Athletic Hall of Fame – 2005 Inductees
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Coach / Inducted in 2005
A native of West Liberty, Robert Thurness coached Marion High School football teams for seven seasons, leading the Indians to great success and, in 1980, Marion’s only state championship. The team posted a 12-0 record. Three other teams also won district championships and two of those teams finished third in the state playoffs. None of his Marion teams had losing seasons. Their overall record was 60-13 for a winning percentage of .814.
Bob also coached high school wrestling, track, and cross-country. At the college level, he coached at the University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, the University of Dubuque, and Cornell College. He is a member of the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Coe College Hall of Fame.
Bob is a 1962 graduate of Coe College and received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa.
Community Member / MHS Class of 1967 / Inducted in 2005
Joe Hutchins, native of Marion, and Booster Club past president, Joe has volunteered many years to improving Marion athletics.
During his tenure with the Athletic Booster Club, Joe helped build the softball and baseball diamonds and batting cages. For many years, he coached the Metro youth football teams, the Marion Chargers and Cardinals, and coached boys’ and girls’ youth basketball teams. Joe has also run the basketball clock and scoreboard at Marion games.
Community Member / Inducted in 2005
Jerry McNamara had his first taste of Marion Pride in 1988 when he began attending volleyball games and volunteered as a line judge. This volunteer job he started in order to have a closer look at his daughter playing volleyball continues today as he acts as line judge for all Marion volleyball home events.
During his tenure with the Athletic Booster Club, Jerry first ran the concession stand in 1990, and this led to his becoming president of the club.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1986 / Inducted in 2005
Shane Kasner earned varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball while attending Marion High School.
In football, Shane earned All-Metro and first team All-Conference honors as a senior at running back for the conference-champion Indians. He led the conference in rushing, gaining 748 yards in nine games.
In track, Shane placed in the state 110-meter high hurdles final for three consecutive years, finishing eighth in 1984, sixth in 1985 and winning the event in 1986 in 14.9. In 1986, Shane also won conference and district titles in the long jump. He was a multiple year and event qualifier for the Drake Relays, participating in the long jump, 4 X 100-meter relay, and high hurdles.
Shane became a physician and served for several years as volunteer team doctor for Marion’s football team.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1981 / Inducted in 2005
Vaughn Klopfenstein was co-captain of the undefeated state champion 1980 Marion football team.
A running back, Vaughn’s 1,866 career rushing yards place him high on Marion’s all-time list, as do his 146 career points scored. As a senior, he was named first team All-State by the Des Moines Register. He was a two-year first team All-Conference and All-Metro selection and played in the Shrine All-Star Game.
Vaughn also participated in wrestling, basketball, and track. He was one of the few Marion athletes to swim in the state meet, competing in the sprint freestyle finals.
After high school, Vaughn graduated with honors from University of Northern Iowa and obtained a law degree at the University of Iowa.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1979 / Inducted in 2005
Steve Schone was an outstanding football and basketball player whose career was cut short by injury.
As a senior quarterback, Steve led the Indians in 1978 to the state semi-finals and a 10-1 season record. That year he completed 51 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the All-WaMaC first team. As a junior he received All-Metro honorable mention as a linebacker.
In basketball his junior year, Steve was named to the All-WaMaC first team and was voted Marion’s most valuable player. He averaged 10.4 rebounds a game.
A knee injury Steve suffered in the football playoff game kept him from competing in basketball his senior year.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1977 / Inducted in 2005
Kevin Techau was an all-around athlete earning nine varsity letters in four sports during his years at Marion High School.
Kevin earned All-WaMaC honors in football, basketball and baseball during one of Marion’s most successful athletic eras. Kevin was a major contributor to teams that won conference titles in football in 1975, basketball in 1976-77 and baseball in 1977. Marion won the WaMaC All-Sports trophy in 1975, 1976, and 1977.
In football, Kevin was a two-year starter at linebacker, accumulating 110 solo tackles, while alternating on the offensive side at quarterback and running back. He was co-captain his senior year. His honors included first team All-WaMaC, first team All-Metro, honorable mention from the Iowa High School Athletic News and selection on the WMT-TV Eastern Iowa Football Honor Roll.
Kevin earned three letters in track and was a member of the two-mile relay team that set a school record with a time of 8:12.2.
Kevin received a law degree from the University of Iowa. He served in Governor Thomas J. Vilack’s cabinet as Commissioner of Public Safety. An accomplished runner, he completed many marathons including Boston’s.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1976 / Inducted in 2005
Karen Williamson Trapani was a pioneer in women’s athletics at Marion High School. Karen achieved conference and regional success in basketball and track, earning 11 varsity letters.
In basketball, she set six-on-six basketball school records for most points in a game (42), most points per season, and highest career free-throw percentages. Karen was a starter on the 1975 WaMaC and Metro basketball teams.
In track, she set school records in 800-yard and mile runs on her way to participating in state track meets in those events.
Karen attended University of Missouri-Rolla on a basketball scholarship, and captained her team to three consecutive Division II tournament berths.