Adel softball hurler inducted into IGHSAU Hall of Fame

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Melody Cook Marshall, second from left, was inducted into the IGHSAA Hall of Fame Thursday at the Harlan Rodgers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Joining Cook Marshall at the ceremony were, from left, Tigerette Norene Groff Heaps, veteran Coach Larry Niemeyer and Tigerette Diane Reves.


Melody Cook pitched in 1977, her senior year. Photo: Dallas County News, June 8, 1977

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Melody Cook Marshall of Adel was inducted Thursday night into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Harlan Rodgers Sports Complex here.

Cook Marshall, a 1977 graduate of Adel-De Soto High School, was a standout softball pitcher in the mid-1970s. The hurling ace closed out her career with a record of 161 wins against only 47 losses. She automatically qualified for the Iowa High School Softball Hall of Fame as a junior with her 100th career victory.

“Mel” was joined at the Fort Dodge ceremony by Tigerette teammates Norene Groff Heaps and Diane Reves and by Coach Larry Niemeyer, who led the A-D girls to a fall state championship in 1970.

Niemeyer’s stellar coaching career included a record of 2,089-429, with additional state titles in 1983, 1997 and 1998 while at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, making him the all-time winningest coach in a single sport in the U.S.

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