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Marion school district inducts 2017 Hall of Fame
by Report submitted · October 12th, 2017

The 2017 Marion Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted at the Marion High School Homecoming football game on Friday, September 29, versus Center Point-Urbana. Eight former athletes and coaches as well as current community members were inducted during the game. Here are the names and a brief bio on each inductee.

Mike Cannoy

Class of 1984

Community Member

Mike Cannoy is a former Marion High School athlete and graduate who has continued in the community as a volunteer for many sports programs and organizations. Following high school, he played golf for two years while attending Kirkwood Community College before graduating from the University of Iowa in 1989.

Cannoy has been on the Board of Directors for the Marion Athletic Booster Club since 2008, serving four years as President and two years as Vice-President. As booster club president, he helped create the Athletic Facilities Enhancement Fund which created an initial $25,000 contribution that became seed money for the current Marion Builds Capital Campaign.

He served on the board for the Marion Youth Baseball Organization for six years, with four of those years being Vice-President. In addition, Cannoy coached in the organization for a total of eight years and served as the tournament director for several years. He also coached and served as tournament director for the Marion ASA Youth Softball program for four years. Cannoy coached 4th through 6th grade boys' and girls' Marion youth basketball teams for five years, and ran workouts for high school baseball and softball.

Cannoy is currently in his 13th year of videoing varsity football games. He has served six years on the freshman and sophomore football chain crew and is in his third season announcing freshman and sophomore football games. He has also announced Marion varsity softball the past two seasons.

Cannoy's three children (Cale, Quinn, and Camryn) all graduated from Marion and participated in athletics all four years. He currently resides in Marion and works as an Outside Sales Representative for GRAYBAR Electric.

Patrick Lala

Class of 2008


Patrick Lala was a standout baseball player at Marion High School.

Patrick helped lead the Marion High School baseball team to two WaMaC Championships and three District titles. He was a part of the first Marion High School baseball team to reach the State tournament. Patrick was named 2nd Team All-State his junior year and 1st Team Elite All-State his senior year. He recorded the lowest ERA in a single season at .59 and allowed the fewest earned runs in a season at five. He also finished second all-time in career batting average, hitting .429, and career triples with 11.

Patrick continued his baseball career at Kirkwood Community College where he was a two-time All-Region selection. He finished second all-time in career saves and pitched a no-hitter his sophomore year. After his sophomore year at Kirkwood, Patrick was drafted in the 29th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.

He finished his baseball career at the University of Iowa where he was a two-time letter-winner and limited opposition to a team low .240 batting average his junior year. After college, Patrick went on to play professional baseball with the Schaumburg Boomers, an Independent League organization. He also played for Red Top and Iowa Valley Organization where he was a two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Patrick currently lives in North Liberty where he is a Baseball Manager at Scheels.

Jim Meggers

Class of 1970


Jim Meggers earned eight varsity letters during his junior and senior years at Marion High School in football, basketball, golf, and baseball.

In football, Meggers was selected for Honorable Mention All-State, Second Team All-Metro, and First Team All-Conference as quarterback his senior year. This is when all-state teams included all schools and didn't separate classes. He is in the Marion football record book in various passing and offensive categories. Meggers was the leader in Wamac Conference passing yards as a senior. He received the Indian Award for being Marion's valuable football player his senior year.

In basketball as a senior, Meggers was named Second Team All-Conference and received Honorable Mention All-State and All-Metro honors. He is in the Marion basketball record books in free throw and assist categories. As a senior, he helped lead Marion to a district title in basketball.

Meggers attended Upper Iowa College where he was a four-year starter at quarterback. He was a teacher, head basketball coach, and assistant football coach at Bellevue for six years. He moved back to Marion and started a 40-year career in the insurance business. Meggers was a volunteer coach on Marion's 1980 State Championship football team. He and his wife Chris have two children (Kelly and Wil) and grandchildren, and reside in Marion.

Mel Meggers


Mel Meggers was a long-time teacher and coach in the Marion Independent School District who impacted lives of many student-athletes.

Mel played football at Cornell College and then was recruited to flight school as a Cadet for the United States Air Force where he became a fighter pilot. After serving in World War II, Mel completed his degree at Coe College.

Mel taught 5th grade at Lincoln School for one year. He then taught 5th grade at Starry Elementary for two years. In 1961 he started at Vernon Middle School where he taught social studies and history and also coached basketball, football, and track. He continued teaching and coaching at Vernon Middle School until he retired in 1985. During this time, he coached varsity football for two years and multiple sports at the middle school for 21 years. All of his 23 years as a coach at Marion resulted in winning seasons.

Mel did a lot of work as a scout for Les Hipple for football and basketball. He also served as a bus driver for the games. Mel was a pioneer for helping bring the girls' basketball program to Marion schools. He belonged to Indian Creek Country Club and was well recognized for his golfing success.

Mel's wife Helen passed away in 2000. They have three children (Joan, Kathy, and Jim) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mel is engaged to Bonnie McGrahan and resides in the Marion area.

Morgan Paige

Class of 2010


Morgan Paige was a basketball and volleyball standout at Marion High School who went on to a successful college and professional career.

Morgan was a four-time All-State selection at Marion High School in basketball including First Team All-State her final three years. She finished as the all-time leading scorer in basketball for both season and career points. She also holds the school record for points in a game with 43. Morgan finished first all-time in assists, second all-time in rebounds, and third all-time in steals for her career. She led Marion to three Wamac Championships and two State Tournament berths. She was named to the 2008 and 2010 State All-Tournament teams.

In volleyball, Morgan led Marion to two conference titles and two State Tournament berths, including winning the 2008 State Championship where she was named to the All-Tournament team. She was a three-time All-State selection at Marion High School for volleyball, including First Team All-State her final two seasons. She holds Marion career and single season records for assists. Morgan was also Class President all four years at Marion High School.

Morgan played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin where she earned Third Team All-Big Ten Honors and finished as the 17th All-Time leading scorer in school history. As a team captain and four-year letter winner, she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She continued her basketball career after college by playing professionally in Romania for a season.

Morgan coached basketball for a year at Iowa State University as a Graduate Assistant. She currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota where she is an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at North Dakota State.

Valerie (Crutchley) Pickett

Class of 2005


Valerie participated in cross country, track and field, and soccer during her career at Marion High School.

Valerie was a four-year letter winner in cross country and is the school record holder in the 4K with a time of 14:20. She was an individual state qualifier both her junior and senior seasons, leading the team to State both seasons. Valerie was the individual State Runner-Up her senior year, leading Marion to the 2004 Cross Country State Championship. She was named All-Conference, All-Metro, Academic All-State and Conference, and Elite All-State her senior season.

In track, Valerie was a four-year letter winner. She was a three-time state qualifier in the 3000 meters, including a 4th place finish as a junior. She was named All-Conference, All-Metro, and Academic All-Conference.

Valerie also played soccer for four years at Marion High School where she was a four-year starter. She was an All-WaMaC, All-Metro, and Honorable Mention All-State soccer selection.

Valerie ran at the University of Northern Iowa for one year before transferring to Morningside College where she ran cross country two years and track and field for one year. She was an All-Conference performer at Morningside where she still holds the fourth best 6000 meter time and 19th best 5,000 meter time in school history.

Valerie coached high school and middle school cross country in Emmetsburg where she sent four consecutive girls' teams to the State meet and the first boys' team in school history. She was named Regional Coach of the Year in 2014. She also coached track and field at Emmetsburg. She currently resides in Denver, Iowa with her husband Jared and son Reis where she teaches science and coaches cross country at Wapsie Valley High School.

Terry Skilling

Class of 1972


Terry Skilling was a four-sport athlete who earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball at Marion High School.

In football, Skilling was a receiver and defensive back who was named First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior, First Team Offense and Second Team Defense All-Metro as a senior, and received All-State Honorable Mention both junior and senior years. This is when All-State teams included all schools and didn't separate classes. Skilling is in the football record books in various receiving and interception categories. He led the Marion team in receiving his junior and senior years, in scoring his senior year, and the WaMaC Conference in receiving his senior year. When he was a senior, the team won the WaMaC Conference and finished 9-0 overall.

In track, Skilling ran on all four sprint relays, setting school records in the 440, 880, and Mile Relays. Marion won the WaMaC Track Championship his senior year. He was also the starting centerfielder on the baseball team and participated in basketball two years as well. Skilling won the school's Indian Award in football, track, and baseball his senior. This was given to the most valuable player in each sport.

Skilling attended Cornell College where he played football and ran track for three years. He is the President and CEO of Rhino Builders in Kansas City - a large home remodeling company that has won many local and national awards. He has coached youth baseball and soccer and is involved in community service projects through his company. He and his wife Doreen have two sons, Bryan and Ben, and reside in the Kansas City area.

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