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Creston’s Long joins IHSAA Hall of Fame

DES MOINES — Creston’s Randy Long, one of the great all-around athletes in Iowa in the 1960s, joined an exclusive club Friday night.

Long, a 1965 Creston graduate, was one of nine players and coaches inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame. Along with several family members, Long was honored on the court at Wells Fargo Arena prior to the Class 3A championship game. Earlier, Bud Legg of the IHSAA introduced this year’s honorees in a ceremony at the Iowa Hall of Pride.

Legg noted that in addition to earning basketball all-state status in both his junior and senior years while averaging 29 points and 14 rebounds, Long also was a quarterback and placekicker in football for the Panthers, earned all-state recognition as a shortstop and pitcher in baseball and set school records in the hurdles and high jump during the track and field season.

Long, a 6-foot-4 forward, ended his high school career with 1,258 points and 608 rebounds, which still rank second and third, respectively, on the school’s all-time charts.

“Let’s welcome one of the great all-around athletes in Iowa from the 1960s, Creston’s Randy Long,” Legg said in presenting the award to Long.

Long played one season of basketball and baseball at Kansas State University before returning to Creston to attend Southwestern Community College, where he averaged 27 points per game. He then earned a basketball scholarship at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Long coached at Harmony of Farmington and Bridgewater in Iowa before starting a coaching career in Missouri, where he also served as athletic director at both West Nodaway and Savannah. He is retired and currently resides in Savannah with his wife, Diane.

Long was accompanied by his four children and grandchildren during Friday’s ceremonies. Long once scored 50 points in a game against Glenwood, and remarked that it was fun to see a longtime conference foe in the title game as the Rams upset Oskaloosa for the 3A championship.

“Glenwood is having a great season,” Long said. “It’s great to have a team from the conference playing in the championship. It’s an exciting night. I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to do all of this with the kids and grandkids. It’s awesome. I have to thank my teammates and coach (Bill) Baldwin, Without those guys I wouldn’t be here tonight.”

The only other former Creston player in the IHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame is 1939 graduate Bill Stauss. Former Panther Paul Loos was inducted in 2016 as a coach at longtime Northwest Iowa power Newell-Fonda.

Previously inducted into the IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame from Creston are the late Howard Browne, Paul Somers, Ron “Fox” Clinton, Steve McCann, Richard “Butch” Miller and Brad Baker.

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