Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


December 19, 2013

Tonda to enter Hall of Fall

The Knoxville High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee has announced the Class of 2014 inductees.

The list includes two athletes being honored for track and field, one for football and another for tennis.

The inductees will be honored in ceremonies at the Knoxville High School Jan. 31, 2014. The festivities will take place in between the varsity girls’ and boys’ games that night between Knoxville and Newton.

The 2014 inductees include Lisa Moats-Crossett and Jim Schall for track and field. Joel Tonda for tennis and Sean Mason for football.

Jim Schall – Class of 1945 – Track and Field

Jim was a multi-sport standout for the Panthers, lettering in football, basketball, and track. He was an honorable mention All State performer on the football field, and claimed the gold medal in the 1944 Drake Relays in the pole vault.

Lisa Moats-Crossett – Class of 1982 – Track and Field

Lisa was a standout track athlete for Knoxville in the early 80’s. She earned all state honors and a runner-up finish in the long jump at the 1982 state track meet, and embarked on a successful college career.

She was a NCAA All American in the long jump for Northeast Missouri State, before transferring to the University of Iowa. As a Hawkeye, she still holds the school record for the indoor long jump.

Sean Mason – Class of 1991 – Football

One of the finest four-sport athletes to ever compete for Knoxville, Mason earned all conference honors in football, basketball, track, and baseball.

He was named All State as a quarterback for the 1990 state quarterfinal team, and participated in the Shrine Bowl that summer. He was also a pivotal member of the 1991 state champion track team.

The 1990 Panther football teams is the only Knoxville squad to qualify for the playoffs.

Joel Tonda – Class of 1975 – Tennis Coach

A former Knoxville athlete himself, Tonda held the reigns to the Panther Tennis team for three decades. He led the squad to nine conference titles, seven district championships, and reached the top when his 2001 team won the state championship.

During his tenure, Knoxville athletes won 10 individual conference titles, 15 doubles conference titles, and six singles players earned all state honors.

The tennis courts located at Young’s Park in Knoxville are named after Joel Tonda.

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