Throughout the existence of life on this earth, history has been an integral part of everything. Learning from the triumphs and tribulations of the past has allowed humanity as a whole to advance into a bigger and brighter tomorrow.
It’s safe to say that honoring the past does wonders for the future and in the world of high school athletics, Adel-Desoto-Minburn high school Alumni Association honored four past athletic stars in the 16th annual ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday, August 9.
Nostalgia was brought back in full force that day when four A-D-M athletic stars of the past were honored with an induction ceremony in the form of Lou Ann Dwinell, Shana Manning, Matthew McCoy, and Troy Ticknor. Each were outstanding in their day and set a great foundation for the athletes of today.
The first honoree of the night was one of the most premier Iowa High School girls athletes of her time. Lou Ann Dwinnell, Class of 1977, was in every sense of the word, an athlete. Dwinell was a three year basketball letter winner as well as a four year track letter winner, and a one year letter winner in cross country. Dwinell found quite a lot of success on the court with six-on-six basketball where she was selected as first team All-State guard during her senior campaign in 1977. In 1976 Dwinnell was a fifth team All-State selection and averaged eight rebounds and seven steals for a Tigerette team with one of the best records in A-D-M girls’ basketball history, 24-1.
During the 1977 season Dwinell was also selected to the Iowa All-Star team in basketball while also being a member of the third place state medley relay team and sixth place shuttle hurdle relay team that also took the Raccoon River Conference crown.
“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates and the athletes who inspired me to take up the sport of basketball,” said Dwinell. “My coaches and teammates made the sport so fun to play.”
The second honoree of the 2018 Hall of Fame class was 1995 graduate, Shana Manning. The multi-sport phenom was a five year softball letter winner, four year volleyball letter winner, four year basketball letter winner, and a one year letter winner in track and field. Manning was a Class 2A softball All-Tournament team member and a Class 2A All-Star and Iowa Select All-Star member in her senior 1995 season.
Manning was part of the new wave of basketball that transitioned from the old six-on-six set up to the now current five-on-five set up back in 1993. Manning after high school then went on to be a four year letter winner for the Buena Vista University softball team. In 2016 the softball star was inducted into the Buena Vista softball Hall of Fame. Manning, who was a team player through and through, reflected on her time as a high school athlete and was quick to give thanks to her teammates.
“I want to thank all of my teammates,” began Manning. “We had five wonderful years together and had back to back trips to the Harlan-Rogers Sports Complex. My coaches and teammates were everything to me and I can’t thank them enough. I’m honored to be here and I’m honored to have been a Tiger.”
The third member inducted into the 2018 ADM Hall of Fame was 1993 graduate Matthew McCoy. Matthew was an athletic phenom who wowed the high school athletic crowd at A-D-M high school. McCoy was an 11-time letter winner across baseball, track, and football. McCoy was a returning letter winner in football when long time A-D-M head coach Mike Whisner first made his way onto the A-D-M football field in 1992. Matt was one of the only A-D-M defensive football players in team history to have scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game.
McCoy was a phenom on the baseball diamond as well where he made waves early on in his high school career, and in his 1991 season, became fifth all time in Tiger baseball history with 37 hits one season. Matthew continually took his baseball performance to another level and when all was said and done with his Tiger baseball career, he sat third in school history with 24 stolen bases and third all time with 100 runs scored. All that started off when Matthew had a stellar season in 1991 with just 17 strikeouts in an ADM season high 95 at bats. Matthew McCoy died tragically in 1997 but his legacy still lives on today, and at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, brother Andy McCoy talked about the legacy that was Matthew McCoy.
“Matt was small in stature and often the smallest guy on the field but that never bothered him,” said McCoy. “Matt always sought to be the hardest working guy on the field, no matter what the sport.”
Last but not least, the 2018 ADM Hall of Fame class was rounded out by basketball phenom and 2008 ADM graduate, Troy Ticknor. Ticknor, a two-time second team All-State selection in basketball, was part of the 2008 State basketball tournament consolation championship team. Troy was a natural at the game of basketball and showcased that while at ADM so much so, that he currently holds the schools all-time points and three-point field goal records with 1,318 points and 179 three pointers made.
In addition to his accolades on the court, Ticknor made waves on the gridiron earning an All-State football selection at quarterback while also being invited to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl game at that same position. Ticknor also helped the Tiger football program advance to the playoffs in 2006, the first time ADM football had done so in over seven years. Ticknor was awarded the Bernie Saggau Award and was a recipient of the Presidents Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement during his tenure at A-D-M.
Despite the amount of personal success Ticknor has accumulated over the years, like most Hall of Fame inductee’s, Troy spent little time talking about his success, and more talking about those who helped him succeed.
“I want to spend this time thanking all of those who helped me along the way,” began Ticknor. “I want to thank coach Whisner for helping me grind in football, I’d like to thank coach Mager for helping me to become the basketball player I was, and I’d like to thank my teammates. Sports like football and basketball are team sports and it takes a team to be successful.”
Once again, congratulations to the ADM Hall of Fame Class of 2018 in Matthew McCoy, Shana Manning, Lou Ann Dwinnell, and Troy Ticknor.