Exira/EHK Superintendent will join IHSAA Hall of Fame


February 26th, 2013 by Jim Field

Two coaches and five former players, each from different decades will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Saturday, March 9.

The festivities will be at the halftime of the Class 4-A State Championship game and will be televised on the Iowa High School Sports Network affiliates.

Coaches joining the Hall are Dave Lee from Conrad, former BCLUW mentor and Marquette Catholic, Bellevue coach Jim Squiers who is retiring this year.

The Hall of Fame players are each former All-State honorees who appeared in the State Tournament. They include Msgr Wayne Ressler of Cascade St. Martin’s; Lonnie Porter from Waterloo East and now coaching at Regis University in Denver, CO; Dean Schnoes from Cherokee; Ed Vaske who played at NESCO, Zearing; and Casey Blake from Indianola.

DEAN SCHNOES: He was a two-time All-State player, a 1976 prep All-American, and twice picked first-team All-Northwest Iowa during his career at Cherokee, Washington. He starred on the Coach Dick Point’s 21-1 runner-up team in 1975 averaging 17 ppg and 13.2 rpg. He was named All-Tournament as he led the field in scoring and finished second in rebounding. As the only returnee for the Braves his senior season, he averaged 21.8 ppg with 12.6 rpg. One of the all-time greats in Cherokee history, he scored 866 points during his All-State years and set a school record for points in a game with 41. His 605 career rebounds is also a record as is his 296 rebounds in a single season. He attended Northwestern College in Orange City and starred in basketball and baseball. He played in every varsity basketball game during his four-year career and was a three-time All-Tri-Conference selection. He finished as Northwestern’s fourth leading career rebounder and eighth leading scorer. He is one of only 12 Northwestern players to score over 1,000 career points and was voted the Most Valuable Athlete at Northwestern in 1980. He is currently the Superintendent of Schools at Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. With his wife Brenda they have raised a son and a daughter and make their home in Elk Horn.