Liberty Union-Thurston Alumni
Liberty Union High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 55

 Baltimore, Ohio 43105
Liberty Union High School Alumni Association



Mark W. Wylie, 74, Gibisonville, died Monday, Aug. 2 1999 at Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster.
Son of the late David and Pansy Wylie, he was married for 47 years to Mary Wylie, who survives.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Ohio University and received his master of arts degree in physical education from Xavier University. He was a World War II Army veteran. He retired as a teacher and coach at Pickerington, Union Furnace, Gallipolis and Liberty Union/Thurston schools. He was a former professional baseball manager and player with the Cleveland Indians organization, a charter member of the Logan High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Ohio University Athletic Hall of Fame. He received numerous athletic and coaching awards, including All Ohio Basketball Player.
Also surviving are a son, Mark D. (Lorie) Wylie of Gibisonville; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Janet) Watson of Gibisonville; a stepson, William (Susan) Strader of Upper Arlington; five grandchildren, Mark and Sarah Watson, Kim Wylie and Matt and Annie Strader; two sisters, Opal Wylie of Gibisonville and Nevada Smith of Athens; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Jim Reed and Milt Taylor; and his special dog, Sparky.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Don Wylie.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, with the Rev. Benjamin Foulk of Christ United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Hocking County.
Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hocking County Humane Society, 120 Homer Ave., Logan, Ohio 43138.


1936 Jurnior Hi

From March 12, 1936 edition of The Twin City News Baltimore & Basil.




1953 Varsity Basketball

1953 Reserve Basketball

1953 Junior High Basketball

1966 Varsity Cheerleaders


   1966 Reserve Cheerleaders        1966 Junior High Cheerleaders

1967 Varsity Cheerleaders

1967 Freshman Basketball

1967 Reserve Basketball

1967 Junior High Football

1967 Junior High Basketball

1967 Junior High Track

1967 Reserve Cheerleaders

1967 Junior High Cheerleaders

1968 Cheerleaders

1968 Reserve Cheerleaders

1968 Junior High Cheerleaders

1968 Freshman Football

1968 Junior High Football

1968 Junior High Basketball

1968 Reserve Basketball

1968 Freshman Basketball

1968 Jr. High Basketball

1968 Jr. High Football

1968 Freshman Football

1968 Wrestling

1969 Freshman  Basketball

1969 Junior High Football

1969 Junior High Track

1970 Cheerleaders

1970 Reserve & Junior High Cheerleaders

2004 Lauren Fellure named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All All-District IV women's track & field/cross country team.


2004 Football & Cheerleaders

2007 cc

2007 Cross Country Senior boys Robby McIntire & Marshall Tomson. (Senior girls Patricia Hecker & Whitney Weaver are not pictured).


Mr. Barr

LANCASTER — Lancaster High School Athletic Director Pam Bosser remembers former principal Lee Barr as a soft-spoken man who cared about his students. “He was a disciplinarian,” she said. “He ran a pretty tight ship, but the students respected him.” Barr, 81, died of natural causes Sunday while going to church with his wife, his daughter Karen Curtiss said. He served as principal from 1979 to 1986 and also was a math, history and English teacher. Barr also was a track coach at Liberty Union in the 1960s and was an Ohio High School Athletic Association track official for 47 years, including last year. He served in the military before starting his education career in 1958. He had three children and four grandchildren and considered track, fishing, Ohio State sports, the Cincinnati Reds and his grandchildren as his interests, Curtiss said. “His grandchildren were his pride and joy,” she said. Curtiss said her father was fair but had expectations of people and insisted they met those expectations. Bosser knew Barr for a long time, as she was a senior in 1985. She said Barr would often officiate Golden Gale track events. “He preferred the field events,” Bosser said. “He always did it for the right reasons, and it wasn’t for the money.” She said Barr acted as a mentor to younger officials and also worked Ohio High School Athletic Association state events. Lancaster school board president Amy Eyman also was a student when Barr was principal. She worked as an assistant in his office during her junior and senior years. “He was a very, very nice man,” Eyman said. “He was very authoritative in the principal role, but he was really, really nice. He laid down the law, though, and you knew right and wrong.” Lancaster girls track coach Terry Oehrtman knew Barr since 1970. “I’m kind of in shock to hear about this,” he said of Barr’s death. “I will miss him. I liked his personality. He was a fair individual. I can’t remember him ever talking unfairly about someone. He was someone you could trust.” Oehrtman said he would sometimes ask Barr for advice in dealing with other coaches or students. He also said Barr knew the sport of track and field well. “An official in any sport, not just track, must understand the rules of the sport and know how to administer them fairly,” Oehrtman said. “Knowledge of the sport is important, and you must understand the rules. But you must also know how to administer the rules to the athletes, and Lee knew how to do that well.” Former Lancaster schools superintendent John Baughman worked with Barr in 1986. He said being a math teacher made Barr a precise person. “He was precise about everything,” Baughman said. “In those days you had to do student scheduling by hand, and Lee handled that for us.” He said Barr had a dry sense of humor. “You could tell when he was trying to put one over on you because he’d have a grin on,” Baughman said. Baughman had not seen Barr in years but ran into him at the YMCA about two weeks ago on the walking track. “It was good to see him,” Baughman said. “Since we hadn’t seen each other in so many years, he didn’t recognize me at first.” Liberty Union Middle School athletic director Scott Williamson also is a former Lion track coach and said Barr left a challenge for him. “He had some great teams around 1967 and 1968,” he said. “My job as coach was to beat the records that were on the record board, and that was doggone hard. Some of the records Lee’s teams set still stand today.” Visitation for Barr will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home, 436 N. Broad St. Funeral services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with visitation at 9 a.m. Barr will be interred at Maple Grove Cemetery. jbarron@lancaster 740-681-4340 Twitter: @JeffDBarron


2017 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. Congratulations to these honorees:
Class of 2017
Richard Blackstone (1966)
Dan Johnson (Coach)
Lisa Barr (1979)
Madison Lawhorn (2010)
Jake Kemmerer (2007)


1937-1938 Basketball

Standing: Bob Craiglow, Ossie Weller, John Finkbone, Raymond Paugh, Cecil Fisher, Frederick Crist, William Woolard, Roy Vonins, Richard Raver, William Roley

Kneeling: Dean Bibler, Ronnie Peters - Coach, Burl Finkbone

1938 Basketball

Seated: Raymond "Raymie" Paugh, Roy Vonins, William "Bill" Roley, Richard "Dick" Raver,

William "Bill" Woolard

Standing: Dean Bibler - Manager, Bob Craiglow, John Finkbone, Frederick Crist, Cecil "Pud" Fisher, Ossie Weller, Burl Finkbone,  Ronnie Peters - Coach



1949 Football

1949 Baseball

1950 Varsity Basketball

1950 Baseball

1950 Football

1951 Junior High Basketball

1951 Reserve Basketball

1951 Varsity Basketball

1951 Liberty Union Junior High Basketball Team

1951 Varsity Football

1952 Baseball

It should be noted that we had only Nine (9) players and we had 9 Pitchers and I think we won 1 game.   Bill Johnson

1952 Basketball

1952 Jr. Hi Basketball

1952 Reserve Basketball

1952 Liberty Union Individual Football Players

1953 Liberty Union Football

1953 Liberty Union Football Team

Wolf Drugs Team

Wolf Drugs Basketball Team around 1956

Back Row L-R  Roger Nobel, Charlie Love (Newark), Frank ____, Bob Evans, Ron Mathias

Middle Row: L-R Don Heft (Lancaster), Gene Groves (Lancaster), Bill Woolard, Phil Lohr, Jack Bitler

Ron Woolard


L – R:  Bill Urquhart, Dick Keller, Ned Young, Dave Landis, Bill Johnson, Coach Mickey Laughlin, Dave Schaffner, Ted Young,& Chick McKafferty.

Missing:  Tom Roshon, Jerry Serals (deceased) Neal Guisinger (deceased).

1966 Football

   Tom Schweitzer     Richard Blackstone        Don Bowen            Randy Miller

  Fred Reedy          Larey Schaffner         Harold Blosser         Bill Robinson

     Dave Hawkins          Rick Hawkins            Dave Young

Basketball Coach Mark Wylie with above 1966 team


         1966 Reserves-County Champs           1966 Baseball District Champs for 8th Consecutive Year


                                    1966 Track                                              1966 Cross Country

                         1966 Junior High Football                                 1966 Junior High Basketball

1966 Junior High Track

1967 Wrestling

1967 Varsity Basketball

1967 Varsity Football

1967 Track

1967 Cross Country

1967 Baseball

1968 Football

1968 Varsity Basketball

1969 Varsity Baseball

1969 Varsity Basketball

1969 Varsity Football

1969 Varsity Cross County

2007 Golf

2007 Golf

2007 soccer

2007 Soccer


Lions Make History
Football Lions make first trip to state tournament
Story & Photos by Charles Prince 

OBETZ - Liberty Union Thur s ton Lions made history Saturday night when they won the district's first ever football regional final. Hundreds of fans made the trip to Hamilton Township High School, braving the worst weather of the season.

The Lions stellar defense turned back everything that Mother Nature and Columbus Bishop Ready threw at them for a 13-3 victory. Offensively, the Lions sputtered in the strong wind driven icy rain. Defense and special teams got the job done.

A Shane Little sack of Ready quarterback Brennan McCarty set up the Lions' first score. James Weaver blocked the ensuing punt which Ethan Pulvermacher recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Kicker Sam Tennant was a perfect two for two, kicking a 50-yard field goal in the first half and 47-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Ready threatened in the third quarter reaching the Lions four-yard line. The Silver Knights lost yardage on three running plays and was forced to kick a field goal for its only score. Another Ready drive in the fourth quarter was stopped by Zach Logue's interception.

Liberty Union heads to New Philadelphia's Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium Saturday to meet Youngstown Ursuline at 7 p.m. The Fighting Irish take a 13-0 record into the state semi-final. The Lions are 12-1. Ursuline was ranked No. 1 in Division V in the final Associated Press state football poll. The Lions weren't ranked in the top ten, but defeated No. 9 Wheelersburg 14-7 in the regional semi-finals.

This is Ursuline's 14th trip to the tournament. Last year, Maria Stein Marion defeated Ursuline 20-14 in the Division V championship. Defending state champion Maria Stein faces Findlay Liberty-Benton in the other Division V state semi-final. Ursuline defeated Columbus Bishop Ready 28-6 to reach last year's state final.

The state semi-final winners meet at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 in Massillon's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium for the final.
                                                                                                                   Buckeye Beacon


2007 Vollyball