Athletic Hall of Fame – 2010 Inductees

Scroll to see all biographies from this induction class.





DaveMesserli10Dave Messerli

Coach  /  Inducted in 2010

Dave has been the head boy’s golf coach for the past 38 years. Over that span, his teams have won ten WaMaC championships.  The Indians have qualified for the state tournament seven times during Dave’s tenure and won the state championship in 1991.  They have also finished 3rd on three different occasions.  Dave is a founding member of the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association and has served as a board member.  He also served two terms as the golf representative on the IHSAA Board of Control.

Dave served as head football coach at Marion for 18 years.  His teams won seven WaMaC championships and qualified for state five times, including two appearances in the semifinals. He was named head coach of the winning Shrine North football squad in 1995, and was inducted into the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Dave served on the executive board of the Iowa Football Coaches Association for over 20 years.

Dave also served as assistant wrestling coach for 19 years and assistant varsity basketball coach for four years.  He continues as a girls’ basketball coach to this day, and has coached at various levels throughout the boys’ and girls’ programs.



BobLana10Bob “Scoop” Lana

Community Member  /  Inducted in 2010

Bob Lana became a huge supporter of Marion athletics when he came on the scene in 1969 as editor-publisher of the Marion Sentinel.

He bought the weekly newspaper in 1975 and continued his positive support of Marion as editor-publisher-owner until the paper was sold in 1986.

Prior to his Marion Sentinel years, Lana was a member of a four-man sports staff at the  Cedar Rapids Gazette from 1964-69.  Bob wrapped up his sports writing career by serving as sports editor of the Marion Times from 2005-09.  He wrote many great stories covering the athletes and teams at Marion High School during his tenure.

Bob graduated from Coe College in 1962 where he was a four-year letterman in baseball. He maintained an avid interest in baseball and was a long-time booster of the minor league team in Cedar Rapids.



Randy Mahurin

Community Member  / Inducted in 2010

Randy Mahurin was a strong supporter of the athletic programs at Marion High School.

Randy was a key contributor to a major football complex project in 1978 which included renovating the bleachers, locker rooms, press box, restrooms, and lights.  He, along with other volunteers, was instrumental in getting all of this work accomplished.  Randy wanted to make sure he recognized all the contributors that made these projects possible.

Randy participated in projects for the lights and press box at the high school baseball and softball fields.  He served on the Marion Independent School District Board of Education for three years, and was a supporter and contributor to the Marion Athletic Booster Club.



AaronConway10Aaron Conway

Athlete  / MHSAP Class of 2003 /  Inducted in 2010

Aaron Conway participated in wrestling at Marion High School.

Aaron was a two-time WaMaC Conference champion wrestler and made the conference finals all four years. Aaron had a career record of 161-20 during his high school wrestling career and had 91 career falls. He was the state champion at 119 pounds in 2003 and placed third the year before.

Aaron continued to contribute to the Marion High School wrestling program as coach in later years.  His dedication and hard work for the wrestling program made a great impact.



MelissaWielandEngelken10Melissa (Weiland) Engelkens

Athlete  /  MHS Class of 1986  /  Inducted in 2010

Melissa Weiland-Engelkens participated in basketball and track and field at Marion High School.

In track, Melissa had many great accomplishments in the shot put and discus.  In the discus, Melissa holds the Marion High School girls’ record of 125’-6”. She was a WaMaC Champion and state qualifier her senior year.

In the shot put, Melissa holds the Marion High School girls’ record of 46’-3 ¼”.  She was a two-time WaMaC champion and two-time state champion.  Melissa set the state all-time best record on her last toss in the state finals her junior season.  That toss currently ranks as the 11th best all-time. She was the fifth best in the nation and named All-American in 1985.   As a senior, she competed in the Drake Relays in the Women’s University Division.

Melissa also played three years of high school basketball at Marion.  She was highly recruited as a track athlete out of high school and attended Iowa State University on a track scholarship.



MarkMehlberger10Mark Mehlberger

Athlete  /  MHS Class of 1984  /  Inducted in 2010

Mark Mehlberger participated in football and track while at Marion High School.

Mark was a member of two WaMaC Conference champion and state playoff football teams.  As a senior, he helped the 1983 team achieve an undefeated 9-0 regular season.

During his senior year, Mark qualified for the 1984 state track meet in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4×400 meter relay.  At that state meet, Mark finished 6th in the 200 meters and 6th in the 4×400 meter relay.  In the 400 meters, Mark won the state championship and set a school record with a time of 49.5 seconds, which stills stands today.

After high school, Mark attended Loras College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He continued to participate in football and track all four years at Loras and still holds three of the school’s all-time top ten records, including 48.69 seconds in the 400 meters, which ranks fourth best all-time. Loras won the Iowa Conference track title his junior and senior seasons.

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