Tyson Bolenbaugh (center) makes official his intentions to play basketball at Ohio Northern University on Monday at Crestview High School. Bolenbaugh is the third member of the Knights’ 29-0 state championship team to commit to an athletic career beyond high school. He was joined by his parents, Tim and Shelly, as well as Crestview coach Jeremy Best and athletic administrator Dave Bowen. (DHI Media/ John Parent)
Tyson Bolenbaugh (center) makes official his intentions to play basketball at Ohio Northern University on Monday at Crestview High School. Bolenbaugh is the third member of the Knights’ 29-0 state championship team to commit to an athletic career beyond high school. He was joined by his parents, Tim and Shelly, as well as Crestview coach Jeremy Best and athletic administrator Dave Bowen. (DHI Media/ John Parent)
By John Parent
DHI Media Sports Editor
sports@timesbulletin.com
CONVOY — Coming off its first state boys basketball championship, Crestview has now send the third different member of that team to play at the next level.
Joining teammates Cameron Etzler and Damian Helm, fellow 2014 graduate Tyson Bolenbaugh made official his commitment to continue his athletic career in college. Bolenbaugh announced on Monday his intentions to attend Ohio Northern University and suit up for the Polar Bears men’s basketball team.
For the 6-foot-5 post player, the decision to continue his studies at ONU was an easy one.
“It’s a really good school,” Bolenbaugh noted. “I’m going into civil engineering, and they have a really good program there.”


The proximity of the Ada campus was also a draw for Bolenbaugh, who said he wanted to play somewhere that his parents and grandparents can come and watch.
While he was certain he wanted to pursue his studies in Ada, Bolenbaugh took his time in committing to play hoops at the next level, not wanting to rush into adding basketball to a what figures to be a demanding course schedule.
“I chose Ohio Northern a while back, to actually go to school there, I was deciding whether or not to play basketball. So, it wasn’t such a rush since I already knew I was going there,” Bolenbaugh explained of the timing of this announcement. “Coach just said ‘when you’re ready, you can make that decision.’ I just decided, I guess.”
For Crestview coach Jeremy Best, Bolenbaugh’s decision to continue his career was a welcome one.
“We’re really excited about Tyson’s opportunity at Ohio Northern. We told him all along that this (playing college basketball) was something he should do, and give a try, because there has been a lot of interest in him from these small schools.”
Bolenbaugh’s play got noticeable stronger throughout his senior season, and his presence in the post on both ends of the floor was key in the Knights’ title run. Best sees a player that may just be scratching the surface of what he can do on the court.
“I still think he’s got a bunch of upside. He’s got a lot of potential, untapped potential,” Best added. “He’s going to get stronger; I think he’s still growing, so I think Ohio Northern has a diamond in the rough right there.”
Bolenbaugh was Crestview’s second-leading scorer during the regular season, averaging 10.9 points per game while adding 5.4 rebounds per contest. During the Knights’ final two wins in Columbus, Bolenbaugh scored 33 points (16.5 per game average) while picking up 16 rebounds. He also contributed five blocked shots during the state tournament and was named one of three to share the Most Outstanding Player honors in Columbus.