Athletic Hall of Fame – 2004 Inductees
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Coach / Inducted in 2004
Terry Heald served as head baseball coach at Marion High School from 1979-1999. His teams won conference championships for six consecutive years, 1981 through 1986, and in 1997, he achieved his 600th baseball victory.
He was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
Terry began his teaching and coaching career at MFL High School in Monona, Iowa, in 1962, serving as head baseball coach there for 15 years. In 1976, his team won the Class A state championship, and the following year it placed second.
While teaching math and coaching baseball at Marion, Terry also coached seventh and eighth grade football for 20 years.
He was a native of Cedar Rapids and a graduate of Franklin High School and Coe College.
Community Member / Inducted in 2004
Rev. Dr. James Gable, a Methodist minister, and his family moved from West Branch to Marion in 1944. After one year in Marion, Gable approached Marion’s school superintendent, C.B. Vernon, with the idea of recruiting a young coach named Les Hipple, who was developing great teams at West Branch. Vernon and Gable drove to West Branch, more than once, to convince Coach Hipple to come to Marion.
Their efforts paid off. Coach Les Hipple arrived in Marion during the summer before the 1945-1946 school year. By the end of the 1946-1947 school year, Coach Hipple had turned around the Marion athletic program. Gable’s two sons, Winton and Barrie, played for some of Coach Hipple’s successful Marion teams.
Community Member / Inducted in 2004
Chester B. Vernon served as the superintendent of Marion schools for 30 years, from 1926 to 1956. Vernon was born in Kansas in 1892. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Kansas, a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1917 and a PhD from the University of Southern California in 1935. Prior to coming to Marion he had been superintendent of the Vinton schools. During his earliest years at Marion he was also the high school baseball coach.
A disciplinarian who believed strongly in the importance of athletics in instilling values and shaping character, Vernon made perhaps his greatest contribution to Marion athletics by hiring Hall of Fame Coach Les Hipple.
During late 1940s, Vernon recognized that Marion athletics needed improvement. Toward the end of the 1944-45 school year, Dr. James Gable, the Methodist minister in Marion, told Vernon about a great coach at West Branch named Les Hipple. At West Branch, Les Hipple had developed superbly disciplined and conditioned athletic teams. Vernon and Gable drove to West Branch, more than once, to convince Coach Hipple to come to Marion. Their efforts paid off.
Les Hipple arrived in Marion during the summer before the 1945-1946 school year. By the end of the 1946-1947 school year, Coach Hipple had turned around the Marion athletic program and established a tradition of athletic dominance in the WaMaC Conference that lasted for many years.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1950 / Inducted in 2004
Barrie Gable lettered in football, basketball, and track at Marion High School.
In basketball, he started on two of Les Hipple’s greatest teams, which compiled a combined record of 46-3. During his junior year, the Indians were undefeated during the regular season, with the only loss a two-point defeat by Montezuma in the substate finals. As a senior, with Barrie as high scorer, the team lost its first game, then won 23 straight to reach the quarterfinals of the state tournament and thus rank as one of the best eight teams in the state, regardless of school size.
As a senior, Barrie was named to the IDPA All-State third team and Des Moines Register All-State fourth team. This was during a time when players were chosen for this honor in a single ranking without regard to the size of the school. He was a first team All-Conference selection in both his junior and senior years and received IDPA All-State honorable mention as a junior.
Barrie also excelled in football. At quarterback his senior year, he led the Indians to their first WaMaC Conference championship.
Barrie attended Cornell College, where he earned seven collegiate letters in football, basketball, and track. After college, Barrie played basketball with AAU teams in Cedar Rapids. (Barrie passed away in 2016.)
Athlete / MHS Class of 1979 / Inducted in 2004
Brad McAreavy earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball at Marion High School.
As star running back his senior year, Brad gained 1,003 yards and scored 20 touchdowns and three extra point conversions, setting what was then a single-season scoring record of 126 points. As a senior, Brad was Des Moines Register Class 3A first team All-State and IDPA All-State Honorable Mention, first team All-Conference, first team All-Metro and was chosen as Cedar Rapids Gazette Prep of the Week. The 1978 Indians compiled a 10-1 record, and reached the state semifinals.
In basketball, Brad sustained a broken ankle in his senior year, which caused him to miss eight games. Despite the injury, he earned honorable mention All-Conference honors. During Brad’s junior year, he was selected second team All-Conference.
In baseball, Brad, an infielder, hit .472 in conference games and led Marion to a WaMaC championship. His overall batting average of .422 was tops in the metro area. As a junior, Brad was named second team Class 2A All Northeast District as a utility player. As a senior, his honors included being named first team All-District as in infielder, second team Class 2A All-State by the Des Moines Register – Iowa Baseball Coaches Association, and All- State honorable mention by the Iowa Daily Press Association. Brad was selected to play in the Iowa High School East –West All-Star Game as a senior, and was a two-time first team All-Conference selection as a junior and senior.
Brad played college baseball at Muscatine Community College, Oklahoma University, and Winona State University. While attending Winona State, Brad earned two varsity letters in baseball, was co-MVP for his team and an All Conference selection in 1983. He competed in the 1983 National Amateur Baseball Tournament and later played semi-professional baseball.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1979 / Inducted in 2004
Jordon McAreavy lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Marion High School.
He earned many football honors while helping the 1978 Marion football team finish with a perfect 9-0 regular season record and an overall record of 10-1. Jordon, a defensive back, anchored a Marion team that was ranked number one in its class during the regular season. The team lost in the state semifinal game played at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
Jordon’s individual accomplishments in the 1978 season included: first team All-State by the Des Moines Register, second-team All-State by the Iowa Daily Press Association, first team All-Conference, first team All-Metro, and Cedar Rapids Gazette Prep of the Week.
In basketball, Jordon was team captain and was named first team All-Conference and second team All-Metro as a senior. He was also named Cedar Rapids Gazette Prep of the Week.
In baseball, Jordon earned two varsity letters.
After high school, Jordon played football two seasons at nationally ranked Ellsworth Community College in 1979 and 1980 and was voted the team’s top defensive back in 1980. He went on to play college football at Eastern Illinois, but an injury cut his career short.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1981 / Inducted in 2004
Mike McAreavy lettered in football and track at Marion High School.
He was one of five captains on the 1980 state champion football, which finished the season with a 12-0 record. A defensive back, Mike led the team to four shutouts while allowing opponents only 37 points during the regular season. That year, he intercepted 10 passes, an MHS record. He also returned punts, averaging 19 yards a return and scoring two touchdowns. Mike was named first team All-Conference, first team All-Metro and honorable mention All-State. During his junior and senior years Marion’s football record was 21-2.
Mike also excelled in track. He ran on two relay teams that set school records, in the mile medley and the sprint medley.
Mike went on to play football at Ellsworth Community College and earned honorable mention All-Conference honors in 1982.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1980 / Inducted in 2004
Roxanne Jackson Ross earned varsity letters in basketball and softball.
Roxanne was named captain of the basketball team during her senior season. She set 6-on-6 basketball records for most points in a game (47), most field goals in a game (18), most free throws made in a game (18), best field goal percentage (55.1%) and best free throw percentage (74%).
Roxanne was equally talented in softball. In her senior year, she was named first team All-Metro, second team All-Conference and honorable mention All-State. In her junior year, Roxanne was selected to the second team All-Metro squad and second team All-Conference squad.
Roxanne attended Waldorf College where she played on the basketball team that won the e Region 11 tournament and went on to compete in the nationals. During her sophomore year, Roxanne was named captain of the team which was ranked 8th nationally. She set a new Waldorf College record for field goal percentage and was selected to the second team All-Northern Conference squad.
She continued to play basketball after graduation and won gold medals during the 2003 Iowa Games in the free throw and shoot-out competitions.