CROOKSVILLE — Crooksville Hall of Fame is to induct Nathan Van Meter on Dec. 13 before the Ceramics’ home game against John Glenn.
Van Meter is a 2006 graduate of Crooksville High School, where he was a member of the Ceramics’ football and baseball team.
While playing football, Van Meter was a three-year letterman (2003,2004 and 2005), All-MVL (2004 and 2005), First Team All-Southeastern Ohio (2004 and 2005) and Special and Honorable Mention All-Ohio (2004 and 2005).
Van Meter led Crooksville in All Purpose and Total Yards in 2004 and 2005 and was a part of the playoff season in 2004.
He was a player in the MVL vs LVL All Star game in 2006.
While a player for Crooksville’s baseball team, Van Meter was a four-year letterman from 2003 to 2006.
He was honored as First Team All-MVL (2004,2005 and 2006), First Team All-Southeastern Ohio (2004, 2005 and 2006), First Team All-MVL (2004, 2005 and 2006) and Special and Honorable Mention Second Team All-Ohio (2004, 2005 and 2006).
He was a player in the Southeastern Ohio All Star game in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and was also named MVP in 2005.
In his 2005 season, Van Meter completed a homerun record.
He is remembered for throwing 17 strikeouts against Tri-Valley in 2006.
He graduated from Crooksville with 10 school records before attending Muskingum University and playing baseball.
He was a four-year letterman for the Fighting Muskies and was named All-OAC in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
He was also named Second Team All Region in 2009 and was three times OAC Player of the Week.
Van Meter had the no. one ERA in the OAC, and no. three in the nation for Division III as a left-handed pitcher in 2009, with a 1.30.
He was fifth overall in career strikeouts with 165 and 10th overall in career ERA with 3.61.
Van Meter is a member of the Perry County Baseball Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2018.
He is now a teacher and coach at Crooksville High School, Miller High School and Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility.
Van Meter is the son of Tracy and Gina Van Meter, along with sister, Shelbi.
He is married to Nikkia (Newlon) Van Meter and has four children, Alexia, Bronx, Boston and Baire.