Athletic Hall of Fame – 2007 Inductees
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Coach / Inducted in 2007
Jim Bates began teaching at Marion High School in 1971 and retired after 37 years in 2007. Jim taught English and was an assistant wrestling and assistant football coach for twenty-one years. Hall of Fame Coach Loyd Shaffer ascribed much of the success achieved by Marion squads in those years was due to Coach Bates’ contributions. He was known to his players as being a dedicated, hardworking, and compassionate teacher and coach, and a man of great integrity.
Jim earned his bachelor of arts at the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree at Northeast Missouri State in Kirksville, Missouri.
Coach / Inducted in 2007
A native of Hudson, Iowa, Dick began teaching and coaching at Marion High School in 1970. After his retirement as a teacher, he continued to serve the school as a coach. He was defensive coordinator for the football team through the 2011 season. Thus he logged four decades as a coach of basketball, tennis, softball, and football, working at all levels.
He was head basketball coach at Marion for 10 seasons, from 1975-1976 through 1984-1985, compiling an overall record of 116-81 as his teams won three WaMaC and one District championships.
He has also coached women’s basketball at Coe College.
Dick taught all the science classes at Marion High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona.
Community Member / Inducted in 2007
Jack Klawitter took many photographs of all sports and shared them with media, athletes and parents at no cost to those who received the photos.
From 1979 until 1990 Jack took photos and slides of Marion practices and games and assembled slide shows for the annual season-ending football banquets. These slides were then donated and have been shown at many class reunions. Jack served for many years on the chain gang at football games in the position as down marker. Jack also volunteered and assisted with many of the tasks necessary to achieve successfully-run track meets.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2000 / Inducted in 2007
Emily Baumert earned awards and academic honors in three sports while attending Marion High School: cross country, basketball, and track.
As a member of the cross country team, Emily placed ninth her senior year at the state meet in Fort Dodge. Emily was a co-captain of the basketball team during her junior and senior years and was labeled by radio broadcasters as the “Unabaumer” for her shooting skills. Emily’s senior season in basketball was cut short with a torn ACL in January, 2000, during a conference game. Emily was a state contender in track every year in high school in both the 800- and 1500-meter runs.
Emily was named at least once in each of the three sports in which she competed in high school to a Gazette All-Area sports team and was honored as academic All-Conference.
Emily was praised by her coaches for her hard work and her leadership by example.
Emily graduated from Luther College where she was a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams for three years.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1980 / Inducted in 2007
Jim Benson earned awards and honors in football, wrestling, and track while attending Marion High School.
Marion football teams were conference champions and state consolation finalists during Jim’s junior and senior years in 1978 and 1979. In 1979, Jim played offensive tackle and was named first team Des Moines Register Class 3A All-State and first team Elite Offense All-State, second team All-State by the Iowa Daily Press Association, first team All-Conference and first team All-Metro. He also received honorable mention on the Adidas All-America team.
As a wrestler, Jim was a member of the all-WaMaC Conference tournament championship teams in 1979 and 1980. He placed second in the 1980 district meet which qualified him for the state wrestling tournament.
Jim threw the shot put for the Marion track team and set a school record at Grinnell with a throw of 51’06”.
Jim attended Ellsworth Junior College where he was a member of the football teams that played in the Rodeo Bowl and the Coca Cola Bowl. He transferred to Texas Christian University where he earned many honors including being named All-Southwest Conference, Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete, Southwest Conference All-Academic, honorable mention All-American in 1984, and receiving the American Spirit award.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1984 / Inducted in 2007
In her four years of track participation, Heidi Dixon earned 51 gold medals, 21 silver medals and 9 bronze medals.
During Heidi’s senior year at Marion she placed second in the 50-yard dash at the state indoor meet and fifth in the 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays. She was unbeaten during the regular track season in the 100 meter dash and set the Marion Invitational 100-yard dash record at 11.71. She was District champion in the 100-meter dash and placed fifth in that event in the state meet, where she was also a member of the eighth-place shuttle hurdle relay team.
Heidi set school records in 100-meter dash, the long jump, the 400-meter dash, and was a member of the record-holding teams in the shuttle hurdle relay the 4 X 100-meter relay, the 4 X 200-meter relay, and the sprint medley relay.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1977 / Inducted in 2007
Michele Hall earned many track awards and honors while attending Marion High School.
Michele was a member of the school record and champion 4 X 100-meter relay team at the Drake Relays, and was also a member of the school record 4 X 200-meter relay team. Michelle set the second best all-time school record in the100-meter dash in 1974, and she ran the 200-meter leg of the fourth best all-time sprint medley relay team in 1976. Also in 1976, Michelle was a member of the tenth best all-time distance medley relay team.