Sports Memories

Published 1:48pm Saturday, January 19, 2013

By Chuck Anderson

50 years ago – 1963

• The Albert Lea High School basketball team defeated Owatonna in overtime 52-49. Leading scorers for the Tigers were John Goodmanson with 21 points and Mike Wittkamper with 18.

• Terry Kunze scored 28 points and Eric Magdanz, 20, to lead the Minnesota Gophers to a 66-63 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. The Gophers improved to a record of 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference.

• Wells High School raised its Middle Eight Conference record to 3-0 with a 66-36 win over Winnebago. Al Redman scored 20 points and Rich Wanzek, 10, for Wells.

• The ALHS wrestling team defeated Austin 28-12. Winning matches for the Tigers were Dick Chapman at 95 pounds, Gary Neist at 103, Mike Callahan at 120, Gary Haried at 133, Neil Skaar at 138, Dave Jacobson at 145, Dave Posthumus at 175 and Mike Roberts at heavyweight.


25 years ago – 1988

• The ALHS boys’ hockey team defeated Owatonna 5-3 to raise their Big Nine Conference record to 3-1. Scoring goals for the Tigers were Dave Nystrom, 2, Mats Fingahl, Spencer Ettiene and Ron Schultz, 1, each.

• The Wells-Easton boys’ basketball team remained unbeaten at 8-0 with a 69-54 victory against St. James. W-E was led by Scott Heggen with 19 points, Mike Swanson, 17, and Mike Stevermer, 16.

• The ALHS boys’ swimming team defeated Mankato West 51-31. Double winners for the Tigers were Jeremy Jerdee in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Chad Bergo in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke and Chris Schmitz in the 50 and 100 freestyle.


10 years ago – 2003

• Named to the All-Big Nine Conference Girls Soccer Team from ALHS were Liz Reynen, Amy Ravenhorst and Laura Hillman. Receiving Honorable Mention were Katie Dooley and Steph Overgaard.

• Ben Woodside scored 32 points for the ALHS basketball team in their 74-57 win over Austin. Stephan Thorn scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

• The New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva boys’ basketball team defeated United South Central 53-36 behind 14 points by Zak Tracy and 12 by Bjorn Peterson.