Sports Memories

Published 6:20pm Saturday, October 13, 2012

By Chuck Anderson
tribsports@albertleatribune.com

50 years ago – 1962

• Duane Mutschler, a graduate of Kiester High School, threw a 27-yard touchdown pass for the only score in Winona State College’s 6-0 win over Mankato State College.

• The Minneapolis Southwest football team defeated Albert Lea High School 13-7. Dave Wilcox scored the Tigers’ only points.

• Steve Langrud scored two touchdowns and Les Honstad and Orv Jordahl had one each for Freeborn High School in its 27-20 victory over Elmore.

• Albert Lea High School graduate Lother Columbus, a junior at Wartburg College, placed first in a cross country meet at Simpson College.

• Del Bosacker, a graduate of ALHS and a sophomore at Mankato State College, played center on offense and linebacker on defense for the Mankato State College football team.

25 years ago – 1987

• The New Richland-Hartland football team raised its Gopher Conference record to 4-0 with a 14-6 victory over Faribault Bethlehem Academy. Quarterback Travis Massey threw touchdown passes of 78 and 11 yards to Troy Pederson.

• The Alden-Conger-Freeborn volleyball team defeated Elmore 3-0 by scores of 15-12, 15-0 and 15-5. Jolene Ignaszewski was 8-8 serving with four aces for ACF.

• In the American League championship series the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5 in game one. Gary Gaetti hit two home runs for the Twins. The Twins also won game two by a score of 6-3 behind winning pitcher Bert Blyleven. The Tigers won game three by a score of 7-6. The Twins won the title with a 5-3 win in game four.

• Senior Melissa Nistler of ALHS was named to the All-Big Nine Conference girls’ tennis team.

10 years ago – 2002

• The ALHS girls’ tennis team advanced to the Section 2AA finals with a 5-2 win over Mankato West. Winners for Albert Lea in singles were Becky Birkhofer at No. 1, Karen Leonard at No. 2 and Elizabeth Thompson at No. 3. Winning at doubles for the Tigers were Ashley Helgerson and Nicole Rafdal at No. 1 and Amanda Rose and Kristen Wulff at No. 2.

• Going to the tennis state tournament from Section 2A were the United South Central for the fourth year in a row. USC defeated St. James 5-2 in the Section 2A title game. Singles winners for USC were Shelly Bebler at No. 1, Amy Christenson at No. 3 and Rebecca Leland at No. 4. Doubles winners were Andrea Ellertson and Lacy Schumann at No. 1 and Laura Staloch and Beth Yokiel at No. 2.