Athletic Hall of Fame – 2003 Inductees

2003HoFgroupback l to r: Larry Perkins, Ray Fuller, Larry Atwater.

front l to r: Kim Lochner Keister, Michelle McAreavy, Angie Eichhorst.

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larryperkins03Larry Perkins

Coach  /  Inducted in 2003

Larry Perkins was a math teacher and coach at Marion High School from 1961 through 1997. During that time, he coached football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf.

As head boys basketball coach, he guided the 1973 team to a conference and district championship. The team finished with a 19-4 record and lost to an undefeated Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the sub-state final game.

As a varsity assistant football coach, he was the offensive coordinator from 1970 to 1983. In that time period, Marion recorded 110 wins and 27 losses; won eight conference championships; qualified eight consecutive teams for the playoffs; and won a state championship title in 1980. In 1981, Larry received the Assistant Coaches Award given by the Iowa Football Coaches Association, and is also a member of the Iowa Assistant Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Larry Perkins retired from teaching at Marion in 1997 but continued as a volunteer football coach for many years.

He is a graduate of Jewell High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s from the University of Dayton.



RayFuller03Ray Fuller

Community Member  /  MHS Class of 1958  /  Inducted in 2003

Ray Fuller worked for five decades in a variety of volunteer roles to improve Marion athletics.

For over 40 years, Ray was a timer for track meets and a volunteer in the football press box. He still runs the clock for Marion freshmen and varsity football games. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was also an active member of the Athletic Booster Club.

For many years, Ray coached the Metro youth football team, the Marion Chargers. Many of Ray’s players went on to earn all-state football honors in high school and play college football. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Service Award by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.

Ray is a 1958 graduate of Marion High School and was an outstanding football, basketball, and track performer.



LarryAtwater03Larry Atwater

Athlete  /  MHS Class of 1978  /  Inducted in 2003

Larry Atwater lettered in football, wrestling, and track at Marion High School.

In football, he played quarterback, defensive back, and punter. During his senior year, he led the conference in passing, completing 51 passes for 848 yards and five touchdowns.

In wrestling, Larry was a conference champion and state qualifier. In track, he set a new school record in the pole vault.

Larry attended Coe College where he was a two-year starter at quarterback and punter. In his senior season, he led the nation in passing efficiency and was selected to the all-conference team. In wrestling at Coe, Larry was a three-time conference champion and national qualifier.

After college, Larry coached successful athletic teams at Clarence-Lowden and West Delaware, and later joined the physical education and coaching staff at Coe.



AngieEichhorst03Angie Eichhorst

Athlete  / MHS Class of 1988  /  Inducted in 2003

Angie lettered in volleyball, basketball, and softball at Marion High School.

In volleyball, she was selected to the first team All-Conference and first team All-Metro in both her junior and senior years.

Angie excelled in basketball. As a junior and senior, she was named to first team All-Conference and All-Metro. As a senior she was named to second team All-State. She averaged 19 points a game as a junior and 22 points a game as a senior. In her basketball career at Marion, Angie scored 1,166 points, grabbed 556 rebounds and blocked 72 shots.

She was also a varsity letter winner in softball.

Angie attended Indiana State University on a basketball scholarship. She scored 1,174 points for Indiana State and was named to the first team All-Gateway Conference team in 1992.



KimLochner03Kim (Lochner) Keister

Athlete  / MHS Class of 1991  /  Inducted in 2003

Kim Lochner Keister earned 14 major letters in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, and softball at Marion High School. She was a member of teams that won four different WaMaC Conference titles.

She was named first team All-Conference and All-Metro in volleyball, cross country, basketball and softball.  In track she was a conference champion and state qualifier.

In basketball, she set school records for most blocked shots in a game (6), season (72), and career (185). She also set a new record for highest field goal average in a season (55%).

She attended Mount Mercy College, were she set many scoring records and was named first team All-Conference and honorable mention All-American.



MichelleMcAreavy03Michele McAreavy

Athlete  /  MHS Class of 1980  /  Inducted in 2003

Michele lettered in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball at Marion High School.

In basketball, she was a first team All-Conference and All-Metro player and, as a senior, was named to the third team All-State squad. She was a member of a State AAU Championship team which finished 8th in the National AAU tournament. Michele was also a member of the East Squad in an Iowa High School All-Star basketball game.

In track, Michele ran the 800 medley relay, low hurdles and shuttle hurdle relay.

In softball, she earned first team All-Metro honors three times. She was also selected to the first team All-WaMaC squad and was one of the top hitters in the conference. During one season, Michele had a .443 batting average.

She also earned a varsity letter in volleyball.



DaleThomas03Dr. Dale Thomas*

Athlete  /  MHS Class of 1940  /  Inducted in 2003

Dale lettered in football, basketball, and track at Marion High School, then went on to great success as a collegiate wrestler and wrestling coach

Dale never stepped onto a wrestling mat until he went to Cornell College. But he so excelled at the sport that he won nine national championships in collegiate, freestyle, and Greco-Roman competition and was a member of the 1952 and 1956 U.S. Olympic wrestling teams. Wrestling at 175 pounds and heavyweight, he was a member of Cornell’s famous “Dream Team of 1947,” which won both the NCAA and AAU national titles, a feat unmatched in wrestling history.

After graduating from Cornell College in 1947, Dale earned a master’s degree from Purdue University in 1948 and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1956.

He became one of America’s most successful college wrestling coaches. He coached at Oregon State University for 34 years, compiling a 616-169-12 record. His teams won 22 Pac-10 conference titles. He coached 60 All-Americans, 10 NCAA Champions and 116 Pac-10 conference champions.  He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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