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Paullina's Schnoes to IHSAA Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Frank Schnoes
Panther all-stater joins eight other inductees

DES MOINES - Nine new members will be added to the Iowa High School Athletic Associaton's Basketball Hall of Fame at this year's State Tournament.

The inductions will be at the halftime of the Class 4A Championship on Saturday, March 8.

Three coaches and six players will be honored, including Paullina native Frank Schnoes, one of the coaches being honored.

A reserve and later a starter on Paullina's back-to-back state championship teams in 1969 and 1970, Schnoes now joins his high school coach Marlo Griebel in the Hall of Fame. Schnoes was a four-year letter winner at Westmar College, and later earned his Masters Degree in School Administration from Buena Vista University.

Schnoes started his basketball coaching career at Shelby-Tennant High School in 1974, and moved to Sheffield-Chapin in 1979.

Sheffield-Chapin won 15 conference titles, four district titles, and three substate championships - with State Tournament appearances in 1993, 1999 and 2000. Schnoes was named as Class 1A State Coach of the Year in 1993. When he retired from coaching in 2004, his career coaching record showed 409 wins against 176 losses.

Schnoes is currently the high school principal at Iowa Falls-Alden.


FRED PARSONS -- A native of Keosauqua, where he starred in baseball and basketball Coach Parsons was a three year baseball and basketball stater at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he earned in undergraduate degree. He also has a Masters degree in school administration from Northeast Missouri State Teachers' College, Kirksville. In 1960 he started his coaching career at Fox Valley, Milton where he coached the Trotters for three seasons before returning to Van Buren, Keosauqua. He is currently third on Iowa's all-time win list with 634 triumphs. His 48 years makes him Iowa's most tenured active coach. He has led the Warriors to 12 conference titles and nine District Tournament crowns and to fourth place in the 1980 State Tournament. He has several coach-of-the-year laurels and was chosen as the 1980 Iowa All Star coach. He served as a classroom teacher and as an administrator before retiring in 1998. He still teaches part-time at Van Buren.

ROBERT HILMER -- In his 45th year in the profession, Coach Hilmer is among the most decorated in Iowa history. Conference, district, state honors have been many and in 2005 was named National High School Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools. He is Iowa's all-time win leader with a 725-249 record - the only Iowa prep coach to amass more than 700 wins. He earned 14 athletic letters at MFL, Monona High School before attending Cornell College where he earned eight more in football, basketball and baseball. His career started at Fredericksburg for four seasons before moving to Forest City for a 34-year stint. This year is his seventh at WACO, Wayland. At the three schools he has a combined 20 conference championships, appeared in 24 district finals, and 13 substate tournaments with eight State Tournament teams, seven at Forest City and one at WACO. His 1976 Forest City teams won the title and he had three other top four finishes.


DR. ALLAN KOCH, Tipton, 1962 -- Arguably one of the finest players never to play in the State Tournament, he set nine school records on Tiger teams that went 37-8 his final two seasons. He scored 1,022 points in those two campaigns. In becoming Tipton's first IHSAA hall-of-fame player, he was a consensus first team All-State selection in 1962, a season he scored 605 points, averaging over 28 ppg on 57% field goal shooting. His 32 points led a huge tournament upset of Davenport Central in the single-class State Tournament series that year only to lose out to Bettendorf in the substate. He played at Iowa State where he was a three year starter and finished as the Cyclones third leading scorer all time in 1966 with 1,000 points. He twice made the Big 8 All-Tournament team and was also named all-conference. He went on to earn a PhD in Geology from the University of Washington and is now retired from Mobil Corporation after 30 years as an Exploration Geologist.

JOHN TILLO, Sioux City North, 1976 -- A broken arm as a sophomore shortened his career but he returned as a junior and senior to help the North Stars to a 39-4 two year mark. As a junior, he averaged a double-double (14.8 ppg and 10.8 rebounds) for Coach Tom Goodman's team that was top-rated. That 23-1 club lost only to Ames in a two overtime state semifinal round game. His senior season, he was an All-State first team choice as he led North to a 16-3 finish. Again he averaged a double-double leading the team with 24.5 ppg and 12.7 rebounds. He graduated from Iowa State where he lettered four seasons for the Cyclones, appearing in 89 games. He now joins four of his college teammates as a member of the IHSAA Hall-of-Fame. He hails from an athletic family. His father earned 1946 all-state laurels in football, and a brother, Vince, was a 1982 all-stater in basketball. He is a financial advisor with Edward R. Jones in Ames.

JOHN VASKE, NESCO, Zearing, 1984 -- A Drake Relays and State Meet high jump champion, and all-around athlete, he was a four-year regular for Coach George Wares and helped the Royals to a 60-20 record his last three years including the Class A runner-up his senior season. He led the team with 25 ppg and 10 rebounds per contest in a 24-3 finish. He was captain of the all-tournament team and was one of four Class A players named to the single class all-state teams. He was also selected for the Iowa-Minnesota and Dr. Pepper All-Star games. He averaged 22.3 ppg and 7.4 rebounds his junior season and was impressive enough as a sophomore to earn all-conference honors. He was a member of the Academic All-State team his senior season and earned his degrees from Columbia University along with seven letters in basketball and track and field. He is now the managing director and global head of natural resources in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Company in London, England.

KEVIN NIXON, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 1988 -- His final two seasons he played a huge role in the resurgence of Abraham Lincoln, culminating with a state tournament trip in 1988. That marked the first time in 25 years that the school had made the tournament field. He and his team's validated their tournament worthiness narrowly losing a two point first round contest to top-seeded and second ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy. His final two prep campaigns he led the Lynx in scoring and rebounding, earning All-Council Bluffs-Omaha Metro Conference honors twice. As a senior he was consensus first team All-State selection, the Lynx's first in 32 years. He averaged 28.1 ppg and 10.1 rebounds as a senior to become the school's first player to score over1,000 points with 500 boards. He played one year at Northwestern University and was named to the All-Big 10 freshman squad before transferring to Brigham Young University where he his play helped the Cougars to back-to-back conference championships, 25-win seasons, and two NCAA Tournament trips. He is presently regional sales director for Toolchex, Inc. of Murray, UT.

TERRY ANDERSON, Diagonal, 1991 -- The numbers he put up for Coach Dennis Tassell are legendary. In his high school career he led Diagonal to a record of 87-12 and State Tournament appearances in 1989 and 1991. The 1989 trip ended a 40-year hiatus for the Maroons. Amazingly in those 99 games, he scored in double figures 94 times, including career highs of 51 points twice. In 50 games he pulled down double digit rebounds. He had 50 career double-doubles and in 76 games scored 20 points or more. His career totals of 2,506 points and 1,008 rebounds rank fourth and thirteenth respectively on the all-time lists. He was the first Iowa prep to score over 2,000 points with 1,000 rebounds or more in his career. He was twice named All-State. His senior year he led the state in scoring for all classes with a 34.9 ppg mark. He attended Southwestern Community College in Creston for a year. He is currently a project manager with a West Des Moines construction firm.

ERIC POTHOVEN, Pella Christian, 1992 -- When Pella Christian began its State Tournament ledger in 1990, he was the sparkplug for Coach Jerry Nikkel's team that won the 1990 and 1992 championships. He led the Eagles three straight seasons in scoring shooting over 50% from the field and 82% from the charity stripe. The four year letter winner's 1,675 career points headlined six school records he authored. Many personal honors came with none bigger than being named Mr. Basketball in 1992, the same year he was Gatorade and USA Today's Iowa Player-of-the-Year. Twice he was chosen for the all-state tournament team. He was first team All-State for the Iowa Newspaper Association three times and also selected for the Dr. Pepper All-Star game and the Iowa AAU Select squad in 1992. He went on to be a four-year letterman and two-year starter at Liberty University, where he captained the 1996 squad after playing in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. He is a financial advisor for Strong Capital Management of Columbus, OH.

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