Dave graduated from RLHS in 1973 as a three-sport athlete, earning 8 letters. The defensive tackle was named to the 1972 All Northwest Football team and the 1972 First Team UPI All-State Football Team. He led the 1972 Warriors to the conference championship and anchored a defense that allowed 7 opponents only 131 rushing yards the entire season, a school record. Crotteau never left the playing field his entire senior year. He received a football scholarship to UW-Madison but suffered a career ending injury while playing for the varsity team as a freshman. In basketball, the 6’ 2” three-year letterman was 1st Team All Conference and named to the All Northwest 2nd Team, leading the Warriors to the conference co-championship. As a baseball player, Crotteau pitched and batted his team to the conference championship in 1973 going 12 and 2 overall. As a pitcher he won 9 games, lost 1 and batted .497 his senior year. From 1973 to 1983 he played Slowpitch for Rice Lake that included touring the US on 5 national tournament teams.