Hall of Fame Members

Members of the Class of 2018 include: 

Lester Belding - Graduation year – 1917. Lester was an All-Star football player at Mason City High School from 1914-1917.  After High School he enrolled at the University of Iowa where he was considered one of the nation’s premier collegiate pass catchers of his era.  He was a three-time All-Big Ten conference selection and was the first football player at the University of Iowa to be named All-American.  After graduation from Iowa, Lester has an outstanding coaching career and was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1963.  Lester died of a heart attack in 1965 at age 64 and was posthumously inducted into the University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

Willis Colville – Long-time Mohawk swim coach- Willis was a teacher-coach in the Mason City School District for thirty-one years.  He was the Mohawks first swimming coach, starting the boys program in 1963 and the girls program in 1971.  During his tenure, his teams won numerous conference and district titles, two state championships, and three of his swimmers were named All-American.

He was named to manage the Mason City Municipal Swimming Pool in 1969 and in 1972 started the Mohawk Swim Club.  Willis was installed into the Iowa High School Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987.  He was a past chairman of the Iowa AAU Association, two-time coach of the year, and served on the Mason City Park and Recreation board for six years.

Jack Cookman - Graduation year – 1947. Jack excelled in three sports at Mason City High School.  He was a two-year letter winner in football and basketball, and three years in baseball which was his first love.  His junior year, he completed a pitching record of 16-1 and won two state tournament games as the Mohawks won the state championship.  Jack’s senior year, the Mohawks were state tournament runner-up.

After high school, Jack signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees.  Jack continued to play professional for the next three years until a back injury forced his retirement.

Lori Nolte - Graduation year – 1978. Lori participated in girls’ basketball as well as cross country and track during her high school days.  Mason City High School inaugurated the girls’ cross country program Lori’s senior year.  She competed in three individual meets, the District and State meet and was the individual champion in each of these meets. Lori continued her running career at Central College and was a four-time letter winner in cross country and three-time letter winner in track, setting the schools’ record in the two-mile.  She won or shared MVP honors three times for Central cross country teams and was instrumental in Central College winning their first NCAA Division III Women’s Team Championship.

After graduation from Central, Lori continued her education at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2007, Lori accepted a position with Cook Medical and was recently promoted to director of Regulatory Affairs and has a team of sixty employees as they obtain material device approval and registrations globally.

1949 & 1959 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TEAMS

1949 STATE CHAMPS! 
How was it done?  Mason City had 2 state champions Dean Shunkwiler and Ken Meacham, 2 runners-up Bill Oglesby and Snip Nalan, and Jack Squires took third place.  The Mason City team won with 19 points followed by Cresco and East waterloo who wach had 16 points.

Team members included: Larry Helm, Dean Shunkwiler, Dean Leaman, Jack Squires, Norvard Nalan, Duane Arnold, Kenneth Meacham, Jack Leaman, Jim Bandau, Richard Macer, Gene Motter, Robert Utter, John Beery, Jerry Dolter, Jerry Frost, Don Caldwell, Tony Kallas, Bill Oglesby, Marion Hoff, Eldon DeVary, Donald Klang, Stanley Seidel, Dale Bartusek, Donovan McDonough, John Rueber, and Ernest Krieger.

1950 STATE CHAMPS! 
Champs for the second year in a row.  The 1950 Mohawk wrestling team pulled off an almost impossible feat in capturing their second state championship in as many years.

The grapplers had a good season record- 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.  Five wrestlers advanced to the state finals and all placed.  Doug Oglesby and Ken Meacham copped state championships, Dean Shunkwiler and Snip Nalan took second, and Dale Bartusek grabbed third.

Returning lettermen included: Jim Brandau, Ernest Kreiger, Bill Oglesby, Eldon DeVary, Duane Arnold, Ken Meacham, Dean Leaman, Dean Shunkwiler, Snip Nalan, Larry Helm, Gus Zaharides and Deal Bartusek.

 

Members of the Class of 2017 include: 

Eddie Anderson - Graduation year – 1918. Eddie participated in football junior and senior year, he played end. His Senior year Mohawks won the State Championship outscoring opponents 536-7 with nine shut-outs and one tie. During College he played football at Norte Dame under legendary coach Knute Rockne. The team record the last three years was 28-1 and he was Captain of the team his senior year. After college he played for the Rochester (NY) Jeffersons and the Chicago Cardinals. Later he coached at Columbia College (now Loras College in Dubuque), DePaul University, Holy Cross and the University of Iowa where he had a College coaching record of 201-128-15. He became a Medical doctor specializing in Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat as well as Urology, practicing medicine in the morning and coached in the afternoon. 

Ron Angell - Graduation year – 1976. Ron had an average 26.6 points per game as a senior, scoring 53 points against Cedar Falls. He was a Two-time All-Big East Conference and as a senior was part of the First Team All-State. During college he played two years at NIACC. He averaged 11 points per game in the first year and 22 points per game in the second year as well as being named the Third-Team All-American second year. He also had an outstanding career at Drake University. He is a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and a member of NIACC Hall of Fame.

Tom Caughlan - Graduation year – 1997. Tom had a National Record in Ages 13-14 youth boys 3000m run – 9.08.86. During High School he came in 11th place on the 1600m run at National Scholastic Outdoor Championship – 1997 – 4.13.79. He had two State Championship wins in 1996 – 800m with a time of 1.56.35 and a member of the Sprint Medley relay and in 1997 – 1600m run – 4.15.85. He had three Drake Relay Championships; 1995 – 1600m and 3200m – received Outstanding High School Mak Athlete Award, 1996 – 1600m, and 1997 – 1600m. At the University Colorado, in 1997, he was a Varsity letter-winner and member of 3rd place team at NCAA National Championships. During the years of 1998-2001, he was a three-time varsity letter-winner – placing 15th individually at Big Ten Championships and 2nd place Big Ten Championships and 5th place team at NCAA National Championships at University of Michigan               

Norvard “Snip” Nalan - Graduation year – 1950. Snip wrestled 105/112 and was State runner-up twice to the same wrestler. He was a fan favorite due to aggressiveness and tenacity. He wrestled at the University of Michigan and was a two-time NCAA Championship and three-time Big Ten Champion. He was named Big Ten Outstanding Wrestler in 1953 and was named Captain and undefeated in 1954. He is a member of the NCCA Executive Coaches Association, as well as second-chair of the National High School Coaches Association. He is a long-time college and high school wresting official and Chair of the National High School Wrestling Coaches Association. He Coached at Postville, IA and Grand Rapids, MN High Schools, as well as Drake University. He is a member of the Helms Hall of Fame, State of Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, both the Iowa and Minnesota High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Grand Rapids All Sports Hall of Fame. 

1978 State Champion Football Team!

  • Won the Big Eight Conference Championship
  • Lost one game that season – in triple overtime to Fort Dodge
  • Avenged that loss in the State Semi-finals winning 33-6
  • Won championship game over Dubuque Hempstead 15-13
  • Outscored their opponents 360-137
  • Had ten players named All-Big Eight Conference, eight first team and two second team
  • Had five players named All State
  • Mohawks were coached by Head Coach Barry Alvarez and Assistant Coaches Ed Lenius, Mike Cardin and Scott Backer


Members of the Class of 2016 include:

Kristy Frieden - Graduation year - 1982.  Kristy was a member of the girl's swim team all four years in high school.  As a sophomore, Kristy won the Conference District and State swimming meets in the 100 breaststroke.  She set a state meet record of 1:10.33 and was the first Mohawk girl's state swim champion.  As a junior, Kristy again won the Conference, District and State swim meets in the 100 breaststroke and again broke the State meet record by swimming a 1:10.04.  As a senior she was again the state champion in the breaststroke. Kristy held the school record in the breaststroke for twenty-two years.  Kristy lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she is a social worker in the psychiatric unit at St. Luke's Hospital.

Judge Grimsley - Coached basketball at Mason City High School from 1925-1943.  During that time, the Mohawks had a record of 343 wins and 108 losses - a winning percentage of 76% and only had one losing season.  They went to state nine times and won state championships in 1935, 1940 and 1943.  The 1940 team was undefeated for the year and won 32 consecutive games.  The 1943 Mohawks were also undefeated and had a record of 32-0.  Judge also was the Mohawks football coach from 1941-1943.  The 1942-43 team won the mythical state championship based on the final AP poll and went undefeated outscoring their opponents 233-25.  The last game of the season was a benefit game against the Chicago City Champion, Lindbloom High School, and ended in a 14-14 tie.  Judge passed away in 1953 and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City.

Duane Jewell - Graduation year - 1947.  Duane excelled in three sports - football, basketball and baseball.  In football, Duane was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back.  In basketball, he was named First Team All-State his senior year as well as selected by the Big Seven coaches to be the Honorary Captain.  In baseball, the Mohawks won the State Championship in 1946. and Duane was named to the All Tournament team as a third baseman.  Duane retired from the Mason City Police Department after forty-four years of service and lives in Mason City.

Dennis Shaffer - Graduation year - 1971.  The 6' 3" guard led the Mohawks to the state tournament in 1970 and 1971.  In his senior year, he led the state in scoring averaging 29.5 points a game.  That same year, Dennis led the state tournament in scoring and was named Captain of the All Tournament team.  Today, Dennis is owner of Dennis Shaffer Painting in Newport Beach, California.  Dennis' company has painted Kobe Bryant's house as well as the homes of a number of celebrities throughout Southern California.

Elmer Starr - Elmer holds nearly every coaching record in Mason City baseball history.  He coached more than 1,000 games between high school and legion.  Elmer coached baseball at Mason City High School from 1947-1972 finishing with an overall record of 449-148.  His team won state championships in 1956 and 1972 and was state runner-up on three occasions.  In his final year as head baseball coach of the Mohawks in 1972, he led teams to both the spring and summer state championships.  Elmer passed away in 1998.  

 

Members of the Class of 2015 include:
 
Tim Krieger - Graduation year - 1984.  Tim was a three-time state wrestling champion at Mason City High School.  He won 83 of his final 84 matches including his last 59.  Tim's career record at MCHS was103-6-2 and was named the Globe Gazette's Athlete of the Century for 2000.  After high school, Tim continued his wrestling career at Iowa State University where he won two NCAA titles and four Big Eight Conference titles.  He finished with a record of 116-3-2.  Tim is CEO of Krieger Enterprises and lives in the Twin Cities.

Joe Lillard - Graduation year - 1927.  Joe was a two time All-State in both football and basketball.  In track, he was state champion in the high jump, long jump, shot put, and discus as well as ran the first leg in the mile relay.  After high school, Joe played college football at the University of Oregon as well as in the NFL with the Chicago Cardinals.  He was also an original member of the basketball team that became known as the Harlem Globetrotters.  After his playing days, Joe lived in Queens, New York and passed away in 1978.

Erin (Richards) Taylor - Graduation year - 1998.  Erin averaged more than 20 points per game during her high school basketball career and was First Team All-State all four years.  She finished her prep career with 1,826 points and 756 rebounds.  After high school, Erin went on to play at Drake University where she scored 1,334 points and finished her career with the best shooting percentage in both three-pointers and free throws in school history.  Erin, her husband Brent, and step-daughters Madison and Lauren live in Waxhaw, North Carolina where Erin is a District Manager with Federated Insurance.

Bill Woodhouse - Graduation year - 1955.  Bill ran on the varsity track team as a freshman.  He began turning heads immediately across the nation.  Bill competed mostly in the 100 yard and 200 yard events as well as in the 440 and 880 yard relays.  By his senior year, he was one of the most feared short-distance runners in the nation.  That year, Bill tied the national scholastic record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash held by the great Jessie Owens.  After high school, Bill attended Abilene Christian University where he became the eighth sprinter ever to run the 100-yard dash in 9.3 seconds.  He concluded his running career with a gold medal in the 1959 Pan American Games.  Bill's family consists of his wife Mary Jo and their two children Bill and Melissa as well as four grandchildren.  He was an agent for over 50 years with State Farm Insurance and lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Bill passed away in January of 2014.

1996 & 1997 Boys Basketball Teams - The 1996 and 1997 Boys Basketball teams were the talk of the town as well as the entire state as the Mohawks won back to back state championships.  The 1996 team finished the season with a 22-1 record and won the title game with a 58-50 win over Iowa City West.  The following season, the Mohawks topped Sioux City West in the championship game 85-74 and finished the season 23-0.  They were ranked 16th nationally by the USA Today.

Team members include:  Alex Bair (1997), Matt Bartell (1996 & 1997), John Boedeker (1996), Mike Brody (1996), Tony Cahalan (1996), Brock Cookman (1997), Cory Davids (1996), Bryan Dieke (1996), Shawn Elsbury (1996), Neil Garlock (1996 & 1997), Raymond Garza (1997), Brant Harriman (1996 & 1997), Steve Heston (1996), Mike King (196 & 1997), Matt Kloberdanz (1997), Steve Locher (1996), Ben Logan (1996 & 1997), Matt Lunning (1997), Daren Mairs (1996 & 1997), Mike McLaughlin (1996), Dean Oliver (1996 & 1997), Bryan Paul (1996), Dustin Peterson (1997), Mike Peterson (1996 & 1997), Turgay Shalinski (1997), Alan Shriver (1996), Phil Shriver (1997), Jeremy Tevis (1997), Van Tompkins (1996), Pete Warren (1997), Brandon Yezek (1996 & 1997), Jermaine Brinson, mgr. (1996), Jason Cody, mgr. (1996 & 1997) and Beth Martin, mgr. (1996 & 1997).  Coaches - Bob Horner, Dave Ciccetti and Jed Vorba.

 

Members of the Class of 2014 include:

Bernie Bennett - Graduation year - 1949.  Bernie was an outstanding all-around athlete who participated in football, basketball and baseball.  Bernie was a two-time All-State selection in football, first team All-State in basketball and was an outstanding catcher in baseball - hitting .498 as a senior.  Baseball did not have All-State teams.  He passed away in July of 2014.

Scott Crowell - Graduation year - 1978.  Scott broke the state record in the discus with a toss of 207' 8".  That throw also broke the national record by 2 feet.  Scott won two Drake Relay titles and won back to back state titles his junior and senior years.  Scott and his wife Laura have four daughters:  Lindsay, chelsea, Katelyn and Danielle.  He is the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.  

Jeff Horner - Graduation year - 2002.  Jeff was an outsanding all-around athlete who particpated in football, basketball, baseball and track earning 4 varsity letters in both football and basketball.  Jeff led the Mohawks to two state tournament appearances, was named Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 2002, and is second all-time in Iowa for assists, and was named a Parade All-American.  As a senior he was selected to the Class 4-A Elite football team.  Jeff and his wife Lindsay, and daughter Sienna Bree live in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he is the Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of North Dakota.

Steve Hugo - Graduation year - 1976.  Steve swam to three individual titles as a Mohawk and was a member of the 1975 State Championship team.  He is long-time swim coach of both the girls and boys swim teams at Mason City High School.  Steve has led teams to a combined five state titles and has coached numerous individual state champions.  Steve and his wife Nancy, have three chidren:  Bobbie, Zane and Charlie.

Mark Johnson - Graduation year - 1973.  Mark won four straight cross country state titles and two - 2 mile state titles in track and field.  He was also a Drake Relays champion where he set the state record in the 2 mile.  Mark and his wife Mary, have one daughter, Kate, and live in East Amherst, New York.  He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Independent Health in Buffalo, New York.

Eddie Kline - Graduation year - 1953.  Eddie carved his way into Mason City history by winning three state wrestling titles during a time when freshmen weren't allowed to compete at the varsity level and there was only one class in wrestling.  Eddie lost his first match as a sophomore, but went undefeated the remainder of his high school career.  Eddie retired in 1994 after 38 years as a custodian at Mason City High School.  Eddie and his wife Sherrill have 4 children:  Bob, D.J, Angel, Adam, and 9 grandchildren.

Dean Oliver - Graduation year - 1997.  Dean was a four-year starter in basketball and named to the All-State team for 3 years.  Dean led the Mohawks to three state tournament appearances and two state championships in basketball.  He was named Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 1997.  Dean and his wife Sarah have two children, Isaiah and Isabella.  Dean is Assistant Basketball Coach at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Tom Randall - Graduation year - 1974.  Tom was first team All-State football offensive lineman in 1973.  He was named third team All-State in basketball in 1974.  Tom was a member of the Mohawks State Basketball Tournament team his senior year.  That same year he led the conference in both scoring and rebounding.  Tom and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Tanya and Tara, and live in Ames, Iowa where Tom is the owner/manager of the Tom Randall Real Estate Team. 

Howard Stoecker - Graduation year - 1936.  Howard was first team All-State in basketball both his junior and senior years in high school.  He was a member of the State Championship basketball team in 1935.  Howard was third team All-State in football in 1934 and a first team selection in 1935.  Howard passed away in 2004.

1943 Boys Basketball Team - The Mohawks finished 30-0 that season defeating Webster City 39-21 in the State Championship game.  Team members included:  Dick Bruns, Paul Bruns, Bill Cawley, Robert Church, Robert Dutcher, Lawrence "Fats" Day, Loran "PeeWee" Day, John Holmen, Lloyd Klein, Robert Miller, Gus Pappas, Jack Rees, Kenneth Whitney (manager), Bud Suter (assistant coach) and Judge Grimsley (coach).