Sports Hall of Fame – 1993


Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler, class of 1945, was a football standout during his years at Senior. He was elected honorary captain of the 1944 team. Bob was also active in track, basketball, and several clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society.


Gerald Red McAleece

Class of 1922, received honorable mention by the Des Moines Register for the 1922 All-State basketball team. In 1935 he returned to Senior High as a sophomore basketball coach, leading the Dubuque quintet to e first ever victory over Davenport. From 1936 through 1947, he served as a teacher and head basketball coach. When the Dubuque “KeyCityCagers” of 1938 upset the heavily favored Davenport Blue Devils 28-26, the headline in the Davenport Democrat read: “It happened! Blue Devils upset by Smart Dubuque Team.”


Mike Mercer

Mike is a 1953 graduate of Senior. He excelled in football, basketball, and track and field. He was named to All-State and All-Conference teams in both football and basketball. In his graduating year, Mike, was chosen by Iowa State University as one of the five outstanding athletes in Iowa. In nominating Mercer for the Hall of Fame, Coach Johnny Orr wrote: “I Spent eight years coaching at Senior and Mike was the best all-around athlete I had.”


Michelle Mihalakis

Michelle became the first Ram softball player to be inducted into the Iowa high School Softball Hall of Fame in August of 1988. Michelle played shortstop in all 76 games of her career at Senior High School. During that period, the Rams won 70 games including 51 wins in a row and a 1974 State Championship. Individual honor earned by Michelle included 1973 All-Sate Honorable Mention, 1974 All-State First Team, 1974 All Tournament Team, and 1975 All-State first team.


Tom Rusk

Tom was an outstanding guard on the 1963 state tournament basketball team. At the conclusion of that season, he received All-State Honorable Mention. Tom was also highly ranked in state tennis competition, which led to an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa.


Don Vosberg

Don was co-captain of the outstanding Senior High football team in 1936. The Rams, under Hall of Fame coach Wilbur Dalzell, missed the conference title when they lost to Iowa Coty, 6-0. Only one starter from that team did not go on to play college football, That same academic year, Vosberg competed in the 400 and 880 and threw the javlin and discus for Senior’s track and field championship. He went on to Marquette University where he was the only athlete to earn six letters from 1937-1941.