports Record Book has no such category for “Most Brothers in a Family Named First-Team All-State in Football,” it is highly unlikely that there are many such families in the history of high school football who have matched that amazing accomplishment.
The oldest brother Maurice was a 5-foot-10, 195-pound two-time all-state football halfback who averaged 6.9 yards per carry for the Blackhawks and graduated in 1968. A year younger, Marc, 5-9 and 190, averaged an impressive 16 tackles a game en route to all-state honors as a linebacker. Under the creative direction of Jefferson High School head football coach Matt Mottice, the tandem worked together to become defensive stalwarts.
“My high school football coach, Matt Mottice, brought many inventive training ideas from Ohio, known to us as ‘football country,’” Marc said. “Maurice and I used to lift weights and run in knee-deep water along the banks of the Missouri River in order to increase leg strength and agility. The methods, along with the weightlifting, were invented by Woody Hayes but were adopted by coach Mottice, who passed them along to us. We did this kind of working out before others ever did.
“Another aspect I remember was when Maurice and I used to play defensive linebackers together. We would race to see who could tackle the ball carrier first. We were so strong that during my junior year and Maurice's senior year that our defense would only allow an average of three points per game.”
In fall 1971, the versatile and resilient Ray Jr. was a 170-pound quarterback, defensive back, kicker and punter for Jefferson. Six years later, Bert was a 195-pound fullback, linebacker and kicker who was known as a “tackling machine” as he led the team in tackles four straight years. The youngest Crevier brother and the 11th of 12 children, Bruce was a 165-pound quarterback and punter who set the then-state record with a 45-yard field goal and graduated in 1983.
“Jefferson High School had just over 100 students in the whole school when I attended and 29 were in my graduation class, so as to the aspect of versatility, I was blessed with enough God-given talent to be able to perform all those functions for the team,” Ray said. “Coupled with that talent though, was an innate desire to be the best I could possibly be not only on the athletic field but also in the classroom and as later life would show, in every other endeavor. This required, what is now in retrospect, an uncommon dedication to excellence that involved intense summer workouts with running and weight training and various other innovative forms of conditioning. Whatever football abilities I had were complemented by being in condition before I showed up for two-a-day practices prior to the football season. Most of the athletes on the team would rely on the practices for the conditioning so I always felt I had an edge.”
“It all started in the spring of my eighth-grade year at St. Peter's Catholic Grade School,” Bert said. “I remember that my older brothers, Maurice and Marc, came up to my classroom to visit me. They had both completed their Hall of Fame careers at Ashland University. According to coach Fred Martinelli, Maurice is considered one of the greatest linebackers to come out of Ashland. Marc and he changed the face of football in Ohio. Marc had just completed an undefeated 1972 football season at Ashland and he earned All-American honors. At that same time, my brother Ray Jr. had just entered the United States Naval Academy and was playing roving linebacker for the Midshipmen. Wow! I felt I was living in the shadow of legends!
“When they told me at school that my brothers were there to visit me, I felt so honored that they would come and do this. They came right into my classroom. Then, out in the hallway, Marc said, ‘I have some Olympic weights I'm going to give you and I'm going to show you the weight program and how to lift weights. If you do this, along with the sprint pyramids for running, you will be a great one. You have to pay the cost and make much sacrifice. Someday you will look back and never regret this moment.’
“During that talk, standing in the school's hallway, I felt so honored there in front of my two brothers. I had tears of joy streaming down my cheeks. I felt that a mantle had just been passed to me. This inspiration from my older brothers forever changed my life. I knew I would never be the same.”
“When I was younger, having so many older brothers who were good football players and sisters who were good in basketball really inspired me to excel,” Bruce said. “We were raised on a farm, and when I had time between my chores, I spent hundreds of hours kicking, passing and chasing footballs, and shooting basketballs.
“When I was a freshman in high school, my brother, Bert, said to me ‘Bruce, you need to make all-state football like all the rest of us, so work hard.’ I felt the pressure to succeed in football, and being the smallest of our brothers, and coupled with the fact that I wasn't the fastest guy on the team, I felt the odds against me. In football, it helps to be big and fast, both of which I wasn't.
“My senior year rolled around, and my head coach Greg Young told me about how you can score on a free kick. Later in the season, we were playing a regular-season game with Wagner High School, which was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 11A.
“Down 8 to 6 with about three minutes left in the game, we did a fair catch on a punt recovery at the 35. So, we lined up in kickoff formation to do a free kick, and I kicked a 45-yard field goal to lift us to a 9-8 win. Wagner went on the win the state title and we were their only loss. As a result of that field goal and my high punting average, the sportswriters gave me first-team all-state honors.”
Tanya, who stands 5-3 and graduated from Jefferson in 1973 and from South Dakota State University four years later, was a standout basketball player who was perhaps best known for her amazing ability to spins numerous basketballs at one time. She travels around the nation, exhibiting her skills.
Maurice and Marc went on play football at Ashland (Ohio) University, where both started as freshmen and were named to its athletic hall of fame. It is the first time that two members of one family were ever inducted into its hall of fame.
Ray Jr. became a roving linebacker at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Bert also played linebacker, at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota. Bruce was a quarterback/kicker at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The father of this amazing clan was Ray Crevier Sr., who was a star football player for the Army Air Corps, and was a World War II pilot. He and his wife, Patricia, were the parents of 12 children. Patricia distinguished herself in the performing arts, as she was a accomplished pianist and choir director.
The architect of the highly successful Jefferson High School football program was coach Matt Mottice. From 1964 to 1968, Mottice directed the Blackhawks to a 39-game winning streak. The 1967 squad averaged an eight-player football national-record 75 points a game, while holding opponents to just three.
“I attribute the team’s success to several factors,” Maurice said. “We had great leadership from our two coaches Matt Mottice and James Dejong and great group of athletes including Marc Bernard, Joe Trudeau, Tom Gorman, Dave Roach, Mike Bartec, Gary Garvis, Terry Cole, Larry Wilcox, Rick Johnson, Rick Lafleur and Craig Nerman. These teammates were very gifted athletes. Bernard and Johnson were state contenders and finalist in 100- and 220-yard dashes. Trudeau, Lefleur and Gorman were state contenders in the high and low hurdles. We had great group of guys with great abilities, speed and great attitudes. It was a privilege to say I knew them and had the opportunity to play on a football state championship team.
“The foundation for success started with coach Dejong, who coached the players who were on the team in grade school, in all sports, football, basketball, track and baseball. So by the time we were freshmen in high school, the fundamentals and knowledge of football were already in motion.
“When coach Mottice took the head football coaching position at Jefferson my freshman year, the chemistry for the team’s success started to take shape. Coach Mottice brought to Jefferson a tremendous knowledge of football, the ability to transform ordinary players into achievers through a weightlifting program that was based on systematic progression of increasing reps and weight. The system came from one of his mentors used in the Olympics. Because of this weight system, many of the players increased in strength, performance and agility, and that was reflected in a strong mental attitude that I experienced firsthand.”
A former pilot in the U.S. Navy with a degree in business management, Maurice has put that education to good use as CEO of his own company, Crevier’s Craftman. Marc earned a master’s in divinity, is a licensed commercial pilot, and for eight straight years has been the top salesman in the country for the National Motor Club.
Ray retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997 as a full Navy Commander with more than 20 years of service, and is currently a pilot for Delta Airlines with more than 25,000 flight hours. Similar to Marc, Bert also has a master’s in divinity, currently is a test pilot for Cengen Aerospace in Baltimore, Maryland, has logged more than 18,000 flight hours, and has authored two books. Bruce has performed his spinning basketball show in more than 35 counties. He and his wife, Diane, have 12 children.
Tanya, who possesses amazing basketball-handling skills, has been deservedly bequeathed the moniker “The World’s Finest Female Basketball Handler.”
“I have been sharing my basketball handling show for over 30 years and many coaches and professional people along the way have told me these words – about my show and what I share,” Tanya said. “I am very, very grateful.
“I was inspired at age 12. My older brothers, Maurice and Marc, told me about George Schauer – who played on Ashland College’s basketball team for Bill Musselman. George later on went to play for Bill Musselman at the University of Minnesota. I got to meet George at the Bill Musselman Basketball Camp and he (George) continued to share ideas and inspiration with me.
“I then started developing my own basketball handling show – which I share at school assemblies, halftime shows, basketball camps, prison ministries, international mission trips, etc. I now perform fulltime throughout the year. I do perform with Bruce Crevier and his family from time to time.”
Having graduated from Jefferson High School in 1973, Tanya came along as the same time Title IX was implemented. As such, she knows firsthand what that important legislation means and can now pass that along to the next generation.
“I was very fortunate to be able to play basketball at all three levels high school at Jefferson High School, collegiately at South Dakota State University, and professionally with the Iowa Cornets (two years) and the San Francisco Pioneers (one year),” Tanya said. “I was certainly at the pioneer level of women’s sports. It’s my hope and prayer as I speak to young players (girls and boys) that I can leave them with the same inspiration I received at their young ages.”
John Gillis is the associate director of publications and communications of the NFHS. If you have any comments or articles ideas, please forward them to Gillis at email@example.com