By BRANDON HURLEY
The inaugural Greene County High School athletics Hall of Fame Class is here, and it’s a thing of beauty.
Images of legendary moments and heart-stopping athletic feats are sure to take fans and alumni on a long and wonderful ride down memory lane. There sure won’t be a shortage of nostalgia as we inch closer to the induction ceremonies in January. From historic state tournament runs to the most inspiring athletic feats in school history, this inaugural class is sure to conjure up goose-bumps within every fan.
Three athletes and a transcendent coach along with an entire state championship unit make up the first-ever, five-member Hall of Fame class.
The brain child behind the project, first-year Greene County High School activities director Todd Gordon, is beyond pleased with the initial class.
“Star-studded,” he said Monday following the class announcement. “I obviously didn’t grow up here, but I’m a western Iowa guy, I’ve heard of all of them. The names are obviously familiar to me. And that’s what’s so neat about this is, being able to meet them and hear them talk about their experiences here at the school.
The inaugural Greene County Hall of Fame Class includes: Bill Kibby, Jefferson-Scranton football coach, Kristi Kinne, J-S 6-on-6 star, Trisha Waugh, another fellow 6-on-6 star, Brent MacLagan, a multi-sport stud in football and track, as well as the 1994 Jefferson-Scranton girls’ track team.
“These first classes, when I first started it at Carlisle and then (Des Moines) Roosevelt, the first couple years, especially, are just so hard to pick. It’s it’s a special group.”
Bill Kibby coached Jefferson football for 23 years, compiling 117 wins and two state semifinals appearances, including an undefeated regular season in 2006. The legendary coach finished his coaching career with 240 wins, tallying 123 wins while at Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
Kibby led the Rams on the school’s longest winning streak, capturing 11 straight victories en route to the UNI Dome in 2006.
“I’ve never met him, but I just know he was well respected in the state. You knew who Bill Kibby was and that he was in Jefferson,” Gordon said. “He ran a coaches clinic here (in Jefferson) for years and years. It was one of the premier coaches clinics in the state. What he gave back to the sport and to this community was great.”
Kristi (Kinne) Hayes was a 3,000-point scorer for the J-S Rams in the late 80s and early 90s. Her patented crossover allowed her to set the school record single season scoring mark, averaging 52.2 points per game her senior year. Kinne-Hayes was a vital member on the Rams’ only two state tournament appearances in school history (1988 and 1991), setting the single-game school scoring record with 79 points. She went on to star within the Drake Bulldogs program, winning 1995 Missouri Valley Conference player of the year honors.
Trisha (Waugh) Pipkin was on the forefront of the six-on-six revolution in Jefferson, starring as a senior during Kinne’s freshman year. Waugh helped lead the powerhouse 1987-88 Ram squad to its first-ever state tournament. She was a force offensively and defensively, scoring a then school record 66 points in a single game while averaging 45 points per game her senior year. Waugh finished her career with 2,880 points (38.9ppg) while connecting on 70.6 percent of her shots. She was named to a 1988 Parade Magazine fourth team All-American, later accepting a scholarship to play for C. Vivian Stringer and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Two six-on-six legends in the initial Greene County Hall of Fame class is quite the testament to the basketball tradition Jefferson once had.
“This used to be a hotbed for girls basketball,” Gordon said. “When you were playing six-on-six in those days against one class, people now really just don’t appreciate that. To know that the Jefferson teams were competing with the best in the state for those years during that time, it is really something to be proud of.”
The 1994 Jefferson-Scranton girls’ track and field team are the proud owners of the only team state championship in school history. The Rams won three individual titles led by Kris Curnyn in the discus, Allison Drewry in the 100-meter and the 4-by-100-meter relay. Jefferson-Scranton scored a staggering 56 points, beating the runner-ups by more than 30 points. Curnyn captured three career state titles as well as a Drake Relays championship. She went on to a productive career at Iowa State University.
The 1994 squad holds a unique place in Jefferson lore, Gordon said.
“Number one, it’s the only state championship team in the history of the school. That speaks something about them,” the AD said. “They weren’t picked to win it. And they weren’t even mentioned in the top four or five teams. It’s a testament to them and the coaches. They ended up being really dominant.”
Brent MacLagan was perhaps Jefferson’s most decorated multi-sport athlete. The 2016 Iowa High School Athletic Association hall of famer dominated the gridiron and the track for Jefferson-Scranton in the mid-90s. MacLagan was a four-time individual state track and field champion. He remains the only athlete in Iowa history to win the 400-meter hurdle and 1,600-meter state titles in the same year (1994). The former Ram was named the 1995 Iowa High School track athlete of the year, later winning a few Missouri Valley Conference championships at UNI.
MacLagan was also a blur on the football field, scoring 22 career touchdowns to go with an 8.1 yards per carry average. He helped lead Jefferson-Scranton to a 21-7 record in three years as a varsity starting, scoring 16 rushing touchdowns, four return touchdowns and a pair of receiving scores. UNI captured a pair of outdoor conference titles and an indoor title during MacLagan’s years in Cedar Falls.
A community reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in the high school commons area in honor of the 2020 class. A short program will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The various 2020 GC Hall of Fame honorees will be recognized, in person, the following night, Friday, Jan. 17 during the intermission between the girls’ and boys’ Gilbert versus Greene County basketball games. The induction ceremony is set for roughly 7:15 p.m immediately following the girls’ game.
Gordon voiced his enjoyment with the community reception. For him, it’s one of the top moments each year. The overall response to the initial class thrilled the GCHS administrator, as they received 10 nominations, the biggest pool of candidates throughout the three districts he’s employed this new venture. The community reception will showcase various pieces of memorabilia from each athlete and team, while each inductee will have a few moments to address the crowd.
“That’s what really just gives me goosebumps,” Gordon said. “Hearing people that are 40-50 years old talk about what this place meant to them, what the community meant to them, what the school, what their teammates, and what their experience meant to them, it just goes to re-emphasize the importance of the education based athletics and activities and what it gives to people.
What it prepares them to do in their life and to hear them talk about that and to be emotional, it’s just really cool. I think anybody who comes to that will lead them the same way.”
The 2020 Greene County Athletics Hall of Fame at a glance:
Bill Kibby (Jefferson-Scranton/P-C football coach)
• KIbby led J-S/P-C to the program’s only two state semifinal trips (1999 and 2006)
• Rejuvenated the Ram football program by winning 117 games in 23 years
• Guided J-S/P-C to an undefeated regular season and an 11-game winning streak in 2006
• Kibby finished his coaching career (Also coached at Fort Dodge St. Edmond for 20 years) with 240 wins
Trisha Waugh Pipkin, Class of 1988 (Jefferson-Scranton 6-on-6 basketball)
• One of the greatest two-way forwards in county history
• Once scored 66 points in a single game
• Averaged 45 ppg her senior year
• 1988 Parade Magazine fourth team All-American
• Finished her career with 2,880 points (38.9ppg) while connecting on 70.6 percent of her shots
• Played on scholarship for C. Vivian Stringer and the Iowa Hawkeyes
• Member of the 1987 National U.S. Olympic Festival team
Kristi Kinne Hayes, Class of 1991 (Jefferson-Scranton 6-on-6 basketball)
• Amassed more than 3,000 career points as a four-year starter for the Rams.
• Was a vital member on Jefferson-Scranton’s only two state tournament teams (‘88 and ‘91)
• Averaged 52 points per game her senior year (Highest average in school history)
• Holds the all-time J-S single game scoring record (79)
• Missouri Valley Player of the year with the Drake Bulldogs
Brent MacLagan, Class of 1995 (Track and field and football)
• An Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee • Four time track and field individual state champion
• Only athlete in Iowa history to win the 400-meter hurdle and 1,600-meter state titles in the same year (1994)
• 1995 Iowa Male Track Athlete of the Year
• Scored 22 career touchdowns to go with an 8.1 yards per carry average
• Went on to a successful track career at UNI (Won a few MVC titles)
1994 Jefferson-Scranton girls’ track and field (State champions)
• Only team state championship in Jefferson-Scranton and Greene County history
• The Rams won three individual state titles (K. Curnyn, Allison Drewry and 4-by-100-meter relay)
• Featured the likes of ISU legend, Kris Curnyn, who won three individual state discus titles. Also was a Drake Relays champion (1993)
• Scored 56 team points, the most by any team at that time since 1980