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Seven to Join IHSAA Basketball Hall, March 9

Casey Blake will be inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame

DES MOINES, Iowa - 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 4A 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.

A profile of each of the new members follows.


DAVID LEE: A standout prep athlete in baseball, basketball, and track at Danbury High School, he earned his college degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He started his coaching career at Greenville Academy during his senior year, then coached one year at Camden, SC taking that team to its first state tournament. In 1967, he moved to Pomeroy where he taught and coached three sports. His last three seasons, the Cyclones were 48-12 and won two conference titles, the first in school history.

He moved his family to Conrad in 1973 and began a long tenure with BCL and BCLUW. While at BCLUW, he coached two State Tournament teams in 1987 and 1998 (fourth). He retired in 2005 but returned to rebuild the South Hardin program from 2007-2009. His career win-loss record is 428-306, one of 82 Iowa coaches with 400 or more wins. He was a charter member of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association and served on its Board of Directors from its inception until 1975. He was named Di  strict Coach of the Year twice. He is also one of the top girls' softball coaches in Iowa with over 930 wins. He and his wife, Linda, make their home in Conrad. They have two sons and a daughter.

JIM SQUIERS: A 1965 Oelwein Sacred Heart graduate, he wound up his prep career with four letters in baseball and three in basketball. He was an All-State selection in basketball his senior season. He went on to earn his degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette and was hired as a teacher and coach in the Marquette Catholic School System in Bellevue. He earned his MS degree from Loras College. In 42 years his teams amassed an impressive 653-283 record.

This year was his final season and he leaves as number five on Iowa's all-time win list. He coached 15 conference championship teams and reached the Class 1A State Tournament eight times; with six final four finishes including two as a runner-up. He was a four-time District Coach of the Year and named the 2003 Class 1A Coach of the Year by the IBCA. The Mohawks' home court is named in his honor. He joins one brother David as the first brother combination in the Coaches' Hall of Fame. A younger brother Tom coaches at Lone Tree
  and the trio collectively has over 1,475 wins. He has served Marquette Catholic as principal for 19 years. He and his wife Linda make their home in Bellevue, where they have raised three boys and a daughter.


MSGR. WAYNE RESSLER: Msgr. Ressler was one of the state's top players in the mid 1950s. At Cascade St. Martin's he saw action as a starter his freshman year. That team won 30 games and the first of three coveted Archdiocesan Tournaments.  He played on teams that were a composite 106-21, advancing deep in the District Tournament each year. Three of the post-season losses were to the eventual state qualifier. His senior campaign was his best as he averaged over 26 ppg (29 in seven tournament games) before losing to the eventual State Champion, Iowa City St. Mary's. His 1,771 career points ranked 12th best in the state when he graduated. He was Cascade's initial First Team All-State selection in 1957.

He earned his college degree from Loras College where he lettered three years in basketball and four in baseball. He is a member of the Loras College Athletic Hall of Fame and was a 1988 inductee of the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1965, he was ordained a Catholic pries  t and for 47 years he has served the Archdiocese of Dubuque as well as a teacher and administrator at Mason City Newman High School and Wahlert Catholic, Dubuque. He is now retired and lives and assists at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.

ALONZO "LONNIE" PORTER: He was a starting guard on Coach Murray Weir's Waterloo, East runner-up team in 1960 and his 1961 state qualifier. His scored in double figures while distributing assists and excelling on defense as he earned All-State honors as a senior. He went on to earn his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Adams State College and became one of their most accomplished athletes. He was a multiple time First Team All-District honoree, averaging 16.9 ppg during his career (1,624 pts) which remains sixth all-time at ASC.

Three times he earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors and was a Second Team All-American as a senior. He led the conference in scoring three times while guiding the Grizzlies to two conference titles. In 1971 he coached Denver Manual High to the Colorado state title. Two years as an assistant at Nebraska followed accepting the head coach post at Regis University, where his teams have won over 530 games. He is now in his 36th season. At Re  gis he has been honored numerous times by civic, state and professional organizations for his continued efforts to give back to the community. His public service work, caring approach with others including disadvantaged youth, is a cornerstone of the Lonnie Porter-Chauncey Billups Leadership Academy.  He and his wife, Sunny, make their home in Denver, where they have raised a daughter.

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 o  ne 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.

ED VASKE: A 1986 graduate of NESCO, he was the captain of the State Class A All-Tournament Team leading the Class 1A field with a "double-double" averaging 25 ppg and 12.6 rpg for Coach Doyle Miller's team. He was twice named to the All-State teams and played on runner-up squads as a sophomore and senior. A three-year starter with the Royals, he helped he keyed a composite 82-12 record. He holds several school records including 43 in a single game. He had 10 career "double-doubles" on points and rebounds and two career "triple-doubles" adding double digit assists. He scored 30 or more points 16 times in his career. He also was a four year regular in football and a National Honor Society student.

He earned his degree from Simpson where he was a three-year starter. He was the MVP honors his junior and senior seasons and the Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. He set the Storm's single season assist record as a senior. He was an All-Conference selection his senior seaso  n and team captain his junior and senior seasons. He was inducted into the Simpson College Hall of Fame in 2001. He is a vice president of business development for the Jacobson Companies in Des Moines. He and his wife Jacki and three children make their home in Ankeny.

CASEY BLAKE: Well known for his Major League Baseball career, he was also an outstanding prep basketball player for Indianola, where he won all-state honors in three sports and a three-time state medalist in track. He was a two year starter and a three year letter winner for the Indians his final two seasons, when he poured in 1,088 points.  He was a valuable reserve on two Indianola state tourney teams that featured Chris Street and after a 1990 third place finish, he led Coach Bert Hanson's team in scoring as a junior and senior. In 1992 they were state runners-up and he earned All-Tournament and All-State honors. He scored 960 points his final two seasons. He made 221 career three point field goals and is the only Iowa prep to score 100 or more threes in back-to-back seasons.

He attended Wichita State University where he was a three-time All-American and a two-time Academic All-American in baseball. He started a career in professional baseball in 1996 and retired in 2011.

He was the featured Iowan on the 2011 IHSAA Sportsmanship-Citizenship poster. He and his wife Abbie, also a former Indianola sports star, gave a matching one million dollar gift to the Indianola Community Foundation that created the Blake Fieldhouse where Indianola youth can improve their athletic skills. The Blakes and their five children live in Indianola.


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