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01/14/2012 - FMHS HALL OF FAME

It was Hall of Fame Night at the Boys Basketball Game Friday, January 13th at the Hound Dome.  Some pictures can be found in the photo gallery of the boys basketball game.  Inducted this year were the following:

Mike Basham

A 1974 FMHS graduate, Basham shined on the football field and on the wrestling mat for the Bloodhounds. He earned third team all-state honors his senior year. He received first-team all-Southeast Seven Conference honors by the coaches for his play at fullback and linebacker. He was also the league's Most Valuable Player at fullback.

As a junior, Basham was fifth team all state. As a linebacker, he racked up 81 unassisted tackles. As a fullback, he carried the ball 83 times for 482 yards. That year, both the coaches and the sportswriters honored him as first-team offense as a utility back and first-team defense as a linebacker.

Even as a sophomore, Basham made all-conference honors as a linebacker with 61 solo tackles, and he ran for 352 yards in 53 attempts. 

In wrestling, Basham qualified for state at 167 as a freshman and finished fourth at state as a sophomore with a 24-2 record back in 1972. He is in FMHS wrestling Hall of Fame (and a picture from his high school days can be found in the annual Mick Pickford Tri-State Freestyle Wrestling Tournament program).

He attended Southeastern Community College and Central College in Pella. He works at Climax Molybdenum. He and his wife Connie have two children: Kate and Ben (both of whom played sports at and graduated from FMHS).

Mike Bowen

The late Mike Bowen is a 1971 Aquinas High School graduate and he coached soccer there years later. But he was the first soccer coach for FMHS (1994) and developed a successful program. He was diagnosed with cancer during the 2009 season and before he died, the soccer field at Rodeo Park was named after him.

Bowen took nine teams to the state tournament, six from FMHS and three from Aquinas and came in second twice. His overall record was 216-86-7.

He coached 10 all-state soccer players, and one of them, Ryan Culbertson, is now an assitant for Holy Trinity Catholic. He also coached Kevin Wellman, who was his assistant at the time of his death, and now Wellman is the head coach.

The Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper awarded him twice for Coach of the Year. He started the alumni soccer game in 2000.

He was a Cub Scout leader from 1984-87.

But his biggest legacy was that he was instrumental in starting the Fort Madison Youth Soccer program that developed the future players for the state qualifying teams for Aquinas, Marquette and now Holy Trinity.

He and his wife Bonnie have three children, Chad, William and Douglas, all of whom have coached soccer locally.

Bruce Weisinger

Weisinger graduated in 1977 from FMHS.

He played football and wrestled for all four seasons and competed on the baseball team for three summers.

He qualified for the state wrestling tournament three times, placing third and sixth, posting a career record of 66-14. He was the team captain of the 1977 team.

In football, Weisinger was an all-conference linebacker in 1976. He also played on the state qualifying baseball team in 1976.

He also participated in concert and marching band at FMHS and was in the school play in 1977.

Weisinger went on to wrestle at the University of Northern Iowa from 1978-82, qualifying for the nationals in 1980.

Weisinger has been an Industrial Tech teacher for the Marion Community School District and coached football and wrestling for Marion High School.

In 20 years as the wrestling coach, Weisinger guided two state champions, 19 state place-winners, 31 state qualifiers and 15 WaMac Conference individual champions.

He and his wife Michele have two children: Brittany, 25, and Austin, 20.

Mary Weisinger

Weisinger, sister-in-law of Bruce, has been labeled a "professional volunteer" for her countless hours of service to Fort Madison sports, from the high school level down to Kids Club Wrestling.

She started with the Kids Club in 1987 and served as an officer and/or director for 10 years. She worked as a pairings official for the USA Wrestling Kids State Tourney and continues to help with the Kids Club Tournament pairings locally.

She joined the Bloodhound Booster Club in 1994 and served as vice chairman, chairman and wrestling director for eight years.

Weisinger knew the "grill," working many a cookout for all sports and manning the Bark and Bite Cafe at Richmond Stadium. She lined up concession stand workers for two years.

She organized and served Thursday Night Dinners and Saturday morning breakfasts and year-end banquets for the FMHS football team.

She helped organize and work when Richmond Stadium was repainted.

At the 2002 Mic Pickford Freestyle Tournament, she received the Honor Award for Commitment and Service. She worked pairings for the freestyle tournament, organized workers and hospitality and socials for the tournament.

As with the football team, Weisinger provided meals before home wrestling meets and made goodies for the wrestlers at the weekend tournaments. She coordinated food and workers for the Fort Madison Invitational. She organized the year-end banquets. She continues to work at the FMHS Invitational and the Freestyle Tournament and, in a touch of positive irony, provides the meal for the Fort Madison Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.

Mary and her husband Jeff have two children, Grant and Drew.

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