Hall of Fame Members
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).