Athletic Hall of Fame – 2002 Inductees
back l to r: Tom Bice (accepting for Greg Bice), Gary Sondag, Loyd Shaffer, Lloyd Olmstead.
front l to r: Lisa Canavan Krusie, Steve Miller, Dr. Jerry Walker, Chuck Kent.
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Coach / Inducted in 2002
Loyd Shaffer spent his entire career as a physical education teacher and coach at Marion High School.
As head wrestling coach for 25 years, his teams won eleven conference tournaments and nine conference dual championships. He coached 80 individual conference champions and had 33 wrestlers qualify for state.
In football, he was defensive coordinator for 12 conference championship teams, which included the undefeated 1980 Class 3A State Championship Team. He coached 13 defensive players who received All-State honors.
In girls track, he coached a foursome in 1977 that won the Drake Relays in the 4 x 100 relay.
Loyd retired from teaching at Marion High School in 1996. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and Coe College.
Community Member / MHS Class of 1954 / Inducted in 2002
Chuck Kent has supported Marion athletics in a variety of ways for more than 40 years. Chuck started working the sideline chains at home football games in 1960 and was still going strong when this was written. For more than 35 years he was official scorekeeper for boys’ basketball games, both home and away.
A State Farm representative for more than 40 years, he has contributed both financially and as a volunteer to many sports-related projects.
Community Member / Inducted in 2002
Gary Sondag has helped with numerous projects for the Marion Independent School District, including building the current football press box, constructing the Les Hipple Athletic Complex, setting lights at the football field, and building locker rooms at the football field.
Gary was an officer in the Athletic Booster Club, worked at track meets and has been involved in coaching youth athletic teams. Gary continues to run the chains for the varsity home football games.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1977 / Inducted in 2002
Greg Bice lettered in football, basketball, golf, and baseball at Marion High School.
He excelled in baseball, earning All-Conference honors. In his senior year, he led the conference in both pitching (going 6-0) and hitting (.572). The team went 23–4 in both conference and non-conference games, and Greg hit .478 overall and had a pitching record of 12–1. He set six Marion baseball records.
In his senior year in football, he played quarterback on a team that finished 7–2. He received All-Conference honorable mention. In basketball as a senior, Greg was co-captain of a team that won the conference championship and finished 16–3. In golf, Greg was a medalist at the conference meet his senior year.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1983 / Inducted in 2002
Lisa Canavan-Krusie earned 11 varsity letters in cross country, basketball, track, and softball at Marion High School.
She won the WaMaC cross country championship, setting a new school record for the course. At five feet three inches, she led her basketball team in rebounding and steals. In track, she was a member of a 4 x 100 relay team that qualified for state.
In softball, Lisa stole 42 bases in fewer than 20 games, setting a new school record and earning All-Conference and All-Metro honors.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1961 / Inducted in 2002
Steve Miller lettered in football, basketball, and track at Marion High School.
He was a three-year starter in football at halfback and quarterback, playing on two conference championships teams.
In basketball, his team won the conference championship his senior year, and he was one of the top scorers in the metropolitan area.
In track, he was one of the top mile runners in the state, winning three conference championships and, as a senior, the state championship. He also placed fourth in the mile run in the Drake Relays as a junior.
He attended Cornell College, where he was twice named to the All-Conference football team, as a defensive back as a junior and at quarterback as a senior. He also starred in basketball and baseball.
He obtained a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and eventually returned to Cornell as a coach, physical education instructor, and, later, director of athletics. His football teams achieved a record of 87-55 and won two conference championships. He also turned out conference champions in swimming and golf. He is in the Cornell athletic hall of fame.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1949 / Inducted in 2002
Lloyd Olmstead lettered in football, basketball and track at Marion High School.
He was an outstanding basketball player, being named first team All-WaMaC as a junior and senior. As a senior he received first team IDPA and second team Des Moines Register All-State honors. This was in a time when All-State awards were not given in various classes according to school size; rather players from more than 900 schools were considered. That year, Lloyd was the top scorer on the team and led it through an undefeated regular season, the only Marion team to achieve such a feat. The team’s only loss came by two points in the substate finals.
As a junior, Lloyd’s team also won the conference championship. Over the two years, his teams went 41-5.
Lloyd attended Cornell College, where he set several scoring records, was a first-team All-Conference selection for three years, and led Cornell to the conference championship his senior year. He was twice captain of the team and is a member of the Cornell athletic hall of fame.
After Cornell, Lloyd spent many years as a high school basketball coach in Iowa.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1954 / Inducted in 2002
Jerry Walker dominated the Iowa high school cross country and track scene for several years.
In track, he won the state indoor and outdoor championships as a junior and senior. He won the high school mile as a junior at the Drake Relays, the first Marion athlete to post a victory at that meet. He also won the state half-mile indoor and outdoor championships as a junior and senior. In addition he ran on the quarter-mile relay team that finished fifth in the state meet his senior year.
Jerry was WaMaC Conference champion in the mile for three years, setting a new school record as a senior, and in the half-mile for two years.
In cross country, he won the state championship twice, setting a course record as a senior, and finished second as a sophomore. Marion won the state title in its class in each of Walker’s last three years in high school.
Jerry obtained a degree in dentistry from the University of Iowa and spent his career there as a professor of pediatric dentistry. He remained active for decades in athletics, serving as a volunteer track and cross country coach at the university, officiating at Big Ten track meets and the Drake Relays, and serving as dentist to the university’s wrestling and field hockey teams.