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IW to honor past and present student athletes

Apr 05, 2018

Iowa Wesleyan University’s Tiger Club, in association with the Alumni Association, will induct three members into the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The inductees for the Class of 2018 include: Heather Bell Davis ‘97, Charles “Chuck” Harnisch ‘57, and Mark T. Willis ‘70.

Along with the Hall of Fame induction, the ceremony will also honor Iowa Wesleyan student-athletes as well as recognition of Iowa Wesleyan seniors.

Heather Bell Davis ‘97 - Heather Bell Davis’ career with the Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team ended with her name in the record books, many of which are still standing. Davis began her career with an Honorable Mention All-Conference award in the American Midwest Conference during her freshman season. She followed with a First Team All-Conference honor the next season, and went on to receive two more Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in the Midwest Classic Conference her junior and senior seasons. Davis was named Conference Player of the Week multiple times throughout her IW career. In 1996-97 she served as the team captain and was named Most Valuable Player for her team. Davis ranks first in several categories in the IW Women’s Basketball Career Records: points scored (1,735), rebounds (926) and free throws made (649). Other career marks held by Davis include third in field goals made (543) fourth in blocked shots (83) and ninth in field goal percentage (45.4 percent). She also holds the individual season record for most free throws made (216).

Charles “Chuck” Harnisch ‘57 - Harnisch lettered in football, baseball, and track. He was a member of the 1953 Iowa Conference Championship Football Team. During his football career at IW, Harnisch received the following honors: 1956 Co-Captain, 1956 Honorable Mention Associated Press Little All-American, and 1956 Second Team All-Conference. Chuck’s brother,John, also attended Iowa Wesleyan and was a member of the football team. Harnisch was a history teacher in Iowa and Illinois for 34 years, and in 1992, he was named Consolidated District 230 Teacher of the Year in Orland Park, Ill.

Mark T. Willis ‘70 - Willis lettered in both football and wrestling. He was a First Team All-Conference (Defensive Tackle) recipient in 1969 and was awarded NAIA District 15 All-District Football honors. Willis was named Team MVP by the football coaching staff and team while at IW. Along with his football honors, Willis was also named Most Valuable Performer for the wrestling team in 1970. After graduating from Iowa Wesleyan, Willis signed professional football contracts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

“We look forward to honoring the achievements of our distinguished inductees and the many accomplishments of our outstanding student-athletes,” said Derek Zander, Director of Athletics, at Iowa Wesleyan University. “This event has become a great way for our past and current student-athletes to gather together and relive the wonderful experience that Iowa Wesleyan University provides to our athletes.”

The festivities will be held in the Howe Student Activity Center. A social with refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Following the ceremony, a reception for inductees and guests will be held in the social hall.

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