Hall of Fame Welcomes Deena Chipp, Todd Isley and 1996 State Championship Softball Team

Photo by Chad Johnson
Photo by Chad Johnson

Deena Chipp Swyers was the first Carlisle High School female athlete to receive first-team all-state honors. The standout shortstop led the Wildcats to the Little Hawkeye Conference title her senior year before receiving the state's highest honor when all teams played in one class. Chipp was also a three-time first-team all-conference and two-time all-district selection and was named to the senior all-star game. The five-year starter became the first female athlete from CHS to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship, continuing her softball career at the University of Northern Iowa, where she was a three-time all-conference player and hit .413 as a senior. She ranks among several top-10 statistical categories to this day, including her collegiate career batting average of .348, which is third all-time at UNI. Deena makes her home in Cuba, Missouri, with her husband, Neil.

Todd Isley was the 1990 Iowa High School boys class 3A medalist. Isley capped his senior season with the individual state golf title, coming from three strokes behind on the first day to capture the championship by two strokes, shooting a 149 (75-74). He was also Little Hawkeye Conference medalist his senior year. Isley went on to play golf at Central College where he earned honorable mention all-American honors and was named all-Iowa Conference MVP his senior season. He also served as team captain and was voted team MVP. Isley played in four consecutive NCAA tournaments for the Dutch and ended up returning to his alma mater to coach for two years. His teams finished in the top-10 in the NCAA Tournament both seasons. Todd makes his home in Carlisle with his wife Patti and family Gabe, Nick and Spencer.

The 1996 state championship softball team entered the season with the ultimate goal in mind- ending the season on a win. They achieved that goal with a 7-0 shutout win over Anamosa in the state finals. They cruised through the 2A state tournament at Harlan Rogers Field in Ft. Dodge, blanking Waukon (2-0), Estherville-Lincoln Central (4-0) and Anamosa (7-0). The team finished the season 46-2 overall and a perfect 14-0 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. Five seniors led the team to one of the best seasons in Carlisle softball history. Members of that team include:  Caryn Lee Meeks, Bridie Sloan Hansen, Amy Deal Fagan, Celeste Kading Hollingshead, Shana Abel Osterhaus, Tonia Pezzetti Ryan, Alicia Avitt Clark, Alyssa Stoner Comito, Kylie Sloan Davis, Molly Pickering, Nicki Heston Sullivan, Tanya Wilson Enos, Crystal Eckstrom, Penny Cope Freeman and Molly Cope Peterson. The team was coached by Jim Flaws and Lee Brecht.