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, Colo.; Dean Schnoes from Cherokee; Ed Vaske who played at NESCO, Zearing; and Casey Blake from Indianola.
Schnoes is a former Creston resident and principal in the Orient-Macksburg district. He and wife Brenda are the parents of a daughter, Jennifer, 2001 graduate of Creston High School, and a son, Chris, a 1999 graduate of Emmetsburg High School. Jennfer graduated from SWCC in 2003 and later Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.
Schnoes was principal at Orient-Macksburg from 1999 through 2001, then served as high school principal at Panorama High School in Panora until moving to the Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton position in 2010.
Schnoes 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 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game.
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.
Schnoes 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.
Schnoes is currently the superintendent of schools at Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton. He and Brenda make their home in Elk Horn.
Blake is well-known known for his major league baseball career, but he was also an outstanding prep basketball player for Indianola, where he won all-state honors in three sports and a three-time medalist in track. He played on two Indianola state tourney teams that featured Chris Street, and later led the team in scoring in a state runner-up finish in 1992.
He and his wife Abbie, also a former Indianola sports star, gave a matching $1 million 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.