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Mark Fetter gifts IHSAA Induction plaque to South Tama High

July 8, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Life recently came full circle for Mark Fetter. Fetter, who was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame last fall. HRE opted to donate his plaque to where his athletic career began, STC.

"I really felt this was a team recognition," said Fetter about the decision to donate his plaque back to the school, "It was not only my athletics abilities and skills, it was our team, just everybody working on the same attitude, a winning attitude. I think every player in those classes is dedicated to a single purpose and I just wanted the community to feel that they were a part of that work and determination that allowed me to achieve recognition."

Fetter was a Running Back/Linebacker in 1970-71 for the STC Trojans. He was a three-sport star who was hailed by many as the best football player in Iowa in 1971, when he led the Trojans to an unbeaten season as a hard-running tailback and linebacker.

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Mark Fetter, Toledo, (left) presents the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame award he received last fall to South Tama Activities Director Brent Bagnall. Fetter was a key football player for STC?High in the football team’s undefeated 1970 season and went on to start for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and to play semi-pro ball.
Chronicle/Allison Graham

Fetter's other list of accomplishments included being a two-time All-State choice, averaging 7.8 yards per carry his final two seasons including an 8-0 campaign as a senior. He was recruited by Iowa and lettered three seasons and started two for the Hawkeyes.

Playing for the Hawkeyes for Fetter was of course a special experience. "You'd like to think it helps with some of your values and beliefs. Athletics I think does do that. Dedication, hard work, determination and teamwork are just some of the basic values and things that help you shape your life. I thought it really helped me in my adult life and my career and attitudes that I was able to carry on throughout my entire life," said Fetter.

Fetter went on to play semi-pro football several years after graduation including scoring the first touchdown by an American on European soil in Versailles, France in 1977. He is now in private business in Toledo.

Induction into the IHSAA Football Hall of Fame occurred at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls during the State Football Tournament last fall.

"It was really exciting because not only myself but there were four others inducted into the hall of fame. I kind of talked with them about how not only was it exciting for them but it was exciting for their teammates, it was exciting to be able to go back with some of them into their communities and publicize that event. It just made it really exciting for the people you know who dedicated a lot of their youth to the activity, to the teammates. We went over a lot of stories about the games. It brought back the past when the school districts you knew were in support of the athletics. You could almost say it was a magical time to be recognized when you really appreciate it. The older you get the more you appreciate it more," said Fetter.



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