Athletic Hall of Fame – 2014 Inductees
Community Member, Booster / Inducted in 2014
John Fowler was a family man and educator who did everything with passion and loyalty. John was a teacher, coach, and school administrator serving 35 years as a Principal of Vernon Middle School.
After graduating from Vinton High School, he was awarded a basketball scholarship to the University of Iowa. During his freshmen year he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in World War II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts along with other numerous awards.
John received his BA from UNI and was a member of the track and basketball teams. He received his Masters in Education at Drake University.
John was the PA announcer at Marion High School football games for 22 years. He was a member of the Iowa State Education Association and National Secondary Principals Association. In 1996, he was inducted as a charter member in the Marion Foundation’s Hall of Fame. He was also a charter member of the School Administrators of Iowa along with being members of both the Post 298 American Legion and Marion Masonic Lodge 548.
In years past he served on the boards of the Marion Methodist Church, Marion Public Library, and Marion YMCA. He was the co-founder and first president of the Marion Little League Baseball Association.
John passed away in 2014. His wife of 67 years, Bonnye, still lives in Marion. Accepting on his behalf are their two sons, John and Jim.
Community Member / Inducted in 2014
Dan Barkley has dedicated countless hours to helping Marion athletics, our school district, and student-athletes in a variety of ways. Dan has spent many years serving the Marion Independent School District. He volunteered as a youth coach for the Marion Indians Youth Girls and Boys Basketball teams that played in the Marion Youth League and Salvation Army League. He also has volunteered many hours being a scorekeeper, clock operator, and gate worker at the Marion Youth Basketball Tournaments.
Dan was a teacher and coach in the Marion Independent School District. He has served on the school board for the district for nearly 20 years with experience as president and vice-president. He has also served on the Marion High School Athletic Council and been an active member of the Marion Athletic Booster Club. He has volunteered countless hours working concession stands for the booster club at a variety of events.
Dan and his wife Celeste have three children (Nathan, Brandon, and Jordan) and still reside in Marion where they actively support Marion Athletics and Performing Arts.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2007 / Inducted in 2014
Angela led Marion to the state volleyball tournament her junior and senior years. At the state tournament her junior year she broke the 3A State Tournament record in the rally scoring era with 46 kills during their match vs. Algona. Angela was named 1st Team All-State her junior and senior years and to the All-State Elite team at the state tournament. She finished her career ranked 7th in the nation for high school career kills with 2,135. She broke Marion High School records in career kills, career hitting efficiency, career aces, career blocks, and 4th in career digs.
She played collegiate volleyball at Drake University where she became a college standout. Angela was named to the MVC All-Freshmen Volleyball team. She was a three-time MVC Scholar Athlete First Team selection. Angela holds three of the top 10 spots in single season kills in school history. Her 1,625 career kills in 4,688 attempts makes her the Most Decorated Attack Leader in school history. Her career kills are 12th highest and her career attempts are 5th highest in MVC history. She graduated from Drake University in 2011 and obtained her Masters Degree from Viterbo University in 2014.
Angela stills play volleyball for the Iowa Ice in the Women’s Premier League. This team won the summer of 2013 USA Volleyball Open Championships which qualified them to represent the United States in FIVB Women’s Club World Championships in Switzerland in 2013. Angela will be inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in November at the state volleyball tournament. She currently resides in Ankeny, Iowa where she teaches math at Southview Middle School and coaches 9th grade Ankeny Hawks volleyball team.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1945 / Inducted in 2014
Bob “Dutch” Coon was an outstanding all-around athlete whose best sport was baseball.
In football as a senior, Bob played left halfback on Marion’s first WaMaC Conference championship team and was the team’s leading scorer with 10 touchdowns. He ranks first all-time at Marion for longest TD pass completion (96 yards), second for season punt returns for TDs and third for the longest TD punt return.
In basketball, Bob set a school record, scoring 23 points in one game at a time when entire teams sometimes did not score 23 points.
In baseball, Bob starred on two undefeated Marion boys’ summer club teams. At the age of 14, he became the youngest player ever in the Cedar Rapids M&J industrial league that included former high school and college stars. After graduation, Bob was drafted by the Chicago Cubs at age 17 and played baseball in the minor leagues until he was drafted into the Army. When his service ended, he joined a Cleveland Indians Class C team where he hit .349. The following season he moved rapidly up to Class AA ball at Oklahoma City. He was considered a top prospect as an outfielder, but injured his arm in a collision with the outfield wall, ending his big league hopes.
Bob returned to the Marion area, where he played semi-pro baseball, and built a baseball field for young players on property he owned. Bob was also an outstanding league bowler. Bob obtained a degree in engineering from the University of Houston on the G.I. Bill and spent most of his adult life working in Cedar Rapids. He passed away in 2000, but accepting on his behalf are his daughter Kathy Wisgerhof and granddaughter Laura Humes.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1998 / Inducted in 2014
Kate participated in basketball, volleyball, softball, and track at Marion High School.
She was a strong contributor on the softball team at Marion during her career. She also was a key member on the volleyball team earning honors at the WaMaC and Metro level. She helped lead Marion to its first state volleyball appearance in school history in 1997.
Kate led a major turnaround in girls’ basketball at Marion. Kate was named First Team All-WaMaC both her junior and senior years at Marion. She also was named Second Team All-State during her junior and seasons as well. She is currently the 3rd all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,229 points.
Kate went on to play college basketball at Central College where she played four years of varsity basketball. While at Central she finished in the top 10 statistically in numerous categories including games started, minutes in a season, three-point field goals in a season, career 3 point field goal percentage, season free throw percentage, and career steals.
Kate and her husband Tony live in Marion have a son Grady. She works at Great America Financial Services.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1951 / Inducted in 2014
George Palmer was an outstanding football lineman and track and field athlete at Marion. In track, George displayed an uncommon combination of strength and speed, excelling in the discus, shot put, and sprints. He won the WaMaC championship in both the discus and shot put as a junior and senior and placed first as a senior in the 220-yard dash. George won the Class B state indoor championships in the shot put, narrowly missing a state record by one inch. In the Class A outdoor state meet George placed third in the same event.
At six feet-two and two hundred fifteen pounds, George was an early advocate of weight training. In football he played tackle on offense and defense. He was First Team All-Conference and IDPA All-State Honorable Mention as a junior and senior. His team won the WaMaC title in his junior year with an overall record of 8-0-1 and was ranked twentieth in the state among schools of all sizes.
George received a football scholarship at the University of Iowa and started several games as a sophomore lineman under Forest Evashevski before suffering a head injury that ended his career at Iowa.
George joined the Marine Corps where he played football in California for a championship Marine team. After completing his service, George enrolled at Fresno State on the G.I. Bill, where he was a starting lineman on the football team for two seasons.
George received a B.A. degree from Fresno State. He and his wife started a transcription and court reporter service that does work throughout California. He currently lives in Manteca, California.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1954 / Inducted in 2014
Norm Rathje was an outstanding football player and track star who went on to a hall of fame career in college. Coach Les Hipple named Norm as one of the top eight athletes he coached at Marion.
Norm was a two-year starter in football. As fullback as a senior, he was the leading rusher on a team that went 8-1 and tied for the WaMaC championship. He played linebacker on defense and handled the kicking duties. Norm received All-State honorable mention.
In track in his senior year he won the WaMaC championship in the shot put and the discus and finished second in the football throw. While still a senior, Norm won the Cedar Rapids Golden Gloves novice championship at 180 pounds.
He attended the University of Dubuque where he was a four-year letter winner in football and track and three-year letter winner in wrestling, Norm started every game but one during four years of football. An offensive fullback and defensive linebacker, Norm won first team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and senior and second team as a freshman, and captained the squad in 1956.
In wrestling, Norm helped Dubuque to a 22-4 dual meet record, leading the team with six pins in 1956. Norm won all three of the school’s major athletic awards including Most Valuable Athlete.
In 1962, Norm played semi-professional football with the Chicago Bulls of the United Football League and spent many years coaching at the high school and college level. Norm passed away in 2011, but accepting on his behalf are his four daughters Debbie, Allison, Sheri, and Christie.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2007 / Inducted in 2014
Allen Reisner was a three-sport standout at Marion High School who went on to an outstanding collegiate and professional football career.
Allen was a three-year varsity player in basketball at Marion. He helped lead Marion to WaMaC Conference Championships his junior and senior years. He was named 1st Team All-WaMaC and 1st Team All-Metro his junior year. Allen also had success in track at Marion being a member of the 4×400 relay that placed 4th at the state track meet in 2007. In football, Allen was named 1st Team All-State and All-District as a tight end at Marion High School. He holds the career receiving touchdowns record at Marion with 15.
Allen accepted a full-ride scholarship to play football at the University of Iowa where he played from 2007-10. Allen played in three in bowl victories at Iowa including the Outback Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Insight Bowl. As a sophomore he was awarded the “Next Man in Award” and as a junior he received the “Hustle Team Award” for offense. Allen was named 2nd Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches. He was also one of the eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award which goes to the best tight end in college football.
In 2011, Allen was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. He was a member of the Vikings in 2011-2012. During the 2013 season, he was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Allen most recently spent the 2014 season with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. He led the Vikings in receptions and touchdowns during the pre-season.
Allen and his wife, Lauren, are both graduates of the University of Iowa.