While history was being made by the ADM baseball team to round out the month of July, the ADM Alumni Association was bringing back history with four new inductees into the ADM Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday night in Adel.
Preceding what will be a jam-packed weekend, the individuals of Noreen Groff (Class of 1977), Wes Nordquist (Class of 2009), Jim Peters (Class of 1971), and Bill Shields (head coach).
Following a meet-and-greet, all who attended were sent to the auditorium where all four inductees were honored and gave touching speeches. What followed was photos galore and a chance for the inductees to share their accomplishments with friends and family.
Noreen Groff was a trendsetter of her time and helped pave the way for further great times for ADM athletics. Among her many accolades, Groff was a second-team All-State member of two state tournament softball teams and was apart of three Raccoon River Conference championships. Groff was a strong athlete from the get-go and earned one of her first major accolades as just a freshman. From there she would go on to become a member of three first-team all-conference teams.
On the basketball court, Groff was just as prolific becoming the only freshman during the 1973-74 season to become a letter winner. Groff earned a third-team all-state selection and was a member of two state basketball teams. Groff once scored 60 points in a game which still stands as one of the highest sing-game marks in ADM basketball history.
The multi-sport star was also a six-time state track medal winner and part of four Raccoon River Conference and District championship teams. She went on to have a strong collegiate career as well which she referenced back to her high school days as a big help.
“Due to all the strength training and lessons learned from my coaches I was a step ahead of the game once I got to college,” said Groff. She graduated from ADM in 1977.
Of the many exciting athletes that roamed the halls of ADM High School, there’s no doubt that multi-sport star Wes Nordquist was one of the best. Nordquist played football, basketball, and golf, excelling in all three. He was an All-District honoree and four-year letter winner in football. His sophomore football campaign resulted in ADM making the playoffs for the first time in the prior seven years. Nordquist was also a four-year letter winner in golf.
Where Nordquist really excelled was on the basketball court. Through three years on the varsity basketball scene, Nordquist helped the Tigers to a record of 64-10 which still stands as one of the best three-year record in ADM history. Nordquist was a unanimous first-team all RRC selection and was selected as a first-team All-State member thanks to his strong 2009 campaign.
A big breakout season for Nordquist came in 2008 where he helped ADM basketball grace the state tournament for the first time since 1984. That came after winning the conference title and Wes would go on to open up the state tournament with a single-game career-high 17 rebounds. Those efforts helped him become a third-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association and really embodied what Nordquist was all about.
Nordquist would go on to set an all-time rebounding record at ADM and found himself top ten in scoring in school history. Nordquist then went on to prove himself at the collegiate level where he landed fifth on the all-time scoring record and second all-time in rebounding for Buena Vista University. Nordquist graduated from ADM High School in 2009.
Now known as the lovable mayor, Jim Peters was once a feared athlete for all opponents who played against Adel High. A letter winner in basketball, football, and track, the multi-sport star embodied the spirit of what is now a well-established atmosphere at ADM High School.
Peters was a starting quarterback who earned All-State honorable mention status in his senior season. On the hardwood, Peters helped the Tiger boys basketball team to their first-ever state tournament appearance in school history back in 1970. For his efforts on the hardwood during his senior season, Peters earned an honorable mention honoree for All-State basketball.
Despite all the accomplishments brought forth by Peters, he spent the majority of his playing days as well as his acceptance speech, giving praise to the athletes around him. Peters captured the history of nearly everyone he was with during his playing days and for just a handful of minutes, the entire auditorium was taken back in time. Peters graduated from Adel High in 1971 and has since gone on to travel to various states and settle down as the current mayor of Adel.
At this point, it’s not uncommon for current ADM head boys soccer coach Bill Shields to make history in some way, shape, or form. After all, after initiating the sport of soccer at ADM High School 31 years ago, making history is just another Tuesday for Shields. Shields has continued to make his mark and did so Thursday night as he became just the ninth head coach in school history to be inducted into the ADM Athletic Hall of Fame.
After growing up and spending a good portion of his life in Scotland, Bill made his way to the city of Adel where he taught and initiated soccer with just 18 players back in 1988. He was instrumental in changing the narrative on soccer in high school athletics. Beginning in 1993, Shields was a champion of the game and over the course of the next few years on the IAHSAA soccer advisory committee, he helped to make soccer a sanctioned sport in Iowa. Shields went further to make soccer a sanctioned sport for girls athletics beginning in 1988.
His work on the pitch was hardly matched and it led to an induction into the Iowa High School Soccer Coach Hall of Fame in 2009. Under his watch, ADM boys soccer has made seven state tournament trips, won three Raccoon River Conference titles, all while being named Coach of the Year three times within the conference. More recently, Shields was named the 2017-18 Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.