Athletic Hall of Fame – 2016 Inductees
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Coach & Administrator / Inducted in 2016
Bruce was a long-time teacher, coach, and administrator for the Marion Independent School District. He was a strong component of the Vernon Middle School athletic programs – coaching football for 28 years and basketball for 14 years. Bruce also served as the Vernon Middle School Activities Director for 15 years. Bruce contributed greatly to the Marion High School football program as well, scouting games for 32 years.
After retirement, Bruce has stayed very active volunteering and contributing to Marion Schools and the Marion community. He volunteered at middle school track meets until 2011 and keeps the score clock at middle school football games to this day. Bruce has served as board secretary for the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter and has also headed the Marion Habitat Project. He also volunteers at the Community Health Free Clinic. The past ten years, Bruce has been the COOP Weather Observer for the Cedar Rapids area for the National Weather Service.
Bruce and his wife Mary have two children (Tami and Tim) and currently reside in Marion.
Administrator / MHS Class of 1989 / Inducted in 2016
Shane was a student, teacher, and administrator in the Marion Independent School District. He served as a social studies teacher and coach from 1996-2000, and was assistant principal and grades 9-12 activities director from 2000-2005.
As a 1989 MHS graduate, Shane was class president and captained an 8-1 conference championship football team in 1988, earning All-Conference and All-Metro linebacker honors. Shane continued his playing career at Cornell College earning all-conference honors on a 10-0 conference championship football team in 1992.
As an assistant principal and activities director at Marion High School, Shane was awarded Iowa Assistant Principal of the Year in 2005. Under his leadership as activities director, Marion began its first Athletic Hall of Fame, Wall of Champions, and Athletic Records display in the high school lobby. During his tenure, he led construction of a new baseball and softball concession stand and new soccer field complex.
After leaving Marion, Shane served as principal at Washington High School in Washington, Iowa for five years. In 2010, he was named Iowa Administrator of the Year by the Iowa High School Press Association. Under his leadership, Washington High School earned the First in the Nation in Education (FINE) award in 2007.
Shane and his wife Tashia have three sons (Sage, Drake, and Kale) and two daughters (Kasiah and Kaleah). They currently reside in Sully, Iowa where Shane serves as school superintendent and high school principal in the Lynnville-Sully Community School District.
Athlete / MHS Class of 1907 / Inducted in 2016
Merle Alderman was an outstanding high school and college track and field athlete. Alderman holds claim to the second best mark all-time in the 12-pound hammer throw in Iowa High School track and field history with a throw of 152’-8’’ in 1907. As a junior at the state meet in 1906, Alderman took second place in the 12-pound hammer throw and third place in the shot put. As a senior at the state meet, he won first place in three events including the shot put, discus, and hammer throw. He set new state meet records at that time in all three events.
Alderman went on to have a very successful collegiate track and field career with stints at Lake Forest College, University of Iowa, and Stanford University. He had many highlights including winning the discus and finishing third in the shot put at the Missouri Valley Conference meet while at Iowa. While at Stanford, Alderman set a school record in the hammer throw and set the national collegiate record in that event in February of 1912.
Alderman had many successes in his career after college in the areas of education, business, and writing. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 95.
Brittney (Thomas) Burmahl
Athlete / MHS Class of 2009 / Inducted in 2016
Brittney was a standout in volleyball and track during her career at Marion High School. Brittney was a First Team All-State and All-Conference selection her junior and senior seasons in volleyball at Marion High School. She was named to the 2008 Elite All-State Team. As a senior she led Marion to the 3A State Championship where she was named the Captain of the All-Tournament team and State Championship Player of the Game. Brittney also excelled in track at Marion where she was a three-time participant at the Drake Relays and a three-time top eight finisher at the State Track and Field meet in the 4×400 and sprint medley.
Brittney went on to a decorated volleyball career at Mount Mercy University. She was a four-time all-conference selection. Brittney was also a two-time all-region selection and Honorable Mention All-American. She holds Mount Mercy records for career kills, career digs, season kills, and kills in a match. She led all of NAIA in kills in 2012 and was a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Brittney currently resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband Drew where she works as a Tax Accountant at Transamerica and is an assistant volleyball coach at Mount Mercy University.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2009 / Inducted in 2016
Drew was a standout athlete at Marion High School in football, track and field, and basketball. Drew was a two-time Drake Relays champion in the shot put. His senior year he was the 3A state champion in the shot put and discus. He still holds the 3A Iowa High School state meet record for the shot put. Drew also holds the Marion High School record for the shot put and discus. In football, Drew was a two-time First Team All-State Elite lineman and three-time All-District and Metro selection. He was also a member of the 2009 state qualifying basketball team. In addition to his athletic success, Drew was a three-time Academic All-District and Academic All-State honoree.
Drew accepted a full-ride scholarship to play football at the University of Iowa where he was on teams that played in three bowl games. He also participated on the track and field team at the University of Iowa where he placed 12th in the shot put at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championship meet. Drew was honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and majored in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.
Drew currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife Amanda where he works as a manufacturing engineer at the John Deere Global Crop Harvesting Product Development Center.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2009 / Inducted in 2016
Sam Rinehart was a three-sport stand-out at Marion High School in volleyball, basketball, and track. Sam was named Second Team All-State in volleyball her senior year while helping lead Marion to the 3A State Championship in 2008. She also played on the 2006 volleyball team where Marion made it to the State Semifinals. Sam is second all-time in career blocks in Marion volleyball history. In basketball, Sam helped guide Marion to back to back Wamac Championships her junior and senior seasons. In 2008, Sam was a key contributor to the basketball team which made it to the state semifinals. She was named Third Team All-State in basketball her senior year. She also participated in track at Marion High School where she placed 8th in the discus at the state track meet her senior year.
Sam attended Lewis University on a basketball scholarship where she played for four years and was a team captain her senior year. She was named Second Team All Great Lakes Valley Conference and also named to the Conference All-Tourney team her senior year. During her time there, Lewis won the conference championship and earned NCAA tournament berths in both 2011 and 2013. She was also named to the Academic All-Conference team all four years of college.
Sam is currently at the University of Tennessee studying chemistry in pursuit of her Ph.D.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2007 / Inducted in 2016
Kevin Schuver was a standout baseball player at Marion High School. Kevin was a First Team All-State catcher both his junior and senior seasons in baseball at Marion High School. He was also a First Team All-Wamac, All-District, and All-Metro catcher as a junior and senior. His senior year he was named to the Super Elite team as a catcher, which makes up all classes. Kevin was selected to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game. He is tied for the highest batting average in a season in Marion baseball history with a .527 average his senior year. He also is tied for first all-time in hit by pitch and second all-time in highest fielding percentage.
Kevin continued his baseball career at Kirkwood Community College and Coe College. At Kirkwood, he was named All-Conference both years and All-Region his sophomore year. At Coe College, he was a two-time All-Conference selection and named All-Region his senior year. Kevin received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Coe College. He coached baseball at Marion High School as the Head Sophomore coach and Varsity Assistant from 2009-2015.
Kevin currently resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife Katelynn and daughter Paisley where he travels the country working for Perfect Game Baseball as a National Scouting Coordinator.
Athlete / MHS Class of 2008 / Inducted in 2016
Amry Shelby was one of the most successful high school and college basketball players to graduate from Marion High School.
Amry was named Second Team All-State his junior year and First Team All-State his senior year at Marion High School. He was also named First Team All-Wamac his junior and senior seasons. Amry ranks third in Marion boys basketball history in career scoring with 1,126 points. He also ranks in the top 10 in career steals, free throws, and assists. In one of the most memorable moments in Marion basketball history, Amry scored 41 points in a substate game his senior year to lead Marion to the state tournament in 2009.
Amry also had a very successful collegiate basketball career at Wayne State University. He was a four-year starter at Wayne State and led the team in scoring all four seasons he was there. Amry was a First Team All-Conference selection his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he scored 42 points in a game at Minnesota-Deluth. As a senior, he led the conference in free throw percentage at 93.5%. Amry is the third all-time scorer in Wayne State history with 1,582 points. He ranks in top ten in Wayne State history in numerous other categories.
Amry also excelled in the classroom at Wayne State where he was named Acadmic All-Conference all three seasons he was eligible for the award. He graduated from Wayne State in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and received his Master’s degree in Organizational Management in 2015 while serving as an assistant coach for the basketball team. Amry currently resides in Bristol, Connecticut where he is the Assistant Eastern Region Director for Little League Baseball and Softball.