East High Athletics Hall Of Fame Welcoming New Members
The Athletics Hall of Fame at East High School in Waterloo is about to expand.
Three individuals and the 1954 state championship baseball team will become the newest members of the honored group when they're officially inducted during the boys' basketball game Friday night (Jan. 25, 2019). The Trojans host Cedar Falls on Wier/McGraw Court inside Fred J. Miller Gymnasium at approximately 7:30 PM.
The 2019 Hall of Class includes 2007 graduate Mikayla Montgomery (Sims), 2008 graduate Candice Palea (Burke) and 1964 graduate Gary Stephens, who were all three-sport athletes at East. Montgomery and Palea both played volleyball, basketball and soccer for the Trojans. Stephens participated in football, wrestling and track.
The 1954 baseball team won the spring state title by defeating Des Moines Tech, 3-1, in the championship final at Mason City. The Trojans ended the season with a 17-1 record.
Here's more on information on the honorees:
Mikayla Montgomery (Sims)
Montgomery received the following accolades in volleyball: 2006 Rotary Most Valuable Player, 2006 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team Iowa Class 4A All-State Honoree, 2005 All-State Honorable Mention, 3-time All-Mississippi Valley Conference. She also received the following accolades in basketball: single-season points-per-game record (over 24), Class 4A single season scoring record (530 points), 2007 Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Girls' All-District Region 4 Team, helped the Lady Trojans advance to the Regional Championship Game for the first time in program history (defeated by Des Moines East at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls).
Candice Palea (Burke)
Palea excelled in volleyball and received the following accolades: 2007-2008 team captain, awarded as the team Most Valuable Player in 2008, selected 2nd Team All-Conference in 2007, selected 1st Team All-Conference in 2008, and member of the Iowa All-Star Team.
Stephens excelled in athletics and received the following accolades in football: All-State Honorable Mention; twice selected 2nd Team All-State; and was a three-time All-County, All-Big Four and All-Conference selection. Stephens qualified for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament twice and the Iowa State Track and Field Championships all three seasons, finishing second his junior year as a member of the Mile Relay team.
1954 Baseball Team
Members included: Don Buck, Lloyd Willbrandt, Eddie Parkes, Bud Eggleston, Mel Estrin, Bod Bird, Bill Willard, Lou Kroenecke, Jack Smith, Nick Kalianov, Ron Thompson, Jim Miller, Gerry Ohrt, Boyd Wolf and Lawrence Nanke. The team was coached by Bill Waters, Murray Wier and Dave Natvig.