The Cascade High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony for its 2022 class on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cascade. This year’s class will be the first to include CHS student-athletes and contributors. Honorees are Kerry (Greenwood) Winkel, Greg McDermott, James P. O’Meara, the late John Sullivan, and Marty Sutherland.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are available now at the Cascade High School main office, as well as through a link on the CHS website for a cost of $10. A social hour will begin at 6 p.mm, with the ceremony at 7 p.m. Drinks will be available for purchase, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
This year’s Hall of Fame class was chosen by a committee made up of Cascade High School administrators, coaches, and alumni from a pool of nominations submitted on the CHS website. In addition to the induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame inductees will also participate in some of Cascade’s homecoming week activities, including the annual parade and receiving recognition at halftime of the football game.
Kerry (Greenwood) Winkel
One of the first true stars in Iowa girls’ cross country, Greenwood dominated courses across the state in the early and mid-1980s. In the fall of 1983, she became Cascade High School’s first individual state cross country champion, winning the Class 2A State Meet while helping lead the Cougars to the first team championship in any sport in school history. Both she and the team would repeat, and eventually three-peat, as champions in ‘84 and ‘85. Greenwood remains one of just five girls in Iowa history to win three or more individual cross country championships.
During her senior season, Greenwood also won championships in the 1,500 and 3.000-meter races at the state track meet.
She continued her successful career beyond Cascade, competing for what was then Northeast Missouri State University, which is now Truman State University. In cross country, she qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in each of the four seasons she competed, earning All-America honors twice. In track and field, she specialized in the 3,000- and 10,000-meter races, winning a total of 12 conference championships and qualifying for the national meet five times. She earned All-American status on four of those occasions.
Her senior year, she finished second at the Division II meet in the 10,000-meters. At the time, top finishers from DII were able to advance to the Division I national competition, where she finished in 10th place. She still owns or shares nine Truman State school records.
Like other members of this year’s class, Greenwood has previously received Hall of Fame treatment, being inducted to the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall in 1996 and Truman State’s in 2002. She currently resides in Cedar Falls and works as a Registered Nurse Case Manager at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Waterloo.
It only took a couple of seasons for Greg McDermott to author one of the most successful careers in Cascade basketball history, and he has continued to leave his mark on the game in the years since. Despite playing varsity for just two seasons, McDermott set a handful of school records for both scoring and rebounding. To this day, he still holds the marks for points in a game (46) and single-season scoring average (25.2). Following a senior season in which he averaged a double-double, McDermott was named all-state and was the Most Valuable Player of the postseason all-star game put on by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.
During the summers, McDermott was a “plus” baseball player for the Cougars, collecting two varsity letters, batting better than .300, and putting together an impressive .978 fielding average at first base while helping lead Cascade to the state baseball tournament for the first time in 1982.
After graduating, McDermott played basketball collegiately for the University of Northern Iowa, where he scored more than 1,000 career points. After playing professionally in Switzerland for a season, he took up coaching. He became a head coach for the first time in 1994 and eventually returned to UNI, where he led the Panthers to three NCAA Tournament berths.
He is now the head coach at Creighton, a program he led to the Big Dance seven times. He has amassed more than 500 career coaching victories and maintains a career winning percentage in the mid-60s. He is also a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, UNI, and Wayne State University Hall of Fame.
James P. O’Meara
Cascade High School’s very first principal, O’Meara assumed those duties in the fall of 1976 and remained with the school for more than 20 years. During that time, he has been credited with establishing an environment at CHS that his peers and employees have praised as emphasizing success both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.
Under O’Meara’s leadership, Cascade’s athletics grew to include football, wrestling, and all of the school’s girls’ sports teams. The school’s sports facilities also grew during O’Meara’s tenure to include an on-campus football field and the Webber Center. O’Meara served as Cascade’s softball coach from 1994-97, leading the Cougars to their first state tournament appearance in his first season.
Following his departure from CHS in 1998, the Western Dubuque School Board voted to name Cascade’s football field in his honor. After leaving Cascade, O’Meara became the superintendent of schools at the Armstrong-Ringsted district in northwest Iowa. He eventually moved to serve the same role in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he later served on the county board of supervisors. O’Meara is currently retired and lives in Indianola.
Generations of Cascade athletes received recognition for their accomplishments because of Sullivan. Following a successful baseball career that included being a member of the University of Iowa’s Big Ten championship squad in 1949, Sullivan entered the family business, joining the staff of what is now the Cascade Pioneer in the early 1950s. He took over as the paper’s editor/publisher in the late 1960s and oversaw the publication’s coverage of area sports, particularly at the high school level. Over Sullivan’s years with the Pioneer, hundreds — if not thousands — of Cascade High School athletes and coaches were recognized by name in his weekly “Sports with Sully” column.
Sullivan’s dedication to his community and commitment to his craft was recognized by his peers when he was named a Master Editor/Publisher by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 1985. He later served as President of the board that oversees the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame, and was himself inducted into that Hall in 1988. He also received the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Media Award for his contributions to high school athletics in 1995. While Sullivan retired from the Pioneer in 1989, his family’s involvement with the paper spanned seven decades. Sullivan joins the CHS Hall of Fame posthumously following his death last December at age 94.
Few Cascade athletes have defined what it means to be a “multi-sport star” like Marty Sutherland did in the mid-1990s. Sutherland is most known for his exploits on the baseball field, where he was a three-time all-state selection, the first Cascade player named to the Des Moines Register’s Elite All-State team in 1997. During that season, he set a total of five school records, including the marks for hits, home runs, and runs batted in. Four of those records still stand.
Sutherland was also a mainstay on the hardwood, starting for Hall of Fame coach Al Marshall all four years. Sutherland helped lead the Cougar hoopsters to the state tournament in 1998, claiming fourth place in Class 2A, at the time the program’s best-ever finish. He still holds the school record for career assists.
During his senior season at Cascade, Sutherland added the distinction of “four-sport athlete” to his resume. He played wide receiver, punter, and kicker for the football team in 1997, earning All-District honors at the latter position after going a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points and booting three field goals, including a game-winner against Central City. The following spring, he joined the track squad and helped the distance medley relay team qualify for the state meet.
Sutherland continued his baseball exploits in college, first at Kirkwood Community College, where he was a junior college all-region selection. Continuing his career at the University of Northern Iowa, he helped lead the Panthers to the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history while earning All-Missouri Valley Conference and all-region honors.
Sutherland has also enjoyed success as a collegiate baseball coach, first at Wartburg College, then at UNI, and now as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Iowa. During his time in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes have averaged 30 wins per season, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, and won the first Big Ten Tournament championship in school history.
This all comes on top of a successful semipro baseball career that saw him named to seven Telegraph Herald Semi-Pro All-Star Games while maintaining a career batting average north of .400. Sutherland was also inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021.
Nominations for future Hall of Fame classes can be submitted at any time through a link on the Cascade High School website. The 2023 Hall of Fame class is expected to be announced next spring.