Cedar County Wall of Fame to induct four individuals July 10


TIPTON — Four individuals will be inducted into the Cedar County Sports Wall of Fame during the Cedar County Fair on July 10 at approximately 5:30 p.m., at the P & K Midwest Stage on the Cedar County Fairgrounds in Tipton.

The individuals are Betty McGregor, Ryan Morningstar, Stan Stolte and Sandy (Slach) Tuttle.

McGregor was known as “Automatic Betty” in horseshoe pitching circles because of her knack for collecting ringers. Born in 1922, McGregor spent most of her life as a businesswoman in Tipton. She won numerous horseshoe pitching tournaments, including the 1988 Iowa State Women’s Horseshoe Championship. She was inducted into the Iowa Hawkeye Horseshoe Pitching Hall of Fame in 2002. McGregor died in 2012 at the age of 89.

Morningstar, an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, grew up east of Lisbon in Cedar County. A three-time state wrestling champion at Lisbon High School, Morningstar graduated in 2005 and finished his high school career with a record of 163-4 with 105 pins. He attended the University of Iowa, where he won 110 matches and was a two-time All-American, 2008 University National champion (70 kg) and 2008 Midlands champion.

With Morningstar in the lineup, the Hawkeyes won three straight national titles (2008-10) and won 61 consecutive dual meets from 2008-10.

After spending a season as assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, Morningstar returned to Iowa where he has been an assistant coach since 2012.

Stolte is the third member of his family to be inducted into the Wall of Fame, joining brother Shawn (2012) and father Larry (2015). An outstanding athlete at Clarence-Lowden High School, Stolte went on to coach his alma mater to a baseball record of 110-45, four district titles and a trip to the state tournament. After stops at Northwest Missouri State and Muscatine Community College, Stolte headed west and joined the coaching staff at Pacific and then at the University of Nevada-Reno. For the past nine seasons, Stolte has coached at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

(Slach) Tuttle graduated from West Branch High School in 1975. As a 6-player forward in basketball, she scored 2,634 points with a single-game high of 65. She shot 56 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

West Branch was 68-24 with (Slach) Tuttle in the lineup from 1971-75. She was a three-time unanimous All-Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference selection and three times received all-state recognition, including second-team in 1975.

The Cedar County Sports Wall of Fame was formed in 2008 and is under the control of the Cedar County Historical Society. To nominate for the Wall of Fame, contact committee members Mike Bixler, Pat Kedley, Verl Lekwa, Darren Miller, Gene Schroeder, Bruce Seehusen, Mike St. John, Derek Sawvell or Mike Quinlan.